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Dawn Spacecraft in Orbit around Vesta Asteroid, Bruce Willis Not Involved (Yet)

Dawn Spacecraft in Orbit around Vesta Asteroid, Bruce Willis Not Involved (Yet)
I really like NASA and space travel. I sincerely wish that Obama and others in Washington had left NASA with the money to actually send humans to continue to do some of the adventuring. NASA announced over the weekend that after four years and 117 million miles the unmanned spacecraft Dawn has entered orbit around the Vesta asteroid in our asteroid belt.

NASA Shoots Pics of “Unprecedented” Explosion in Draco Constellation

NASA Shoots Pics of “Unprecedented” Explosion in Draco Constellation
I suspect if we had our trusty Hubble telescope aimed in the direction of Alderaan when the Death Star set its example, the pics might have looked like this. NASA has discovered what it called an “Unprecedented” explosion in the constellation Draco.
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Robonaut 2 Finally Gets Unpacked

Robonaut 2 Finally Gets Unpacked
I have talked about our robotic pal from NASA and GM Robonaut 2 or R2 a few times. The last we spoke of R2 NASA and GM were talking up the bots dainty hands as the key to success.

NASA Studying Ground Laser for Orbital Clean Up

NASA Studying Ground Laser for Orbital Clean Up
NASA is tired of all that space junk that’s orbiting our planet. The myriad of broken satellites and other junk orbiting poses a hazard to functioning satellites that are in orbit. A tiny little chunk of anything traveling at orbital speeds is enough to destroy a satellite and possibly harm any spacecraft or astronauts that are in the way.

Wings Askew: Why Does This Fly?

Wings Askew: Why Does This Fly?
Yep, this was a real plane that was created by NASA and it’s called the AD-1. It’s got these strange oblique wings that are turned 60-degrees across its fuselage. The main question is why was this done and how could it fly?

Dainty Human-Like Hands Will be the Key to Robonaut 2′s Success

Dainty Human-Like Hands Will be the Key to Robonaut 2′s Success
A while back, GM and NASA teamed up to build a cool humanoid robot to send into space to live on the ISS with the astronauts in what is the first step towards the construction of our own Cylons.

Nasa Athlete Robot Breaks Out the Dance Moves

Nasa Athlete Robot Breaks Out the Dance Moves
NASA’s All-Terrain, Hex-Limbed, Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (or ATHLETE) is designed to shlep up to 660 pounds of cargo around the surface of Mars and the Moon. But while it’s still being developed here on Earth, it has another mission – the 1/2-scale prototype ATHLETE is a dancin’ machine.

NASA’s Robonaut 2 Will Tweet His Way Into Space

NASA’s Robonaut 2 Will Tweet His Way Into Space
The spaceship Discovery will leave Earth on its final mission on the 1st of November. It will take along something entirely different, a robot! This is the robot that we’ve heard about before, the Robonaut 2, but there is something new about it: it will be tweeting all the way into space. Robonaut 2 is heading to the International Space Station and he is the first humanoid robot that will be in space.

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?
OK, I am no rocket scientist or NASA researcher, but even I know that winds aloft can be much stronger than the winds on the ground. You would think that despite a day being deemed calm on the ground, a group of scientists might check wind speeds aloft in preparation for the launch of a gigantic multi-million dollar space balloon.

NASA’s New Robonaut 2 Looks Like Daft Punk Made It

NASA’s New Robonaut 2 Looks Like Daft Punk Made It
This awesome looking robot isn’t made in Japan, nope! It’s made in the good old US of A by GM for NASA (fun with acronyms!) Of course it makes perfect sense to send robots into space.

Nike 6.0 X Buzz Aldrin Rocket Hero: One Pair of Kicks for Mankind

Nike 6.0 X Buzz Aldrin Rocket Hero: One Pair of Kicks for Mankind
Apollo 11 member astronaut Buzz Aldrin teamed-up with sportswear giant Nike for the Rocket Hero, a modified version of the Nike 6.0 Mavrk show. The Rocket Hero has Aldrin’s footprints on the moon adorning the insoles of the shoes. The body and toe of the shoes also feature collages of pictures that Aldrin himself shot while he was on lunar missions.

Nasa Launches Free iPhone App

Nasa Launches Free iPhone App
Space puns ftw! NASA recently released a free iPhone app that promises a ton of content for space fans, including mission details, videos, images, and twitter feeds. The mission portion is probably the geekiest part of the app, allowing users to read mission details, view launch or arrival countdown clocks, and even follow the orbit of certain spacecraft. The images section will surely be a hit, because it’s basically a treasure trove of cool and free wallpapers for you iPhone.

Gaming in Space (Almost, Really)

Gaming in Space (Almost, Really)
NASA wants to put you in space–sort of–and they’re willing to build an MMO to prove it. With Astronaut: Mars, Moon and Beyond, the folks behind the American space program hope to produce a game that will be to space what America’s Army was to, uh… American’s actual Army.

Mouseneto: Variable Gravity Simulator Successfully Levitates Mice

Mouseneto: Variable Gravity Simulator Successfully Levitates Mice
Scientists working for NASA have built a “variable gravity simulator” powerful enough to levitate drops of water up to 2 inches wide, and even young mice. The device is made of a “superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals.”

Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.

Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.
“Houston, we have a problem.” Eagle this is Houston, what’s poppin? Over? “Yeah, so.. I float over to where the cooler’s supposed to be, but in it’s place there’s this…I’m looking at this machine labeled “Urine Recycler”.

1950s Robots Galore, Now Invading!

1950s Robots Galore, Now Invading!
I was cruising the Internets today and came across an incredibly rich roundup of robots and robot figures from the 1950s. As a robotophile, I was surprised and excited to see several bots that had been previously unknown to me! Among my personal favorites are the bot above, which although NASA-branded looks like it’s made out of a beer can, and the bot below, which contains a hidden cigarette lighter.
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