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Game developers help NASA imagine what life in space will look like

NASA spent much of the 20th century commissioning painters and illustrators to imagine the future of space exploration. When Jeff Norris, the head of Mission Operations Innovation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), wanted a way to inspire a new generation of potential engineers, scientists, and astronauts, he turned to a modern alternative to those artists: a games developer. “They were looking for an artist’s take,” explains Jeff Lydell, an executive producer at the Vancouver-based game studio...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Nasa, Vancouver, Jpl, Wernher von Braun, Jeff Norris, Syndication, Mission Operations Innovation, Jeff Lydell, Chesley Bonestell


'Yuri's Night' space parties in L.A. Sat April 6th, then DC, Seattle, Colorado, Space Coast April 12-13, 2019

The annual space party 'Yuri's Night' happens in L.A. this year on Saturday April 6th, and there are a bunch of cities the following weekend: Washington, DC, Seattle, Colorado Springs, Kennedy Space Center on the Florida Space Coast, April 12-13, 2019. This year, JPL is bringing the amazing JPL Europa Lander model (shown here) for Yuri's Night attendees to marvel at and imagine what it would be like out in orbit around Jupiter. How great is that? Plus space celebs and science fiction star...
Tags: Post, Space, News, La, Los Angeles, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Musgrave, Jupiter, Seattle, Spaceflight, Bill Nye, Jpl, Michael Collins


NASA discovers Saturn’s moons are caked in ring dust

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has long since bitten the proverbial dust, but data it sent back years ago is now revealing how actual dust affects some of the planet's many moons. As NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains in a new blog post, Saturn's iconic rings tend to litter some of its moons with a variety of material, coating them as they drift in orbit around the planet.The researchers focused on a handful of moons that exist close to or within the planet's rings. The moo...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Saturn, Cassini, Jpl, Buratti, Bonnie Buratti


NASA scientists want to send a cave-diving rover to the moon

Moon Diver would hitch a ride on a rocket in the mid-2020s and touch down a few hundred feet from one of the moon’s deep pits on the Sea of Tranquility basin. A smaller rover, Axel, would then rappel hundreds of feet into the large pits that pockmark the moon’s surface. The post NASA scientists want to send a cave-diving rover to the moon appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Moon, Emerging Tech, Jpl, Axel, Moon Diver


Mars helicopter bound for the Red Planet takes to the air for the first time

The Mars 2020 mission is on track for launch next year, and nesting inside the high-tech new rover heading that direction is a high-tech helicopter designed to fly in the planet’s nearly non-existent atmosphere. The actual aircraft that will fly on the Martian surface just took its first flight and its engineers are over the moon. “The next time we fly, we fly on Mars,” said MiMi Aung, who manages the project at JPL, in a news release. An engineering model that was very close to final has over a...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Government, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Drones, Uavs, Mars, Robotics, Cassini, Jpl, Red Planet


NASA spots ‘Space Butterfly’ giving birth to new stars

Our Sun is one of the big reasons we're all here today. It provides much of the energy needed for life to exist, and without it I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be here to read it. We think of stars as ancient things that have been there forever but new ones are being created all the time, and NASA just captured a gorgeous image of a place where new stars are born.NASA affectionately calls it a "Space Butterfly," but in reality it's a pair of massive gas clouds. Its of...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Jpl


We’re just living in our own, strange worlds

It’s not uncommon to read this paper in the morning, watch the news at night or scroll our social media accounts at all times in between and wonder, “What world am I living in?” The shift from our binary past — male/female, black/white, rich/poor, good/evil — to the billion shades of grey of our digital present has so scrambled our sense of culture, community and continuity we’re left to wonder, are we crazy or has the world gone mad? • Exhibit A: Donald J. Trump. How is it possible that people ...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Sport, Austria, Soccer, Donald Trump, Frank Sinatra, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Jpl, Doug Mcintyre, Donald J Trump, San Fernando Valley, University of Innsbruck, Eugene Wigner


NASA wants to help you develop cool new space tech

It's been decades since NASA and its government contractors handled everything in-house, but the recent push by the agency to bring private companies into the fold is truly unprecedented. NASA's agreements with companies like SpaceX make it clear that the group is ready and willing to pay others to develop its hardware, and a new announcement from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helps to hammer that point home.NASA and JPL revealed today that they'll be accepting applications to be par...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tom Cwik, Cwik


NASA put the electronic brains of the Mars 2020 rover through a torture test

Building a robotic vehicle that will eventually travel to another planet is a complicated undertaking. With just one NASA rover, Curiosity, currently roaming around on Mars after the death of Opportunity, the much-hyped Mars 2020 mission takes on even more significance.Getting it right means testing, tweaking, testing, tweaking, and then testing some more, and NASA just published a new behind-the-scenes look at the intense trial process the rover's on-board computers have to endure. Tucked a...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Red Planet, Jezero Crater, Heather Bottom


Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper

The Opportunity Mars Rover may be officially offline for good, but its legacy of science and imagery is ongoing — and NASA just shared the last (nearly) complete panorama the robot sent back before it was blanketed in dust. After more than 5,000 days (or rather sols) on the Martian surface, Opportunity found itself in Endeavour Crater, specifically in Perseverance Valley on the western rim. For the last month of its active life, it systematically imaged its surroundings to create another of its ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Government, Nasa, Mars, Opportunity, Mars Rover, Jpl, Mars rovers, Perseverance Valley


Ubiquitilink advance means every phone is now a satellite phone

Last month I wrote about Ubiquitilink, which promised, through undisclosed means, it was on the verge of providing a sort of global satellite-based roaming service. But how, I asked? (Wait, they told me.) Turns out our phones are capable of a lot more than we think: they can reach satellites acting as cell towers in orbit just fine, and the company just proved it. Utilizing a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, Ubiquitilink claimed during a briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcel...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Verizon, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Barcelona, Nasa, Earth, Mobile World Congress, Death Valley, Miller, Jpl


NASA’s Curiosity rover entered ‘safe mode’ on Mars, but nobody knows why

You know that feeling you get when a piece of technology just isn't working like it should, but you can't find the cause? Whether it's your TV remote or your smartphone, it's incredibly frustrating. Now imagine that same feeling, only multiplied by 33 million miles and you'll have a vague idea of what NASA's Curiosity team is currently feeling.As NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains in a new post, the Curiosity rover experienced a bit of a "hiccup" at the end of ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Steven Lee


NASA declares Mars rover Opportunity dead after 15 years on the red planet

NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover traversed the red planet for more than a decade. Its photography—simultaneously detailed and panoramic—made a hostile environment seem almost familiar, revealing the nature of a neighbor to which both the agency and several billionaires want to send humans.  On Wednesday, after seven months during which NASA was unable to establish contact with the machine, its 15-year mission was declared complete.  The solar-powered craft’s last communication was received on June ...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Mars, Gizmodo, Cornell, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Thomas Zurbuchen, Tanya Harrison, Steve Squyres, John Callas


NASA’s Opportunity rover is probably dead

Many of NASA's missions to explore and learn more about Mars have vastly exceeded expectations, and the Opportunity rover has long been its poster child. The rover, which was initially designed to last only three months after it touched down on the surface back in 2004. Instead, it spent a full decade and a half crawling across the Red Planet.That is, until a planet-wide dust storm in mid-2018 brought things to a screeching halt. Now, with NASA having already exhausted its planned attempts t...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Red Planet


NASA cubecraft WALL-E and EVE sign off after historic Mars flyby

A NASA mission that sent two tiny spacecraft farther out than any like them before appears to have come to an end: Cubesats MarCO-A and B (nicknamed WALL-E and EVE) are no longer communicating from their positions a million and two million miles from Earth respectively. The briefcase-sized craft rode shotgun on the Insight Mars Lander launch in May, detaching shortly after leaving orbit. Before long they had gone farther than any previous cubesat-sized craft, and after about a million kilomet...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Hardware, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Jpl, Red Planet, Cubesats, Insight Mars Lander, Andy Klesh


NASA Making Renewed Efforts To Contact Mars Rover Opportunity

NASA is making a new, and perhaps final, attempt to restore contact with the Mars rover Opportunity, which has not communicated with the Earth for more than six months. From a report: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced Jan. 25 that it was transmitting a new set of commands to address what it acknowledged are "low-likelihood" events that could have kept the rover from contacting Earth. These new efforts are in addition to the months-long "sweep and beep" campaign of transmitting other comman...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


15 years ago, NASA’s rover landed on Mars, but JPL says it has lost contact

NASA’s rover Opportunity begins its 15th year on the surface of Mars on Thursday, but scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena say they currently can’t raise the craft. The rover landed in a region of the Red Planet called Meridiani Planum on Jan. 24, 2004, sending its first signal back to Earth from the surface in the first minutes of Jan. 25, recalled a JPL statement. 15 years ago #OTD, Opportunity landed on Mars: https://t.co/wkUohJdLYU pic.twitter.com/wYFtZ8vE2V — Spirit and ...
Tags: Science, News, China, Sport, Nasa, Earth, Soccer, Spirit, Mars, Pasadena, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Red Planet, Cape Canaveral Florida, National News, Meridiani Planum


Government shutdown in Southern California: Workers, businesses prepare themselves for empty payday

When the partial government shutdown took effect just before Christmas, Mark Muñoz, father to seven daughters, braced for the worst. The 40-year-old Ontario resident, who works as a fire captain with the U.S. Forest Service, has weathered shutdowns before; he said he was always retroactively paid for wages lost. But there was never a guarantee. And there’s no guarantee now. “It brings an enormous amount of stress,” said Munoz, who works primarily in the San Bernardino National Forest but also re...
Tags: Business, California, Mexico, Sport, Economy, Nasa, Soccer, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Donald Trump, Irs, Bay Area, Southern California, Ontario, Jpl


Pasadena consulting firm brokers international cannabis agreement

Marijuana has become big business in the U.S., but companies looking to cultivate, manufacture and sell the stuff often need help. Enter Agate Biosciences. The Pasadena-based business just brokered an international business agreement that will allow Medical Cannabis Australia to sell marijuana to Lexamed GmbH of Germany for purposes of research and producing pharmaceuticals. A need for imports The German government has allowed seriously ill patients to use cannabis since early 2017, but import...
Tags: California, Germany, Sport, Nasa, Earth, Green, Soccer, Mars, Pasadena, District Of Columbia, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kern, Roger, La Canada Flintridge, Agate


Amateur scientists just found a new planet, and it might even be habitable

NASA's Kepler space telescope is dead. It ran out of fuel back in October of last year, but the incredible wealth of data that it sent back during its life is still being sifted through, and new discoveries are just waiting to be made. A timely reminder of that fact comes in the form of an all-new exoplanet discovery made by citizen scientists who dedicated their time to combing through Kepler's logs. The world, called K2-288Bb, appears to be quite special, and researchers who have look...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Kepler, Neptune, Jpl, Astronomical Journal


Elementary Robotics raises cash to expand in Los Angeles’ growing robotics hub

Elementary Robotics  has raised $3.6 million in seed funding to begin building a manufacturing facility and expand its presence in Los Angeles as the city continues to grow as a hub for robotics and automation.  Earlier this year, Embodied announced a $22 million round for its personal robotics platform focused on healthcare and wellness, while InVia Robotics collected $20 million for its own take on the robotics industry. With lead investors like Fika Ventures and Fathom Capital and co-inves...
Tags: Google, TC, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Bill Gross, Bill, Elementary, DAQRI, Fika, Jpl, Ho, Caltech, Idealab, Eva Ho, Fika Ventures


This former JPL scientist created a glitter bomb trap for package thieves

Former JPL scientist and YouTube personality Mark Rober was the victim of package theft earlier this year. So using his engineering skills, he came up with an innovative way to get revenge: a trap that explodes “a pound of the finest glitter” all over the unsuspecting package thief. And wannabe porch pirates should be aware that his YouTube video showing how he built the trap has gone viral, and may inspire other revenge plots. Here’s how he engineered the glitter bomb trap: Related Article...
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Watch Rocket Lab launch 10 cubesats into orbit tonight for NASA

It’s been just over a month since Rocket Lab’s inaugural (and long-delayed) commercial launch, “It’s Business Time,” and it’s about to take another customer to space: NASA. Tonight’s 8PM scheduled launch will take 10 small satellites to orbit as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIX mission. This is not only Rocket Lab’s first all-NASA launch, but the first launch from NASA under its “Venture Class Launch Services” initiative, which is taking advantage of the new gen...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, New Zealand, Rocket, Rocket Launch, Jpl, Pickering, Electron, Rocket Lab, William Pickering, NASA Venture Class Launch Service, Justin Treptow ELaNa XIX


Calibrate wraps up maiden fund at nearly $80 mln

Pasadena, California-based Calibrate Ventures, an early-stage venture firm, has closed its debut fund at nearly $80 million. Calibrate Ventures LP’s investors include Shea Ventures and Foundry Group. The fund is targeting initial investments of $5 million in companies generating revenue between $1 million and $5 million. PRESS RELEASE PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Calibrate Ventures (“Calibrate”), a venture capital firm focused on backing transformative companies across the consumer and enter...
Tags: Trends, Funds, Fund, Pasadena, Jason, Foundry Group, Southern California, Jpl, Caltech, Kevin, University of Notre Dame, Pasadena California, Dunlap, Moog, Claremont Graduate University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL


Voyager 2 joins its twin in interstellar space

Voyager 2, the multi-planetary exploratory probe launched in 1977, has finally entered interstellar space, some six years after its twin, Voyager 1, did the same. It’s now about 11 billion miles from Earth, the second-farthest-out human-made object in space. Interstellar space starts where the sun’s “heliosphere” ends — the big ball of radiation and plasma in which the planets bathe and by which they are protected. Both Voyagers have instruments on board that monitor all this stuff, and both hav...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Voyager 2, Jpl, Voyager, Suzanne Dodd


NASA says Voyager 2 is the second human object ever to touch interstellar space — the void between stars

NASA's twin Voyager probes launched into space more than 41 years ago. Voyager 1 left a crucial part of the solar system called the heliosphere — the main region of the sun's influence — in August 2012. The space agency now says its Voyager 2 probe exited the heliosphere in November 2018, once it got about 11 billion miles from Earth. However, the Voyagers have not left the solar system "and won't be leaving anytime soon," NASA says. About 11 billion miles from Earth, a NASA probe has broken ...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Neptune, Au, Jpl, Stone, Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL, Voyager, Suzanne Dodd


Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander

Scientists celebrate recording low-frequency rumblings – ‘an unplanned treat’The sound of the wind on Mars has been captured for the first time by Nasa’s InSight lander, which touched down on the red planet 10 days ago.The agency’s jet propulsion laboratory (JPL) released audio clips of the alien wind on Friday evening. InSight collected the low-frequency rumblings during its first week of operations. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, UK News, Nasa, Mars, Jpl


Listen to the "sounds" of wind on Mars for the first time ever

For the first time, we can hear the "sounds" of wind on Mars as captured by the scientific instruments on NASA's InSight robotic lander. From NASA: "Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat," said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California... Two very sensitive sensors on the spacecraft detected these wind vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer sitting on the lander's deck, awaiting deplo...
Tags: Video, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Sounds, Mars, Sound, Jpl, Pasadena California, Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL, Bruce Banerdt


Striking new selfies from the InSight lander on Mars

Since the InSight robotic lander touched down on Mars last week, engineers have been putting its scientific instruments through their paces. This included extending the lander's 6 foot (2 meter) robotic arm that will be used to deploy instruments and take images of the Martian surface. "Today we can see the first glimpses of our workspace," said mission principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. People, these images are from the surface o...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Pasadena California, Bruce Banerdt


NASA's InSight Lander Sends Back Stunning Image of the Martian Horizon

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia,…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Nasa, Insight, Mars, Spaceflight, Mars Insight, Jpl, Red Planet, Heat Transport