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snehal kasat 2021-11-09

It is a widely used super-absorbing polymer.

It is widely used in consumer products and in the industrial sector as a binding agent, emulsion stabilizer, film former, and viscosity-controlling agent.

It was first developed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) about 50 years ago and was used in diapers that astronauts could wear while they were on long space trips.

Since then, several other uses of the polymer have been discovered.

When plants need water, their roots move closer to the polymer and absorb water from it.

In 1985, use of sodium polyacrylate in tampons was stopped, as it caused unacceptable levels of irritation to women.

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seosmsakshi 2021-02-19

US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully landed its Mars rover on the Jagero crater.

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George Patterson 2021-01-29
(Penn State) Leading a diverse, collaborative coalition that spans universities, industry and disciplines, Penn State has been awarded $8 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to chart the course for hybrid electric aircraft.
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• Former NASA flight director Paul Hill told Business Insider about working mission control shifts during space missions.

• Hill said the work became more grueling as he got older.

When it came time to recover from a shift in mission control, former NASA flight director Paul Hill would head home.

Then he would retreat to the quietest room in the house, where his wife covered the windows with blankets to block out the sun.

A different flight director leads each team.

Hill, the author of "Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom: A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance," said there's usually about an hour of overlap between each shift.

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George Starling 2017-09-25
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Its surface, approximately 850 degrees Fahrenheit, is hot enough for paper to spontaneously combust.

Its atmosphere, an oppressive mix of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur dioxide, is dense enough to crush a submarine.

“I like to think of Venus as turning your oven at home onto self cleaning mode, but also filling it with Easy Off,” says Jason Derleth, head of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC), a small slice of the agency that funds the exploration of forward-looking technologies.

“That’s still not as toxic as the chemical soup it has as its atmosphere.

And it’s still not as hot.”

Earth’s neighbor, while certainly inhospitable to humans, is almost just as rough for robots.

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Kay Pry 2017-08-16
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NASA has been asking for suggestions from the public to beam up to the most distant man-made object in the universe.

The U.S. space agency has been collecting submissions via Twitter , Facebook and other social media platforms for a 60 character message to send to the unmanned Voyager 1 space craft.

NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Voyager team will whittle down the suggestions and the public will vote for a winner to send toward the probe on September 5.

It’s all in celebration of the craft’s 40th year in space.

Public polls in the age of the internet have prompted some bizarre results, with a vote last year choosing the name Boaty McBoatface for the U.K.’s new polar research ship, although organisers decided not to take up the popular choice.

Some of the suggestions submitted via the hashtag MessageToVoyager have struck a similar tone.

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Frances Buoy 2017-07-24
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NASA has issued guidelines on how to watch next month's Great American Total Solar Eclipse.

The government agency noted the only safe way to look directly at partially eclipsed or uneclipsed Sun are via special-purpose solar filters, including "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers.

'GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE' 2017: WHAT IT IS, WHEN IT'S HAPPENING AND WHY YOU HAVE TO SEE IT

"Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun," NASA wrote in its guidelines.

NASA added that four manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses meet the international standards: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

NASA has also said that the solar filter should be inspected prior to use.

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Janet Gaines 2017-09-15
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After almost twenty years in space, Cassini’s adventure will be coming to an end today as it finally runs out of fuel and intentionally plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere - destroying itself forever.

The spacecraft is expected to lose radio contact with Earth about one or two minutes after beginning its decline into the upper atmosphere, but will continue to transmit up until that point.

It will be the last transmission to add to an extensive catalogue of information that NASA would never have had without the space probe, here are 7 incredible discoveries that Cassini made possible.

Just like our home planet, Saturn has powerful magnetic fields at its poles that create shimmering auroras, and for the first time Cassini was able to capture these incredible (and pretty intimidating) images of the glowing-pink Southern lights.

Not only are Saturn’s poles decorated with beautiful auroras, they also have violent swirling storms with an (unusual) six-sided jet stream that creates these hexagonal weather patterns.

But you don’t want to get too close, as NASA found the eye of hurricanes on Saturn are 50 times wider than those on Earth.

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Jerrod Fenton 2017-08-25
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On 20th August, 1977, NASA launched its Voyager 2 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It followed up with the launch of Voyager 1 just a few weeks later on 5th September.

Over the course of their careers, both spacecraft have explored gas giants and their moons, the Kuiper Belt and more, constantly pushing the boundaries of what science and humanity are capable of.

Voyager 1 and 2 both carry a special trinket known as The Golden Record.

The 12-inch, gold-plated copper phonograph records contains a variety of sounds and music selected by astronomer Carl Sagan and his colleagues.

The Golden Record was intended to serve as a greeting for any alien life forms who found it—an encapsulation of the human experience through sound.

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0
Edgar Williams 2017-08-16
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Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010.

President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH) - RTR2CTIK

Back in the optimistic early days of space exploration, everyone thought it was a great idea to offer aliens a chart telling them how to find Planet Earth.

But now the man who sent four maps into deep space fears this decision could prove to be disastrous.

Frank Drake, an American astronomer and famed alien hunter, worked with Nasa to design maps which were placed inside Pioneer 10 and 11 as well as Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes.

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0
Jerry Turk 2017-09-06
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Sometimes the eye of a hurricane looks anything but calm.

Hurricane Irma is tearing across the Atlantic Ocean, striking Caribbean islands and heading towards the US coast.

It's classified as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph (295 kmh).

NASA's GOES-16 weather satellite captured a sequence of images that show Irma's eye swirling in frightening fashion.

NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) posted a GIF of the eye to Twitter on Tuesday, noting how the late afternoon sun cast a dramatic shadow on the circular formation at the center of the dangerous storm.

The SPoRT program is focused on sharing NASA's satellite data with weather forecasters.

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Edmond Mccolpin 2017-08-15
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NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is one of the universe’s only unproblematic faves.

For over 39 years, it’s been cruising along in space, flying by Saturn and the Kuiper Belt, doing nothing but beaming back beautiful photos and scientific research.

Now, the intrepid spacecraft—skirting serenely in interstellar space—is being bombarded with requests for nudes, the alleged Trump pee tape, and least predictably, questions about people’s dads.

For context: this September marks the big 4-0 for Voyager 1, which means it remembers the time before the internet, so it couldn’t tweet lewd demands at the pope or look up Lemony Snicket’s real identity.

So as Voyager’s anniversary approaches, NASA is celebrating by asking the public to share messages for the wholesome spacecraft, using the hashtag MessageToVoyager.

One lucky winner’s message will be beamed to the space probe, which is nearly 13 billion miles from Earth.

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Ramon Delo 2017-08-18
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While NASA’s Cassini spacecraft might be on a collision course with Saturn we’re happy to report that its Juno spacecraft is still absolutely bringing home the goods in orbit around Jupiter.

Most notably is this absolutely breathtaking new image from Juno’s on-board camera.

Taken on the 10 July during Juno’s seventh close flyby the image shows Jupiter effectively flipped on its side as the spacecraft heads from the north of the gas giant down to the south.

The image was then edited and enhanced to perfection by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran.

These two have been edited and enhancing NASA’s images for a while now proving time and time again that as long as NASA keeps uploading the raw data they can turn it into something as stunning as this.

The pair recently produced this fantastically moody image of Jupiter’s ‘Little Red Spot’ which can be found on the planet’s northern hemisphere.

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0
Calvin Muchow 2017-11-27
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It feels like “quadcopter pilot” has only just became a job for humans, and already AI is gunning to take it away.

Well, it’s not able to quite yet, if a recent experiment from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is anything to go by.

The agency has been testing autonomous drones for a while, and last week released the results of a race pitting computers against a professional human pilot.

In a press release, NASA said the race capped two years of research into autonomous drones.

The work was funded by Google, and the test craft — named Batman, Joker, and Nightwing — used the tech giant’s Tango technology to map their surroundings in 3D.

(Although on the cramped indoor course that NASA used, they could only go as fast as 40 mph.)

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Bradley James 2017-11-17
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We’ve had quite a few huge storms here on Earth in recent months, and they’ve done some serious damage, but they’re nothing compared to what’s brewing on Jupiter.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which is cruising around the planet and taking in all of the sights, just delivered a photo of one of the planet’s colossal storms that looks more like a painting than a photo, but it’s very, very real.

The photo, which was taken late last month, showcases a gigantic swirling storm that is still raging in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.

The planet’s iconic weather systems have long mesmerized astronomers, and while they might be neat to enjoy from a distance, you most certainly wouldn’t want to be in their midst.

“The storm is rotating counter-clockwise with a wide range of cloud altitudes,” NASA explains.

“The darker clouds are expected to be deeper in the atmosphere than the brightest clouds.

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0
Jose Wenger 2017-11-30
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It's been five years since the last Nasa rover blasted off to Mars.

Curiosity went to the Red Planet equipped with tools and instruments that were cutting edge, but five years is a long time in technology.

It's now possible to cram a lot more into less space.

So Nasa is working on a new mission - named Mars 2020 - that will feature a rover.

Superficially, it resembles its predecessor - it has six wheels, a long arm for examining objects and a mast camera peering out over the landscape.

"The fact that so much of the hardware has already been designed—or even already exists—is a major advantage for this mission," said Jim Watzin, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program.

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snehal kasat 2021-11-09

It is a widely used super-absorbing polymer.

It is widely used in consumer products and in the industrial sector as a binding agent, emulsion stabilizer, film former, and viscosity-controlling agent.

It was first developed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) about 50 years ago and was used in diapers that astronauts could wear while they were on long space trips.

Since then, several other uses of the polymer have been discovered.

When plants need water, their roots move closer to the polymer and absorb water from it.

In 1985, use of sodium polyacrylate in tampons was stopped, as it caused unacceptable levels of irritation to women.

George Patterson 2021-01-29
(Penn State) Leading a diverse, collaborative coalition that spans universities, industry and disciplines, Penn State has been awarded $8 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to chart the course for hybrid electric aircraft.
George Starling 2017-09-25
img

Its surface, approximately 850 degrees Fahrenheit, is hot enough for paper to spontaneously combust.

Its atmosphere, an oppressive mix of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur dioxide, is dense enough to crush a submarine.

“I like to think of Venus as turning your oven at home onto self cleaning mode, but also filling it with Easy Off,” says Jason Derleth, head of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC), a small slice of the agency that funds the exploration of forward-looking technologies.

“That’s still not as toxic as the chemical soup it has as its atmosphere.

And it’s still not as hot.”

Earth’s neighbor, while certainly inhospitable to humans, is almost just as rough for robots.

Frances Buoy 2017-07-24
img

NASA has issued guidelines on how to watch next month's Great American Total Solar Eclipse.

The government agency noted the only safe way to look directly at partially eclipsed or uneclipsed Sun are via special-purpose solar filters, including "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers.

'GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE' 2017: WHAT IT IS, WHEN IT'S HAPPENING AND WHY YOU HAVE TO SEE IT

"Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun," NASA wrote in its guidelines.

NASA added that four manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses meet the international standards: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

NASA has also said that the solar filter should be inspected prior to use.

Jerrod Fenton 2017-08-25
img

On 20th August, 1977, NASA launched its Voyager 2 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It followed up with the launch of Voyager 1 just a few weeks later on 5th September.

Over the course of their careers, both spacecraft have explored gas giants and their moons, the Kuiper Belt and more, constantly pushing the boundaries of what science and humanity are capable of.

Voyager 1 and 2 both carry a special trinket known as The Golden Record.

The 12-inch, gold-plated copper phonograph records contains a variety of sounds and music selected by astronomer Carl Sagan and his colleagues.

The Golden Record was intended to serve as a greeting for any alien life forms who found it—an encapsulation of the human experience through sound.

Jerry Turk 2017-09-06
img

Sometimes the eye of a hurricane looks anything but calm.

Hurricane Irma is tearing across the Atlantic Ocean, striking Caribbean islands and heading towards the US coast.

It's classified as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph (295 kmh).

NASA's GOES-16 weather satellite captured a sequence of images that show Irma's eye swirling in frightening fashion.

NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) posted a GIF of the eye to Twitter on Tuesday, noting how the late afternoon sun cast a dramatic shadow on the circular formation at the center of the dangerous storm.

The SPoRT program is focused on sharing NASA's satellite data with weather forecasters.

Ramon Delo 2017-08-18
img

While NASA’s Cassini spacecraft might be on a collision course with Saturn we’re happy to report that its Juno spacecraft is still absolutely bringing home the goods in orbit around Jupiter.

Most notably is this absolutely breathtaking new image from Juno’s on-board camera.

Taken on the 10 July during Juno’s seventh close flyby the image shows Jupiter effectively flipped on its side as the spacecraft heads from the north of the gas giant down to the south.

The image was then edited and enhanced to perfection by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran.

These two have been edited and enhancing NASA’s images for a while now proving time and time again that as long as NASA keeps uploading the raw data they can turn it into something as stunning as this.

The pair recently produced this fantastically moody image of Jupiter’s ‘Little Red Spot’ which can be found on the planet’s northern hemisphere.

Bradley James 2017-11-17
img

We’ve had quite a few huge storms here on Earth in recent months, and they’ve done some serious damage, but they’re nothing compared to what’s brewing on Jupiter.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which is cruising around the planet and taking in all of the sights, just delivered a photo of one of the planet’s colossal storms that looks more like a painting than a photo, but it’s very, very real.

The photo, which was taken late last month, showcases a gigantic swirling storm that is still raging in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.

The planet’s iconic weather systems have long mesmerized astronomers, and while they might be neat to enjoy from a distance, you most certainly wouldn’t want to be in their midst.

“The storm is rotating counter-clockwise with a wide range of cloud altitudes,” NASA explains.

“The darker clouds are expected to be deeper in the atmosphere than the brightest clouds.

seosmsakshi 2021-02-19

US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully landed its Mars rover on the Jagero crater.

Isiah Jone 2017-11-28
img

• Former NASA flight director Paul Hill told Business Insider about working mission control shifts during space missions.

• Hill said the work became more grueling as he got older.

When it came time to recover from a shift in mission control, former NASA flight director Paul Hill would head home.

Then he would retreat to the quietest room in the house, where his wife covered the windows with blankets to block out the sun.

A different flight director leads each team.

Hill, the author of "Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom: A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance," said there's usually about an hour of overlap between each shift.

Kay Pry 2017-08-16
img

NASA has been asking for suggestions from the public to beam up to the most distant man-made object in the universe.

The U.S. space agency has been collecting submissions via Twitter , Facebook and other social media platforms for a 60 character message to send to the unmanned Voyager 1 space craft.

NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Voyager team will whittle down the suggestions and the public will vote for a winner to send toward the probe on September 5.

It’s all in celebration of the craft’s 40th year in space.

Public polls in the age of the internet have prompted some bizarre results, with a vote last year choosing the name Boaty McBoatface for the U.K.’s new polar research ship, although organisers decided not to take up the popular choice.

Some of the suggestions submitted via the hashtag MessageToVoyager have struck a similar tone.

Janet Gaines 2017-09-15
img

After almost twenty years in space, Cassini’s adventure will be coming to an end today as it finally runs out of fuel and intentionally plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere - destroying itself forever.

The spacecraft is expected to lose radio contact with Earth about one or two minutes after beginning its decline into the upper atmosphere, but will continue to transmit up until that point.

It will be the last transmission to add to an extensive catalogue of information that NASA would never have had without the space probe, here are 7 incredible discoveries that Cassini made possible.

Just like our home planet, Saturn has powerful magnetic fields at its poles that create shimmering auroras, and for the first time Cassini was able to capture these incredible (and pretty intimidating) images of the glowing-pink Southern lights.

Not only are Saturn’s poles decorated with beautiful auroras, they also have violent swirling storms with an (unusual) six-sided jet stream that creates these hexagonal weather patterns.

But you don’t want to get too close, as NASA found the eye of hurricanes on Saturn are 50 times wider than those on Earth.

Edgar Williams 2017-08-16
img

Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010.

President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH) - RTR2CTIK

Back in the optimistic early days of space exploration, everyone thought it was a great idea to offer aliens a chart telling them how to find Planet Earth.

But now the man who sent four maps into deep space fears this decision could prove to be disastrous.

Frank Drake, an American astronomer and famed alien hunter, worked with Nasa to design maps which were placed inside Pioneer 10 and 11 as well as Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes.

Edmond Mccolpin 2017-08-15
img

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is one of the universe’s only unproblematic faves.

For over 39 years, it’s been cruising along in space, flying by Saturn and the Kuiper Belt, doing nothing but beaming back beautiful photos and scientific research.

Now, the intrepid spacecraft—skirting serenely in interstellar space—is being bombarded with requests for nudes, the alleged Trump pee tape, and least predictably, questions about people’s dads.

For context: this September marks the big 4-0 for Voyager 1, which means it remembers the time before the internet, so it couldn’t tweet lewd demands at the pope or look up Lemony Snicket’s real identity.

So as Voyager’s anniversary approaches, NASA is celebrating by asking the public to share messages for the wholesome spacecraft, using the hashtag MessageToVoyager.

One lucky winner’s message will be beamed to the space probe, which is nearly 13 billion miles from Earth.

Calvin Muchow 2017-11-27
img

It feels like “quadcopter pilot” has only just became a job for humans, and already AI is gunning to take it away.

Well, it’s not able to quite yet, if a recent experiment from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is anything to go by.

The agency has been testing autonomous drones for a while, and last week released the results of a race pitting computers against a professional human pilot.

In a press release, NASA said the race capped two years of research into autonomous drones.

The work was funded by Google, and the test craft — named Batman, Joker, and Nightwing — used the tech giant’s Tango technology to map their surroundings in 3D.

(Although on the cramped indoor course that NASA used, they could only go as fast as 40 mph.)

Jose Wenger 2017-11-30
img

It's been five years since the last Nasa rover blasted off to Mars.

Curiosity went to the Red Planet equipped with tools and instruments that were cutting edge, but five years is a long time in technology.

It's now possible to cram a lot more into less space.

So Nasa is working on a new mission - named Mars 2020 - that will feature a rover.

Superficially, it resembles its predecessor - it has six wheels, a long arm for examining objects and a mast camera peering out over the landscape.

"The fact that so much of the hardware has already been designed—or even already exists—is a major advantage for this mission," said Jim Watzin, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program.