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A laser beam's path through NASA's ICESat-2

Before beaming 300 miles to Earth's surface, bouncing off the ground and travelling another 300 miles back into space, the laser photons on NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 first have to complete ...

dateJun 17, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Mastering magnetic reconnection

On March 12, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists launched four observational satellites into space, officially beginning the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission. The diminutive ...

dateJun 17, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Philae wake-up triggers intense planning

The receipt of signals from Rosetta's Philae lander on 13 June after 211 days of hibernation marked the start of intense activity. In coordination with its mission partners, ESA teams are working to jugg ...

dateJun 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Building a smarter rover

The next mission to Mars could carry a smarter rover that is able to make better decisions absent instructions from Earth. Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken ...

dateJun 04, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Charting the Milky Way from the inside out

Imagine trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room. You might peek through the doors into other rooms or look for light spilling in through the windows. But, in the end, the ...

dateJun 04, 2015 in Astronomy
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