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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

An Out-of-Control Russian Spacecraft Is Falling Towards Earth (Video)

After blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, a Russian Progress cargo vessel malfunctioned en route to the International Space Station (ISS). The 7-meter-long spacecraft failed to reach the ISS and is currently spinning while making a slow orbiting free fall towards Earth. Russia’s Progress vessels are used to carry supplies like food, water, and fuel to the space station. This one, the Progress 59, deployed from a Soyuz rocket as scheduled. However, flight controllers say that

Hyundai Helps A Girl Write A Note That Her Astronaut Father Can See From Space (Video)

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Being the child of an astronaut can be tough. Just ask 13-year-old Stephanie, whose father, Terry W. Virts, has been aboard the International Space Station since November. When Hyundai heard about Stephanie, they came up with a creative idea to help her connect with her father in space while also getting some promo for their new Genesis sedans. Using a fleet of 11 cars, Hyundai wrote a giant message of love from Stephanie to her father in the sands of Nevada’s

SpaceX Makes Second Attempt At Landing A Fuel Rocket After Launch (Video)

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SpaceX just made another nearly successful attempt at landing their Falcon 9 first stage fuel rocket on a floating platform in the ocean. Besides fulfilling billion dollar contracts with NASA, the folks at SpaceX are looking for ways to improve current space industry operations. One strategy to save resources and money is to preserve the fuel rockets by re-landing them softly (instead of just letting them free fall into the ocean from the edge of our atmosphere, as was done in the past).

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Has Discovered Liquid Water Below the Surface of Mars

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For years, scientists thought that the freezing temperatures and extremely dry climate on Mars made it impossible for liquid water to exist there. Now, all that has changed. New measurements taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover indicate that there is actually liquid water just below the Martian surface. “The evidence so far is that any water would be in the form of permafrost. It’s the first time we’ve had evidence of liquid water there now,” says Andrew Coates, head of planetary science at

NASA Astronaut and Russian Cosmonaut Take Flight for Historic Year-Long Space Mission

On Friday (Mar. 27), NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko boarded a Russian Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and blasted off to the International Space Station, beginning their historic yearlong expedition in space. The two were joined by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will stay on the space station for the typical six-month mission. Padalka, who is now on his fifth long-duration flight, will become the new world record holder for most days spent in space after completing this expedition, totaling over 900 days in

NASA’s New Prototype for Space Travel: The Super Ball Bot (Video)

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Engineers from NASA are getting creative with robotics. Their new prototype, the “Super Ball Bot”, is made up of a series of metallic rods and cables. This futuristic design makes the robot extremely flexible and gives it the ability to absorb intense impacts while sustaining little to no damage. The Super Ball Bot is modeled off a concept called tensegrity, which allows the robot to change the level of tension in the wire depending on the circumstances. From Wired.com: “It can expand and compress to

NASA Just Released An EPIC 5-Year Time-Lapse of the Sun (Video)

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Five years ago, on February 11, 2010, NASA launched the Solar Dyamics Observatory mission. The SDO satellite’s purpose was to observe the sun at a number of different wavelengths, in hopes that this data could help us better understand the inner-workings of our home star. To mark the fifth anniversary of the mission last week, NASA released an amazing time-lapse video compiling some of SDO’s observations of the sun over the past five years. To create the time-lapse, NASA captured a frame every eight hours for

Astronomers Witness “Tidal Disruption Event” – A Black Hole Tearing A Star Apart (Video)

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Back in 2009, astronomers at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas were scanning the skies with the ROTSE IIIb telescope when suddenly, a bright flash of light appeared out of deep space. The astronomers, who were working as part of the ROTSE Supernova Verification Project (SNVP), had witnessed similar events before, and initially believed that the bright flash was simply a superluminous supernovae – an event they had seen on a number of previous occasions. But as time passed and the astronomers collected more data on

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