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Use Asteroids As ‘Stepping Stones’ To Get To Mars

Oct 31, 14 Use Asteroids As ‘Stepping Stones’ To Get To Mars

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A mission to Mars will be mankind's next giant leap. But one expert has suggested that it might be simpler to get to the red planet in a series of smaller jumps - using asteroids as stepping stones. Prof Richard Binzel, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is calling for a comprehensive survey of asteroids between Earth and Mars so that a plan can be formulated.

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Windowless Plane Already Demonized

Oct 30, 14 Windowless Plane Already Demonized

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A UK company is working on technology that could allow planes to become windowless within 10 years, resulting not only in a different kind of passenger experience but in reduced airfares too. As with every new technological development, it seems, there is criticism.

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Girl Power On Mars

Oct 27, 14 Girl Power On Mars

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Since world governments and organizations began sending people into space, the majority have been men. Part of this was due to cultural biases of the past, but that is not a good explanation for today. As NASA and other organizations practice and plan for sending a crew to Mars, one consideration deals with who should go. One recent study found that women might be the best choice.

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Comet’s Smell Isn’t Chanel No. 5

Oct 26, 14 Comet’s Smell Isn’t Chanel No. 5

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Ever wonder what a comet smells like? The European Space Agency's Rosetta Orbiter has been sniffing the coma of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and found it quite pungent, wreaking of rotten eggs, horse manure and formaldehyde along with faint whiffs of hydrogen cyanide, methanol, vinegar and carbon disulphide, the University of Bern said in a statement.

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Rising Cosmic Radiation Can Make Deep Space Missions Risky

Oct 23, 14 Rising Cosmic Radiation Can Make Deep Space Missions Risky

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While several countries and organizations are planning manned missions to Mars and other corners of deep space in the coming decades, a new study says that such projects could pose risks to astronauts due to increasing levels of cosmic radiation spurred by weak solar activity.

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NASA Observatory Spots Powerful Solar Flare

Oct 22, 14 NASA Observatory Spots Powerful Solar Flare

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, has captured an image of a significant solar flare emitted by the sun on Sunday. The observatory captured the flare in extreme ultraviolet wavelength to provide details of the flare. b

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All Eyes Will Be On Comet Siding Spring Sunday

Oct 19, 14 All Eyes Will Be On Comet Siding Spring Sunday

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Comet Siding Spring will pass incredibly close to Mars Sunday and NASA will have a front-row seat. NASA's fleet of rovers, orbiters and telescopes will observe the comet in great detail, providing new insights into the behavior of a comet as well as the history of the universe.

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Battle For “Space Taxi” Contracts Gets Heated

Oct 17, 14 Battle For “Space Taxi” Contracts Gets Heated

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The 65th International Astronautical Congress held in Toronto recently ended, but not without controversy. The September 29th to October 3rd event came in the aftermath of a mid-September announcement from NASA of the winners of funding from the space agency to develop “space taxis” to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station.

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9 Weird Space And Science Truths

There is a lot that we do not yet know about our universe. We always strive to learn and understand all that we encounte,r but sometimes what we find out is not quite what we expected. Other times, it's just plain weird. Considering the approach of Halloween, let's embrace the weird for a bit and look at nine of the weirdest truths about our universe, our world and science.

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How Does NASA Manage Odor Inside The ISS?

Oct 13, 14 How Does NASA Manage Odor Inside The ISS?

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This answer comes from Robert Frost, instructor/engineer in the Mission Operations Directorate. "Odors can result from equipment off-gassing, crew metabolic processes, food, experiments, and returning EVA crew members. 216 such contaminants have been identified and designed for...."

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