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11/21/2014 11:42 PM
Orion Passes Key NASA Flight Review – “GO” for Maiden Test Flight on Dec. 4
After a decade of hard work, numerous twists and turns, and ups and downs, NASA’s new Orion deep space crew vehicle is finally, and officially, marching towards its maiden blastoff in less than two week’s time. The Orion spacecraft cleared one of the final hurdles to its first launch when(...)Read the rest of Orion Passes […]

11/21/2014 02:31 PM
NASA’s “Remastered” View of Europa is the Best Yet
Europa, Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for extra-terrestrial life. And now, […]

11/21/2014 12:59 PM
Weekly Space Hangout – Nov. 21, 2014: New Images of Europa
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / www.astroguyz.com) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Nov. 21, 2014: New Images of Europa (219 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: asteroid, dawn, ddwarf […]

11/21/2014 08:19 AM
Communicating Across the Cosmos, Part 2: Petabytes from the Stars?
Since it was founded in 1984, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, has been a principal American venue for scientific efforts to discover evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations. In mid-November, the institute sponsored a conference, “Communicating across the Cosmos”, on the problems of devising and understanding messages from other worlds. The […]

11/21/2014 08:07 AM
Wow! Epic 4K Timelapse of Aurora Over Iceland and Greenland
Holy Northern Lights, Batman! This new timelapse is just beautiful! Photographer Joe Capra traveled to Greenland and Iceland to shoot 10 nights of the arctic Aurora. Not only was the aurora absolutely stunning, but the landscape is equally beautiful. Joe said that all the footage was shot in super high resolution 4K Ultra HD, and […]

11/21/2014 08:00 AM
Global Warming Watch: How Carbon Dioxide Bleeds Across The Earth
Red alert — the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing year-by-year due to human activity. It’s leading to a warming Earth, but just how quickly — and how badly it will change the environment around us — is hard to say. NASA released a new video showing how carbon dioxide — a […]

11/21/2014 07:38 AM
Subaru Telescope Spots Galaxies From The Early Universe
It’s an amazing thing, staring into deep space with the help of a high-powered telescope. In addition to being able to through the vast reaches of space, one is also able to effectively see through time. Using the Subaru Telescope’s Suprime-Cam, a team of astronomers has done just that. In short, they looked back 13 […]

11/21/2014 07:20 AM
New Simulation Offers Stunning Images of Black Hole Merger
A black hole is an extraordinarily massive, improbably dense knot of spacetime that makes a living swallowing or slinging away any morsel of energy that strays too close to its dark, twisted core. Anyone fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to directly observe one of these beasts in the wild would immediately notice the way its colossal gravitational field warps all of […]

11/21/2014 07:00 AM
NASA Aims To Slash Space Shipping Costs With Shiny 3-D Printer
Need a part on the International Space Station? You’re going to have to wait for that. That is, wait for the next spaceship to arrive with the critical tool to make a repair, or replace something that broke. You can imagine how that slows down NASA’s desire for science on the orbiting laboratory. Enter the […]

11/20/2014 11:52 PM
Iconic Kennedy Space Center Countdown Clock Retires
In another sign of dramatically changing times since the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, the world famous Countdown Clock that ticked down to numerous blastoffs at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site and was ever present to billions of television viewers worldwide, has been retired. Years of poor weather and decades of unforgiving time […]


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