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An artist's view of the rings surrounding the asteroid Chariklo, which is only 155 miles (250 kilometers) across. The asteroid is the first non-planetary body in the solar system discovered to have its own ring system. Image released March 26, 2014. Credit: Lucie Maquet
 
ESA's Compact Payload Test Range for antenna testing. Metal walls screen outside radio signals while spiky foam interior cladding absorbs radio signals internally to create conditions simulating the infinite void of space.
 
This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system. Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface.
 
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SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

by William W.on April 17, 2014
NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX’s third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. The company’s April 14 launch to the orbiting laboratory was scrubbed due to a helium leak in the [...]
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NASA detects ocean inside Saturn Moon, potential home for extraterrestrial microbes

by William W.on April 3, 2014
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from [...]
An artist's view of the rings surrounding the asteroid Chariklo, which is only 155 miles (250 kilometers) across. The asteroid is the first non-planetary body in the solar system discovered to have its own ring system. Image released March 26, 2014. Credit: Lucie Maquet

Astronomers Find First-Ever Asteroid with Rings

by Chrison April 2, 2014
In a paper published Wednesday in Nature, astronomers report that for the first time, they discovered rings around an asteroid. The asteroid around which rings were discovered, dubbed Chariklo, is a Centaur–a class of small objects orbiting mostly between Jupiter an Neptune. So far, rings have only been seen around the four giant planets in [...]

ESA's Compact Payload Test Range for antenna testing. Metal walls screen outside radio signals while spiky foam interior cladding absorbs radio signals internally to create conditions simulating the infinite void of space.

ESA asks citizens to name the “Zone of Silence”

by Chrison April 2, 2014
The ESA recently refitted a 25-year-old chamber called the Compact Payload Test Range. The range simulates the emptiness of space to allow the testing of satellite antennas. Now the Agency wants to give it a better name, and is calling for any citizen in an ESA member state to do so. The Test Range in [...]
This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system. Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface.

NASA Solicits Proposals for Asteroid Redirect Mission

by Chrison March 24, 2014
Much like NASA did for ideas about how to best make use of the Kepler spacecraft after its reaction wheel failure earlier last year, NASA is now asking for proposals for advanced technology concepts development for the Asteroid Redirect Mission. The Asteroid Redirect Mission would use a small unmanned spacecraft to capture a near-Earth asteroid [...]

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Birth of the Universe detected by scientists

by William W.on March 17, 2014
Astronomers are announcing today that they have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. This is the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an [...]
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Russia to launch probe to search for water on the Moon

by William W.on March 15, 2014
Russia’s rekindling their moon exploration plan, which was unveiled by Igor Mitrofanov of the Institute for Space Research in Moscow. This ambitious  mission will deploy equipment leftover from the cancelled Japanese Lunar-A project and a small polar lander on the Moon’s South pole in 2015 . Which will test lunar regolith and local exosphere and test volatiles from [...]
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Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

by William W.on March 11, 2014
Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth Mondayafter 166 days in space, during which they made 2,656 orbits around the planet and traveled almost 70.5 million miles Expedition 38 crew members Michael Hopkins of NASA, and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) touched down southeast of [...]

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NASA’s WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No ‘Planet X’

by William W.on March 7, 2014
After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit [...]
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NASA Radar Demonstrates Ability to Foresee Sinkholes

by William W.on March 6, 2014
New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year. The findings suggest such radar data, if collected routinely from airborne systems or satellites, could at least in some cases foresee sinkholes before they [...]

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NASA: Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt

by William W.on March 6, 2014
The heat from warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer, a new NASA study finds. A research team led by Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used satellite data to measure the surface temperature of the waters discharging from [...]
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Asteroid will barely miss Earth today at 4PM EST WATCH LIVE VIDEO

by William W.on March 5, 2014
Asteroid 2014 DX110 will swing by Earth at 4 p.m. EST today,  NASA officials say there is no immediate threat to Earth. The asteroid was discovered just days ago on February 28th, 2014. “This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 217,000 [...]
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Tesla Motors to expand efforts in Europe with 30 new charging stations and stores

by William W.on March 4, 2014
In order to serve a growing customer base in Europe, Tesla will open more than 30 new service centers and stores across the continent, the company announced today at the Geneva Motor Show. Tesla will also continue rapidly expanding its Supercharger network, allowing Model S drivers to travel long distances across Europe for free. The [...]

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NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Mars Meteorite

by William W.on February 28, 2014
A team of scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars. In 1996, a group of scientists at Johnson led by David McKay, Everett Gibson and [...]
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NASA has discovered 715 New Worlds

by William W.on February 26, 2014
NASA’s Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of [...]
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