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3D printers to revolutionize space travel within two years

Apr 23, 15 3D printers to revolutionize space travel within two years

Posted by in Space, Technology

NASA are aiming to introduce 3D printers into spacecraft within two years, allowing astronauts to set up permanent habitats on other planets and even print their own food. NASA’s 3D printing chief Niki Werkheiser says the technology will revolutionize space travel.

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Rocket scientists are turning to fashion to create a revolutionary stiletto

Apr 21, 15 Rocket scientists are turning to fashion to create a revolutionary stiletto

Posted by in Space, WTF???

As former head of recruiting at California-based SpaceX, Dolly Singh used to walk around the cavernous spacecraft company in high heels. It was a painful experience. Not wearing high heels was one solution; designing her own was another.

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Quora Question: How do astronauts scratch an itch?

Apr 20, 15 Quora Question: How do astronauts scratch an itch?

Posted by in Space

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. This week's question: How do astronauts scratch an itch?

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Russia, North Korea plan bilateral space program

Apr 20, 15 Russia, North Korea plan bilateral space program

Posted by in Space

North Korea and Russia have cozied up to the idea of cooperating on a program for outer space exploration, along with other transportation and trade-related projects, according to multiple news reports. Pak Hyon Su, deputy head of the North Korean Committee of Space Technology, told a Russian news agency that the two countries hoped to begin the bilateral space research program this year.

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Lasers may be used to take out the (space) trash

Apr 19, 15 Lasers may be used to take out the (space) trash

Posted by in Space

According to current estimates, there are up to 500,000 pieces of debris the size of a marble, or larger, orbiting Earth. This orbital junk can travel at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour -- fast enough to cause serious damage to satellites and even the ISS. Now, a team of scientists have come up with an ambitious plan to eliminate the debris.

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NASA releases first-ever color picture of Pluto

Apr 17, 15 NASA releases first-ever color picture of Pluto

Posted by in Space

NASA released the first-ever color images of Pluto on Tuesday, captured by its New Horizons probe as the spacecraft continues its marathon journey to the remote dwarf planet. The picture shows the rust-colored Pluto and its biggest moon, Charon, as little more than blurry specks.

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Dark matter mapped in unprecedented detail

Apr 16, 15 Dark matter mapped in unprecedented detail

Posted by in Space

A team of scientists associated with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) have released the first in a series of “dark matter maps” of the universe. The maps, part of an ambitious effort to map the distribution of dark matter across the cosmos, were created using the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera.

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There could still be some water on Mars – but it is salty

Apr 15, 15 There could still be some water on Mars – but it is salty

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The surface of Mars may still hold water - albeit the saltiest variety possible - according to scientists, after Nasa's Curiosity rover found evidence of liquid brine on the planet. Researchers have detected the presence of a chemical substance in the Martian soil that absorbs water vapour from the atmosphere to form a brine that remains a liquid.

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Current understanding of Universe’s expansion could be inaccurate

Apr 14, 15 Current understanding of Universe’s expansion could be inaccurate

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A team of astronomers has discovered that a certain type of supernovae, or exploding stars, which are commonly used to measure the depths of the universe may not be accurate enough to gauge how fast the cosmos has been expanding since the Big Bang.

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NASA’s GoPro footage lets you spacewalk with astronauts

Apr 13, 15 NASA’s GoPro footage lets you spacewalk with astronauts

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NASA knows that unless you are an astronaut, your chances of experiencing a real-life spacewalk are pretty slim. To give you a taste of what it’s like to “walk” in the void of space, the space agency attached a GoPro camera to astronauts aboard the ISS and sent them for Extra Vehicular Activities, and the breathtaking results are now available for all to see.

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