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Russian Meteor Blast Explained by NASA [VIDEO] Russian Meteor Blast Explained by NASA [VIDEO]

On February 15, when the world’s astronomers were busy watching Asteroid 2012 DA14 make a close flyby of Earth, a different space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shockwave following the meteor’s destruction shattered windows …

NASA Visualizes Global Sea Surface Salinity NASA Visualizes Global Sea Surface Salinity

NASA just released this new video looking at sea surface salinity around the globe. The visualization comes from NASA’s Aquarius instrument aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft, from December 2011 through December 2012. NASA says Aquarius will provide the global view of …

Mars Rover Curiosity Analyzes Rock Powder Mars Rover Curiosity Analyzes Rock Powder

NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity has successfully placed two small samples of rock powder into its “compact laboratories” for analysis. “Data from the instruments have confirmed the deliveries,” said Jennifer Trosper, Curiosity Mission Manager oat NASA’s Jet …

NASA Report Explains Satellite Launch Failure NASA Report Explains Satellite Launch Failure

NASA this week released an eight-page report detailing all its engineers have learned about a failed satellite launch that took place on March 4, 2011. The launch of a Taurus XL T9 rocket, designed by Orbital Science Corporation, was meant …

Mars Rover Curiosity Shows Off Its First Drill Sample Mars Rover Curiosity Shows Off Its First Drill Sample

Last week, Mars rover Curiosity, after months of meticulous planning, finally used its hammering drill to collect a sample of Martian rock dust. Today, NASA scientists have released images confirming that the first-ever sample of drilled rock dust is safely …

NASA’s Kepler Finds Extra-Solar Planets Smaller Than Earth NASA’s Kepler Finds Extra-Solar Planets Smaller Than Earth
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Over the past year, NASA’s Kepler mission has found hundreds of possible planets outside of our solar system, and even a few candidates for Earth-like planets. This week, astronomers revealed that a new system has been found that contains planets …

NASA’s Cassini Probe Finds Accelerated Particles Around Saturn NASA’s Cassini Probe Finds Accelerated Particles Around Saturn

NASA this week revealed that a “chance encounter” with solar wind around Saturn has allowed the Cassini probe to detect particles being accelerated to high energy states. The phenomenon is similar to the acceleration of high-energy cosmic rays found coming …

Google Hires Mars Rover Driver (And He’s Very Concerned About Evil) Google Hires Mars Rover Driver (And He’s Very Concerned About Evil)
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Google has hired NASA Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell, saying he will be working on “high-reliability” software. We’re happy to welcome Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell to Google! He’ll be working on high-reliability software: goo.gl/6MbJH — Life at Google (@googlejobs) …

NASA: Asteroid 2012 Da14 Will Not be Hitting the Earth Today NASA: Asteroid 2012 Da14 Will Not be Hitting the Earth Today

Today at around 2:20 pm EST an asteroid named 2012 da14 will come within 17,200 miles of the surface of Earth. Almost one year ago NASA was able to determine that the asteroid definitely does not pose a danger to …

Cosmic Ray Source Traced to Supernova Leftovers Cosmic Ray Source Traced to Supernova Leftovers

A new study has found that the leftover material from supernovas could be the source of mysterious cosmic rays. The paper, to be published tomorrow in the journal Science, used data from NASA‘s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to examine the …

Asteroid Flyby to be Live-Streamed by NASA Asteroid Flyby to be Live-Streamed by NASA
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On February 15, tomorrow, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 will fly within several thousand miles of the surface of the Earth. At its closest approach the asteroid will come within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface – a harrowingly close …

Young Black Hole May Have Been Formed in Rare Supernova Young Black Hole May Have Been Formed in Rare Supernova
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Astronomers have found evidence that suggests the youngest black hole in the Milky Way galaxy may reside in the remnants of a rare supernova. The remnant, named W49B, is only around 1,000 years old and only 26,000 light-years from Earth. …

Middle East Freshwater Reserves Declining, Shows Study Middle East Freshwater Reserves Declining, Shows Study
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A new study has shown that much of the Middle East lost freshwater reserves over the past decade. The study, to be published this week in the journal Water Resources Research, was based on data from NASA‘s Gravity Recovery and …

NASA Successfully Launches New Landsat Satellite NASA Successfully Launches New Landsat Satellite

NASA this week successfully launched its Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). An Atlas V rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:02 pm EST on Monday, February 11. The new satellite will be used, as previous Landsat satellites …

NASA to Host Google Hangout From the International Space Station NASA to Host Google Hangout From the International Space Station
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NASA announced this week that it will host the first-ever Google+ Hangout live from the International Space Station (ISS). The Hangout will take place from 11 am to 12 pm EST on February 22. The event will allow NASA fans …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drills a Rock, Makes History Mars Rover Curiosity Drills a Rock, Makes History
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After months of careful planning and tests, Mars rover Curiosity has finally used its hammering drill to collect a bedrock sample on Mars. The event marks the first time any rover has drilled into a rock on the red planet. …

Earth-Threatening Asteroid to be Visited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Earth-Threatening Asteroid to be Visited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

One week from today an asteroid will swing within just 17,200 miles of Earth – closer than geosynchronous satellites that orbit the planet. While there is no chance of an impact event on February 15, there are other asteroids that …

“Strobe Light” Star Spotted by NASA Telescopes “Strobe Light” Star Spotted by NASA Telescopes

NASA this week revealed that astronomers have discovered a mysterious object that acts like a strobe light. The object, named LRLL 54361, releases a flash of light every 25.34 days. Though other objects in the universe have been observed with …

IBEX’s Giant Interstellar “Ribbon” Explained IBEX’s Giant Interstellar “Ribbon” Explained

A new study using data from NASA‘s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission has put forth an explanation for an interstellar “ribbon” of energetic neutral atoms. The ribbon confounded researchers in 2009 when IBEX was able to map the interstellar boundary …

Comet ISON Spotted by NASA’s Deep Impact Comet ISON Spotted by NASA’s Deep Impact

NASA‘s Deep Impact spacecraft has snapped several images of the comet ISON (C/2012 S1). The images were obtained over 36 hours on January 17 and 18, from a distance of 793 million km (493 million miles). The comet is expected …

NASA’s Cosmic Ray-Detecting Balloon Breaks Records NASA’s Cosmic Ray-Detecting Balloon Breaks Records

A NASA balloon has broken the record for longest flight. The balloon, which carries the Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (Super-TIGER), spent 55 days, 1 hour, and 34 minutes circling the South Pole at 127,000 feet – over four times …