All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘NASA’

X-15 Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies at 83

NASA test pilot and astronaut William Harvey “Bill” Dana passed away Tuesday at age 83. According to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Dana, famed as a research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft at the dawn of the space age, died at an assisted living facility in a suburb of Phoenix. Beginning …

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Meteor Shower to Light Up Night Sky

Halley’s Comet isn’t scheduled to make its next appearance in the inner solar system for another 47 years, but the debris left in the wake of the comet’s 1986 trip to the Sun is still causing quite a light show for Earth. This week our planet is passing through the debris cloud left by Halley’s Comet. The celestial event will …

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Ganymede Sea Could Be Layered and Harbor Life

For decades now Jupiter’s moon Ganymede has been one of the more interesting objects in our solar system. The moon is one of the few that is known to have a large ocean beneath an icy layer, leading to speculation that primitive life may have evolved somewhere inside. This week astronomers have announced a discovery that increases the likelihood that …

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William Shatner Gets NASA Medal Honor

Actor William Shatner has received NASA’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service medal. Shatner’s award came as a result of several projects he has worked on with NASA over the years. Shatner hosted the NASA documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of space shuttle missions. He also recreated his famous Star Trek television introduction (“Space … the Final Frontier …”) …

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William Shatner Honored by NASA for Service

NASA honored iconic actor William Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians Saturday, the Distinguished Public Service medal. Shatner received the citation while attending his own Hollywood Charity Horse Show in Los Angeles, which raises money for children’s causes. The medal cited Shatner for “outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for …

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Iceberg Twice the Size of Atlanta Enters Ocean

An iceberg with an area almost twice the size of Atlanta has broken away from the Antarctic continent and is drifting into the ocean, which could threaten shipping lanes in the Southern Ocean during the Antarctic winter. The floating, frozen island has been named iceberg B31. Scientists have reported from NASA’s Earth Observatory that B31 spans 255 square miles and …

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SpaceX Launch Delayed, Will Launch Friday At Earliest

A SpaceX launch was delayed earlier this week thanks to an apparent helium leak on board the vessel. While there has been no update, officials say we could see a launch by Friday. CBS News reports that SpaceX was preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule on Monday until the aforementioned helium leak was detected. …

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Lunar Eclipse Photos of Blood Moon Dazzle the World

Unfortunately for some, dreams of gazing upon Monday night’s Blood Moon were shattered because of the weather. However, there was some compensation with the plethora of incredible shots that hit the internet during the event — and in the hours following. The moon began to change color at about 1:58 a.m. ET Tuesday as it started to sink into the …

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Lunar Eclipse Explained by NASA Astronomer

Tonight’s the night. Millions of people in the Earth’s western hemisphere will be treated to a spectacular event tonight when the moon falls beneath the shadow of the Earth. The event, called a full lunar eclipse, will cast the moon in an eerie orange light and produce an event colloquially known as a “blood moon.” The eclipse will begin at …

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Full Lunar Eclipse Coming April 15

A full lunar eclipse is not nearly as rare as a solar eclipse, but the event still draws eyes to the heavens. This month people in the Earth’s western hemisphere will get to see the moon at its most impressive. Early on the morning of April 15 the moon, Earth, and the sun will be perfectly in alignment. From Earth’s …

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Light On Mars The Latest Alien Conspiracy Theory

A new photo taken by the NASA rover Curiosity ..has sent shock waves through the alien conspiracy theory corners of the internet. It appears that the rover captured an unexplained beam of light on the surface of Mars. The unknown white speck stands out against a backdrop of grey and black. It is so distinct, and yet utterly unidentifiable. The …

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Blood Moons and the End of Days Prophecy

The upcoming astronomical events known by some as a “blood moon” — not a scientific term — is interesting enough in its own right. It is a lunar eclipse phenomenon that only occasionally occurs. We talked about the mechanisms of this earlier (hint: light refraction through the Earth’s atmosphere gives the event a reddish hue). But in terms of significance, …

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