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NASA Uses Smoke and Lasers to Explain Adidas Brazuca Soccer Ball

NASA Uses Smoke and Lasers to Explain Adidas Brazuca Soccer Ball

Brandon Russell

Ask any professional goalkeeper, and they’ll tell you 2010’s Jabulani football was a nightmare to play with. Not only was it lighter than most balls, but it had a tendency to knuckle when hit a certain way, making it incredibly unpredictable—that’s why you often saw goalies jump awkwardly during saves, or bat at a ball with their fists instead of catching it. There’s a new ball, however...

NASA Moving Forward With Plans To Build Rocket for Possible Mars Mission

NASA Moving Forward With Plans To Build Rocket for Possible Mars Mission

Brandon Russell

NASA has put plans in motion to build the largest and most powerful rocket the world has ever seen. It sounds like the beginning of a new Bond film, but the agency said it's moving forward with a new Space Launch System (SLS)—possibly in two size configurations—capable of lifting up to 286,000 pounds. The first manned launch is tentatively scheduled for 2021, which will see the SLS...

Asteroid Nicknamed "The Beast" To Barely Miss Earth Tomorrow

Asteroid Nicknamed "The Beast" To Barely Miss Earth Tomorrow

Brandon Russell

NASA says Asteroid 2014 HQ 124, also known as The Beast, will come incredibly close to our cozy home planet on Sunday. We’re in no imminent danger—or so scientists say!—but the stadium-size terror will apparently come within 777,000 miles of Earth. Not very close in the context we typically associate with distance. But in space lingo, that’s precariously close—about three times the...

SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Progress Being Made Toward Manned Mars Mission

SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Progress Being Made Toward Manned Mars Mission

Brandon Russell

Elon Musk's SpaceX isn't just focused on advancing rocket technology or bringing supplies to the International Space Station. The private company is also focused on one day colonizing Mars—however outlandish that idea sounds—and Musk claims SpaceX has made some significant progress toward making that a reality. So far we've been able to land spacecraft on Mars—Curiosity and Endeavor...

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking, And Researchers Don't Know Why

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking, And Researchers Don't Know Why

Brandon Russell

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, described as a “persistent anticyclonic storm” considerably larger than Earth—up to 3x as big—has been raging since at least 1831, when it was first discovered. Scientists believe this storm is a permanent and stable feature of our solar system’s largest planet; it’s so large you or I could spot it using nothing but an Earth-based telescope. But, as NASA...