All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘NASA’

Pluto Image Hits Instagram First as NASA Shares New Horizons Flyby

After more than nine years and a mind-blowing three billion plus miles, NASA’s New Horizons probe has finally made it to Pluto. And the clearest, most detailed look at the dwarf planet was shared on Instagram. This wasn’t accidental. “We made an editorial decision to give the world a sneak peek of the image on Instagram,” NASA social media manager …

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NASA Will Give You $5,000 for Your Great Idea about the Manned Mars Mission

NASA wants to put people on Mars. You should too. It just needs help with some ideas on how that’s gonna work. It’s contest time! “NASA is embarking on an ambitious journey to Mars and Tuesday announced a challenge inviting the public to write down their ideas, in detail, for developing the elements of space pioneering necessary to establish a …

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Hubble Finds Smiley Face Comprising Two Far Away Galaxies

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been providing humanity incredible images from space for a quarter of a century, and it might’ve just given us the happiest picture its ever captured. Thanks to two far away galaxies and something called “strong gravitational lensing”, the Hubble has captured something smiling at us out in space. What you’re looking at above is a …

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Mars Rover Due For Major System Reformat

A mass amount of system resets to NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover’s flash memory. The reformat will help prevent the system from losing memory and will wipe out the old and damaged cells within the memory. The reformat will take place next month and several preparations have already …

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Thigh Bone On Mars: Is It Proof Of Alien Life?

Since the beginning of time humans have looked up to the heavens and wondered if anything or anyone is looking back. Scientists have said that there could be life on other planets, but most people want to know if there could be intelligent life somewhere out there. One of the planets that is most like Earth is Mars and some …

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William Shatner and NASA Share Twitter Exchange

Iconic actor William Shatner tweeted to NASA on Saturday, and received an update on the status of the International Space Station. Back in April, NASA honored Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians, the Distinguished Public Service medal. The medal cited Shatner for “outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering …

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Supermoon Saturday – See The Pics!

If you happened to look into the sky early Saturday, you probably witnessed one of the coolest natural phenomenon’s! Saturday, July 12 marked the first supermoon of the summer and was captured in hundreds of photographs across the globe. So, what is a “supermoon?” According to the Weather Channel, a supermoon occurs when a new or full moon coincides with …

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Curiosity Rover Celebrates First Year on Mars

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover touched down on the Red Planet in August 2012, nearly two years ago. However, today marks the one year Martian anniversary of the rover’s presence on Mars, a feat many thought would never been seen. Mars, being further away from the sun than Earth, takes 687 days for one revolution to occur, meaning that a year …

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Mars Flying Saucer Test Postponed By NASA

NASA is preparing to launch a “flying saucer” into Earth’s atmosphere in order to test the technology that may be used to land on Mars. However, the test has been postponed many times due to incliment weather conditions. The next chance to launch the flying saucer will be on June 14. According to the agency, the flying saucer test will be …

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‘The Beast’ Asteroid Set to Pass Earth on June 8th

On Sunday, June 8th, an asteroid nicknamed “The Beast” will approach uncomfortably close to the Earth – 3.25 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, to be exact. The passing is uncomfortable for a couple of reasons: 1) Any space object nicknamed “The Beast” should be fear inducing no matter how close it is; and 2) The massive …

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Meteor Storm Not Over: Watch For Comet Caboose Weds.

Did you witness the witching hour light show in the sky this morning? Me neither. It’s always nice to see these kinds of events live; but if you’re like me, you might have missed the Camelopardalid meteor shower on account of cloudy skies. Lucky for the both of us, media capturing the cosmic firework display was posted all over the …

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El Niño 2014 Might Become a Repeat of 1997

NASA satellite imaging of the Pacific Ocean has revealed data that resembles the conditions which fostered the record-breaking El Niño year of 1997. El Niño, which is Spanish for “the boy,” with the capitalized version meaning “Christ Child,” is a system of abnormally high seawater temperatures that develops off the Pacific coast of South America, leading to extreme weather across …

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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Returns To Earth

The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to earth on Sunday after stopping by the International Space Station to pick up over two tons of science experiments and equipment. The cargo ship was loaded and prepped on Saturday and released by astronaut Steven Swanson on Sunday. Swanson used the space station’s giant robot arm to release the cargo ship and it …

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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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Moon Craters Mapped by Amateurs as Well as the Pros

CosmoQuest, a collective of amateur astronomers that identify and map craters on various space objects, including the moon, has gotten so adept in their studies that their data has been used in scientific research and at times published. Stuart Robbins, a research scientist at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics who led a comparative study between …

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Mars Rover Curiosity to Examine Rocks in the Kimberley

NASA today revealed that Mars rover Curiosity will soon make a short stop to examine some more Martian rocks. The rover will examine an area of interest to researchers due to its different intersecting rock textures. “The orbital images didn’t tell us what those rocks are, but now that Curiosity is getting closer, we’re seeing a preview,” said Ashwin Vasavada, …

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Functional Following Computer Swap

NASA today confirmed that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is still functional following a reboot into safe mode on March 9. According to the agency the orbiter rebooted itself after an unscheduled swap of its main computer to a backup. In addition, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter also swapped to a backup radio transponder during the event, which researchers are now using …

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‘Cosmos’ Reboot Features Unlikely Tandem Of Neil DeGrasse Tyson And Seth MacFarlane

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a 13-part TV series that first appeared on television in 1980. The series tackled a wide range of scientific topics including Carl Sagan’s perspective of our existence in the universe and the origin of life. On March 9, a reboot of Cosmos entitled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The series …

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No “Planet X” Found in WISE Data

For decades before Pluto, Eris, and other distant objects in our solar system were discovered, astronomers had posited that there must be another planet beyond Neptune that would make observed orbital calculations for Neptune and Uranus add up. This planet was dubbed “Planet X” and was searched for extensively during the late 19th century. The search was largely abandoned when …

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