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NASA RESEARCHERS CATALOGUE ALL MICROBES AND FUNGI ON THE ISS

A comprehensive catalogue of the bacteria and fungi found on surfaces inside the International Space Station (ISS) is being presented in a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Knowledge of the composition of the microbial and fungal communities on the ISS can be used to develop safety measures for NASA for long-term space […]

NASA’S MARS HELICOPTER COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTS

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903, first flights have been important milestones in the life of any vehicle designed for air travel. After all, it’s one thing to design an aircraft and make it fly on paper – or computer. It is quite […]

ISS MICROBES SHOULD BE MONITORED TO AVOID THREAT TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study […]

MARS VIRTUAL REALITY SOFTWARE WINS NASA AWARD

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA’s 2018 Software of the Year Award. OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the robot. The goal of the software, a […]

PHOTONICS DAWNING AS THE COMMUNICATIONS LIGHT FOR EVOLVING NASA MISSIONS

A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA’s most pressing challenges in future spaceflight. Photonics explores the many applications of generating, detecting and manipulating photons, or particles of light that, among other things, make up laser beams. On October 21, 1983, the General Conference of Weights and Measures adopted the […]

A MIXED-REALITY TRIP TO MARS

It’ll be years before the first astronauts leave the launch pad on Earth to journey to Mars. But starting September 19, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida will get a taste of what those astronauts will see when they touch down on the Red Planet. “Destination: Mars,” a mixed-reality experience designed […]

DEATH VALLEY’S CELESTIAL CENTENNIAL

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this year, Death Valley National Park is hosting the Celestial Centennial, a night sky and space festival. Taking place April 8-10, the Celestial Centennial celebration will include talks, field trips, programs, and expositions with experts, rangers, NASA scientists and many more. FIELD TRIPS Join a Ranger, scientist, […]

‘MIXED REALITY’ BRINGS MARS TO EARTH

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality. As a result, NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to offer […]

EXOTIC COSMIC LOCALES AVAILABLE AS SPACE TOURISM POSTERS

Imagination is our window into the future. New travel posters from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, envision a day when the creativity of scientists and engineers will allow us to do things we can only dream of now. You can take a virtual trip to 14 alien worlds, and maybe even plaster your living […]

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