All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Space’

The Moon Landing Wasn’t Faked, But Here’s Another Reason Why

There are still people out there who believe that the 1969 Moon landing was a hoax, perpetrated by the U.S. government and that everyone involved has successfully kept that fact from being exposed and proven for over 40 years. If you believe this, feel free to express those feelings to Buzz Aldrin. Anyway, it’s garbage. But it’s always nice to …

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NASA Releases New Cassini, Spitzer Photos For the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, NASA has released two new space photos filled with festive greens and reds. The photo seen above (a larger version of which can be seen here) was taken using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. the infrared image depicts the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi as it hurtles through space, causing a wave in the dust in …

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NASA Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights

NASA today announced that it has awarded three different companies contracts to develop technology that will enable commercial manned spaceflight from U.S. soil. The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space System, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) were all contracted for around $10 million. The companies will begin developing integrated crew transportation systems that will launch American astronauts to the International …

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NASA Finds Mysterious Gullies on Asteroid Vesta’s Surface

NASA’s Dawn mission has returned images from the giant asteroid Vesta that scientists say include long, narrow gullies along the walls of relatively young craters. The discovery has revealed a mystery that scientists are now trying to solve. The images from Dawn show two different types of gullies. Some are straight chutes, while others wind about and end in what …

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Voyager Discovers New Region at the Edge of the Solar System

Excited NASA researchers today announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a new, unexpected region on its way out of the solar system. The scientists believe that the region is the final hurdle before Voyager enters interstellar space. The new region of the heliosphere – the bubble of charged particles from the sun that envelops the solar system – …

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Rocky Planets Could Be More Common Than Previously Thought

Astronomers have now observed that the dust disc orbiting a brown dwarf contains millimeter-sized solid particles – the same “grains” found in the denser discs surrounding new stars.The new data suggests that rocky planets, such as Earth, may be more common throughout the univers than previously thought. Prevailing hypotheses held that brown dwarf accretion discs were too sparse, and the …

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YouTube Space Lab’s Space-Traveling Jumping Spider Is Back On Earth

Last year, YouTube and Lenovo kicked off the YouTube Space Lab experiment, inviting teenagers around the world to have an experiment performed in space. There were over 2,000 entries. Two experiments got to go to space. One of them, was designed to look at the effect of microgravity on the way a jumping spider catches its prey. The spider, Google …

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Titan’s Atmosphere Shifts Abruptly, South Pole Vortex Forms

New data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows that a shift in seasonal sunlight has resulted in an abrupt, wholesale reversal in the circulation of the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. According to researchers, the data shows “definitive” evidence for sinking air at the moon’s south pole where previously the air was upwelling. A paper on the data published today in …

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Astronomers Spot Massive Comet Belts in Nearby Systems

Astronomers using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel space observatory have discovered massive comet belts orbiting two nearby planetary systems. The systems, named GJ 581 and 61 Vir, are known to host planets that range in mass from Earth-sized to Neptune-sized. Neither of the systems shows evidence of planets that are close to Jupiter’s or Saturn’s mass. Scientists believe that …

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Massive Solar Eruption Spotted by NASA Observatory

NASA announced this week that a coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted on the sun early Tuesday morning. The phenomenon can send solar particles flying into space, some of which can affect electronic systems in satellites orbiting Earth. The particles can reach Earth one to four days after the eruption. A CME is not a solar flare, and occurs when the …

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New NASA Spray Paint Protects Spacecraft From New Car Smell

It turns out that the appealing new car smell that comes with new toys isn’t very healthy. The smell is called outgas, and comes from the chemicals and residual solvents used to manufacture dashboards, car seats, and carpeting. In addition to being harmful to humans, outgas also harms contamination-sensitive spacecraft parts such as telescope mirrors and solar arrays. To combat …

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Space Station Astronauts Safely Return To Earth

Three members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 33 crew safely touched down on the surface of Earth this weekend. They landed just north of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, in the first pre-dawn landing in darkness for an ISS crew since Expedition 12 returned in 2006. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita “Suni” Williams, Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide, and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko …

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