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Software Error Responsible For Mars Lander Crash (Probably)
Scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA) are now thinking that the cause of last week’s Schiaparelli lander crash and destruction, was more than likely down to a computer glitch than some form of catastrophic mechanical failure. Anyone in any doubt of the fate of the ExoMars lander only... Read more
Google Doodle Celebrates Juno Jupiter Mission
Welcome to Jupiter, Juno. NASA aren’t the only ones celebrating the Juno spacecraft’s successful arrival at Jupiter this week. In a surprise move, and also that someone at Google was obviously hoping and anticipating that Juno wouldn’t miss or indeed slam right into Jupiter, literally minutes after Juno entered... Read more
Software Glitch Destroys A $286M Satellite
The Japanese space administration is bemoaning the worst possible outcome for its $286 million astronomical satellite: a software issue derailed the thing, causing it to fire off a jet propulsion thruster inadvertently in order to correct for a problem it wasn’t actually having. This autocorrection sent it careening out... Read more
NASA Mars Software Over Budget, Under Performing
When John F. Kennedy, Jr., announced rather ambitiously that the US would put a man on the moon within only a matter of years, the reactions were part awed, part derisive. Some saw it as the limitless ability of the best minds coming together, others laughed at the ludicrous... Read more
Ordinary Computers Will Be Safe From Quantum Computer Hacking
German research engineers have successfully managed to develop what they think will protect regular computers from the future danger of Quantum computer hacker attacks. The scientists at Ruhr-UniversitĂ€t Bochum (RUB) are in the middle of working toward the practical application of current technology to defend “data against threats of... Read more
Google and Nasa Show Off Ridiculously Fast Quantum Computer
Google and Nasa have given  the world a first proper look at its joint effort experimental quantum super computer. Both companies have been experimenting with the cutting edge technology for over two years now, and the public display last Tuesday has led some commentators to wonder if Google and... Read more
The First Humans On Mars May Not Be Human
In the robotics sphere, the long-awaited humanoid robots of Hollywood lore never materialized. They’re needlessly top-heavy, their arms’ reach is limited by how long they can be in relation to the torso, and the necessary balance to keep them from falling over was a waste of technology. Therefore, the... Read more
Awesome 3D Printed Products That Changed Everything
From the first prototypes for 3D printing to the home models that crafty mompreneurs have begun snapping up, 3D printing has morphed from a “wouldn’t it be cool if” wave of the future to an “I guess that’s kind of neat that you made a cookie cutter in the... Read more
Dream Chaser Unmanned Aircraft Unveiled
Space technology is an ever evolving entity always bettering itself in the mad race to conquer space. Recently, the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) revealed an unmanned, completely autonomous spacecraft that is designed to carry cargo into orbit.  SNC has constructed this version of Dream Chaser in hopes of winning a... Read more
International Space Station Salutes Leonard Nimoy
If you were online at all this weekend or had the television on for more than a few moments, you more than likely heard that Leonard Nimoy, better known as “Mr. Spock” from the original Star Trek series, passed away after a battle with COPD. He was 83 years old.... Read more
NASA Announces A Mission To Europa
Senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Robert Pappalardo, informed New Scientist of a planned mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Europa is the sixth largest moon in the solar system. Pappalardo said, “This is a big deal. We’re moving forward to the next phase, where you’re a real mission. It’s... Read more
NASA Designing A Drone For Mars
Always at the forefront of science and technology, NASA may be sending a copter drone to Mars five years from now. The drone will accompany a six-wheeled terrain vehicle that is being designed for the space administration’s next rover mission. According to, the copter drone is currently being... Read more
10 Inventions We Can Thank NASA For
When we think of NASA often the first thing that springs to mind is the exploration of new planets and moons, not objects that we use here on Earth everyday. However, because NASA has always been at the forefront of innovation, it has been able to develop new and... Read more
Nissan and NASA Collaborate On Driverless Car
The Japanese car manufacturer Nissan and cutting edge technology specialists NASA are working together to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California and Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. announced on Thursday of this week, a research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems... Read more
NASA Wants to Create a Cloud City Over Venus With HAVOC
The surface of Venus is violent, tumultuous and full of volcanoes, earthquakes and lightening.  We could never understand the magnitude of what a planet like Venus experiences.  In fact, no probes or satellites have been able to survive entering the atmosphere. NASA’s new idea is to create long-term missions... Read more
The Most Amazing NASA Photos Ever Taken
NASA began operating on October 1st, 1958 and just look what it has achieved in those 56 years! We’ve picked our favourite photos ever taken but if your favourite hasn’t made the cut then tell us and we’ll add it to the list! Beautiful Planet Earth! Image 1 of... Read more
Orion Mission to Mars Successfully Launched
The latest news from NASA is that the new Orion spaceship was successfully launched  in preparation for the first human trip to Mars. Just after 7am on 5th December, the spaceship left Cape Canaveral, Florida unmanned heading into the sky above. Although the mission only lasted 4 1/2 hours, Orion... Read more
ISS Crew Installs 3D Printer
The folks on board of the ISS have a varied job list. They have to keep the space station in top order. They also must compile reports, conduct experiments and even exercise! But recently they have done something brand new.  The International Space Station crew have just undertaken an installation... Read more