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Nasa to send 3D Google smartphones for space robots

Nasa to send 3D Google smartphones for space robots

Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of free-flying robots inside the Space Station. The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities. It is hoped the smartphones, powered by Google's Project Tango, will equip the robots with more...

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth's surface where the gas is being emitted and absorbed. A Delta rocket carrying the satellite lifted clear of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 02:56 local...

NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

NASA is getting ready to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. For decades, NASA has depended on the same parachute design to slow spacecraft after they enter the Martian atmosphere. But it needs a larger and stronger parachute if it wants to...

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O is ready to roll

O is ready to roll

The most popular countdown closes in on a zero. And, within a few hours, an O like object is set to be kicked around by some fleet-footed magicians on the lush greens of Brazil. No less than 150 million pair of eyes across the globe will stay glued, for sure, to this O,...

Rocket salad in the making

Rocket salad in the making

Most people associate Nasa with rocket science but now the American space agency has turned its attention to rocket salad. A portable greenhouse to grow lettuces was taken to the International Space Station (ISS) during last week's supply mission. Provided that the astronauts can cut the mustard, they should be eating their first homegrown space...

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