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NASA introduces Valkyrie, a robot that appears female and could be used in Mars exploration

NASA exhibits Valkyrie, an advanced humanoid robot that has a female likeness and may used to explore Mars. The ‘Valkyrie’ robot was designed by NASA scientists to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Valkyrie stands 1.9-metres tall and weighs 125 kilograms. In Norse mythology, the Valkyrie were female figures who chose which fighters who died […]

NASA rushes to repair the International Space Station’s cooling system.

NASA has rushed to fix a problem with the cooling system at the International Space Station that could delay Orbital Sciences’  first launch next week to deliver cargo. Engineers are still trying to figure out what caused the fault on Wednesday in a flow valve that controls the temperature of the equipment aboard the station, said […]

A special NASA aircraft has been collecting data on the Earth’s ecosystems.

NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude research aircraft has just completed its 2013 series of flights for the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI), airborne campaign. The Airborne Visible / Infrared Imaging Spectrometer, or AVIRIS, developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MODIS / ASTER Airborne Simulator, or MASTER, developed jointly by JPL, NASA Ames Research Center and the […]

See Saturn’s amazing hexagonal storm close-up.

An amazing sequence of images beamed back by the Cassini space probe in orbit around Saturn reveals a roiling mass of geometrically-shaped cloud. The colour-filtered footage shows a monstrous jet stream bouncing around a 6 cornered formation on the ringed planet’s north pole. With winds of more than 320km/h, the storm is some 32,000km wide. That’s […]