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October 06, 2015
NASA Lays the Groundwork for Homesteading in Space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 06, 2015
When moving from one city to another, people rarely bring their house with them - they just rent, buy or build a new one. Astronauts don't have the luxury of a realtor on other planets, or even a hardware store in space. They generally bring everything they might need on their journey, no matter how small, which increases cargo mass - and mission cost. Rather than loading all their materials or waiting for a resupply mission, scientists and engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunts ... read more
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3D-Printed Igloo Wins House on Mars Design Contest
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Where to Search for Life? 'Habitability Index' Devised as a Guide
Astronomers with the University of Washington's Virtual Planetary Laboratory have created a way to compare and rank exoplanets to help prioritize which of the thousands discovered warrant close insp ... more

Meet the International Docking Adapter
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Green Propellant Infusion Mission Passes Spacecraft Integration Milestone
The propulsion subsystem for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission has been integrated onto the spacecraft, moving the mission another major step toward scheduled launch in 2016. GPIM prime ... more

Senior Air Force science exec visits rocket lab
Dr. David E. Walker visited the Air Force Research Laboratory facilities here at Edwards Sept. 23. Walker is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is responsible for all Science and Tec ... more

World's largest atom smashers produce world's smallest droplets
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Russia Develops Engine for Future Spaceplane
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Controlling evaporative patterning transitions
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Physicists map the strain, pixel by pixel, in wonder material graphene
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Making batteries with portabella mushrooms
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Iron-gallium alloy shows promise as a power-generation device
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Pirouetting in the spotlight
Scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have developed a new class of molecular motors that rotate unidirectionally at speeds of up to 1 kHz when exposed to sunlight at room ... more

Smaller is better for nanotube analysis
In a great example of "less is more," Rice University scientists have developed a powerful method to analyze carbon nanotubes in solution. The researchers' variance spectroscopy technique zoom ... more
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