NASA successfully tested a new technology in flight that enables aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series took place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California and was part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project (SAW), a project that aims to validate the use of a cutting-edge, lightweight material to be able to fold the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles in flight. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Liftoff was set for 3:45 p.m. ET the maiden launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, and it was a complete success, despite the concerns about upper-level winds. Thousands of spectators swarmed to viewing areas surrounding the launch site at Kennedy Space Center's, and the crowd stretched for more than 5-miles this morning. In a stunning image straight from a movie, the twin Falcon 9 boosters landed at Cape Canaveral in Florida, after a flawless test launch of the world's most powerful rocket yet. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy researchers have successfully tested a small nuclear reactor, called Kilopower, that could one day provide power for human residents on Mars. Available in several models from 1 kilowatt (good for a small kitchen appliance) to 10 kilowatts, several of them could be linked to together for a habitat on Mars. "Kilopower's compact size and robustness allows us to deliver multiple units on a single lander to the surface that provides tens of kilowatts of power," said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate. Continue reading for another video and more information.
It's only a matter of time before NASA sends rovers back to the Moon's surface, or even Mars, but one thing's for sure, they'll look nothing like the first generation vehicle you see above. The Rumker Exploration Truck comes equipped with tracks that enable it to tackle just about any terrain, and integrated AI ensures that it can traverse obstacles with ease. Continue reading for more pictures, information, and a bonus live stream ISS video.
This stunning image of Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot was pieced together using data from NASA's Juno spacecraft. The true-color image offers a natural color rendition of what the Great Red Spot and what its surrounding areas would look like to human eyes from Juno' position. The turbulent atmospheric zones in and around the Great Red Spot are clearly visible. It was captured on July 10, 2017 at 7:10pm PDT , as the Juno spacecraft performed its seventh close flyby of Jupiter. Continue reading for more incredible Jupiter photos captured by Juno.
According to official government records, the last time man ever set foot on the Moon was back in December 1972, when Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent three days on the lunar surface. What most don't know is that more Apollo missions were originally planned - Apollo 18, 19 and 20 - all of which were already in the construction and / or in the latter planning stages when they were cancelled in 1972 supposedly due to declining public interest and budget cuts. That was seemingly the case until 2007, when astronaut William Rutledge posted a video to YouTube claiming it to be from the secret Apollo 20 mission. Rutledge claimed Apollo 20's goal was to explore the polar region of the Moon, on its dark side, and in particular a miles-long crashed spacecraft. Continue reading for five more moon mysteries that will make you wonder.
Some believe that NASA had a secret space program, codenamed "Project Redsun," back in the late 1960s to early 1970s, that involved actually manned missions to Mars. Thanks to computer graphics, just about anything is possible these days, but conspiracy theorists believe that the current Curiosity Rover is a giant hoax, as its shiny solar panels are evidence that they are being polished by humans already on Mars. Continue reading for five more Red Planet mysteries.
Former NASA engineer Mark Rober managed to turn normal sand into what he calls "liquid soup", or in other words making sand behave like water. Technically speaking, this physical phenomenon occurs when a quantity of a solid particulate substance is placed under appropriate conditions to cause a solid/fluid mixture to behave as a fluid. "I've wanted to build one for a long time. But you can find literally NO information online on how to make one like that. So I started combing through a bunch of patent drawings for massive industrial-sized fluid beds, and I noticed that instead of one big inlet, they all had a bunch of small holes to deliver air," said Mark. Continue reading for another video and more information.
It's no surprise that some people believe the Earth is flat, but what happens when Tesla CEO Elon Musk responds to a tweet made by "Flat Earth Society" on Twitter? Well, let's just say that hilarity ensues. The most popular flat-earther theory claims that Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, located around the rim. They also say NASA employees guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc. Continue reading to see how the internet reacted.
NASA researchers have developed a near indestructible airless tire that could be used on future missions to Mars or the lunar surface, and its titanium-based design uses shape memory alloys capable of undergoing high strain as load bearing components. That's right, the normal pneumatic materials have been replaced with memory alloys that can withstand significant reversible strain, thus providing enhanced control and increased design versatility. Continue reading for two more videos and information.