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Offbeat NASA Dropped a Mixtape to Recap 2016's Biggest Space Achievements

13:10  03 january  2017
13:10  03 january  2017 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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To catch you up on the biggest space discoveries, observations, and milestones from 2016 , NASA has compiled a "Best Of" mixtape of all the biggest achievements from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

If you crave even more knowledge than NASA ' s mixtape offers, the agency also has an expansive look back at 2016 on its website, going much more Early Monday morning, while the US East Coast was pouring coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story

NASA Dropped a Mixtape to Recap 2016's Biggest Space Achievements © NASA NASA Dropped a Mixtape to Recap 2016's Biggest Space Achievements

To catch you up on the biggest space discoveries, observations, and milestones from 2016, NASA has compiled a "Best Of" mixtape of all the biggest achievements from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

This mixtape looks at some of the year's most notable stories, both here on Earth and out in space, such as the OSIRIS-REx launch and the discovery that the observable universe contains 10 times more galaxies than we had initially thought. If you crave even more knowledge than NASA's mixtape offers, the agency also has an expansive look back at 2016 on its website, going much more in-depth on subjects like possible water plumes on Europa and the dramatic shifts in Earth's weather.

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But what about a fully autonomous vehicle that is programmed to never go through a red light? To resolve this problem, Nissan has partnered with NASA to use some of its technology within a new system that it has introduced at CES 2017. NASA Dropped a Mixtape to Recap 2016 ' s Biggest

Lucy, like the human fossil for which it is named, will revolutionize the understanding of our origins." NASA Dropped a Mixtape to Recap 2016 ' s Biggest Catch up on a year of space discoveries, observations, and milestones in under 90 seconds.This mixtape looks at some of the year's most

With all of the articles, videos, and eye-popping images to check out, NASA's year in review should be more than enough to catch you up on 2016. It also sets the groundwork for more discoveries to come in 2017.

[h/t: Gizmodo]

CES 2017: How Nissan and NASA solved a HUGE issue with driverless cars .
Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) works by handing over control to humans during critical situationsAutonomous cars only really go wrong when something unusual happens. When there’s an element of unpredictability, autonomous cars can read the situation wrongly and can cause an accident. Simply put, Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) works by identifying these tricky situations, and handing remote control to a human operator instead.

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