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  • How NASA Mars Lander's 'Steampunk' Claw Will Work (Video)

    How NASA Mars Lander’s ‘Steampunk’ Claw Will Work (Video)

    October 18, 2018 | Article

    NASA’s InSight Mars lander carries a five-fingered metallic claw at the end of its robotic arm that’s crucial to the robot’s mission. Here’s how that claw will work.

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  • Moon Science! NASA Needs Experiment Ideas for Commercial Lunar Landers

    Moon Science! NASA Needs Experiment Ideas for Commercial Lunar Landers

    October 18, 2018 | Article

    NASA has opened a submission period for commercial moon-lander proposals, noting that selected technology might fly as soon as next year.

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  • How Close Are We to Kubrick's AI-Controlled Vision of the Future?

    How Close Are We to Kubrick’s AI-Controlled Vision of the Future?

    October 18, 2018 | Article

    AI like the malevolent HAL in the movie “2001” are already among us.

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  • William Shatner Helps Rocket Lab Unveil New Manufacturing Facility

    William Shatner Helps Rocket Lab Unveil New Manufacturing Facility

    October 16, 2018 | Article

    Rocket Lab just unveiled a huge new facility in New Zealand designed to enable fast mass production of the company’s Electron booster. And William Shatner was on hand to lend some more excitement to the proceedings.

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  • Space Agencies Welcome New Entrants Developing Satellites for Tracking Greenhouse Gases

    Space Agencies Welcome New Entrants Developing Satellites for Tracking Greenhouse Gases

    October 15, 2018 | Article

    As a growing number of organizations propose satellites to monitor greenhouse gases, national space agencies who already operate such spacecraft welcome those new entrants — as long as they’re willing to share their results.

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  • Suiting Up for 'First Man': Ryan Gosling Digs His Authentic NASA Spacesuits

    Suiting Up for ‘First Man’: Ryan Gosling Digs His Authentic NASA Spacesuits

    October 14, 2018 | Article

    From his career as a test pilot to his famous first steps on the moon, Neil Armstrong donned all kinds of interesting outfits at work. While filming the new Armstrong biopic “First Man,” lead actor Ryan Gosling got to look and feel like the real Neil whil

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  • Draper Bids on NASA Commercial Lunar Lander Competition

    Draper Bids on NASA Commercial Lunar Lander Competition

    October 13, 2018 | Article

    The organization that helped NASA’s Apollo spacecraft land on the moon a half-century ago is now working with an industry team that includes a Japanese lunar lander company to propose a commercial return to the lunar surface.

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  • Here's What Today's Soyuz Launch Failure Means for Space Station Astronauts

    Here’s What Today’s Soyuz Launch Failure Means for Space Station Astronauts

    October 11, 2018 | Article

    The three astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station were supposed to welcome two new roommates today; here’s what will happen instead.

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  • Air Force Awards Launch Vehicle Development Contracts to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, ULA

    Air Force Awards Launch Vehicle Development Contracts to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, ULA

    October 10, 2018 | Article

    The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday it is awarding three contracts collectively worth about $2 billion to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and United Launch Alliance to develop launch system prototypes.

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  • Boeing Invests in Satellite Propulsion Startup Accion Systems for Tiny Thrusters

    Boeing Invests in Satellite Propulsion Startup Accion Systems for Tiny Thrusters

    October 10, 2018 | Article

    Boeing is investing in Accion Systems Inc., a Boston startup focused on scalable electric propulsion technology for satellites.

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