JJ Pollock

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Secret U.S. Space Plane To Land After 22 Months In Orbit

This much we know: It's not a bird and it's not exactly a plane.<p>Beyond that, the U.S. Air Force holds all the answers. The mission of the unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which is scheduled to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Tuesday after 22 months in orbit, has been …

Giant 3D-printed robot spider sees world through an iPad

You're looking at a walking, robotic 3D-printed hexapod that can see its terrain and is controlled wirelessly from an iPad.<p>Its master and creator is …

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SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Ship for NASA in 'Fantastic' Night Flight

The private spaceflight company SpaceX lit up the night sky over Florida early Sunday (Sept. 21) with the spectacular launch of a Dragon spacecraft …

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SpaceX launches 3-D printer, other station gear

The first zero-g 3D printer is about to launch into orbit (update: launch scrubbed)

Gravity. More than the name of a killer movie, it's likely something we take for granted every single day. After all, nearly <i>everything</i> we do is reliant on the idea that stuff stays in place when we stop holding it. Astronauts don't have that luxury, however, and when even simple tasks take a ton of …

APOD: Potentially Habitable Moons (2014 Sep 19) Image Credit: Research and compilation - René Heller (McMaster Univ.) et al. Panels - NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute - Copyright: Ted Stryk Explanation: For astrobiologists, these may be the four most tantalizing moons in our Solar System. Shown at the same scale, their exploration by interplanetary spacecraft has launched the idea that moons, not just planets, could have environments supporting life. The Galileo mission to Jupiter discovered Europa's global subsurface ocean of liquid water and indications of Ganymede's interior seas. At Saturn, the Cassini probe detected erupting fountains of water ice from Enceladus indicating warmer subsurface water on even that small moon, while finding surface lakes of frigid but still liquid hydrocarbons beneath the dense atmosphere of large moon Titan. Now looking beyond the Solar System, new research suggests that sizable exomoons, could actually outnumber exoplanets in stellar habitable zones. That would make moons the most common type of habitable world in the Universe. http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.6164 http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://www.spacescience.org/ http://planetimages.blogspot.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140919 #APOD

How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Earlier this week NASA announced that two private companies will build spaceships to take astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA hopes that both models will eventually be used by space tourists to get into orbit. Which got us wondering, which one would we rather fly in?<p>The first …

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

NASA astronauts tested how fast humans can run on the moon

They ran on a treadmill in lunar gravity<p>In terms of design, Neil Armstrong’s iconic 1969 space suit wasn’t exactly optimal. Bulky and stiff, the suit made it pretty hard for the astronauts aboard Apollo 11 to walk around. So, the fact that Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s most iconic moments also happen …

Asthma? High Blood Pressure? You Can Still Go To Space

Just a few decades ago, astronauts were our best and brightest–elite heroes in every sense of the word. Then NASA took a few steps back, the space program started inching toward the private sector, and our idea of an astronaut became Lance Bass. (Who didn’t even end up going into space.)<p>While …

Who to Blame If Arming the Syrian Rebels Goes Wrong

A list of legislators who favor American intervention in the country's civil war<p>Underscoring the importance of congressional votes on war in a representative democracy, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that American lawmakers "are weighing whether to take up the bigger question of whether to …

700-Year-Old Skeleton Couple Found Holding Hands

Seven hundred years after their death, a couple has yet to part.<p>Archaeologists excavating the site of a long-lost chapel in the countryside of Leicestershire, England unearthed the skeletons of a couple who appear to have been buried together holding hands.<p>Experts from the University of Leicester …

Ebola patients buying survivors' blood from black market, WHO warns

As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned.<p>The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra …