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07/30/2014 07:02 AM
Rocket Replay: Watch Europe’s Last Space Station Automated Transfer Vehicle Soar
The last of Europe’s five automated transfer vehicles made a flawless launch to orbit yesterday (July 30). So far, all is going well with ATV Georges Lemaître as it brings a load of cargo to the International Space Station. You can watch the launch above. The ship is not only acting as a freighter, but […]

07/30/2014 06:30 AM
NASA’s First Space-Tweeting Astronaut And ‘Big Bang Theory’ Guest Flies To A New Position
The first astronaut who tweeted from space is leaving NASA, the agency announced yesterday. Mike Massimino (best known to his 1.29 million followers as @astro_mike) — and also one of several astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope — will now bring his skills to a full-time position with Columbia University in New York. (...)Read […]

07/29/2014 06:25 PM
Scientists Discover 101 Geysers Erupting at Saturn’s Intriguing Icy Moon Enceladus
Scientists analyzing the reams of data from NASA’s Cassini orbiter at Saturn have discovered 101 geysers erupting from the intriguing icy moon Enceladus and that the spewing material of liquid water likely originates from an underground sea located beneath the tiny moons ice shell, according to newly published research. The geysers are composed of tiny […]

07/29/2014 10:51 AM
GAIA is “Go” for Science After a few Minor Hiccups
In astronomy we throw around the term “light-year” seemingly as fast as light itself travels. And yet actually measuring this distance is incredibly tricky. A star’s parallax — its tiny apparent shift once a year caused by our moving viewpoint on Earth — tells its distance more truly than any other method. Accurate parallaxes of […]

07/29/2014 08:00 AM
Astrophoto Heaven: Video Time-Lapse Shows Spectacular Sky Above Desert National Park
Channelling all U2 fans: this stunning timelapse above Joshua Tree National Park is a walking tourism brochure for astrophotographers. The pictures were taken in September and November 2012 (the latter during the Leonid meteor shower) and just put up on Vimeo a few days ago. Can you spot any famous astronomical objects? Read below to […]

07/29/2014 07:00 AM
Astronaut Dance: If We Were Going To Space, We’d Do This Too
Anyone want to take bets on what this astronaut was listening to? This is a short silent video of Thomas Pesquet, a European astronaut, doing a dance in the kitchen during NEEMO 18 — the latest NASA underwater mission to test asteroid technologies. (...)Read the rest of Astronaut Dance: If We Were Going To Space, […]

07/29/2014 06:30 AM
X-ray Glow: Evidence of a Local Hot Bubble Carved by a Supernova
I spent this past weekend backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, where although the snow-swept peaks and the dangerously close wildlife were staggering, the night sky stood in triumph. Without a fire, the stars, a few planets, and the surprisingly bright Milky Way provided the only light to guide our way. But the night sky […]

07/29/2014 06:00 AM
Venus Express Survives Close Encounter With Hellish Atmosphere
It was a daring maneuver, but the plan to put Venus Express lower in the planet’s thick atmosphere has worked. For the past month, the European Space Agency steered the long-running spacecraft to altitudes as low as 81 miles (131 kilometers) for a couple of minutes at a time. Now the spacecraft has been steered […]

07/28/2014 07:34 PM
Book Review: Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree
“Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight” is a thoroughly enjoyable new biography about the first human to set foot on the Moon on NASA’s Apollo 11 mission written with gusto by Emmy winning NBC News space correspondent Jay Barbree. Jay Barbee is a veteran NBC News reporter who has covered America’s manned space program […]

07/28/2014 03:34 PM
Observing Alert – Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week
With the southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaking tomorrow morning, the summer meteor-watching season officially begins. While not a rich shower from mid-northern latitudes, pleasant weather and a chance to see the flaming remains of a comet seem motivation enough to go out for a look. With a rate 10-15 per meteors an hour you’re bound to catch a few. (...)Read […]

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