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NASA to Teens: Game On!

Meteorites streak through the sky, dropping a mysterious dust. Adults fall unconscious worldwide. To rescue them, kids must gather dirt from Mars. Who says learning science and engineering can’t be fun? Not NASA engineers! They’ve teamed up with engineering students and gamers to create Falling Dust, a free, alternative-reality game that lets multiple players apply real-world skills to save humanity.

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NASA Explores Brazuca’s Aerodynamics

NASA tests Brazuca soccer ballCount NASA engineers among the soccer fans following the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil this summer. They’re not only students of “the beautiful game” but also of technologies like the Brazuca football whose aerodynamic properties give players an edge.

Photo credit: NASA’s Ames Research Center

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NASA’s Mohawk Guy

Photo: Twitter / Bobak Ferdowsi
Photo: Twitter / Bobak Ferdowsi

On August 6, NASA’s rover Curiosity successfully survived “seven minutes of terror” to land successfully on Mars. But it was Mission Control systems engineer Bobak Ferdowsi who really turned heads–with his star-spangled mohawk.

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Aircrafts of the Future

Anna-Maria McGowan assures a flight-phobic comedian that air travel is the safest mode of transportation

Anna-Maria R. McGowan works on designing cutting-edge technology for air vehicles of the future as project manager for NASA’s Morphing Project.

Instead of building actual airplanes, McGowan is working on futuristic technologies such as active materials for aircraft structures or wings that can change shape on command.

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Inflatable Space Stations

Plans to develop an inflatable space station may soon be given the green light, FoxNews reports. A deputy administrator at NASA recently visited the Bigelow Aerospace facility in Las Vegas to discuss future additions to the International Space Station.

NASA has endorsed the concept of inflatable habitats and Bigelow Aerospace has already built, tested, and launched prototypes, hoping to have the first fully-developed space station in orbit by 2015. One of the main advantages to these new modules is cost reduction, as the lightweight yet impact-resistant material of the inflatable shells would allow them to be larger and less expensive than heavier structures.

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