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NASA will publicly test quiet supersonic technology in November

You won't have to wonder what NASA's quiet supersonic technology sounds like in person — if you live in the right part of Texas, that is. The administration plans to conduct a series of public tests around the coastal city of Galveston in November….
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NASA hopes to send a probe to Alpha Centauri in 2069

If you thought NASA was playing the long game with its plan to put people on Mars in the 2030s, you haven't seen anything yet. New Scientist has learned that a team at the administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has started planning a mission tha…
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NASA satellite launch promises accurate week-long forecasts

NASA and NOAA know that multi-day weather forecasts can be crucial to tracking hurricanes and their aftermath, and they're about to significantly boost the reliability of those forecasts. They just launched JPSS-1 (Joint Polar Satellite System-1), t…
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NASA is reviewing candidates for its next Solar System mission

NASA might be focusing on Mars recently, but it hasn't forgotten the rest of the Solar System. The agency has begun reviewing the 12 proposals it received for the New Frontiers program, the same one that gave rise to New Horizons, Juno and other nota…
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Google, NASA will install D-Wave’s latest 2,000-qubit quantum computer at Ames

D-Wave Systems said on Monday that Google and NASA are upgrading the quantum computer currently installed at the Ames Research Center. The new version will be D-Wave’s 2000Q system released in January to solve complex problems.

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NASA is fed up with lousy ‘internet’ speeds in space, so it’s doing something about it

NASA, like a lot of people with lousy internet, is fed up with slow data-transfer speeds between spacecraft and Earth. Which is why it’s developing a laser-based system that could one day see speeds increase by up to 100 times.

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NASA picks three potential drill sites for Mars 2020

When the Mars 2020 rover reaches the red planet, it will quickly begin drilling for samples from its surface. NASA hasn't picked the exact drill site yet, but it has narrowed its choices down to three during a workshop with scientists in Monrovia, Ca…
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NASA hopes for five more year-long ISS missions

Just because Scott Kelly has landed and retired doesn't mean that NASA is done with long-term stays in space. The agency informs Ars Technica that it's aiming for five more year-long missions aboard the International Space Station, with the first sta…
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NASA says Ceres’ brightest crater is made of salt

The scientists in charge of NASA's Dawn spacecraft has released more high-res images of Ceres, along with information that sheds more light on what it's made of. One of the new images is another close-up of its famous Occator Crater taken from a diff…
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A NASA probe is headed to a nearby asteroid, and will bring part of it back to Earth

The OSIRIS-REx mission is heading to the asteroid Bennu, and in July 2020 would scoop up some asteroid dust to be returned to earth three years later. The hope is to understand more about the formation of the solar system.

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NASA will hand over the ISS to a private company in about a decade

Digital Trends confirmed that NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Bill Hill suggested that the space agency hopes to hand over the keys of the International Space Station to a commercial owner within 10 years.

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NASA will answer your questions about its journey to Mars

NASA has a ton of Mars-related projects that it hopes would culminate in sending humans to the red planet within the next 25 years. There's the stationary InSight lander that it plans to launch in 2018 and the next-gen rover that will succeed Curiosi…
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Fungi can help NASA deduce how climate change affects forests

A team from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a new method to detect what kind of mycorrhizae are attached to the roots of trees using only satellite images. Mycorrhizae are fungi that form mutually beneficial relationships with the root…
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NASA partners with Freelancer.com to crowdsource its latest robotic arm

NASA is flexing its crowdsourcing muscle again, this time using its Tournament Lab and an ongoing partnership with Freelancer.com to encourage people to design a robotic arm for one of its International Space Station projects.

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NASA rolls six years of Fermi telescope data into stunning gamma ray map

Scientists last week released one of the best gamma ray light maps of our universe, constructed using more than six years’ worth of data collected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope.

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Congress will give NASA nearly $20 billion next year

In a surprise move, the Republican-controlled Congress has promised to give NASA roughly $ 19.3 billion dollars next year as part of its 2016 omnibus spending bill. That's nearly a billion dollars beyond the $ 18.5 billion that the Obama administration…
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NASA sends its Valkyrie humanoid robots to college

NASA wants to send its 6-foot-tall, 290-pound humanoid robot R5 (which also goes by the more intimidating name "Valkyrie") to Mars and other extraterrestrial locations. The agency originally designed the R5 for search-and-rescue missions, though, s…
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NASA and the U.K. are developing a way to monitor all drones in the sky

UK lawmakers wants to track the consumer and commercial use of drones, and is turning to NASA for help in developing a traffic management system.

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What’s for dinner? NASA funds research for turning poop into astronaut meals

This news may be hard for astronauts to swallow, but NASA recently announced a number of research grants for university-led projects, one of which involves looking at ways to turn human poop into food for space travelers on missions into deep space.

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Drone control: Verizon’s cell phone towers could be used in NASA plan to monitor drones

Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines.

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