All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Space’

Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa

CNN reports a mysterious meteorite has been discovered in the northern part of Africa, and scientists are dating it at 4.4 billion years. The study was published in the journal Nature. Nicknamed “Black Beauty,” the authors of the study believe that this object is the first identifiable example of ancient Martian crust, which would have formed in the first 100 …

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Stephen Hawking Upset with “God Particle” Discovery

At 71 years old, Stephen Hawking is the oldest survivor of ALS, a motor neuron disease. Despite being diagnosed with ALS at age 21, Hawking has defied the odds to continue living and become an extremely productive member of the scientific community. Hawking’s work in physics has led to advanced discoveries with the general relativity, black holes, and various areas …

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8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way

The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks zone,” the area around a sun where a planet’s orbit is neither too hot nor too cold for life. A …

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India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds

India seeks to join the United States and the former Soviet Union in a singular space exploration achievement: sending an unmanned probe to Mars successfully. India’s space agency (ISRO) hopes to demonstrate their nation’s capacity to reach the orbit of the Red Planet and carry out some experiments of their own. The 300-day journey is successful less than half of …

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Meteorite: Russia Uncovers One of The Largest Pieces Ever From Urals

On Wednesday, Russian divers recovered a sunken half-tonne “suspected” meteorite that had descended from space on February 14, 2013. The shockwave induced from the meteor had affected as many as 1200-1500 people in the Urals. Why it took so many months for Russians to recover the big chunk of meteorite is unclear, but finally the international scientific community has a …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘Gravity’ Earned the Right to Be Criticized

If you haven’t yet seen the movie Gravity, you may encounter spoilers ahead. A few days after Alfonso Cuarón’s incredible thrill ride Gravity hit theaters, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to “fact check” the film – or at least talk about what he called the “Mysteries of Gravity.” Over the course of a dozen or so tweets, …

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Juno Flyby to Help Scientists Reconcile Anomaly

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to fly close to the Earth today, coming within 350 miles of Earth and swinging around it. The probe will be accelerated on to Jupiter, where it will begin research in 2016. The event is a common one for spacecraft, which commonly use the gravity of celestial bodies to accelerate. This particular event, however, is …

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Sixth Grader Set to Brew Beer in Space

STEM School and Academy, Colorado, sixth Grader Michael Bodzianowski, 11, recently won a national competition to perform an experiment that involves brewing beer in microgravity. While the intended goal isn’t to foster space keggers, or possible space madness, galactic beer could benefit “future civilization, as an emergency backup hydration and medical source,” according to Bodzianowski’s teacher, Sharon Combs. The National …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact Checks Gravity Via Twitter

Neil deGrasse Tyson is well-known to most, but for those that do not know, he is an astrophysicist and like no others in his profession, he has achieved quite a celebrity type of status. Since he is an astrophysicist and big science geek, of course he had to rush out and see the new science and space related film, Gravity, …

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New Reality Competition to Launch Winner into Space

Is this the reality competition to end all reality competitions? Well, probably not – but it’s a damn cool idea. Mark Burnett and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic have teamed up to create a new reality show called Space Race, where contestants will compete in an elimination-style game to secure a trip into outer space. It’ll air on NBC. “Virgin Galactic’s …

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Orbital Sciences Sends its First Commercial Cargo Ship to ISS

The AP reported yesterday that the Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched a rocket from the eastern shore of Virginia. The occasion was marked, as most occasions are, by a tweet: We have #Cygnus separation! Look out ISS, here we come. #COTSDemo — Orbital Sciences (@OrbitalSciences) September 18, 2013 OSC’s Cygnus capsule is bound for NASA’s International Space Station with 1300 …

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NASA’s Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has left our solar system, to become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. New data shows that the craft is presently traveling through plasma, the ionized gas that makes up the space between stars, roughly 12 billion miles from the sun. NASA reports that the probe had entered the plasma region …

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