Nasa asks members of public to select spacesuit of the future

Nasa has collected more than 200,000 votes from members of the public who are on a mission to help the space agency select the spacesuit of the future.

Voting ends at midnight ET on Tuesday for the newest iteration of Nasa’s spacesuit. The competition pits three suits – “Biomimicry”, “Technology” and “Trends in Society” – against each other before the winner can be tested in Nasa’s facilities. Full story 

Nasa Asteroid Data Hunter contest hopes humans will outsmart dinosaurs

An asteroid at least 10km wide may have seen off the dinosaurs 66m years ago, but will humankind be smart enough to avoid a similar fate?

Nasa is working on it. The space agency has spent the last 16 years searching for near-Earth asteroids larger than 1km in size, and claims to have found 98% of them.

Now it’s enlisting coders and citizen scientists to help with a survey of smaller asteroids that could still be hazardous, including the launch today of a set of “Asteroid Data Hunter” developer contests. Read more

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Nasa release images to coincide with Gravity Oscar win

After the film Gravity picked up a handful of Oscars, including for best cinematography and best visual effects, Nasa releases images of the real thing. See more

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Nasa finds 715 new planets

Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said on Wednesday.

The additions include four planets about two and a half times as big as Earth that are the right distance from their parent stars for liquid surface water, which is believed to be key for life. Read more

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Vintage Nasa Photographs, 1964-1983 – in pictures

An exhibition detailing the achievements of Nasa – covering the golden age of space exploration – has opened, featuring over 100 rare photographs. See more in the full gallery

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Nasa rovers Spirit and Opportunity have spent a decade photographing Mars. Here’s a pick of the best pictures. See more here.

Top to bottom: Opportunity catches its shadow; Blueberries on Mars; and sunset over the rim of Gusev Crater. Photographs: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Texas A&M/Cornell

The Starman falls to earth. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, whose David Bowie cover captured the imagination of Earthlings yesterday, landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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Satellite eye on Earth: April 2013 – in pictures

Deforestation, fires, flooding and melting ice are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

Photos: 1. Swirling patterns created by ploughs in the rolling hills of farmland in the northwest US. In this image, taken over Washington state, the diagonal line running next to the Touchet River is a road that connects the town of Prescott to the west to Waitsburg to the east Photograph: KARI/ESA
 
2. A nocturnal image of the area of Phoenix, Arizona, taken on 16 March. Like many large urban areas of the central and western US, the Phoenix metropolitan area is laid out along a regular grid of city blocks and streets. The image area includes parts of several cities in the metropolitan area including Phoenix proper (right), Glendale (centre), and Peoria (left) Photograph: ISS/Nasa
 
3. Springtime in the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France, as in most places, is a season of abundant growth. This image, taken on 20 April, shows a phytoplankton bloom. The swirling colors indicate the presence of vast numbers of phytoplankton, tiny plant-like microorganisms that live in both fresh and salt water. Although these organisms live year-round in the Bay of Biscay, it is only when conditions are right that explosive blooms occur Photograph: Modis/Aqua/Nasa

A handout picture released by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a composite of 25 separate images of the sun spanning the period of April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013 to create a snapshot of the most active zones on the sun’s surface.

From picture desk: live, our team’s pick of the most newsworthy images of the day.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s photograph reveals Berlin’s ongoing struggle for reunification. The snap, taken from the International Space Station, shows a divide between the whiter lights of former west Berlin and the yellower lights of the east.

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