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Astronauts Consume Lettuce Grown On the International Space Station (Video)

Earlier this month astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) tried space-grown lettuce, marking the first time NASA astronauts have been cleared to eat something they grew while in orbit. “Astronauts have been growing crops in space for years for research, but this is the first time they have been allowed to eat their produce,” reports BBC. The crop was eaten by Expedition 44 crew members Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, along with Kimiya Yui of the Japan

A Canadian Company Just Got A U.S. Patent for This Giant Inflatable Space Elevator

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Thanks to forces like gravity and air resistance, getting a rocket out of our atmosphere is a difficult and costly endeavor. Depending on its size and weight, space agencies like NASA can spend anywhere from $100 million to $260 million to launch a cargo ship into space. But what if we could build a giant tower that reached all the way up into space — a tower capable of shuttling supplies and even people from the surface of the earth

NASA Announces Discovery of Earth’s “Older, Bigger Cousin”

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Since its launch in March of 2009, NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft has been scouring the cosmos in search of planets that share similar attributes to our Earth. Over those six years, Kepler has discovered a total of 1,030 Earth-like planets, but their latest discovery might just be the best on yet. John Grunsfeld is associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate: “On the 20th anniversary year of the discovery that proved other suns host planets, the Kepler exoplanet explorer has discovered a planet

Pop-Up Hospital in the Appalachians Gets America’s First Drone Delivery (Video)

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On Friday (7/17), a small aerial drone delivered 10 pounds of supplies to Virginia’s Remote Area Hospital, a pop-up hospital that appears once a year to provide free treatment to uninsured patients in the isolated mountain communities of Appalachia. The drone, designed by the Australian startup Flirtey, delivered prescriptions for 20 patients, marking the first ever FAA-approved drone delivery in the United States. But the Flirtey drone wasn’t the only autonomous flight used in the mission — according to Engadget, The test involved first flying the prescriptions

The Man Who Discovered Pluto Finally Gets to Visit It 19 Years After His Death

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NASA’s New Horizons’ spacecraft whizzed by Pluto earlier this morning, completing a nine-year, 3 billion-mile journey to the dwarf planet. The probe came within 8,000 miles of Pluto during its fly-by, capturing images of the planet’s surface and collecting data about its atmosphere and composition using a multitude of high-tech instruments. But alongside all of those gizmos and gadgets, New Horizons is also carrying a small, inconspicuous canister. The canister contains some of the ashes of Clyde W. Tombaugh, the American astronomer who discovered Pluto

Exxon Knew About Climate Change In 1981 But Funded Deniers for 27 Years Anyways

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It’s been a tough week for deniers of climate change. Though the vast majority of scientists have accepted climate change as decided science, climate skeptics have pointed to an apparent “pause” in global warming as proof that climate change is still unproven science. Since the early 2000s, the overall rise in global temperatures has halted — a result of cooling temperatures on the surface of the Pacific Ocean. But research published by NASA scientists on Thursday showed that the “pause” was never

Watch: SpaceX Rocket Explodes and Disintegrates Minutes After Launch

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This morning, SpaceX geared up for its third attempt at recycling one of its Falcon 9 fuel rockets by landing it on a floating barge in the ocean. The first attempt was on target, but lacking in control; the second attempt was extremely close, but still failed. SpaceX’s engineers were hoping that the third time would be the charm with today’s launch. But as it turns out, they never even got a chance to try the barge landing. About two minutes after launch, SpaceX’s Dragon supply rocket

The New Apollo Program: Raising $150 Billion to Make Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

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On May 25, 1961, in front of a special joint Congress in Washington, President John F. Kennedy announced the daring and ambitious goal of sending a man to the Moon: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” Kennedy said. “No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the

NASA Radar Saves 4 Men In Nepal By Detecting Their Heartbeats Beneath Rubble

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A few years ago, NASA began developing a small, portable radar device called FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response). The device works by sending out microwave signals and then analyzing the resulting echoes when they bounce off of different objects. The device is so sensitive that it can detect a person’s breathing and heartbeat. And that’s exactly what it did earlier this month, when it was used to locate four men who were trapped beneath rubble in the aftermath of

NASA: 10,000-Year-Old Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Five Years from Total Disintegration

The Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2008 (Photo: Mariano Caravaca /Reuters/Landov)

The Larsen B ice shelf has been around for at least 10,000 years, but it may be on the verge of disappearing forever. Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California have been monitoring the Larsen B shelf since the mid-90s. If their latest projections are accurate, the ice shelf is only 5 years away from complete disintegration. Ice shelves are the large floating platforms of ice that surround glaciers. Over the past few years, the Larsen B ice shelf

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