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Lights Out

The power goes out. The aurorae stretch to the tropics. Could a major solar storm mean a year without electricity? |Long Read
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Michigan design selected for NASA’s NextSTEP toward a crewed Mars mission

The spacecraft engine that will help take humans to Mars may be based on a University of Michigan prototype.|Medium Read
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Experiencing the future of NASA

Standing on the floor of NASA’s infamous Vehicle Assembly Building, however – the same floor where Apollo Saturn Vs and Shuttle rockets were assembled – I was struck not by worry, but by awe. |Medium Read
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Hurricane Joaquin: millions could lose power

Power outage forecasts by researchers at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University show that depending on where hurricane Joaquin makes landfall in the U.S., the lights could go out for as many as 7 million.|Medium Read
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‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space

The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth's orbit altogether.|Short Read
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Six things you didn’t know about MESSENGER’s Mercury crash

The MESSENGER spacecraft is expected to crash into Mercury on April 30. We asked Jim Raines, assistant research scientist and MESSENGER team member, to help quantify the crash. |Short Read
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Mercury MESSENGER nears epic mission end

A spacecraft that carries a sensor built at the University of Michigan is about to crash into the planet closest to the sun -- just as NASA intended. |Short Read
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Professor Alec Gallimore develops technologies for NASA NextSTEP deep-space missions

PEPL joins the "Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. of Redmond, Washington" team for NextSTEP's advanced propulsion projects.|Short Read
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A moon of Jupiter holds an underground ocean

A team involving a Michigan Engineering researcher has detected a salty underground ocean on a moon of Jupiter.|Short Read
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Which way to Mars?

Have recent developments brought us closer— or is a trip to Mars, once considered inevitable, as far away as ever?|Long Read

Alum and Orion engineer talks spaceflight

Michigan Aero alum and Orion systems engineer, Corey Brooker, talks about the Orion spacecraft and spaceflight.|Medium Read
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Researchers build groundbreaking device for NASA SMAP mission

The SMAP mission is NASA's most ambitious sensing project yet for measuring global soil moisture levels. |Medium Read