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Anonymous Strikes Man Tech International!

Anonymous will never give the fight up. This time, their victim is the unfortunate cyber security contractor Man Tech International. The recent attack was aimed to embarrass the FBI. The rising slope of Anonymous’ violence against the FBI shows no negative deviation, regardless of the increasing number of global hacker arrests.

The group claimed that they have breached into a database of a big U.S. cyber security contractor linked to the FBI. On Friday morning, Anonymous kept their word by leaking a heap of classified documents obtained from the security contractor Man Tech International.

NASA Shuttle Embarks On Final Mission

NASA has launched its space shuttle, Atlantis into space today, making for the last mission ever on NASA’s shuttle program. Even though the weather conditions were less than ideal, the countdown continued, and before you know it, our beloved space shuttle was launched.

The launch took off at the NASA Kennedy Space Center at Launch Pad 39A at 11:26AM Eastern, while a million pairs of eyes saw the remarkable man-made device launch into space.

New NASA Mission For 2016: OSIRIS-Rex

NASA has announced yesterday a new space exploration mission. The mission entails launching a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and to use a robotic arm to gather samples in aims to better understand the formation of our solar system and how life began. The mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) for short.

OSIRIS Rex will be the first United States mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth. The mission will cost us $1 Billion dollars and will take place at the Kennedy Space Center. The asteroid, RQ36 is about 1,900 feet in diameter and about the size of five football fields.

NASA Discovers New Fuel: Animal Fat

ets usually run on high-octane oil byproducts, however, NASA has tested jets running on fuel based animal fat. In March and April of this year, researchers at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California tested biofuel made of chicken and beef waste fat in the engine of a DC-8 airplane. NASA hopes that the study makes people realize that biofuels do not necessarily have to come from plant sources. According to NASA, fuel can come from algae or rendered animal fat. NASA doesn’t believe that fossil fuels are necessary as a fuel source.

The researchers tested the new animal-based biofuel through an engine burning Jet Propellant 8 fuel, similar to the industry standard Jet-A used in commercial aircraft.

Explore The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory For Free!

NASA first integrated with Twitter back in 2009, and has been networked closely with the social media service ever since. The latest Tweetup will include NASA choosing 120 Twitter followers at random to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday, June 6th. NASA notes that since only four space missions left for this year and an asteroid belt encounter almost underway, 2011 will be one of the busiest years in planetary exploration.

Government Shutdown May Delay Space Shuttle Launch

NASA confirmed on April 8th, 2011 that a government shutdown might delay the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The odds of a shutdown increased when Democrats and Republicans wrestled over a budget plan. According to Computerworld, a NASA spokesman said that although a shutdown lasting only a few days would not “affect the scheduled April 29 shuttle launch, a longer shutdown” would.

The federal government cannot close for over a week if the Endeavour is to stick to schedule. As previously mentioned, this will be Endeavour’s final flight before…

NASA Vulnerable To Multiple Network Breaches

It has been discovered that NASA’s network has unpatched vulnerabilities that could be exploited over the Internet. This is the same network that is used to control the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope. The report was filed by NASA’s inspector general. While there haven’t yet been traces of hacking with the current holes in the system, it is important to note the 22GB of data that was stolen back in 2009 from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory systems.

The network was so unprotected that thousands of…

Houston, Robonaut 2 Is Ready To Serve.

Discovery launched at 4:50PM EST. It was (and still is) the last mission for Discovery and the third-to-last mission for the entire space shuttle program. Unique about this mission, is that it is the first to carry a humanoid robot into space, the Robonaut 2. The Robonaut 2’s (R2) technologies “have real-world applications for sensor development, such as possible enhancements to lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, adaptive cruise control and rear park assist.”

According to NASA, “A Robonaut is a dextrous humanoid robot built and designed at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.” NASA plans to use Robonauts to…

A Superfull Moon Tonight – High Tides & Bigger Moon

Tonight is a special night since we will experience what researches at NASA call a super full moon. This means that the size and shape of the moon will be much bigger because it’s actually closer to earth. This happens every 20 years or so and itis the result of the elliptical shape of the orbit of the moon’s rotation.