Physical Science

Swiss Spaceship Will Clean Space Junk

Swiss Spaceship Will Clean Space Junk

CleanSpace One illustration (credit: EPFL) CleanSpace One mission (credit: EPFL) Researchers from the Swiss Space Center at EPFL recently announced plans to launch a miniature satellite into orbit in 2014 that will get close to and grab an existing small ...

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A New Water World Discovered

A New Water World Discovered

GJ1214b, shown in this artist’s view (Credit: NASA/ESA and D. Aguilar) Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered a new class of planet outside the solar system. The planet, composed almost entirely of water, is larger than earth but smaller ...

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NASA to Set a Space Base Close to the Moon?

NASA to Set a Space Base Close to the Moon?

NASA planned outpost illustration (Credit: NASA and John Frassanito & Associates) NASA is said to be looking into creating an outpost in space close to the far side of the moon. NASA officials explained that the base could serve as ...

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UCSB Physicists and Quantum Von Neumann

UCSB Physicists and Quantum Von Neumann

Von Neumann Architecture Schematic (Source-slashnode.com) The world of computing has now entered a separate and compelling arena with the help of a paradigm in quantum information processing. UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) physicists have organized and demonstrated that new paradigm with ...

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Boeing’s CST-100 Space Capsule

Boeing’s CST-100 Space Capsule

An Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter into space in 2005 (Source: NASA) CST-100 rendezvous with a Bigelow Aerospace space station. (Source: Boeing) When a hole is created, one must fill in that abyss and rather quickly. ...

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Robotic Space Travel with Spidernaut

Robotic Space Travel with Spidernaut

Robotic space research steps into the new age of exploration at Purdue University with Spidernaut. Purdue University has long been associated with high-tech science-based research and currently there is nothing more out of this world than the work being conducted ...

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Opportunity Explores Endeavor

Opportunity Explores Endeavor

West rim of Endeavor crater on Mars. Source: NASA.gov NASA has invested time, money, and manpower for three years into its Opportunity rover, and today all of that might have paid off—well a tiny bit, anyway. Opportunity recently reached the ...

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NanoSail-D Deployed

NanoSail-D Deployed

An artist rendition of a deployed solar sail. Source: NASA Engineers at the National Aerospace and Space Agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama have deployed the NanoSail-D solar sail in low Earth orbit. The 100 square foot sail ...

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Hubble Finds Distant Galaxy

Hubble Finds Distant Galaxy

The farthest and oldest galaxy ever seen is a red blob in this infrared image taken by the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope. Source: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (University ...

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A New Kind of Comet?

NASA scientists are baffled by a comet called Hartley-2. “We haven’t seen a comet like this before,” says Michael Mumma of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center – “Hartley-2 could be the first of a new breed.”     Jets spew ...

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