Space

Self-healing electronic chip tests may aid space travel

"Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of US researchers. The group has created a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the release of liquid metal which restores conductivity. The process takes less than an eye blink to bring the circuit back to use. The researchers said that their work could eventually lead to longer-lasting gadgets as well as solving one of the big problems of interplanetary travel..."

Researchers Study Sex and Pregnancy in Space, Say it Will be Hard

"Looking to penetrate deep into realms where scientists seldom explore, NASA biophysicist Tore Straume [profile] (Ames Research Center), radiation expert and particle physicist Steve Blattnig (Langley Research Center), and Cary Zeitlin [profile] (Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory), explored the lo

Space Shuttle Discovery Takes Last Trip

Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Shuttle Discovery. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before; Into Retirement.

Space Junk Mess Getting Messier

The already untidy mass of orbital debris that litters low Earth orbit nearly got nastier last month.

A head-on collision was averted between a spent upper stage from a Chinese rocket and the European Space Agency's (ESA) huge Envisat Earth remote-sensing spacecraft.

Space junk tracking information supplied by the U.S. military, as well as confirming German radar data, showed that the two space objects would speed by each other at a nail-biting distance of roughly 160 feet (50 meters).

ESA's Envisat tips the scales at 8 tons, with China's discarded rocket body weighing some 3.8 tons.

Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center

COCOA, Fla. -- NASA is launching an investigation after cocaine was found in a restricted facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA said a small amount of white powder in a plastic bag was discovered by an employee on the floor inside the shuttle processing facility.

Kennedy Space Center police confirmed the powder was cocaine.

They said only certain people have access to the area, and they're now questioning employees.

NASA and the Kennedy Space Center have a zero tolerance policy for drugs.

Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Power Plant

The concept of space-based solar power was introduced way back in 1968, but it’s only recently that the world has latched on to the idea. Japan is definitely getting in on the action with its latest spacey plan - a $21 billion solar-powered generator in the heavens to produce one gigawatt of energy, or enough to power 294,000 homes.

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