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09/01/2014 11:09 AM
Rosetta Now Up Close to Comet 67P – Snapping Mapping Mosaics for Momentous Philae Landing
ESA’s Rosetta orbiter has now moved in so close to its comet quarry that the primordial body overwhelms the screen, and thus its snapping mapping mosaics to capture the complete scene of the bizarre world so it can find the most suitable spot for the momentous Philae landing – upcoming in mid-November. In fact Rosetta […]

08/31/2014 06:15 PM
25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!
Now less than 25 days from her history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing, India’s MOM is in good health! The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, counts as India’s first interplanetary voyager and the nation’s first manmade object to orbit the 4th rock from our Sun […]

08/31/2014 11:29 AM
Tonight’s Moon-Mars-Saturn Trio Recalls Time of Terror
Check it out. Look southwest at dusk tonight and you’ll see three of the solar system’s coolest personalities gathering for a late dinner. Saturn, Mars and the waxing crescent moon will sup in Libra ahead of the fiery red star Antares in Scorpius. All together, a wonderful display of out-of-this-world worlds. (...)Read the rest of Tonight’s […]

08/30/2014 09:19 AM
Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures En Route to Mars
Now that’s pure gorgeous. As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sidles towards its October 19th encounter with Mars, it’s passing a trio of sumptuous deep sky objects near the south celestial pole this week. Astrophotographers weren’t going to let the comet’s picturesque alignments pass without notice.(...)Read the rest of Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures En Route to Mars (394 […]

08/29/2014 09:00 PM
Heat Protecting Back Shell Tiles Installed on NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Set for Dec. 2014 Launch
Fabrication of the pathfinding version of NASA’s Orion crew capsule slated for its inaugural unmanned test flight in December is entering its final stages at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch site in Florida. Engineers and technicians have completed the installation of Orion’s back shell panels which will protect the spacecraft and future astronauts from […]

08/29/2014 10:15 AM
Radio Telescopes Resolve Pleiades Distance Debate
Fall will soon be at our doorstep. But before the leaves change colors and the smell of pumpkin fills our coffee shops, the Pleiades star cluster will mark the new season with its earlier presence in the night sky. The delicate grouping of blue stars has been a prominent sight since antiquity. But in recent […]

08/29/2014 06:49 AM
Enjoy This Eye-Meltingly Awesome Photo of Our Sun
Here’s yet another glorious photo of our home star, captured and processed by New York artist and photographer Alan Friedman on August 24, 2014. Alan took the photo using his 90mm hydrogen-alpha telescope – aka “Little Big Man” –  from his backyard in Buffalo, inverted the resulting image and colorized it to create the beautiful image […]

08/28/2014 06:11 PM
US Heavy Lift Mars Rocket Passes Key Review and NASA Sets 2018 Maiden Launch Date
After a thorough review of cost and engineering issues, NASA managers formally approved the development of the agency’s mammoth heavy lift rocket – the Space Launch System or SLS – which will be the world’s most powerful rocket ever built and is intended to take astronauts farther beyond Earth into deep space than ever before […]

08/28/2014 02:36 PM
Observing Neptune: A Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season
Never seen Neptune? Now is a good time to try, as the outermost ice giant world reaches opposition this weekend at 14:00 Universal Time (UT) or 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, August 29th. This means that the distant world lies “opposite” to the Sun as seen from our Earthly perspective and rises to the east […]

08/28/2014 09:00 AM
Astronomers Spot Pebble-Size Dust Grains in the Orion Nebula
Stars and planets form out of vast clouds of dust and gas. Small pockets in these clouds collapse under the pull of gravity. But as the pocket shrinks, it spins rapidly, with the outer region flattening into a disk. Eventually the central pocket collapses enough that its high temperature and density allows it to ignite […]

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