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Vegetation Essential for Limiting City Warming Effects

The urban heat island effect of a city has long been observed to raise the temperature of big cities by 1.8 to 5.4°F, a rise that is due to the presence of asphalt, concrete, buildings, and other impervious surfaces disrupting the natural cooling effect provided by vegetation. According to a new NASA study that makes the first assessment of urbanization impacts for the entire continental United States, the presence of vegetation is an essential factor in limiting urban heating.

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Hollywood Gets Real with NASA

“The Martian,” a movie that will be released this month, merges fiction and facts about Mars, building upon the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars, and moving it into the 2030s, when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface. NASA is already developing many of the technologies that appear in the film.

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Imitative Robotic Control: The Puppet Master

Automated systems can have a hard time completing complex tasks in a timely manner. When controlling a robot outside autonomous mode, a good control device needs to give the user full control of the system while enabling the mission to be completed in a quick, accurate, and efficient manner.

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Voyage to “New Horizons”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft traveled more than three billion miles over nine-and-ahalf years, reaching the Pluto system in July. The mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of Pluto.

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NASA Leads Development of System to Manage Drones

“The sky could become increasingly crowded as personal and commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, become more popular.” That’s the assessment of Parimal Kopardekar, manager of NASA’s Safe Autonomous Systems Operations project. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognize that a UAS traffic management (UTM) system for low-altitude airspace is needed.

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Editor's Choice: September 2015

A multi-functional, lightweight, aerogel-fiber composite laminate material was developed that features compressive strength, impact and acoustic energy absorption, thermal insulation, reduced heat transfer, and fire barrier properties. It can be used in both high- and low-temperature applications in aerospace, automotive, building materials, sporting equipment, and military protective gear. Find out more HERE.

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Products of Tomorrow: September 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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