Exploration

  • Scorpion Project: Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame
    The eight-legged robot from a German and American research team has to venture 25 miles autonomously into the Mojave Desert and return safely.
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  • Sputnik 45th Anniversary: Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame
    This week's Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame celebrates the 45th anniversary-- from October 4, 1957 to today--of Sputnik.
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  • The ERA Rover Class: Extreme Explorers’ Hall of Fame
    This weeks Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame selection: the ERA Rover-class. The Extra Vehicular Activity Robotic Assistant (ERA) rover is like a work crew without a foreman.
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  • Entomopter: Extreme Explorer’s Hall of Fame
    Fixed wing flyers are difficult to build as Martian roving vehicles. But this week's Extreme Explorer tries to learn from the terrestrial insect world.
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  • Remembrance: 9/11
    "It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than the distant [Voyager] image of our tiny
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  • NASA Institute Welcomes New Director
    Dr. Bruce Runnegar of the University of California, Los Angeles, was announced as the next director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute (NAI). He succeeds Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg. Runnegar currently is a professor in UCLA's Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute
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  • Extreme Explorers’ Hall of Fame: FIDO
    Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame will show you the best explorers of extreme environments; these machines, rovers, submersibles and crawlers all aim to traverse the toughest terrain.
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  • Swords to Plowshares
    Using a converted Russian ICBM missile for a solar sail launch vehicle, Cosmos Studios is embarking on a bold experiment. Read more, from a remarkable interview with Ann Druyan, the widow of renowned scientist Carl Sagan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter to create the famed television
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  • Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes
    A permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica offers scientists a chance to test sterile drilling techniques before exploring elsewhere in search of exotic microbes. Techniques that avoid contaminating a drill site with microbes prove useful for future drilling into Mars' polar caps in search of
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  • Dedication of the Carl Sagan Center
    NASA Ames Research Center dedicates a site for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Cosmos.
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  • Interview with Michael Meyer
    In a recent interview with Kathleen Connell of the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, Michael Meyer discusses the past, present, and future of NASA's Astrobiology program.
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  • Warm-nosed Robot Breaks the Ice
    An adventurous science team recently returned from deep Norwegian glacial fields, having tested an instrument which may be used to explore areas beneath frozen surfaces of other worlds.
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  • Warm-nosed Robot Breaks the Ice
    An adventurous science team returned from the deep Norwegian glacial fields, having tested an instrument which may be used to explore areas beneath the frozen surfaces of other worlds.
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  • Dedication of the Carl Sagan Center
    NASA Ames Research Center dedicates a site for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Cosmos.
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  • Gravity Hurts (so Good)
    Strange things can happen to the human body when people venture into space -- and the familiar pull of gravity vanishes.
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