Physics

NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Completes Launch Vehicle Adapter Review

The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the component that would connect the company's new crew capsule to its rocket.

NASA Selects Explorer Investigations for Formulation

NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars.

Texas Students To Speak Live with Space Station Astronauts

Students from Mary Marek Elementary School in Pearland, Texas, will speak with Expedition 35 crew members and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy aboard the International Space Station at 11:05 a.m. EDT, Monday, April 8.

Texas Students To Speak Live with Space Station Astronauts

Students from Mary Marek Elementary School in Pearland, Texas, will speak with Expedition 35 crew members and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy aboard the International Space Station at 11:05 a.m. EDT, Monday, April 8.

Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars

Human travel to Mars has long been the unachievable dangling carrot for space programs. Now, astronauts could be a step closer to our nearest planetary neighbor through a unique manipulation of nuclear fusion, the same energy that powers the sun and stars.

New camera system creates high-resolution 3-D images from up to a kilometer away

A new camera system provides high-resolution, 3-D information about objects that are typically difficult to image, from up to a kilometer away. The photo-counting depth imaging system is likely to be used for scanning static, human-made targets from afar, such as vehicles. It could also determine their speed and direction, or be used for remote examination of vegetation and the movement of rock faces, to assess potential hazards from as far as 10 km away.

Upgrade of LHC underway paving way for new discoveries

(Phys.org) —The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been shut down so that it can be upgraded, a process that is expected to take at least two years. Researchers on the project hope the upgrade will allow the facility to reach its full potential which was reduced following an accident that occurred shortly after the collider begin operating back in 2008.

Don't call it vaporware: Scientists use cloud of atoms as optical memory device

Talk about storing data in the cloud. Scientists have taken this to a whole new level by demonstrating that they can store visual images within quite an ethereal memory device -- a thin vapor of rubidium atoms. The effort may prove helpful in creating memory for quantum computers.

Highest efficiency in black solar cells ever: 18.7%

Scientists report an efficiency of 18.7% for black silicon solar cells, the highest efficiency reported so far for a black silicon solar cell.

New NASA Glenn Visitor Center Galleries Unveiled at Great Lakes Science Center

The new galleries will launch visitors on a journey of human exploration. The official public opening is Saturday, April 6.

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