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07/25/2014 12:39 PM
Having Fun with the Equation of Time
If you’re like us, you might’ve looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was. (...)Read the rest of Having Fun with the Equation of Time (1,000 words) © David Dickinson for Universe […]

07/25/2014 10:29 AM
Watch Live: ‘Mars’ Crew Emerges From Simulation After 120 Days
If you spent 120 days cooped up in a small habitat with six people, what’s the first thing you’d want to do upon emerging? Celebration would likely be one of them, and you can watch the festivities as the HI-SEAS crew leaves their Mars simulation later today. The broadcast takes place between 2 p.m. EDT […]

07/25/2014 10:05 AM
Astronaut Spots Violence Over Gaza, Asks What Extraterrestrials Would Think
From his perch aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst took this photo this week and said he could spot explosions and rockets in the blackness below. The location made him realize things were grim: it was over the Gaza and Israel region. After the photo went viral on Twitter (it’s been shared nearly 40,000 […]

07/25/2014 09:15 AM
Video: Warp Into A Star Nursery 3,000 Light Years Away
Zoom! This video brings you up close to a region where a bunch of stars are being born. This new video from the European Southern Observatory shows a so-called an HII region made up of hydrogen gas, which is a common feature of nurseries. Another famous example is the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. (...)Read […]

07/25/2014 07:35 AM
Mapping Dark Matter 4.5 Billion Light-years Away
The Milky Way measures 100 to 120 thousand light-years across, a distance that defies imagination. But clusters of galaxies, which comprise hundreds to thousands of galaxies swarming under a collective gravitational pull, can span tens of millions of light-years. These massive clusters are a complex interplay between colliding galaxies and dark matter. They seem impossible […]

07/25/2014 06:54 AM
To Help Mars Rovers Phone Home, NASA Asks For Ideas To Close Looming Communications Gap
Remember during the government shutdown when it looked as though a NASA Mars mission would be delayed? Launch preparations continued because delaying the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft — which could have pushed its window back by years — would cause “imminent risk to life or property”, administrator Charles Bolden told Universe Today […]

07/24/2014 06:07 PM
Apollo 11 Splashdown 45 Years Ago on July 24, 1969 Concludes 1st Moon Landing Mission – Gallery
The three man crew of NASA’s Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 45 years ago today on July 24, 1969 – successfully concluding Earth’s first journey to land humans on another world and return them safely to our Home Planet. Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on […]

07/24/2014 07:13 AM
Hubble Finds 3 (Relatively) Dry Exoplanets, Raising Questions About Water Outside The Solar System
Surprise! Three planets believed to be good candidates for having water vapor in their atmosphere actually have much lower quantities than expected. The planets (HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b) are “hot Jupiters” that are orbiting very close to their parent star, at a distance where it was expected the extreme temperatures would turn water […]

07/24/2014 06:29 AM
Neck Of Rosetta’s ‘Rubby Duckie’ Comet Shows A Bright Ring
Rosetta’s “rubber duckie” comet appears to be wearing a collar! New images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the spacecraft, which is speeding towards an orbit of the comet next month, show that the “neck” region of the nucleus appears to be brighter than the rest. Last week, images from the spacecraft revealed that the comet likely […]

07/23/2014 11:25 AM
Risk Reduction Milestone Tests Move Commercial Dream Chaser Closer to Critical Design Review and First Flight
The winged Dream Chaser mini-shuttle under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has successfully completed a series of risk reduction milestone tests on key flight hardware systems thereby moving the private reusable spacecraft closer to its critical design review (CDR) and first flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America’s indigenous human spaceflight […]

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