Tag Archives: NASA

ALMA Telescope Can Directly Observe The Sun

Staring directly at the sun is obviously not a very smart thing to do. The damage to a person’s eyes can be significant and irreparable. But did you know that many telescopes have the same restriction?  The sun’s radiation and heat makes earthbound telescopes unable to function properly. In one case, the sun’s power resulted in the Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope catching fire. In a series of just-released photos, however, we finally got to see the observational results of a new telescope. This one is designed to be able to…

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Asteroid Bennu Could Provide Insight Into Earth’s Origins

In early September, NASA began tracking an asteroid as it was hurtling towards Earth. Although the asteroid, named Bennu, won’t hit our planet until the 22nd century, scientists are still eager to collect material from its surface. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is responsible for that collection, and it’s going to travel for two years to get to the asteroid, and land back on Earth by 2023. Bennu’s trajectory will also be monitored and analyzed in order to calculate the danger it represents for Earth. Right now,…

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Closest Earth-Like Planet Found 4 Light Years Away

An international team of astronomers have recently found a rocky, Earth-like planet that orbits Proxima Centauri, our sun’s nearest neighbour. There are a few key differences between this planet, Proxima b, and Earth. For one, it’s one-twentieth the distance from its red dwarf star compared to the Earth’s distance from our sun, giving it a permanently orange sky. It also circles the star so quickly that a year only lasts 11 days. Even though its 4.22 light-years away, it’s the “closest potentially habitable planet ever…

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NASA Plans For Our Space Future

NASA’s spacecraft Juno is all set to take its first close-up images of Jupiter next month, and it’s a stunning example of the success science has achieved in space as of yet. In spite of this achievement, NASA isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch. It will broaden our ability to see the faintest of objects in our universe, as well as all of the other planets in our solar system and their respective moons. The…

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NASA Created An Expanding Space Room For The International Space Station

The International Space Station is always being improved upon, and the next upgrade on the docket is a 12-foot long living space that attaches to the ISS and doubles in size as it inflates. Called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short, it will head up to the ISS on the next supply mission, and the Station’s robotic arm will attach it to the rear port. Just a touch of a button with inflate the BEAM, and it will expand to its full…

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DIY Night-Vision Flashlight For The Lunar Eclipse

There was a lunar eclipse this weekend, and if you weren’t on the east coast or in South America, you would have probably been able to see it. If you were amongst those who missed it, here are some tips that could have been useful. Once you had figured out if you were able to see it from your location, with a little help from NASA, the next thing is to figure out the best way to spot it. Since your naked eye would not…

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The Battery-Powered Aircraft of the Future

{{unknown}}Air travel may become much more environmentally sustainable as NASA has just developed a working model of a plane powered entirely by batteries. Dubbed the Greased Lightning (or GL-10), the battery-powered aircraft has been an ongoing project for NASA’s Langley Research Center, with the aircraft now entering the testing phase. Looking like a helicopter-airplane hybrid, the Greased Lightning reaches the skies thanks to ten separate engines (hence the GL-10 nickname) that allows the vehicle to vertically rise/land quite easily, much like a helicopter does. One of…

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NASA’s New Robots Look Like Tumbleweeds

As NASA continues its work exploring the final frontier, work is underway developing a planet traversing robot that looks like a space tumbleweed. The experimental robot is called the Super Ball Bot and it is being built by Boston Dynamics with the support of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The Super Ball Bot is made from metals rods and cables that can extend or retract on command. This innovative design allows the Super Ball Bot to be very versatile. It can absorb impact on landing,…

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NASA and Nissan Team Up To Build Self-Driving Cars

Last week, NASA and Nissan announced they will be joining forces in an effort to develop a self-driving car, not just for city driving, but also for space travel. NASA, who has been sending  vehicles to Mars for years, is a leader in this kind of innovation. But, those vehicles aren’t very autonomous, so it seems they have a few things to learn from Nissan, a company that is approaching self-driving cars a little differently from its competitors. Google just took out a 60-year lease…

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