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NASA's new Martian braking system paving way to easier human colonization

WATCH: Seven Minutes of Terror

TORONTO – If humans are going to settle on Mars, it means better technology will be needed to deliver heavier payloads. 650 more words

Science

Satellite shows high productivity from U.S. corn belt

By Kathryn Hansen – Healthy plants convert light to energy via photosynthesis, but chlorophyll also emits a fraction of absorbed light as fluorescent glow that is invisible to the naked eye. 77 more words

United States

NASA Measures Snowpack In Colorado, California

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff. 501 more words

News

Earth | An Evening Star | 01-31-2014

At 80 minutes after sunset January 31, 2014, Curiosity Rover and Mars were about 160 million km (99 million miles) from Earth. Curiosity pointed a camera on the… 101 more words

Astronomy

Views from the Solar System (198)

Rhea’s Day in the Sun

NASA – A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this recent Cassini image. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn’s second largest moon. 167 more words

Technology

Views from the Solar System (197)

False-Color Image of Earth Highlights Plant Growth

NASA – On Aug. 3, 2004, NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft began a seven-year journey, spiraling through the inner solar system to Mercury. 236 more words

Technology

Views from the Solar System (196)

Martian Sand Dunes in Spring

NASA – Mars’ northern-most sand dunes are beginning to emerge from their winter cover of seasonal carbon dioxide (dry) ice. 140 more words

Technology