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A Cosmic Quest for Dark Matter

Scientists are hunting one of the biggest prizes in physics: tiny particles called wimps that could unlock some of the universe’s oldest secrets Gautam Naik writes: A mile under Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain, scientists are seeking one of the [...]

Meet Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘Superhero Robot’

Designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, this “female” robot could be the precursor to robo-astronauts that will help colonize Mars. What if NASA’s Robonaut grew legs and indulged in steroids? The result might be close to what NASA [...]

Driving Distances on Mars & the Moon

From a great tumblr site, spaceexp: This chart provides a comparison of the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Mars and Earth’s moon. Of the vehicles shown, NASA’s Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are still [...]

[VIDEO] Morpheus Free Flight 13

The Morpheus/ALHAT team completed Free Flight 13 (FF13) at the KSC SLF on Thursday, May 22, 2014. This was Bravo’s 11th and ALHAT’s 4th free flight; the 1st with ALHAT running in closed-loop mode. For this test initial data indicated [...]

USAF Deploys First Advanced Drones to Japan

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan –  The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan over the past week, enhancing its ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese [...]

Interactive Panorama Lets You Stand on Mars

From @wiredscience: An interactive panorama lets you stand on Mars with @MarsCuriosity: http://t.co/2KtPRBqkF1pic.twitter.com/tlVb2XOspM — NASA (@NASA) May 2, 2014 Caked in red silt, NASA’s Curiosity rover looks like it’s been trekking [...]

Progress M-21M Successfully Docked at the ISS

April 25, 2014 at 16 hours 13 minutes Moscow time successfully re-docked cargo vehicle Progress M-21M at the International Space Station (ISS). Space station cargo craft completes test of automated rendezvous system Rendezvous and docking with the [...]

“Black” Aircraft Sighting — The Real Deal?

Bill Sweetman at Aviation Week covers the recent sighting — and photographs — of an unidentified aircraft over north Texas.  You can see the pics here and here. I’ve been a black aircraft enthusiast all my life (and that goes [...]

Most Valuable Real Estate in the Solar System?

I came across this last night: In mid-2015, the asteroid probe Dawn is scheduled to establish orbit around Ceres, the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System, as well as the largest asteroid, to begin roughly six months of close-up [...]