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NASA launches searchable library of space images and videos

NASA launches searchable library of space images and videos

Making it much easier for everyone to trawl its media archives, NASA has set up a searchable library that hosts its best high-resolution images, videos as well as audio files from nearly five dozen collections.

The newly launched library can be accessed by anyone who has an internet connection. In other words, these image and videos are copyright free. One can download and use these pictures and videos for whatever purpose one wants.

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Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is testing a small robot that will likely be used to serve as a scout for Mars rovers in the future.
Origami-inspired Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) is a rugged yet portable robotic machine. It has a lightweight structure, and is capable of tucking its wheels, become flatten, and explore hard-to-reach locations.

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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX on Tuesday bagged a $96.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket in February 2019.

Last year, the private sector firm won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force to launch a similar satellite in 2018.

The Air Force wanted a bidding process for the satellite mission. But the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture called ULA decided not to submit a bid, clearing the way for Elon Musk’s firm. However, ULA had previously announced that it was a bidder.

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