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NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

Solar activity sometimes causes disturbances through massive flares, but the energy can also be used to increase in-space propulsion capability - harnessing solar power with solar sails could expand

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Watch as NASA’s Solar-Powered Twin GRAIL Spacecrafts Launch For the Moon This Morning!

Watch as NASA’s Solar-Powered Twin GRAIL Spacecrafts Launch For the Moon This Morning!

T-minus ten minutes and counting! NASA is scheduled to launch its newest mission, The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL this morning at 8:37 9:16AM EDT. Two twin spacecrafts will be

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NASA Developing Laser System That Could Increase Space Speed Communication by a Factor Of 100

NASA Developing Laser System That Could Increase Space Speed Communication by a Factor Of 100

Those boffins at NASA are currently developing an optical laser system that will not only increase data rates, but also increase speed space communications by a factor of one hundred. According to the US

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NASA Researchers Say Climate Change on Earth Could Provoke an Alien Invasion

NASA Researchers Say Climate Change on Earth Could Provoke an Alien Invasion

A new paper from NASA's Planetary Science Division and Pennsylvania State University academics details a rather frightening consequence of climate change that we may not have contemplated before -- we

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NASA PICS: Farthest Ever Solar-Powered Journey Takes Off Today for Jupiter

NASA PICS: Farthest Ever Solar-Powered Journey Takes Off Today for Jupiter

"We’re about to start our journey to Jupiter to unlock the secrets of the early solar system," said Scott Bolton, the mission's principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San

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NASA’s Juno Spaceship to Jupiter Will Make the Most Distant Use of Solar Power Ever

NASA’s Juno Spaceship to Jupiter Will Make the Most Distant Use of Solar Power Ever

NASA is prepared to launch a mission to Jupiter this week that will probe deep into the planet's clouds to reveal what it is made of. The Juno spacecraft will also make history by being the most distant

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Google & NASA Partner to Host Green Flight Challenge With $1.65 Million Prize

Google & NASA Partner to Host Green Flight Challenge With $1.65 Million Prize

From the Elektra One electric airplane to Siemens' plug-in hybrid aircraft, we've been seeing a lot of eco-friendly airplanes lately. While we love any airplane that doesn't spew massive amounts of carbon

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NASA to Spend $96 Million at Kennedy Space Center Cleaning Up the Toxic Fumes It Left Behind

NASA to Spend $96 Million at Kennedy Space Center Cleaning Up the Toxic Fumes It Left Behind

NASA reports that the pollution caused by Space Shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will cost the government $96 million and will take 30 years to properly clean up. NASA officially ended

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The Eco Facts Behind NASA’s Legendary Space Shuttle Program

The Eco Facts Behind NASA’s Legendary Space Shuttle Program

On July 21st, at approximately 6:00AM, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will land signaling the end of NASA's 30 year-long Space Shuttle Program. During its 30 year run, the world has seen the five shuttles

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NASA’s Pee Recycling Bag Turns Urine Into a Sports Drink

NASA’s Pee Recycling Bag Turns Urine Into a Sports Drink

News from the septic tank appears to be all the rage as of late, and it seems as though NASA is also on board. This Friday, their innovative design to recycle human urine into a "sugary drink" will

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NASA Develops Program to Fill Gaps in Pollution Monitoring on Earth

NASA Develops Program to Fill Gaps in Pollution Monitoring on Earth

NASA is expanding their DISCOVER-AQ research program, which measures pollution levels on Earth from space, to help them fully understand how to precisely measure gaps in air pollution data. NASA has been

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NASA’s OMEGA Project Creates Carbon Neutral Food and Fuel

NASA’s OMEGA Project Creates Carbon Neutral Food and Fuel

The people who brought us memory foam, satellite radio, invisible braces and the charcoal water filter are at it again. The brilliant minds at NASA's Ames Research Center are working to create a

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NASA Rejoins Space Race with MPCV Craft for Manned Deep Space Flights

NASA Rejoins Space Race with MPCV Craft for Manned Deep Space Flights

For a while there it looked like NASA was dropping out of the race to develop future technologies for space travel. Space crafts were aging and being retired, and the government simply didn't have the

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New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues on Climate Change

New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues on Climate Change

On June 9th NASA will be launching their Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, a satellite dedicated to studying changes in the Earth's climate. The main instrument on the satellite, the Aquarius, will be measuring

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NASA Funds Cessna to Develop Self-Healing ‘Magic Skin’ for Airplanes

NASA Funds Cessna to Develop Self-Healing ‘Magic Skin’ for Airplanes

NASA just awarded four research groups a total of $16.5 million to develop projects that focus on improving airliner safety, fuel efficiency and noise. Included is a remarkable study by The Cessna

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NASA Working On Laser System To Zap and ‘Displace’ Space Junk

NASA Working On Laser System To Zap and ‘Displace’ Space Junk

The final frontier is rapidly becoming a junkyard. Decades of satellite launches and space missions have left the Earth's orbit filled with pieces of junk such as fuel tanks, lost tools and parts of

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NASA’s Nanosail-D Becomes the First Solar Sail Spacecraft to Orbit the Earth

NASA’s Nanosail-D Becomes the First Solar Sail Spacecraft to Orbit the Earth

NASA's tiny solar sail spacecraft, the Nanosail-D, has become the first solar vehicle to orbit the Earth. NanoSail-D was placed into orbit 400 miles above the planet by its 'mother satellite' the Fast,

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NASA Unveils Passenger Plane Designs for 2025

NASA Unveils Passenger Plane Designs for 2025

On the heels of MIT's design for the plane of the future, NASA has given us a peek into some of the new ideas they have slated for the not-so-distant future. Recently, NASA asked the three largest

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NASA Photographs Highlight Urban Heat Island Problem

NASA Photographs Highlight Urban Heat Island Problem

When reflecting on sustainable design we often get caught up in buildings and their individual points for sustainability. Though we love watching zero-energy homes and LEED certified office buildings go

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NASA’s Solar Powered Micro-Satellite Will Clean Space Debris

NASA’s Solar Powered Micro-Satellite Will Clean Space Debris

Solar sail satellites have been taking the top headlines this year, with devices such as Lightsail-1 grabbing much of the attention. However, NASA has just become the first agency to launch an

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NASA Discovers New Life Form, Could Revolutionize Green Energy

NASA Discovers New Life Form, Could Revolutionize Green Energy

In the "this will seriously blow your mind" category, NASA has announced a discovery that has shaken the entire scientific community's understanding of life as we know it. In addition to all life being

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NASA Devises Solar Shield to Protect US National Grid

NASA Devises Solar Shield to Protect US National Grid

There are many things threatening the US National Grid at the moment - rolling blackouts, lack of funding and problems integrating renewable energy - but NASA is working on their defense against another

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Veggies in Space!: NASA To Test Mini Greenhouses Aboard Rockets

Veggies in Space!: NASA To Test Mini Greenhouses Aboard Rockets

One of the biggest misconceptions about space travel is that if we send people to Mars, they will have to survive on liquid meals the entire time. But then again packing 18 months worth of food for a

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NASA Architect’s Cricket Trailer Showcases Space-Age Design

NASA Architect’s Cricket Trailer Showcases Space-Age Design

The lightweight mobile home is 15 feet long, 6'6" wide and 7'1" tall and it can easily be towed by a 6-cylinder vehicle (and even some 4-cylinder vehicles). Finney's goal in designing such a lightweight

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NASA Set to Launch Solar NanoSail into Space

NASA Set to Launch Solar NanoSail into Space

This year Inhabitat brought you the Japanese space agency's successful deployment and use of a solar sail to propel its spacecraft Ikaros, and now NASA announced plans this week for its own solar sail

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NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats

NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats

We're not ready to give up on our polluted planet quite yet, but it never hurts to look towards the stars. NASA just launched their eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Competition, which challenges university

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NASA and Lockheed Martin Unveil Supersonic Green Machine Jet

NASA and Lockheed Martin Unveil Supersonic Green Machine Jet

NASA and Lockheed Martin just unveiled a design for an ultra-efficient aircraft dubbed the Supersonic Green Machine. Though there's not much known about the craft at this point in time, it could prove to

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NASA’s Gift to Earth: A Climate Change Supercomputer

NASA’s Gift to Earth: A Climate Change Supercomputer

Just in time for Earth Day, a new NASA data-crunching tool aims to revolutionize global climate change research. NASA Earth Exchange, or NEX, uses a 128-screen supercomputer to combine satellite images,

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Obama Gives Nasa $2.4 Billion to Study Climate Change

Obama Gives Nasa $2.4 Billion to Study Climate Change

NASA's about to lend a heavier hand in the fight against climate change. The news that President Obama would be rearranging NASA’s budget to focus more on what can be done to stop global warming was met

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NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

While everyone else is commuting home from work today, a NASA rocket will be making another, longer, trip--taking the agency's newest weather satellite into space! After the Geostationary Operational

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