All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘NASA’

Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches ‘Panorama Point’

For around two months now, Mars rover Curiosity has been on a months-long journey to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. There, NASA researchers hope the mountain’s multiple exposed layers will shed light on the red planet’s past. Today, NASA announced that Curiosity has reached the first big milestone of its 5.3-mile drive. The rover has reached a planned waypoint …

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Moon Mission Launch: NASA’s LADEE, A Success

Yesterday, NASA launched a new moon probe, which has the technical name of Lunar Atmospheric Environment Explorer (LADEE). It was launched late on Friday night, September 6, and lived up to all of the hype and then more. The probe was launched from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. It is always quite a sight to see …

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NASA’s NuSTAR Finds Its First 10 Supermassive Black Holes

Astronomers this week announced that NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted its first 10 supermassive black holes. NuSTAR, an X-ray space telescope, was launched in June 2012 on a mission to conduct surveys for supermassive black holes (those billions of times more massive than our sun) and supernova remnants. A new paper, published in the Astrophysical Journal, describes …

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Massive Storm Kicked Up Water Ice On Saturn

Saturn has been known to erupt in storms from time to time. Though not as active as Jupiter, the weather in Saturn’s atmosphere has been known to form large swirling vortexes. Now, in one of the largest storms ever observed on the planet, astronomers have spotted signs of water ice. The storm in question occurred on Saturn in 2010, and …

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Hubble Shows Planetary Nebulae Alignment

According to a new study done by astronomers at the University of Manchester, UK, a remarkable number of planetary nebulae appear to be somehow aligned with one another, at least from our galactic vantage. Research was conducted using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO’s New Technology Telescope, with lenses directed toward our Milky Way’s central bulge. A planetary nebula, …

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Huge Canyon Found Under Greenland Ice

A team of scientists this week announced the discovery of a massive canyon that has been hidden underneath Greenland‘s ice sheet for millions of years. The canyon is longer (460 miles) than the Grand Canyon and is nearly 2,600 feet deep in some places. The discovery has been outlined in the latest issue of the journal Science. “One might assume …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been cruising along the surface of Mars on its way to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. The rover’s journey will take several months, and it has been setting driving records along the way. Though the extensive driving has left little room in the rover’s schedule for in-depth examination of Mars, …

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Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Solid Ice Shell

Saturn’s Moon Titan has consistently been one of the most fascinating objects in our solar system. In just the past two years, astronomers have found large bodies of water on the moon, seen the satellite’s weather form a seasonal vortex, and detected hydrocarbon sand on Titan’s surface. This week, researchers announced that odd gravitational measurements of Titan’s surface taken by …

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NASA Continues To Test That 3D Printed Rocket Injector

Earlier this month, NASA impressed the lot of us with a test firing of a 3D printed rocket injector. The test went swimmingly and compelled the agency to take it up a notch in future tests. NASA’s latest test saw the agency break its own record with a 3D printed rocket injector that generated more than 20,000 pounds of thrust. …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Still Cruising Along

Not much has been seen about Mars rover Curiosity since the rover’s one-year anniversary (Earth year, that is) was celebrated by NASA early this month. That could be because Curiosity is currently cruising along on a months long journey across the Martian landscape. The rover is on its way to the base of a mountain named Mount Sharp. There, researchers …

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Spitzer Telescope Now a Decade Old

Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA today commemorated the milestone by taking a look back at all the discoveries Spitzer has been integral in this past decade. “I always knew Spitzer would work, but I had no idea that it would be as productive, exciting and long-lived as it has been,” said …

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NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids

NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope ran out of coolant in the fall of 2010. Though the telescope was used for a few more months (the NEOWISE mission), it was officially retired from service in February 2011. Now, NASA has announced that WISE will get a second lease on life later this year. WISE will be reactivated in …

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