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The coolest 14-year-old is raising money to send 1,000 girls to see 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Mashable

Sometimes a movie comes along and has such a powerful impact on the world that it inspires a wave of charitable efforts. The latest film to do so is Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L'Engle's popular science fiction-fantasy novel. The movie, which has a female-heavy cast, stars...



U.S. and Japanese astronauts conduct spacewalk to fix robot arm on ISS

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Two astronauts from Japan and the United States went on a spacewalk Friday to repair the International Space Station's robotic arm and put equipment in storage. The spacewalk was the first for Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Norishige Kanai and the fourth for his...




Robonaut Has Been Broken for Years, and Now NASA Is Bringing It Home

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

In February of 2011, NASA launched Robonaut 2 to the International Space Station. It was a huge achievement for the robotics team at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. There had been other robots in space, but Robonaut was the first advanced humanoid to ever go on a mission beyond Earth. On boa...


Messages received from aliens could ruin life on Earth, scientists warn

The Independent

Messages sent by aliens from space could destroy life as we know it on Earth if we're not careful about how we read them, scientists have warned. A new paper explores how we might read and understand a message that came to us from space. And it finds that it would be impossible to know that a messa...


Trump wants NASA astronauts back on the moon, but it won't happen while he's in office

Mashable

The Trump administration is serious about sending robots and spacecraft back to the moon -- although no NASA astronaut will set foot on the chalky lunar surface until after President Trump leaves office. The White House released its Fiscal Year 2019 NASA budget proposal on Monday, and it confirmed ...


Mars on Earth: Simulation tests in remote desert of Oman

Daily Mail

Astronauts are spending a month in isolation on a simulated 'red planet' in the desolate Dhofar desert in Oman to help prepare humanity for a future mission to Mars. Using a drone, robotic rovers and an inflatable greenhouse, the astronauts will carry out 19 experiments on this baron area, picked f...


Explorer 1 at 60: How has space travel changed us?

Christian Science Monitor

January 31, 2018 --Rocket fire streaked across the dark evening sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. The United States had just launched a satellite into orbit, piercing the barrier between our world and the rest of the universe. The oblong Explorer 1 satellite wasn't the first human-made object in space. The Soviet Union's Sputnik claimed that title on Oct. 4, 1957. But the first successful launch of an American satellite made space exploration an international endeavor, paving the way for scientific discoveries of cosmic proportions.