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Via the BBC, find out how Apollo 11’s Eagle actually landed

Enlarge NASA With the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing fast approaching, there’s a veritable deluge of programs, events, and media of various forms, all dedicated to recapturing an astonishing moment in humanity’s collective history. All of these things face a serious challenge: the Apollo missions have been revisited so many times and from …

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A rogue Raspberry Pi helped hackers access NASA JPL systems

Sponsored Links Andrei Stanescu via Getty Images NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) suffers from multiple cybersecurity weaknesses despite the advances it has achieved in space technology, according to the agency’s Office of Inspector General (PDF). Investigators looked into the research center’s network security controls after an April 2018 security breach, wherein a Raspberry Pi that …

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There’s table salt on one of Jupiter’s moons

Sponsored Links NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The ocean that scientists believe exists underneath Europa’s thick icy crust might be more like our own than previously thought. According to a new study published in Science Advances, a team of researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) instrument to scan Jupiter’s moon in infrared light. The …

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NASA spacecraft will use fuel that’s safer for humans

Sponsored Links Aerojet Rocketdyne Many spacecraft depend on hydrazine in their fuel, but it’s extremely hazardous — and that means very careful fueling processes that slow things down. NASA will soon have a safer option, however. It’s about to test-fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, a spacecraft that ditches hydrazine in favor of a namesake …

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NASA will allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day

Enlarge / The forward end of the International Space Station is pictured showing portions of five modules. From right to left is a portion of the U.S. Destiny laboratory module linking forward to the Harmony module. Attached to the port side of Harmony (left foreground) is the Kibo laboratory module from the Japan Aerospace Exploration …

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Hitting the Books: An army of temps put a man on the moon

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought-provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget of their stories. Ghost Work: How to …

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NASA’s Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

Sponsored Links NASA NASA just inched closer to having robots take care of spacecraft. The agency recently completed its first hardware checkouts for Bumble (above), one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the International Space Station. The bot won’t float on its own until later in the spring, but it should …

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5G likely to mess with weather forecasts, but FCC auctions spectrum anyway

Enlarge / A weather satellite in orbit. Getty Images | Erik Simonsen A US Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to avoid issuing new spectrum licenses to wireless carriers until changes are made to prevent harms to weather forecasting. …

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NASA’s Hubble Legacy Field image contains 16 years of data

Sponsored Links NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth and D. Magee (University of California, Santa Cruz), K. Whitaker (University of Connecticut), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), P. Oesch (University of Geneva) and the Hubble Legacy Field team The Hubble Space Telescope has been capturing tons of space images since it entered orbit in 1990. Now, NASA has put …

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NASA’s InSight lander may have recorded a marsquake

NASA/JPL-Caltech It might not have taken long for NASA’s InSight lander to capture a marsquake. The machine’s seismometer recorded trembling on April 6th that seems to have come from within Mars, rather than an above-ground source like the wind or InSight itself. Although the event was too quiet to say much about Mars’ insides (it …

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