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NASA just picked a winner in its space-toilet competition. The $20,000 prize awards the best 'lunar loo' for moon-bound astronauts.

Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher Before NASA can fly astronauts to the moon, it must design a toilet for the crew.  The agency's "Lunar Loo" contest offered $20,000 for a space toilet design that would work both in microgravity and on the lunar surface. The space agency announced the contest winner this week, ...
Tags: Space, Science, Washington, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Astronaut, Toilet, Contest, US Air Force, Atlanta Georgia, Morse, Pats, Davidson


Fifth anniversary: Here’s how the Aliso Canyon gas leak has impacted the entire state

Aliso Canyon: Five Years of Tumult Part one: The leak spurred quite literally dozens of suits involving thousands of plaintiffs. Part two: An infographic offers a glimpse of the leak, the effort to stop it and trends in energy consumption in California. Part three, coming Sunday, Oct. 25: Despite years of debate, the future of the facility is very much up in the air. Five years ago this week, the largest-ever U.S. methane leak was discovered near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Val...
Tags: Energy, News, California, Environment, California News, Infographic, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Epa, Environmental Defense Fund, Southern California, Porter Ranch Gas Leak, Aliso Canyon, Porter Ranch, Socalgas


Fith anniversary: Here’s how the Aliso Canyon gas leak has impacted the entire state

Aliso Canyon: Five Years of Tumult Part one, Friday, Oct. 23: The leak spurred quite literally dozens of suits involving thousands of plaintiffs. Part two, Saturday, Oct. 24: An infographic offers a glimpse of the leak, the effort to stop it and trends in energy consumption in California. Part three, coming Sunday, Oct. 25: Despite years of debate, the future of the facility is very much up in the air. Five years ago this week, the largest-ever U.S. methane leak was discovered near Porter Ra...
Tags: Energy, News, California, Environment, California News, Infographic, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Epa, Environmental Defense Fund, Local News, Southern California, Aliso Canyon, Porter Ranch, Socalgas


Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected so much rock from asteroid Bennu that bits are leaking out.
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Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Critical For GPS, Seen In Distant Stars

Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered that "gravitational redshift" exists in two stars orbiting each other in our galaxy about 29,000 light years (200,000 trillion miles) away from Earth. Gravitational redshifts, where light is shifted to redder colors because of gravity, "have tangible impacts on modern life, as scientists and engineers must take them into account to enable accurate positions for GPS," reports Phys.Org. From the report: The intriguing system known...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Einstein, Chandra, Chandra X Ray Observatory, Earth Gravitational


NASA to announce 'exciting new discovery' about the moon on Monday

Oh, there's a flying telescope involved, too.
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Asteroid samples escaping from overstuffed NASA probe Osiris-Rex that grabbed lots of Bennu rubble

NASA's asteroid sampler spacecraft Osiris-Rex managed to stuff itself so full of so much asteroid dust during this week's grab-and-dash maneuver, it's now jammed open, and precious asteroid dust particles are just drifting off into space, said NASA scientists on Friday. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Astronomy, Space, News, Nasa, Space Exploration, Asteroid, Osiris Rex


NASA is rushing to hold onto its first sample of asteroid dust before too much leaks into space: 'Time is of the essence'

A rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu, composed of images captured by NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft over a four-hour period on December 2, 2018. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft briefly landed on an asteroid called Bennu on Tuesday to collect samples of its rock. But now a valve on the probe's sample-collecting arm won't close, and the bits of asteroid it grabbed are floating away. The team is frantically trying to store the asteroid dust in a safer place be...
Tags: Science, News, Time, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rex, Asteroid, Spacecraft, Lauretta, Bennu, Mount Doom, Science Mission Directorate, Dante Lauretta, Osiris-Rex, Thomas Zurbuchen


NASA is rushing to hold onto its first sample of asteroid dust before too much leaks into space: 'Time is of the essence'

A valve on the probe's sample-collecting arm won't close, and bits of asteroid are floating away. The team hopes to store the dust in a safer place.
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Overstuffed Nasa spacecraft Osiris-Rex losing particles after bingeing on Bennu

After an asteroid encounter, scientists scrambled to minimize the loss of space rocks as the craft belched rubbleA Nasa spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said on Friday. Related: Nasa Osiris-Rex spacecraft lands on asteroid Bennu in mission to collect dust Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, World news, Nasa, Bennu


Astrobotic Debuts Massive New 'Moon Base' in Pittsburgh (gizmodo)

The space robotics manufacturer Astrobotic Technology unveiled its new 47,000-square-foot headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. The massive facility will serve as mission control for its lunar payload delivery services and upcoming NASA contracts, and I for one think they’re missing a huge opportunity by…Read more... [Author: Alyse Stanley]
Tags: News, Nasa, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Astrobotic Technology, Alyse Stanley, Astrobotic Debuts Massive New Moon Base


NASA collected a sample from asteroid Bennu, but some of it is leaking into space

The historic collection of a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday was almost too successful.
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NASA successfully collected a sample from asteroid Bennu, but some of it is leaking into space

The historic collection of a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday was almost too successful. While the spacecraft collected a subsantial sample, some of it is leaking into space.
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Some of NASA's asteroid sample is leaking into space

The historic collection of a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday was almost too successful.
Tags: News, Nasa, Earth, Stories, Bennu


Asteroid samples escaping from over-filled NASA craft

By Marcia Dunn | Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday. Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu 200 million miles away. The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta, said Tuesday’s operation collected far more material than expected for return to Eart...
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NASA To Announce New Science Results About Moon

NASA will announce an exciting new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 26. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency's website. From a press release: This new discovery contributes to NASA's efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration. Under NASA's Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 to p...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Artemis


34 photos that show how Halloween has been celebrated at the White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out Halloween candy to visiting schoolchildren in advance of Halloween at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019. Tom Brenner/Reuters Halloween at the White House has been a fun tradition honored by presidential administrations over the past 60 years. It started when First Lady Mamie Eisenhower first decided to decorate the White House for the holiday in 1958. Since then, presidents and first ladies have welcomed ...
Tags: Halloween, Politics, Obama, Washington, Life, White House, Virginia, Holiday, Barack Obama, Trends, Nasa, Features, Washington Dc, Jimmy Carter, Michelle Obama, John F Kennedy


Take a Guess at What NASA’s Exciting Moon Discovery Might Be

Big news, everyone: NASA says it will reveal “an exciting new discovery about the Moon” on Monday. Any guesses as to what it will be?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Moon, Planetary Science


New study details atmosphere on 'hot Neptune' 260 light years away that 'shouldn't exist'

A team led by an astronomer from the University of Kansas has crunched data from NASA's TESS and Spitzer space telescopes to portray for the first time the atmosphere of a highly unusual kind of exoplanet dubbed a 'hot Neptune.'
Tags: Science, Nasa, Neptune, University of Kansas


Nokia and Nasa to install 4G on the Moon

Installing a wireless network on the Moon is just one step toward establishing a long-term human presence there The post Nokia and Nasa to install 4G on the Moon appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Space, Nokia, Nasa, Earth, Moon, 4G, Mars, Astronauts, Openaccess, Sci-tech, Cellular Networks, Artemis Programme


Astrobotic Debuts Massive New 'Moon Base' in Pittsburgh

The space robotics manufacturer Astrobotic Technology unveiled its new 47,000-square-foot headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. The massive facility will serve as mission control for its lunar payload delivery services and upcoming NASA contracts, and I for one think they’re missing a huge opportunity by…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Pittsburgh, Lunar, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Astrobotic Technology, Astrobotic, Lunar Landing, Astrobotic Debuts Massive New Moon Base


NASA astronaut Kate Rubins just cast her vote — from space

With no waiting in line, and a voting booth just a short distance away, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins on Thursday cast her presidential election ballot from space.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Election, Iss, Space Station, Election 2020, Kate Rubins, Breaking Twitter


Check out these amazing Bennu asteroid images taken by NASA spacecraft (digital trends)

NASA has released a set of stunning images captured during its spacecraft's touch-and-go maneuver on the Bennu asteroid more than 200M miles from Earth. [Author: Trevor Mogg]
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Watch a NASA Spacecraft Touch Down On an Asteroid to Collect a Sample

On Tuesday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touched down on an asteroid called Bennu for about six seconds in order to collect a mineral sample to bring back to Earth. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu (formerly 1999 RQ36), and bring at least a 2.1-ounce sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as...
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Any aliens living around 1,004 nearby stars should be able to see the signs of life on Earth, a study says

An artist's impression shows exoplanet K2-18b, its host star, and an accompanying planet in the system. K2-18b is a super-Earth that hosts both water and temperatures that could support life. ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser Astronomers have identified 1,004 sun-like stars that could have Earth-like planets in their orbits. Any intelligent aliens on those exoplanets would be able to detect the signs of life on Earth. The researchers say these stars could be prime targets in the search for ali...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Stars, Pepper, Aliens, Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial Life, Tess, Lehigh University, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Joshua Pepper, Lisa Kaltenegger, Solar Dynamics Observatory NASA


Announcing the Agenda for TC Sessions: Space 2020

TC Sessions: Space is happening this December 16 and 17 – our first ever dedicated space event. This is a live, virtual two-day conference featuring the most important people in the space industry, across public, private and defense. We’re thrilled to be hosting NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond, Lockheed Martin VP and head of civil space programs Lisa Callahan and many more. In addition to th...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Air Force, Thompson, Ground Control, Tom, John Thompson, Rocket Lab, Moon Mars, Jay Raymond, Chris Kemp, NASA NASA


AI reveals the Sahara actually has millions of trees

AI analysis of satellite images sees trees and shrubs where human eyes can't.At the western edge of the Sahara is more significant vegetation than previously suspected.Machine learning trained to recognize trees completed the detailed study in hours. Satellite imagery of the Sahara desert presents an arid expanse, the endless rolling dunes we know from movies. The thing is, normal satellite images don't show individual trees, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're not there. Researchers from...
Tags: Climate Change, Africa, Trees, Nasa, Innovation, Agriculture, West Africa, Machine Learning, Biodiversity, Ai, Sahara Desert, University of Copenhagen, Sahara, Western Sahara, Department of Computer Science, Brandt


AP Top Stories Oct. 22 A

Here are the top stories for Thursday, Oct 22nd: Trump and Biden square off for final debate; Germany posts record number of new virus cases; Questions about Pope's endorsement of same-sex unions; NASA's spacecraft touches asteroid.         [Author: AP Domestic]
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Stunning Images Show NASA’s Attempt at Scooping Samples From an Asteroid

Images captured by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx show the spacecraft’s sample head touching the surface of asteroid Bennu, which then became enveloped in a cloudy burst of dust and rock. The team now has to figure out how much surface material was collected, if any, but these images are being taken as a very positive sign.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Bennu, Osiris Rex, Probes That Like To Collect Rocks


ISS air leakage fixed in time for crew handover, thanks to floating teabag

Also: Starlinks soar but GPS stays grounded, NASA names first Virgin Galactic flier In Brief There was good news for International Space Station (ISS) residents this week as the crew managed to plug a leak in the orbiting laboratory. While never an immediate threat to the crew's safety, nobody likes knowing that air is escaping overboard.…
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