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SpaceX launches successful Thales Mission [VIDEO]

by William W.on April 27, 2015
SpaceX’s customer for this mission is Thales Alenia Space. With this flight, the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Thales launch window is targeted to open at approximately 6:14pm EDT on Monday, April 27, 2015, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Celestial fireworks celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary

by William W.on April 23, 2015
On 24 April 1990 the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was sent into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery as the first space telescope of its kind. It offered a new view of the Universe and has, for 25 years, reached and surpassed all expectations, beaming back data and images that have changed scientists’ understanding of […]


Accelerating universe? Not so fast

by William W.on April 12, 2015
Certain types of supernovae, or exploding stars, are more diverse than previously thought, a University of Arizona-led team of astronomers has discovered. The results, reported in two papers published in the Astrophysical Journal, have implications for big cosmological questions, such as how fast the universe has been expanding since the Big Bang. Most importantly, the […]

Complex Organic Molecules Discovered in Infant Star System

by William W.on April 9, 2015
Building blocks of the chemistry of life are universal For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disc surrounding a young star. The discovery, made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), reaffirms that the conditions that spawned the Earth and Sun […]


Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds

by William W.on April 7, 2015
Quasi-annual variations may hold clues to space weather NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER -The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for […]


Naval Research Labs Researchers Pattern Magnetic Graphene

by William W.on March 16, 2015
Graphene, an atomically thin sheet of carbon, has been intensively studied for the last decade to reveal exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. Recently, researchers have started to explore an even more surprising property—magnetism. Theories and experiments have suggested that either defects in graphene or chemical groups bound to graphene can cause it to exhibit […]

NASA and Planetary Resources, Inc. Announce Results of the Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge

by William W.on March 15, 2015
New Desktop Application Has Potential to Increase Asteroid Detection, Now Available to Public A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our Solar System’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using […]


Bitcoin Pioneer Inks Contract for Satellite Constellation

by William W.on March 13, 2015
Jeff Garzik’s Dunvegan Space Systems to Partner with Deep Space Industries on New Project Atlanta, GA – March 12, 2015.  Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin pioneer and CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems (DSS) announced he has signed a contract with Deep Space Industries (DSI) to build a 24 BitSat satellite constellation as the first element of a […]


NASA finds Jupiter moon harbors more salt water than on all of Earth

by William W.on March 13, 2015
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth’s surface. Identifying liquid water is crucial in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth and for the search of life as […]

Breathtaking First images from Indian Mars Orbiter Spacecraft

by William W.on March 4, 2015
India has released its first images from the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft and they are absolutely fantastic.   About the mission: “Marking India’s first venture into the interplanetary space, MOM will explore and observe Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and the Martian atmosphere. Further, a specific search for methane in the Martian atmosphere will provide information about […]

new research says comet destroys dinosaurs

Dartmouth Scientists Show New Evidence That Comet Killed Dinosaurs, Not Asteroid

by William W.on February 25, 2015
Some 66 million years ago, a giant hurtling mass killed off almost all the dinosaurs and around 70 percent of all other species living on Earth.  Most scientists think that the extinction event was an asteroid. Professors Jason Moore and Mukul Sharma of the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth in New Hampshire say that a high-velocity comet killed off the […]

European Rover Challenge 2015 and Space Days in Poland

by William W.on February 23, 2015
The Space Days Poland conference and the second edition of the European Rover Challenge will take place on 3 – 6 September in Poland. „This is an important event for the space sector in Poland and a great opportunity to present the potential of the engineering staff as well as the achievements of students” evaluates […]


New SPHERE instrument images its first faint brown dwarf

by William W.on February 18, 2015
The new SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has been used to search for a brown dwarf expected to be orbiting the unusual double star V471 Tauri. SPHERE has given astronomers the best look so far at the surroundings of this intriguing object and they found — nothing. The surprising absence of this confidently […]

How to watch the next SpaceX DSCOVR launch on Tuesday

by William W.on February 9, 2015
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) now is scheduled to launch at 6:05 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 10 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. There is a backup launch opportunity at 6:03 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11. NASA Television coverage of Tuesday’s launch […]