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Newly-Released NASA Photos Show Rocket Explosion In Hi-Def (Photo Gallery)

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Last fall, on October 28, 2014, a NASA-contracted cargo resupply rocket known as “Antares” malfunctioned just after takeoff. The malfunction forced safety officials to push a self-destruct button so that the rocket would explode before reaching heights that could put the lives of people near the launch site at risk. More than 5,000 pounds of cargo was lost, millions of dollars worth of equipment was destroyed and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility launchpad was severely damaged. More importantly, however, no one was injured — the rocket

Party Rock: NASA Discovers Comet Emitting Large Amounts of Alcohol and Sugar

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If you ask around the cosmos, you’ll quickly learn that Comet Lovejoy is the life of the intergalactic party — how else could you describe a comet that’s giving out free shots to the universe? The comet, first discovered by NASA scientists back in 2011, is currently releasing massive amounts of alcohol into space. “We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,” said Nicolas Biver, an astronomer from

Watch What Happens When You Add Dye to a Floating Water Droplet (Video)

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A few months ago, NASA astronauts made a video on the International Space Station showing what happens when you put an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a floating water droplet. The video went viral and had viewers fascinated watching the chemical reaction occur in the weightlessness of space. Earlier this month, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly — who is currently on a historic twelve-month mission aboard the ISS — took the experiment a step further by adding blue and green food coloring to another floating water

Armageddon Practice: Scientists Plan to Knock An Asteroid Off Course By Hitting It With A Probe (Video)

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In the 1998 blockbuster film “Armageddon“, NASA scientists have to figure out how to redirect a Texas-sized asteroid after discovering that it is less than a month away from a catastrophic collision with Earth. The plot is not that farfetched. Luckily for us, however, real-life scientists have decided that it’s probably a good idea to prepare for the possibility of an incoming asteroid well ahead of time. Not long ago, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) put the final touches on a joint

NASA’s Big News: There’s Definitely Liquid Water Flowing On Mars

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It’s official! In a special press conference this morning, NASA scientists confirmed that liquid water is still flowing on Mars today. “Mars is not the dry arid planet that we thought of in the past. Today, we’re going to announce that under certain circumtances, liquid water has been found on Mars,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters. The press conference focused on a surface feature known as “recurring slope lineae”, or RSL. These dark, thin streaks appear on

NASA Astronauts Are About to Get Upgraded to First Class (Video)

Since retiring the Space Shuttle back in 2011, NASA has had to rely on Russian rockets to shuttle astronauts back and forth from space — an expensive arrangement, considering that in recent missions NASA has paid Russia roughly $70 million per seat on one of their Soyuz spacecrafts. Not only has NASA’s reliance on Russia been a costly endeavor, it also marks the first time in history that the United States has been dependent on another country to transport its astronauts to space. While many people were

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

space elevator

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

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