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The Weird Ways NASA Thought Moon Dust Might Kill Apollo Astronauts

Prior to the first Moon landing, scientists had good reason to believe the lunar surface was covered in a fine layer of dust. While this might not sound like a big deal, it presented a host of concerns to the Apollo mission planners. Read More >>

Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon

Fifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it’s fair to wonder just what exactly NASA scientists were worried could have happened to the astronauts during and after their lunar trip. And yes, aliens (specifically, alien microbes) were on the short list. Read More >>

Breathtaking Simulation Recreates Neil Armstrong’s View of the Apollo 11 Landing

Choppy video taken by a camera next to Buzz Aldrin’s window is the only visual record we have of the first Moon landing. Using archival data and new high-res images, a team from NASA has recreated the Apollo 11 landing, showing Neil Armstrong’s perspective for the very first time. Read More >>

Scientists Develop Material to Create Habitable Areas on Mars

Mars’ surface, as far as we can tell, is not habitable to humans—it’s far too cold. But eventually, humanity would like to put an outpost on the planet. That will require warming things up a bit, but how? Read More >>

NASA Abruptly Reassigns Top Human Exploration Programme Officials as Trump Moon Mandate Looms

NASA’s longtime associate administrator for its human exploration programme, William Gerstenmaier, has been re-assigned to be a special adviser to NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard in what seems like a fairly clear demotion, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

How NASA Will Prolong the Lives of the Voyager Probes, 11 Billion Miles From Earth

Launched 42 years ago, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes are now exploring the outer realms of our solar system. Sadly, the end of the mission is now firmly in sight, but NASA has a plan to keep the probes operational for as long as possible before their power finally runs out. Read More >>

It Would Take This 50-Year-Old NASA Computer More Than a Quintillion Years to Mine a Single Bitcoin Block

Ken Shirriff is a hardware hacker who also has a penchant for restoring old computers, including the Xerox Alto, which had a huge influence on Steve Jobs and the Macintosh computer. His latest project was bringing one of NASA’s Apollo-era guidance computers back to life, but without a visit to the Moon on his horizon, Ken instead used the machine to mine bitcoin. Read More >>

Satellite Imagery Can Now Be Used to Predict When Bridges Might Collapse

Satellite images can make it easier to get around when you’re using apps like Google Maps, but researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and the UK’s University of Bath believe advanced satellite imagery can also be used for a more critical purpose: analysing structures like bridges for tiny movements that could be signs of potential collapse. Read More >>

An Aerospace Engineer Figured Out How To Get Lego’s Apollo 11 Lunar Lander To Fly

It’s not quite as challenging as actually landing a pair of astronauts on the moon, but aerospace engineer and talented toy hacker Adam Woodworth has managed to upgrade Lego’s Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set with all the motors and electronics needed to make it actually fly and recreate that memorable landing all over again. Read More >>

NASA Successfully Completes Dramatic In-Flight Test of Orion’s Abort System

NASA reached an important stepping stone to a crewed mission to the Moon yesterday, with a successful demonstration of the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system. Read More >>

NASA Sold an Original Moon Landing Video to an Intern in the 1970s and Now It’s For Sale Again

Later this month, some of the original videotapes that captured the first moon landing will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. But they’re not being sold by NASA. Incredibly, these tapes were sold to a random NASA intern back in the 1970s who had no idea at the time that he’d purchased an important piece of history. Read More >>

NASA Is Officially Sending an Aerial Drone to Titan and It’s a Dream Come True

With its oily black seas, hazy golden atmosphere, and electrically charged sand, Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the most intriguing objects in the solar system. Earlier today, NASA approved an exciting new mission that will send a tiny aerial drone to soar above Titan’s alien surface. Read More >>

Incredible Photo from the Space Station Shows Raikoke Volcano Erupting

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station caught the spectacular eruption of the Raikoke volcano off of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula over the weekend. Read More >>

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered “startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air” on Wednesday in what could potentially be a sign of life on the Red Planet, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Read More >>