space

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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First Feathered Flight for SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo, British billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceship and part of his commercial space venture Virgin Galactic, is now one step closer to fulfilling the dream of private manned mission to space after a successful test conducted earlier this week.   First ...

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Adler Planetarium – Unveils 64 MegaPixel Screen

This coming July the Adler Planetarium in Chicago will unveil a new, immersive space experience that will take visitors into the depths of space in unprecedented detail. The new Grainger Sky Theater will enable visitors to experience space travel in ...

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Radio Waves Could Help Detect Alien Worlds

A new technique could help researchers detect exoplanets which orbit distant stars. The technique uses Radio waves from the auroras of planets to detect planets in orbit at a large distances from their parent star.   An artist’s concept of ...

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NASA Next Gen Spacecraft Unveiled

NASA Next Gen Spacecraft Unveiled

On October 11, 2010 President Barack Obama canceled NASA’s Constellation Program. The program aim was to develop the means to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and later to the Moon, and Mars. Five months after it was canceled. ...

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Cosmic Snow Storm Observed

Cosmic Snow Storm Observed

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s EPOXI mission recently observed a cosmic snow storm originating from the comet Hartley 2. Consisting of both ice particles spewing from the ends of the comet and water vapor escaping from the middle of ...

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Displaced Orbits Possible

Scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland are claiming that maintainable displaced orbits – orbits above or below the standard geosynchronous orbits – may be possible with the help of solar sails. Scientist and science fiction writer Robert ...

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The Gimbal Rig

The Gimbal Rig

The multiple-axis space test inertia facility, fondly called “the gimbal rig,” simulated tumble-type maneuvers that might be encountered in space flight. Three tubular aluminum cages could revolve separately or in combination to give roll, pitch and yaw motions at speeds ...

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Dreamy, Young Stars

Dreamy, Young Stars

The Orion Nebula is a ‘happening’ place where stars are born and this colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The young stars dip and peak in brightness; ...

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Xilinx Reprogrammable FPGA in Space

Xilinx Reprogrammable FPGA in Space

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico have been testing Xilinx reprogrammable FPGAs attached to the International Space Station to ensure they operate properly amid the radiation, particle strikes, and other hazards of space. The certification process is ...

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