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NASA visualizes supersonic shockwaves in a new, awe-inspiring way
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Using the schlieren photography technique, NASA was able to capture the first air-to-air images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft flying in formation. [credit: NASA ] It wasn’t an easy shot to get, but the end results of NASA’s efforts to capture air-to-air images of supersonic shockwaves sure seem worth it. To […]

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Deep space dial-up: How NASA speeds up its interplanetary communications
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(video link) On November 26, 2018 at 2:52:59 ET, NASA did it again—the agency’s InSight probe successfully landed on Mars after an entry, descent, and landing maneuver later dubbed “six and a half minutes of terror.” The moniker fits because NASA engineers couldn’t know right away whether the spacecraft had made it safely down to […]

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Dragon aces final NASA review, now set for test flight on March 2
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Enlarge / It is nearly time for crewed flights on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. (credit: SpaceX) On Friday, key NASA officials gathered in a large meeting room at Kennedy Space Center. Here, for decades, NASA managers reviewed analyses about the next space shuttle mission and, more often than not, cleared the vehicle for launch. But after […]

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NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS     – CNET
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NASA just dropped some enticing new details about the much anticipated and much delayed test flight.

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NASA Eyes Colossal Cracks In Ice Shelf Near Antarctic Station
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NASA is keeping an eye on the Brunt Ice Shelf, home to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Research Station, which has growing cracks that are threatening to unload an iceberg soon. “NASA/USGS Landsat satellites are monitoring the action as the cracks grow,” reports CNET. “When the iceberg calves, it could be twice the size […]

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NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars     – CNET
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See what the rover saw. In 15 years on Mars, Oppy caught sight of meteorites, “blueberries,” a “jelly doughnut” and other exotic rock formations.

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China and NASA Shared Data About Historic Moon Landing
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hackingbear writes: “China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since a Cold-War-era-like American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval,” […]

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NASA probe finds a snowman-shaped relic of the early Solar System
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NASA YV/YouTube After the New Horizons mission zoomed by the then-unknown Ultima Thule object in the outer Solar System early on New Year’s Day, the spacecraft began returning data to Earth via a deep-space network. Although only about 1 percent of that data is now on the ground, scientists were able to share some top-line […]

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NASA New Horizons to photograph Ultima Thule in historic New Year's flyby     – CNET
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As 2019 nears, the spacecraft is hurtling toward the mysterious space rock Ultima Thule.

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