Space

9:45am

Fri August 16, 2013
The Salt

Eating On Mars? Be Sure To Pack The Tortillas

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:27 pm

Mission to Mars: Six explorers lived in this simulated Mars habitat in Hawaii for four months, part of a NASA study to test the role of cooking and food on an extended space mission.
Sian Proctor NASA HI-SEAS

After several months of freeze-dried food, even the most committed carnivores would probably reach for the fresh produce.

So it's no surprise that the six explorers who were cooped up studying space-friendly foods on a simulated mission to Mars for the past four months went right for the mangoes and pineapple during their first meal outside their habitat Aug. 13.

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8:31am

Fri August 16, 2013
Science

Kepler Space Telescope Is Beyond Repair, NASA Says

An artist's illustration of Kepler-22b, a planet that circles its star in the "goldilocks" zone.
Ames/JPL-Caltech/NASA Getty Images

There's some sad news from NASA: The space agency says its Kepler space telescope is beyond repair.

The $600 million planet-hunting probe whose mission was to search other solar systems for Earth-like planets has lost its ability to keep its gaze on target.

Two of the four gyroscope-like reaction wheels that keep Kepler pointed in the right direction have broken down and can't be fixed, but NASA is still hoping it can find some less-stressful work for the orbiting observatory.

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10:49am

Thu August 15, 2013
Science

'Mature' Galaxies Around Not Long After Big Bang, Study Says

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:42 pm

Chart showing galaxy formation 11 billion years ago.
ESA/Hubble

6:20am

Thu August 15, 2013
Space

VIDEO: 'Sideways Rocket Hop' By SpaceX Prototype

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 11:50 am

The "Grasshopper" during its hop into the air.
SpaceX

The engineers at SpaceX this week successfully launched a 10-story rocket to an altitude of about 800 feet, moved it about 330 feet sideways and then brought the "Grasshopper" back down to its landing pad.

Check out the video.

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10:20am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Look For Shooting Stars During This Weekend's Perseid Peak

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:47 pm

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early on August 13, 2007 in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Time to stretch out the lawn chairs, lie back and enjoy the once-a-year celestial show known as the Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids, the dusty debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, whisk through our upper atmosphere every August. They aren't the only meteor shower on the calendar, but "the Perseids are the good ones," says meteorite expert Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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