Tag Archives: NASA

New imagery of NASA’s asteroid mission released

This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system. Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface. (Credit: NASA) NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency’s […]

NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

This artist’s concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA will revive the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) next month with the goal of […]

Detecting DNA in space

Gene-sequencing chip can survive space radiation on Mars, MIT scientist finds Is there DNA on Mars? (credit: NASA) If there is life on Mars, it’s not too farfetched to believe that such Martian species may share genetic roots with life on Earth, based on RNA or DNA. That’s because more than 3.5 billion years ago, […]

NASA announces asteroid grand challenge

Asteroid (credit: NEAR Project, NLR, JHUAPL, Goddard SVS, NASA/Wikimedia Commons) NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships with other government agencies, international partners, industry, academia, and citizen scientists. […]

Robotic space-colony construction, cubesats for Mars, transhumanists on space, and more….

by Amara D. Angelica The International Space Development Conference (ISDC), produced by the National Space Society (NSS) — the happening place to learn about the future of space — kicks off Thursday May 23 and runs through Monday May 27 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego, California. ISDC speakers will discuss a wide range of […]

Google and NASA launch Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

The chip at the heart of one of D-Wave’s computers (credit: D-Wave) Google, in partnership with NASA and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), has launched an initiative to investigate how quantum computing might lead to breakthroughs in machine learning, a branch of AI that focuses on construction and study of systems that learn from data.. The new lab will use […]

NASA successfully launches three tiny smartphone satellites

Phonesat (credit: NASA) Three “PhoneSats” rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The goal of NASA‘s PhoneSat mission is to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone — such as the Nexus One phones running Android, used here — can be used as the main flight avionics […]

Spooky action at a distance’ to be tested aboard the ISS

International Space Station (credit: NASA) Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Austria and the European Space Agency have proposed using the International Space Station (ISS) to test the limits of “spooky action at a distance” (remote quantum entanglement) and potentially help to develop the first global quantum communication network. Albert Einstein famously described […]