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Lifting to Space
Topic: Missions
02/03/11
This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best way to send man into space?

The Brotherhood of Speed
Topic: Missions
01/31/11
This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best way to send man into space?

NanoSail-D Flies Free
Topic: Missions
01/27/11
NASA's NanoSail-D spacecraft has become the first-ever mission to 'solar sail' in orbit. Last month, the mission failed to eject from the larger spacecraft that took it to space. But somehow, NanoSail-D has now freed itself and unfurled its sail. The mission demonstrates new technology that could be used in future space missions.

Beaming Rockets into Space
Topic: Missions
01/20/11
An advanced rocket propulsion concept calls for heating a rocket´s propellant by focusing energy on it from ground-based lasers or microwave sources. The technology could cut the cost of putting payloads into orbit by a factor of five or more.

Gazing at Solar Systems with Giant Binoculars
Topic: Missions
12/08/10
The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope has taken its first images of the star Beta Peg. The telescope is designed to search for regions where Earth-like planets could exist, and its first observation is a promising start.

Blacker than Black
Topic: Missions
12/07/10
A new blacker-than pitch material could help scientists gather hard-to-obtain scientific measurements or observe unseen astronomical objects like Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. The technological advancement could thereby aid astrobiologists in the search for habitable, extrasolar worlds.

Feasting on O/OREOS
Topic: Missions
11/24/10
NASA´s Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS) nano-satellite is now orbiting Earth and starting its astrobiology experiments. O/OREOS is the first demonstration flight for the small payloads initiative of NASA´s Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) program.

Setting Sail in the Sun
Topic: Missions
09/02/10
Propelled by sunlight pressure, large lightweight sails made of ultrathin aluminum-coated plastic could one day take probes to the edge of our solar system and other stars.

Tiny Satellites for Big Science
Topic: Missions
07/12/10
The shrinking technology of cell phones, laptops and cameras are now leading to palm-sized satellites. Easy to build and affordable, these small satellites offer a new way to conduct astrobiology research. They also could change the way we explore the universe.

Up, Up and Away with Aerobots
Topic: Missions
05/13/10
Unmanned blimps or balloons flying for thousands of kilometers could offer a bird´s eye view of planets and moons.

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