NASA (Kind of) Has Asteroid-Retrieval Plans

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Who knows if NASA folks will ever actually lasso an asteroid, but at least they have a plan.

Nothing will make people less dubious about NASA's plan to lasso an asteroid like a plan. That must be what the folks at NASA are thinking, but more power to them, because they do indeed have something that is beginning to resemble a plan.

See, NASA isn't sending astronauts to the moon anytime soon, but it is going to fetch an asteroid of its very own in the 2020s (or at least that's the intention, and it will possibly maybe happen) via the Asteroid Redirect Mission. The 2020s are coming up soon, so of course the agency needs to hurry up and figure out how to handle that proverbial asteroid.


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NASA Is Working on a Warp Drive: Five Other Sci-Fi Things They Should Make Real

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NASA physicist Harold White is boldly going where no one has gone before with his work on a warp drive. White has been working on the project since 2010 and it's so Star Trek-inspired that the designs are modeled on the Star Trek warp drive. Who knows if an actual warp drive will ever exist, but the project got us thinking about some of the other sci-fi inventions of the mind that we'd like to see in real life.

5. Lightsabers. A sword of pure energy that cauterizes the would even as it cuts off your hand! What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, we know, but we'd still like to see the elegant weapon of the Jedi in real life, because it would be cool. There's pretty much no other reason, but somewhere out there someone must be working on this. We're practicing our cool Jedi sword moves already so we'll be ready when the time comes.

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Giant Asteroid Slid by for NASA Photo-op

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The asteroid was ready for its closeup, obviously.

Lots of asteroids zoom by the planet over the course of the year (that's why NASA actually tracks and counts all the ones it can find) but one of those asteroids zipped by Earth recently, and this time NASA scientists were ready. Yep, 2014 HQ124 was more ready for its closeup than Norma Desmond at the end of Sunset Boulevard and NASA scientists managed to capture some of the sharpest radar images of a near-Earth asteroid ever shot, according to the NASA people themselves.


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NASA Helps to Make Face Cream, and Don't Act Like You Don't Want to Try It

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How about some NASA technology on your face?
In terms of product placement what's next for NASA? We've told you about them using a smartphone game to educate us about asteroids, now we find out they're teaming up with a company that sells expensive face cream.

Is our space program that much of joke that now #Spaceface is going to be the hashtag people think of when you mention the Mars Rover, and well, not the Mars Rover?

The Kiehls in Space campaign is asking people to take selfies. The winners will have their images put on some kind of figurines that will be shuttled into space.



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NASA Sends Angry Birds to an Asteroid

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The Angry Birds are going boldly where no one has gone before.

There are plenty of questions about whether or not NASA will ever send actual astronauts to an asteroid, but in the meantime, the agency has worked with Rovio Entertainment to give Angry Birds a little asteroid exposure.

Yep, the duo that brought the world Angry Birds Space got together again to create Beak Impact, a freshened-up version of the game with 40 new levels and a whole bunch of NASA tie-ins, according to CNet. For those who don't remember, yes, that name is a play on Deep Impact, the other 1998 asteroid movie (the one that wasn't the scientifically-grotesque-but-gloriously-ridiculous Bruce Willis asteroid film, Armageddon).


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NASA Quite Possibly Contaminated Mars

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The Curiosity Rover, both curious and possibly toting bacteria on Mars.

Ray Bradbury once said that Mars is the future for mankind, so we have to wonder what the science fiction genius would have to say if he knew that we've already (possibly) managed to contaminate our future with Earth bacteria.

Yep, the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the red planet in 2012, and it was already a known fact that the rover would carry bacteria with it. It's virtually impossible to get all the Earth bacteria off of anything, so that's just the way it is. However, it was thought that whatever bacteria was left after NASA's rigorous cleaning process would never make it to the planet or survive long enough in the new Martian conditions to, you know, survive.


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Space Center Is Streaming the Shuttle Craft Carrier Assembly, for Those Who Like to Watch

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The artistic rendering of the planned display.

The space shuttle carrier arrived at Johnson Space Center a few weeks back and now, for some strange reason, you can go watch live-streaming video of the craft being re-assembled. Yes, NASA has gone and created nonstop video of this exciting process. As y'all must be able to imagine, this exhilarating video is about as interesting as watching paint dry.


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So NASA Is Finding Odd-Shaped Holes in the Sun, But Don't Panic

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First NASA figured out how to fit a square peg in a round hole (it happened in Apollo 13 and it's totally worth googling to see how they did it, but Hair Balls digresses); now they've spotted a square hole in the sun.

Yep, folks, those who thought that the sun could only have nice, comforting round holes are quite mistaken. NASA captured a video of the sun's square-shaped coronal (as in eye) hole somewhere between Monday and Wednesday, according to Space.com. That square-shaped hole thing sounds daunting, but it's just a spot where solar wind is streaming out of the sun at high speeds.


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Apollo Astronaut Space Suits for Sale

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Who wouldn't want to bust this out at a party?
There was a time -- Hair Balls is reasonably sure -- when every kid wanted to be an astronaut when he or she grew up. And why not? They were watching on TV as astronauts were launched into space and walked on the moon. It was the age of the space race and the men (because of course it was all men back in the Apollo years) were the cowboys of the future. Well, all those kids have grown up by now, and commercial space flight still seems to be a ways off, but it turns out someone with a hankering to play a little Apollo astronaut pretend can make it even more realistic with an Apollo space suit replica.

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New NASA Spacesuits Have Been Chosen: Buzz Lightyear Would be Proud

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NASA may have really taken style notes from a cartoon character.
Last month, NASA asked the people to help pick the design of the next spacesuit. The people have spoken and they have decreed that NASA astronauts should look like chrome versions of Buzz Lightyear. In other words, the astronauts are going to look extremely cool.

If they manage to get to Mars while these suits are still in use the astronauts will be the most stylish ones on the planet, outside of Marvin the Martian. The Z-2 spacesuit is the newest prototype of the Z-series, the next wave in space traveling attire, one of a series of suits anticipated as the technology evolves toward giving people the ability to actually walk on that big old red planet one day, according to NASA officialdom.

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