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Blue Origin dishes more details on its Bezos-backed spacecraft

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Blue Origin dishes more details on its Bezos-backed spacecraft

Blue Origin typically keeps pretty tight-lipped about its projects. The private space-travel firm claims it prefers to talk about what is has done, rather than what it hopes to do. As such, We recently heard about its “Space Vehicle” (that’s its actual name,) having completed wind-tunnel testing, and now the firm (partly funded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos) has revealed a little more. The craft in question is a seven-seater, and it took 180 rigorous tests to get to the final design. Blue Origin has been working with NASA under the agency’s CCDev program, which awarded the firm $22 million to develop the project. Under the same initiative, Blue Origin is about to start testing on its BE-3 engine thrust chamber, which will help give the BE-3 rocket motor its 100,000 pounds of thrust. Once complete, this engine will be used in the company’s multi-launch vehicle, and is currently on the test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. We’ll spare you the puns about it not being “rocket science.”

Blue Origin dishes more details on its Bezos-backed spacecraft originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 May 2012 02:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit

NASA may have pushed back the Orion spacecraft’s test flight to 2014, but you can get an early glimpse of the capsule in orbit thanks to this animated video from Full Werks studio. You’ll see the capsule circle the planet before touching down in the Pacific — all with a much better view than you can expect when that actual launch date rolls around. The animation features audio clips from the original Apollo and, as any NASA-related video worth its salt should, includes a vintage voiceover from space sage Carl Sagan.

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Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Space Mining Company Unveils Plans to Bring Asteroids to Moon Orbit Today [Space]

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
One December 24, 1968, Frank Borman, Will Anders and Jim Lovell experienced one of the most amazing moments in history, the first earthrise ever witnessed by humans. More »


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Separating Space Shuttle from 747 Is Easier than It Sounds [Nasa]

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Memory Foam: Everything There Is to Know [Video]

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
1966, the folks at NASA wanted to nestle pilots’ tushies. Pilots worked hard, they risked their lives, they deserved a happy backside. Some strategic nestling would also protect the tush in a crash or during sudden vibrations. More »


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NASA astronaut explains gravity in new Angry Bird Space teaser [video]

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Rovio on Thursday released a video featuring NASA astronaut and International Space Station flight engineer Don Pettit. In the video, Pettit explains microgravity with the help of characters from the popular Angry Birds franchise, even making a slingshot and firing a bird across the station. The fourth major Birds release is scheduled to land on Android, iOS, OSX and Windows on March 22nd. In “Angry Birds Space,” users will be flinging birds on zero gravity planets with new gameplay features such as slow-motion and lightspeed destruction. Rovio has previously confirmed that the game will feature completely new birds along with some of the originals, who now possess various super powers. Rovio’s video follows below.

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NASA simulates fly through of ginormous crack in Antarctic glacier, takes you for virtual ride

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
It's a trap! NASA uses The Force in virtual fly-through of ginormous Antarctic crack

Swooping through the trenches of the Death Star likely ranks high on every geek’s bucket list, but thanks to the global financial crisis, we likely won’t be seeing Dubai’s Death Star any time soon. Fortunately, the folks at NASA have rigged up a passable alternative — flying through a massive 19-mile crack across Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. The crack was discovered last October and measures 60 yards wide and 50 yards deep, certainly more than enough clearance to accommodate adventurous fliers. Using data gathered by NASA’s Operation IceBridge science flight team, the agency generated an animated fly through that, well, mostly flew over the crack — but we’re sure that was a defensive maneuver. After all, you just never know when a TIE fighter flown by someone’s father might sneak up from behind. See the icy flyover yourself after the break.

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NASA simulates fly through of ginormous crack in Antarctic glacier, takes you for virtual ride originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Feb 2012 04:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The First Astronaut-Robot Handshake in Space [Video]

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
There’s nothing like a good, firm handshake. Especially when it’s with a robot, and you’re in space. Yesterday, NASA’s Robonaut completed its systems checks aboard the International Space Station — and celebrated with a handshake. More »


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NASA scales back Mars exploration, Marvin the Martian thinks it’s just lovely

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
NASA scales back Mars exploration, Marvin the Martian thinks it's just lovely

NASA recently showed flashes of its old bravado by announcing plans for a lunar waypoint near the far side of the moon. Cold, hard reality brought the agency back to Earth this week, however, as it just announced a scaling back of its Mars exploration program. Thanks to funding cuts, NASA is scuttling its “ambitious” (i.e. expensive) flagship missions to the Red Planet for the near term. That means withdrawing from the ExoMars missions led by Europe and putting on hold plans to collect samples — though the Mars Science Laboratory is still a go. NASA is slated to receive $1.2 billion for its planetary science program, down 20 percent from what it gets now, with more cuts likely on the way. In the meantime, the agency is still hopeful about sending humans — or perhaps a wascally wabbit — to Mars by the 2030s.

NASA scales back Mars exploration, Marvin the Martian thinks it’s just lovely originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Three Super Bowl Cities Seen From Space [Video]

Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Here are the three cities of Sunday’s Super Bowl as seen from space: New York City (Giants), Greater Boston area (Patriots), and the host city, Indianapolis, Indiana. The high definition images were captured by NASA’s Landsat 7. More »


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"Most Amazing Earth Image" From the Other Side [Video]

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
NASA said that their Blue Marble 2012 was “the most amazing image of Earth ever.” Now they have released the other half, answering to popular demand. More »


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Want to See Every Tree in America? [Science]

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

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