Posts Tagged ‘nasa’

Sun rang in the new year with a 160,000 mile high solar eruption [VIDEO]

// January 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NASA has released video of a massive solar eruption that took place on New Years Eve. The eruption lasted for four hours and extended nearly 160,000 miles into space. NASA said little disruptions should have occurred on Earth from the plasma ejection. For the past few years, the Sun has experienced a higher than normal […]

The results are in: small planets like our own are extremely abundant in the universe

// January 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The results are in – our galaxy harbors at least one hundred billion planets, many of them Earth-sized meaning, small planets like our own are extremely abundant in the universe. On Monday, scientists announced that NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered another 461 potential new planets, most of which are the size of Earth or […]

Asteroid to buzz Earth on Wednesday. Don’t hold your breath though. Better chance of collision in 2029

// January 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The 1,000-foot-wide Apophis asteroid is set to buzz the Earth on Wednesday (1/9/13) passing a mere 9 million miles above Earth, but the chances of a fateful impact are next to nil (but keep holding your breath, there’s a better chance in 2029 when it passes only 18,000 miles from the Earth’s surface). Still, Apophis […]

Classic: NASA’s famous Hammer and Feather drop on the moon that proved Galileo correct [VIDEO]

// December 14th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

In 1971, during the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut David Scott conducted Galileo’s famous “hammer and feather drop” experiment. Galileo had concluded that all objects, regardless of mass, would fall at the same rate of speed. Galileo theorized that a feather falls slower not because of its mass, but because of wind resistance. Hence, given that […]

Running out of fuel, NASA to control crash both GRAIL spacecraft into Moon on December 17

// December 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NASA announced today that its two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Spacecraft, named Ebb and Flow, are running out of fuel and will be control crashed into a lunar mountain on December 17, 2012 at approximately 5:28 PM EST (Flow will crash 20 seconds after Ebb). The impact area is at latitude 75.62° N, […]

Ghostshell dumps 1.6 million accounts from ESA, NASA, Bigelow, General Dynamics, and more

// December 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Team Ghostshell leaked 1.6 million accounts on pastebin today. According to the dump, the leaked accounts belong to “aerospace, nanotechnology, banking, law, education, government, military, all kinds of wacky companies & corporations working for the department of defense, airlines and more.” The companies included in the dump included The European Space Agency, NASA’s Engineers: Center […]

NASA announces new evidence for water ice at Mercury’s poles

// November 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Scientist have long speculated that ice existed on the planet Mercury. Radio waves bounced off the planet decades ago indicated many bright spots on the planet’s surface. Scientist were reluctant to conclude that the white areas were ice though. The white reflection could have been silicate, sulfur, or other highly-reflective substances. Today, a new analysis […]

Scientists discover planet 13 times larger than Jupiter – may be bridge between planet and star

// November 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Kappa Andromedae b (or ‘Kappa And b,’ for short) is 170 light-years away and orbits its sun, which is a mere 30 million years old (compared to Earth’s 5 billion year old sun), about 1.8 times farther than Neptune’s orbit. It glows red due to radiation from the heat that’s left over from its formation. […]

NASA has “big news” to report but are holding out until results can be confirmed [UPDATE]

// November 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NPR reported today that NASA has some ‘”big news” to report – but will not release the finding until they’ve had more time to confirm the results. According to NASA: “We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting, The science team is busily chewing away on […]

Computer generated simulation provides stunning visualization of the half million pieces of “space junk” orbiting Earth

// November 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

95% of the objects in this computer generated simulation of low-Earth orbit objects is “orbital debris”, not satellites. “Space junk” consist of everything from spent rocket stages, lost equipment and defunct satellites to erosion, explosion and collision fragments. NASA estimates there are more than 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth (“tens of millions” […]

Is NASA planning to deploy a robotic “miner” on the moon supported by a floating space station?

// November 9th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Rumors are spreading that NASA intends to deploy a robotic payload in 2017 for the purpose of finding water sources on the Moon. The payload would be mounted on a robotic rover that moved about the moon searching for water sources and other useful materials, saving NASA the expense of transporting these heavy materials from […]

NASA releases images shot of nearby asteroid as it flew by Earth last week

// November 7th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

On Monday, NASA released images of asteroid 2007 PA8 that were shot as the asteroid passed Earth on October 28, 29, and 30. The one mile wide Asteroid 2007 PA8 5.6 passed Earth on November 5 at a distance of 4 million miles (about 17 times the distance between the Earth and Moon). This is […]

Giant wave of plasma, many times larger than Earth, broke off from the Sun on Friday [PHOTOS]

// October 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

A giant wave of super-hot plasma, a chunk larger than the Earth, broke away from the Sun on Friday 10/19/2012 and was captured by NASA on film (lower right section of the picture). It occurred at 4:15 AM EST. Once it started breaking away, the process only took 10 hours before it was out of […]

Voyager, launched in the 1977, should leave the solar system and enter deep space within two years

// October 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched in 1977 and have been travelling through space at 40,000 MPH for over 30 years now. 11 billion miles from Earth, they have provided NASA scientists with valuable information about the outer planets and although their nuclear reactors are beginning to wind down, they are still delivering information […]

Curiosity Rover finds mysterious metallic object while scooping its first soil samples [UPDATE]

// October 9th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Curiosity Rover scooped its first soil samples yesterday and while scooping, took a picture of something that NASA cannot identify. It’s a small, silver metallic looking chip or flake of some kind. It could be something left over from the MSL descent mechanisms or some previously unknown soil anomaly.

SpaceX makes historic first cargo run to International Space Station on Sunday 10/7/12

// October 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will be launching its first cargo mission to the International Space Station as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to deliver supplies, this Sunday, 10/7/12 at 8:35 EDT. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.