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Mangalyaan: 10 top things to know

Congratulations to the team at ISRO and to India. It is a proud moment for my adopted home that it has been able to make such great strides showing the world what is possible. All of humanity should feel a sense of ownership in this achievement as it is built on the backs many great…

Chicago under ice

Beautiful photo of a very cold Chicago

Frozen Lake Michigan

 

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Brazilian Hackers Mistakenly Attack NASA As Payback For NSA Spying.

NASA got an interesting surprise when 14 of their websites were taken down by an experienced Brazilian hacker. The cyberattack targeted pages by NASA’s Ames Research Center, including one which contained information about the Kepler Space telescope. Although he was successful in bringing the sites down, the hacker may have accidentally targeted the wrong organization. The intended recipient would appear to be the…

LADEE gets laser communications

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD) is the agency’s first attempt at developing a high-performance laser communications systemsfor interplanetary probes. The first LLCD space terminal is riding aboard NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (nicknamed LADEE for short), which is launching to the moon in September 2013. The LLCD space terminal is designed to beam data from…

MIT Develops Ionic Wind Thrusters As An Efficient Alternative To Jet Engines

Researchers at MIT have built an ionic thruster—a device that can lift something into the air by charging the air molecules around it. Amazing, right? Though not in the way you might think. As sci-fi as it sounds, the basic technology to build ionic thrusters has been around since the 1960s, and Star Trek-inspired hobbyists…

3D-Printed Rocket Parts Excel in NASA Tests

A continuation of the 3D printed rocket engine injector story a few weeks ago. It has now out performed the milled traditional manufactured injector. The traditionally constructed injectors used in the SLS tests cost about $10,000 each and took six months to build; the 3D-printed versions cost less than $5,000 and only took 40 hours…

Particle Accelerator in Earth’s Radiation Belts

NASA’s Van Allen Probes have made a surprising and unusual discovery. They’ve found a particle accelerator in the heart of Earth’s radiation belts, speeding up tiny particles to more than 99 percent the speed of light. “Until the 1990s, we thought that the Van Allen belts were pretty well-behaved and changed slowly,” said Geoff Reeves. “With more and…

NASA, Industry Test Additively Manufactured Rocket Engine Injector

NASA cuts manufacturing time from 1 year to 4 months and cuts costs by 70%. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne designed and fabricated a key part for a rocket engine with a 3D printer, shaving six months and 70 percent off the cost of production. A successful test of the component, a rocket injector assembly that delivers liquid…

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