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NASA Inspector Blasts Asteroid Protection Program

Sep 16, 14 NASA Inspector Blasts Asteroid Protection Program

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NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects that pass within 28 million miles of Earth. The purpose is to protect the planet against their potential dangers.

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An Aerobatic Experience With Mikael Brageot

Sep 15, 14 An Aerobatic Experience With Mikael Brageot

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In Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport, the occasional sonic boom of a speeding jet sends vibrations through the walls, the floors, and anyone standing inside. This day, September 5, 2014, one of these onlookers is me, as I await a meeting with one of the Challenger Cup pilots competing in the looming Red Bull Air Races at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Curiosity Rover Reaches Final Destination On Mars

Sep 14, 14 Curiosity Rover Reaches Final Destination On Mars

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Two years after landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover has reached its final destination -- the base of a 3-mile-high mountain -- where scientists hope tests will reveal whether the red planet once sustained life. NASA scientists announced the one-ton, $2.5 billion scientific robot on wheels has reached the base of Mount Sharp ahead of schedule.

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The 2014 Dallas-Fort Worth Red Bull Air Race

Sep 12, 14 The 2014 Dallas-Fort Worth Red Bull Air Race

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Ridiculously fast planes, 20,000 screaming fans and the best pilots from around the world all come together for the fastest motorsport in the world: The Red Bull Air Race (RBAR). After a three year hiatus and some significant changes, the race lands in Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in its first American race of the new season.

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Scientists: ‘Extreme’ Solar Storm Heading To Earth

Sep 11, 14 Scientists: ‘Extreme’ Solar Storm Heading To Earth

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An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say. It's been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

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Student Rocketeers Wanted For World’s Largest Rocket Competition

Sep 09, 14 Student Rocketeers Wanted For World’s Largest Rocket Competition

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Although the end of summer indicates the beginning of classes for students across the country, it also signals the kickoff of the world's largest annual student rocketry contest. Registration for the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is now open for teams of 7-12th grade students through December 12.

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What’s Your Highballoon APP?

Sep 05, 14 What’s Your Highballoon APP?

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If you were given a satellite tomorrow, what kind of APP would you build for it? Would you monitor deforestation, spread Internet access, or maybe hang an alien spotter telescope? Though winning a satellite lottery may be far from possible, one start-up is working to bring this idea much closer to home.

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This Is What Happens To Your Body And Mind In Space

Sep 05, 14 This Is What Happens To Your Body And Mind In Space

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The next major leap would be a human setting foot on Mars. But first, astronauts have to figure out better ways to prevent or lessen the drastic changes the human body would go through during a year-long trip hurtling through space — getting farther away from Earth at every second — with no turning back.

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US Dependence On Russian Rocket Engines Raises Security Concerns

Sep 04, 14 US Dependence On Russian Rocket Engines Raises Security Concerns

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The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military's largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow. The Air Force has begun looking for alternatives to the RD-180 rocket engines for its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program - the fourth largest line item in the US defense budget.

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Modern Technology Is Fast Bringing An End To The Era Of The Fighter Jet

Aug 31, 14 Modern Technology Is Fast Bringing An End To The Era Of The Fighter Jet

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On Aug. 25, 1914, Lieutenant Euan Rebagliati of Britain's Royal Flying Corps climbed into the observer's seat of an Avro biplane with a rifle in the crook of his arm - not that he had realistic hopes of scoring a hit on a German. Previous attempts to pioneer aerial warfare, during the Italo-Turkish War of 1912 and the first weeks of the First World War, proved to be inept, sometimes comically so.

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