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Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

Artist’s concept of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser spacecraft launching atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the 552 configuration on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Credit: ULA The first two missions of the unmanned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle carrying critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) will fly on the most powerful version of …

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What Energy Sources Power the World?

What Energy Sources Power the World?

There are many types of maps out there, but one of the most telling ones is a simple satellite image of the Earth at night. On these powerful images, the darkness is a blank canvas for the bright city lights that represent the vast extent of human geography. The bright spots help us understand the distribution of population, as well …

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Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Could Have Been the Place for Life

Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Could Have Been the Place for Life

For decades, Mars has been the focal point of intense research. Beginning in the 1960s, literally dozens of robotic spacecraft, orbiters and rovers have explored Mars’ atmosphere and surface, looking for clues to the planet’s past. From this, scientists now know that billions of years ago, Mars was a warmer, wetter place. Not only did liquid water exist on its …

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Good News for Future Moon Bases. There’s Water Inside the Moon

Good News for Future Moon Bases. There’s Water Inside the Moon

Since the Apollo program wrapped up in the early 1970s, people all around the world have dreamed of the day when we might return to the Moon, and stay there. And in recent years, however, that actual proposals for a lunar settlement have begun to take shape. As a result, a great deal of attention and research has been focused …

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NEOWISE Reveals Size Distributions of Comet Populations

NEOWISE Reveals Size Distributions of Comet Populations

This illustration shows how scientists used data from NASA’s WISE spacecraft to determine the nucleus sizes of comets. They subtracted a model of how dust and gas behave in comets in order to obtain the core size. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Using NEOWISE data from the four-band and three-band cryogenic phases of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, astronomers reveal that large, …

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A co-founder of XCOR Aerospace has joined Deep Space Industries

A co-founder of XCOR Aerospace has joined Deep Space Industries

One of many propulsion systems developed by Doug Jones. Credit: XCOR A co-founder of XCOR Aerospace has joined Deep Space Industries. Doug Jones, formerly chief test engineer at XCOR, will be the director of propulsion systems at Deep Space Industries, a company developing small satellites and other technologies needed for asteroid mining. Jones was one of four co-founders of XCOR, …

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NASA downplaying Earth science cuts while hoping for reversal

NASA downplaying Earth science cuts while hoping for reversal

An illustration of the proposed Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) spacecraft, one of several Earth science missions that would be cancelled in the administration’s 2018 NASA budget proposal. Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — As Senate appropriators prepare to mark up a NASA spending bill, agency officials are both downplaying the effects of proposed cuts on its Earth science program …

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Hampden’s waste-to-energy plant expected to open by April

Hampden’s waste-to-energy plant expected to open by April

A new $69 million waste-to-energy facility in Hampden will be operational by April 1, 2018, according to the groups partnered to operate it. A newsletter released by the Municipal Review Committee said that Sargent Corp., a construction firm based in Old Town, began clearing, grubbing and other earthwork at the site July 5, with foundation construction expected to begin by …

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Protein From Solar Energy & Carbon Dioxide Could Slow The Pace Of Climate Change

Protein From Solar Energy & Carbon Dioxide Could Slow The Pace Of Climate Change

Humans need protein to survive, but growing the food that supplies the much needed protein adds carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere, speeding up the pace of climate change. Agriculture has many other negative environmental effects. Cut down a bit of stomach fat every day by never eating these 5 foods Growing crops and raising livestock both consume enormous …

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Hampden trash-to-energy plant on track to open April 1 of next year

Hampden trash-to-energy plant on track to open April 1 of next year

Municipal Review Committee Executive Director Greg Lounder (third from left) and Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul (center) stand among members of various companies involved in the development of the Fiberight municipal solid waste and recycling facility during the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony in Hampden, Oct. 26, 2016. If all goes to plan, a $69 million waste-to-energy plant planned for Hampden will be …

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