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04/23/2014 09:52 AM
Book Review and Giveaway: Earthrise: My Adventures As An Apollo 14 Astronaut by Edgar Mitchell
Book review by David Freiberg: Universe Today Book Reviewer Most of us get up in the morning, shower, eat breakfast and sleepily make our way to work. Whether we work in an office, outdoors, with the public or in any number of exciting Earth-based careers, our daily commute can hardly compare to that of a […]

04/23/2014 08:57 AM
Saturn at Opposition: Our 2014 Guide
Planet lovers can rejoice: one of the finest jewels of the solar system in returning to the evening night sky. The planet Saturn reaches opposition next month on May 10th. This means that as the Sun sets to the west, Saturn will rise “opposite” to it in the east, remaining well positioned for observation in […]

04/23/2014 08:40 AM
UPDATE: Spacewalkers Zip Through Tasks To Fix Broken Computer
UPDATE, 11:42 a.m. EDT: Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson finished their spacewalk in just 1 hour and 36 minutes, nearly an hour faster than what NASA budgeted for. Early tests show the replacement computer is working well, providing backup once again for the robotics, solar arrays and other systems on station. Can two astronauts fix a broken […]

04/22/2014 09:44 AM
Surprise: Earth Is Hit By a Lot More Asteroids Than You Thought
“The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” - Ed Lu, B612 Foundation CEO and former NASA astronaut When we think of recent large asteroid impacts on Earth, only a […]

04/22/2014 09:21 AM
Views of Earth From Space on Earth Day 2014
It’s been said that one of the reasons Earth Day was started back in 1970 was because of the images of Earth from space taken during the Apollo missions to the Moon. So, what better way to celebrate than to see how Earth looks today from space? NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of […]

04/22/2014 08:36 AM
Remembering John Houbolt: the Man Who Gave Us Lunar Orbit Rendezvous
The space community lost a colossus of the of the Apollo era last week, when John Houbolt passed away last Tuesday just five days after his 95th birthday. Perhaps the name isn’t as familiar to many as Armstrong or Von Braun, but John Houbolt was a pivotal figure in getting us to the Moon.(...)Read the […]

04/22/2014 07:10 AM
How Far Is A Light Year in Miles Or Kilometers?
We hope you have a big suitcase if you’re planning a trip across the cosmos. At the speed of light — a speed that no technology yet can achieve — it would take you about four years to get to the Alpha Centauri star system, the nearest group to our own. Zipping to the nearest galaxy, the […]

04/21/2014 02:31 PM
Watch: New Documentary Follows the Hunt for Gravitational Waves
A newly released documentary brings you behind the scenes in the hunt for gravitational waves. The 20-minute film, called “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding,” follows the scientists working to create one of the most powerful scientific tools ever made: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO). You can watch the documentary above. (...)Read the rest of […]

04/21/2014 10:36 AM
Our Guide to the Bizarre April 29th Solar Eclipse
Will anyone see next week’s solar eclipse? On April 29th, an annular solar eclipse occurs over a small D-shaped 500 kilometre wide region of Antarctica. This will be the second eclipse for 2014 — the first was the April 15th total lunar eclipse — and the first solar eclipse of the year, marking the end of the […]

04/21/2014 09:40 AM
Stunning Original Drawing of the Latest SpaceX Launch
Here’s something you don’t see much anymore: an original pencil drawing of a launch. This drawing by Wendy Clark from the UK is reminiscent of the pre-spaceflight days, before we had actual images of launches, and just our dreams of spaceflight. This isn’t the first time Clark has drawn a launch (here’s an article we […]

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