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Experts discuss the exponentially worsening space debris problem

Experts discuss the exponentially worsening space debris problem In the grand scheme of things, Whitson’s shield is insignificant, but it ironically showcases the growing mass of space debris orbiting our planet.The big concern is that accumulating space debris may lead to something called the Kessler syndrome, a chain reaction of collisions that exponentially increases the amount of junk.

NASA’s versatile new 3D-printed space fabric looks like futuristic chainmail

NASA’s versatile new 3D-printed space fabric looks like futuristic chainmail Never an organization to knowingly fall behind in the world of cutting-edge tech, NASA has taken 3D printing to the next level by developing chainmail-style “4D” printed metal fabrics for use in future space missions.” One side of the new space material is designed to reflect light, while the other side absorbs it — thereby allowing it to function as a thermal control for passive heat management.

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet May Have the Right Conditions for Life

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet May Have the Right Conditions for Life With every new exoplanet discovery, we seem to get that much closer to finding evidence of extraterrestrial life.A new exoplanet identified in orbit of a nearby star could be the best place to look yet.

Space is a 'burrito of awesomeness' says our new favorite astronaut

Space is a 'burrito of awesomeness' says our new favorite astronaut Just ask NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who just flew in space for the very first time.After arriving safe and sound at the International Space Station on Thursday, his words — like Neil Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind"— will surely inspire future generations of astronauts.

Meet Steve, your new favorite astronomical phenomenon

Meet Steve, your new favorite astronomical phenomenon The one issue is that no one was quite sure what Steve was.“As the satellite flew straight though Steve, data from the electric field instrument showed very clear changes," Donovan said in a statement.

This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss While we’re talking about icy rocks from the outer Solar System, it would be a shame not to mention Enceladus.But unlike Earth, there’s a surprising volume of hydrogen coming out of those vents and floating off into space.

Awe-inspiring photos of Earth remind us just what's at stake

Awe-inspiring photos of Earth remind us just what's at stake But space agencies and companies took a different approach, choosing to celebrate our Earth from up above.That mission's iconic "Earthrise" images show our planet peeking out from beyond the Moon's surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon.

KFC plans to send its new Zinger sandwich into space for some reason

KFC plans to send its new Zinger sandwich into space for some reason “We choose not only to launch KFC’s new Zinger sandwich in a $5 fill-up here in America, but to take it to space,” Sanders tells a watching nation, adding, “Can you actually launch KFC’s wold-famous chicken Zinger sandwich into space?'” “I have no idea how we’ll launch a chicken sandwich into space, but the marketing team thinks they can do it,” KFC’s U.

ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk

ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the buildup of space junk for years, a point that was reinforced at the recent European Conference on Space Debris.We’ve launched some 7,000 spacecraft as a species since 1957 when Sputnik kicked off the space race.

Cassini Probe Puts a Ring On Earth Before it Dies

Cassini Probe Puts a Ring On Earth Before it Dies If you’re a space nerd, you’re probably familiar with the Cassini probe.It, alongside the Huygens lander, were part of a joint ESA and NASA mission to study Saturn and its moons.

This 57-year-old woman just beat out every other astronaut to set a space record

This 57-year-old woman just beat out every other astronaut to set a space record Stand up and take notice of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson.Not only is Whitson the first woman to command the International Space Station twice, she's the oldest woman to fly to space for NASA, and we think she might be the record holder for most records set in space (though we don't know that for sure).

The ESA’s dramatic video shows why space junk is such a big problem

The ESA’s dramatic video shows why space junk is such a big problem There are some 5,000 objects larger than three feet, 20,000 objects over four inches, and 750,000 objects around 0.4 inches orbiting Earth.

Donald Trump asked astronauts in space a question only he can answer

Donald Trump asked astronauts in space a question only he can answer Presidents and lawmakers set the agenda for NASA, and depending on their priorities, the space agency's directives can swing wildly from administration to administration.During the call, Trump also suggested that we should accelerate the timeline for getting astronauts to Mars.

NASA’s latest image of the James Webb Space Telescope is beautiful

NASA’s latest image of the James Webb Space Telescope is beautiful Now that spring has arrived, NASA has released a new image of the largest and most expensive space telescope in history — and, in our eyes, it’s the most glorious yet.After two decades of construction, the agency announced the completion of the James Webb Space Telescope last November, following the first important pretest to measure its primary mirror.

Cassini's stellar Saturn maneuvers get the adorable celebration they deserve

Cassini's stellar Saturn maneuvers get the adorable celebration they deserve In honor of that maneuver, Google has released an adorable doodle paying tribute to Cassini and Saturn's special relationship.The animation shows a cartoon version of Cassini diving between Saturn and its rings, taking pictures along the way as the huge planet poses in the foreground.

Stop what your doing and put this time-lapse of the Milky Way on fullscreen

Stop what your doing and put this time-lapse of the Milky Way on fullscreen Just turn your video to full HD, go fullscreen, and set the gearshift of your soul to high for the best experience possible.Airline pilot Sales Wick captured a stunning scene of the MilkyWay during one of his overnight trans-Atlantic flights from Europe to Brazil, and we.