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Solar Sail Set for Deep Space Voyage in 2015

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October 23, 2013
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NASA has plans to launch a lightweight, highly efficient solar sail in 2015 to explore as far as three million kilometres into deep space. The sail, propelled by the Sun's rays, will also be tested as an early warning system for potentially damaging solar flares headed for Earth. Rob Muir reports.


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NASA 360: Stories of the Solar System: Comets and Asteroids

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NASA (July 15, 2013) — Caleb: If you want to look back in time to the beginning of our solar system, look no further than comets and asteroids. Molly: These solar system time capsules have been giving away secrets of not only how our solar system formed, but also the planets that call it home. Dr. Paul Chodas: What are the materials that form the solar system? What did it look like originally? Lindley Johnson: Asteroids and comets are the leftover material that made up the solar system.
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NASA EDGE: Technology Demonstration Missions Part 2

NASA EDGE: Technology Demonstration Missions Part 2

NASA (Jan. 27, 2014) — Transcript Featuring: Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) - Todd Ely - Nathan Barnes - Ian Clark [Music] NARRATOR: Technology Demonstration Missions; taking the next step in deep space navigation, spacecraft propulsion and deceleration. Can a giant inner tube slow spacecraft for safe atmospheric entry? Will solar sails propel satellites through space? Check your space watch, it's time to figure out how it all works on NASA EDGE! CHRIS: Welcome to NASA EDGE. Video provided by NASA
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Harry Styles Wants to Travel to Space

Harry Styles Wants to Travel to Space

Celeb TV (Oct. 8, 2013) — While a One Direction concert might be out of this world to some fans, 1D heartthrob Harry Styles is literally trying to travel out of this world. The singer has reportedly bid two hundred and forty thousand US dollars to join Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic voyage. Other celebrities set to make the trip to space include Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt and Ashton Kutcher. But, even though Harry made a bid for a seat, the money might not guarantee him a trip to space, because he made his offer so late.
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NASA Rolls out Orion Spacecraft

NASA Rolls out Orion Spacecraft

AP (Nov. 12, 2014) — On Tuesday, NASA's Orion spacecraft was moved to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft is designed to carry astronauts into deep space. An unmanned test flight is scheduled for December 4, 2014. (Nov. 11) Video provided by AP
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