1. "The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space" 

    With the help of grow lights and air exchange fans, NASA is growing lettuce on the International Space Station. The scheme could help keep food costs down — and keep astronauts happy tending plants.

    Photos courtesy of NASA

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"Space Thief Or Hero? One Man’s Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend"
More than 30 years ago, Robert Farquhar stole a spacecraft. Now he’s trying to give it back. View in High-Res

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    "Space Thief Or Hero? One Man’s Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend"

    More than 30 years ago, Robert Farquhar stole a spacecraft. Now he’s trying to give it back.

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In the story of astronaut William Pogue’s quest for more contemplative time in space, commentator Barbara J. King finds inspiration for everyday life here on Earth.  View in High-Res

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    In the story of astronaut William Pogue’s quest for more contemplative time in space, commentator Barbara J. King finds inspiration for everyday life here on Earth

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  1. Never mind the big-budget NASA satellites. A team of young engineers has tricked out a few off-the-shelf cellphones and sent them to space. The smartphones are already above us, sending images and data back to ham radio operators on Earth.
via Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home 
Photo: NASA Ames Research Center View in High-Res

    Never mind the big-budget NASA satellites. A team of young engineers has tricked out a few off-the-shelf cellphones and sent them to space. The smartphones are already above us, sending images and data back to ham radio operators on Earth.

    via Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home

    Photo: NASA Ames Research Center

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  1. Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes : The Two-Way

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  1. Behind the scenes at the ISS! International Space Station Commander Sunita Williams gives a tour of the orbital laboratory in November, just before she returned to Earth. Floating through the different modules, Williams describes in great detail the sleep stations, exercise areas, the kitchen, bathrooms and the stunning views from the Cupola. — heidi

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  1. 
It might make the astronaut wearing it look like a real-life Buzz Lightyear, but a new prototype spacesuit that NASA just finished testing represents the first major overhaul in spacesuit technology since 1998.

(via New NASA Spacesuit Looks like Buzz Lightyear’s | Z-1 Prototype Photos)
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    It might make the astronaut wearing it look like a real-life Buzz Lightyear, but a new prototype spacesuit that NASA just finished testing represents the first major overhaul in spacesuit technology since 1998.

    (via New NASA Spacesuit Looks like Buzz Lightyear’s | Z-1 Prototype Photos)

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  1. Posted on 13 August, 2012

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20 Everyday Things We Have Because Of NASA
Landing MSL Curiosity on Mars has caused controversy about NASA’s budget. Many people are upset that NASA’s mandate serves no practical purpose, and the money could be put to better use. Every year, NASA publishes a list of items developed because of NASA’s work. Here’s a short list from Business Insider:

Artificial limbs    Baby formula     Cell-phone cameras    Computer mouse    Cordless tools     Ear thermometer    Firefighter gear    Freeze-dried food    Golf clubs    Long-distance communication    Invisible braces    MRI and CAT scans    Memory foam     Safer highways    Solar panels    Shoe insoles    Ski boots    Adjustable smoke detector    Water filters    UV-blocking sunglassesNASA did not invent:    Tang    Velcro    Teflon

(h/t alexob)

    discoverynews:

    20 Everyday Things We Have Because Of NASA

    Landing MSL Curiosity on Mars has caused controversy about NASA’s budget. Many people are upset that NASA’s mandate serves no practical purpose, and the money could be put to better use. Every year, NASA publishes a list of items developed because of NASA’s work. Here’s a short list from Business Insider:

    Artificial limbs
        Baby formula
        Cell-phone cameras
        Computer mouse
        Cordless tools
        Ear thermometer
        Firefighter gear
        Freeze-dried food
        Golf clubs
        Long-distance communication
        Invisible braces
        MRI and CAT scans
        Memory foam
        Safer highways
        Solar panels
        Shoe insoles
        Ski boots
        Adjustable smoke detector
        Water filters
        UV-blocking sunglasses

    NASA did not invent:
        Tang
        Velcro
        Teflon

    (h/t alexob)

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  1. "… NASA makes an excellent apricot cobbler and a sweet and sour pork in ready-to-eat pouches, says Jean Hunter, a food engineer at Cornell. But “on a planetary surface mission, the timeframe is long enough that the astronauts will have time to get tired of their menu, no matter how good it is,” she tells The Salt… “

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  1. "… Alan Stern, a planetary scientist and former NASA official who recently became a scientific adviser for CASIS, says people need to give this new organization a fair chance.

    'CASIS has to succeed, because for it not to succeed would be a huge setback for the International Space Station program,' he says …”

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