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Omnidrectional rover robot uses screws to move

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Rovers are key to exploring planets that are too far and expensive for manned missions, but they have their limitations. NASA rover “Spirit” scaled a mountain the height of the Statute of Liberty, but couldn’t maneuver its way out of a sand bog. In 2009 Spirit became stuck and in NASA controllers’ attempts to free the rover, the wheels only sank deeper. Lack of sun in the rover’s current location meant Spirit went into low-power hibernation mode, and on May 25 2011 NASA made their last communication with Spirit.

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Suburban Air Vehicles connect pocket airports in your backyard?

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Flying is very useful for traveling over long distances, like across the country or the ocean, but getting to the airport can sometimes take just as long as the flight itself. A little competition being run by Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) seems to be rectifying that issue with what it calls pocket airports. These literally link neighborhoods in your own backyard.

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NASA’s shrinking solar system

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NASA is redrawing models of our solar system as their Voyager 1 spacecraft reaches the cusp of interstellar space ahead of schedule. But this isn't the first time the Voyagers have disrupted scientific prediction and theory. Launched in the summer of 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were originally intended for four-year missions to observe Saturn and Jupiter.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket achieves first private space flight

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The Falcon 9 rocket, developed by Space Exploration Technologies on Wednesday successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center. The launch culminated with a landing of the Dragon spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean. This was the first incident in history where a privately-owned space craft reached the orbit and safely returned to earth.

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Nasa to send Man to Mars

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Barrack Obama has been a busy man, as we all know. He’s had to deal with a country in recession, sliding dollar value and an expensive war overseas. With all this on his plate, he’s held his head high and accepted the Nobel Peace prize. And like any good politician, made grand promises he has absolutely no intentions of keeping. But SuperBama has another conquest on his itinerary.

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