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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Ignition

    Fire acts differently in space than on Earth. Sandra Olson, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center, demonstrates just how differently in her art. This artwork is comprised of multiple overlays of three separate microgravity flame images. Each image is of flame spread over cellulose paper in a spacecraft ventilation flow in microgravity. The different colors represent different chemical reactions within the flame.

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  • Green flights? NASA explores biofuel use in planes.

    Commercial jets could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil, NASA researchers said Thursday. NASA is one of several government agencies examining the use of renewable biofuels to reduce dependency on foreign oil while reducing carbon emissions.

  • 'Star Trek' actors star in new Mars rover landing videos (+video)

    William Shatner and Wil Wheaton, the 'Star Trek' icons who portrayed Captain Kirk and Wesley Crusher, appear in two new NASA videos promoting the Curiosity Mars rover, which is scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 5.

  • Apollo landing flags still fluttering in lunar breeze (+video)

    Or at least they would be if the moon had an atmosphere, which it doesn't. New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera reveal that some of the American flags planted during the Apollo missions of the 1970s are still standing.

  • Flags from Apollo moon landings still standing, new photos reveal (+video)

    The American flags planted on the moon by Apollo astronauts are still standing, according to new photographs from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The only one that is not standing is the one from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon. 

  • John Glenn reflects on NASA's space legacy 50 years after first orbit

    On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted NASA's Mercury capsule, known as Friendship 7, three times around Earth, matching the groundbreaking achievement of the rival Soviet Union, which launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit 10 months earlier.  

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Ignition

    Fire acts differently in space than on Earth. Sandra Olson, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center, demonstrates just how differently in her art. This artwork is comprised of multiple overlays of three separate microgravity flame images. Each image is of flame spread over cellulose paper in a spacecraft ventilation flow in microgravity. The different colors represent different chemical reactions within the flame.

  • NASA considering rail gun launch system

    Cool Astronomy NASA considering rail gun launch system

    Rail guns, which use a magnetic field to accelerate a mass to high speeds, are being looked at by NASA as a potential space launch system.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 09/01

    This artist's impression made available Aug. 24, shows the remarkable planetary system around the Sun-like star HD 10180. Observations with the HARPS spectrograph, attached to ESO's 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile, have revealed the definite presence of five planets and evidence for two more in orbit around this star. This system is similar to the Solar System in terms of number of planets and the presence of a regular pattern in the sizes of the orbits. If confirmed the closest planet detected would be the lightest yet known outside the Solar System, with a mass that could be only about 1.4 times that of the Earth.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 08/11

    The Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules, nicknamed 'Gumdrop,' and Lunar Module, nicknamed 'Spider,' are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module in 1969.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/12

    In this image of the Andes along the Chile-Bolivia border, the visible and infrared data have been computer enhanced to exaggerate the color differences of the different materials. The scene is dominated by the Pampa Luxsar lava complex, occupying the upper right two-thirds of the scene. Lava flows are distributed around remnants of large dissected cones, the largest of which is Cerro Luxsar.