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10/22/2014 06:56 AM
This 3-D Martian Picture Feels Like You’re Standing Beside The Opportunity Rover
Grab your 3-D glasses (you do have a pair handy, right?) and take a look at this latest vista from Mars. This is a view taken by the Opportunity rover that looks at a location nicknamed “Wdowiak Ridge”, on the rim of Endeavour Crater. This mosaic was obtained Sept. 17 as Curiosity continued its journey […]

10/21/2014 09:05 PM
Stunning View of Solar System’s Largest Volcano and Valles Marineris Revealed by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has delivered another sweet treat – a stunning view of our Solar System’s largest volcano and the largest canyon. Just days ago, MOM captured a new global image of the Red Planet dominated by Olympus Mons and Valles Marineris – which is the (...)Read the rest of Stunning View of […]

10/21/2014 12:30 PM
Mr. Fusion? Compact Fusion Reactor Will be Available in 5 Years Says Lockheed-Martin
The Farnsworth Fusor; Pons and Fleishmann. It seems the trail to fusion energy has long gone cold — stone cold, that is, and not cold as in cold fusion. Despite the promise of fusion providing a sustainable and safe energy source, fusion reactors are not a dime a dozen and they won’t be replacing coal […]

10/21/2014 09:58 AM
How NASA and SpaceX are Working Together to Land on Mars
It is no secret that NASA is seeking out private space contractors to help bring some of its current plans to fruition. Naturally, these involve restoring indigenous launch capabilities to the US, but also include the more far-reaching goal of sending astronauts to Mars. Towards that end, NASA and SpaceX participated in an unprecedented data-sharing […]

10/21/2014 07:33 AM
Could ‘Heavy Metal’ Frost Lurk Beneath Venus’ Hothouse Clouds?
Talk about using old data for a new purpose! Researchers re-examining information from the completed NASA Magellan mission found signs of what could be “heavy metal” frost on the hell-like surface. What the researchers saw in radio-wave reflectance is the highlands appear brighter, with dark spots in the tallest locations. What substance exactly is causing […]

10/21/2014 07:20 AM
How to Take Great Photographs of the October 23rd Partial Solar Eclipse and More
Get those solar viewers out… the final eclipse of 2014 occurs this Thursday on October 23rd, and most of North America has a front row seat. Though this solar eclipse will be an exclusively partial one as the Moon takes a ‘bite’ out the disk of the Sun, such an event is always fascinating to […]

10/21/2014 07:10 AM
Martian Permafrost And Dust-Sculpted Surface Captured By NASA Spacecraft
Mars was once thought to be a fairly unchanging planet, similar to the Moon. But now we know it is a planet that was shaped by water and other forces in the past — and that these forces still come into play today. Above is a picture of permafrost deposits just discovered in Louth Crater. […]

10/21/2014 05:55 AM
Carnival of Space #376
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #376. (...)Read the rest of Carnival of Space #376 (91 words) © susie for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Carnival of Space Feed enhanced by Better Feed […]

10/20/2014 05:55 PM
MRO Spies Tiny, Bright Nucleus During Comet Flyby of Mars
Not to be outdone by the feisty Opportunity Rover, the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) turned in its homework this evening with a fine image of comet C/2013 Siding Spring taken during closest approach on October 19. (...)Read the rest of MRO Spies Tiny, Bright Nucleus During Comet Flyby of Mars (443 words) […]

10/20/2014 01:53 PM
Water On The Moon Was Blown in by Solar Wind
When they first set foot on the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts painted a picture of the landscape as a bone-dry desert. So astronomers were naturally surprised when in 2009, three probes showed that a lot of water is locked up in minerals in the soil. There has been some debate as to where the […]


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