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12/18/2014 09:28 PM
Rocket Issues force SpaceX and NASA to Postpone Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to January 2015
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Due to technical problems encountered during a hot fire test of the first stage engines this week with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the planned Dec. 19 launch of the commercial rocket and NASA contracted Dragon cargo freighter to the International Space Station (ISS) on a critical resupply mission has […]

12/18/2014 01:05 PM
Compromises Lead to Climate Change Deal
Earlier this month, delegates from the various states that make up the UN met in Lima, Peru, to agree on a framework for the Climate Change Conference that is scheduled to take place in Paris next year. For over two weeks, representatives debated and discussed the issue, which at times became hotly contested and divisive. […]

12/18/2014 10:32 AM
Holiday Lights So Bright You Can See ‘em from Space
Call it holiday light creep. A NASA satellite has been tracking the spread of Christmas lighting from 512 miles up for the past three years and according to the data, nighttime lights around many major U.S. cities shine 20 to 50 percent brighter during Christmas and New Year’s when compared to light output during the […]

12/18/2014 09:14 AM
Kepler ‘K2′ Finds First Exoplanet, A ‘Super-Earth’, While Surfing Sun’s Pressure Wave For Control
It’s alive! NASA’s Kepler space telescope had to stop planet-hunting during Earth’s northern-hemisphere summer 2013 when a second of its four pointing devices (reaction wheels) failed. But using a new technique that takes advantage of the solar wind, Kepler has found its first exoplanet since the K2 mission was publicly proposed in November 2013. And […]

12/18/2014 07:24 AM
Comet Finlay in Bright Outburst, Visible in Small Telescopes
Short-period comet 15P/Finlay, which had been plunking along at a dim magnitude +11, has suddenly brightened in the past couple days to +8.7, bright enough to see in 10×50 or larger binoculars. Czech comet observer Jakub Cerny and his team photographed the comet on December 16th and discovered the sudden surge. Wonderful news! While comets generally brighten as they […]

12/18/2014 07:00 AM
Curiosity Mars Rover Stars In Discovery Television Documentary Tonight
For those following all the habitability results from the Curiosity rover lately, here’s a special treat — the Discovery Channel will air a behind-the-scenes documentary on the mission tonight (Dec. 18) at 10 p.m. Eastern. (...)Read the rest of Curiosity Mars Rover Stars In Discovery Television Documentary Tonight (234 words) © Elizabeth Howell for Universe […]

12/17/2014 07:20 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to Attempt Daring Ocean Platform Landing with Next Launch
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – In a key test of rocket reusability, SpaceX will attempt a daring landing of their Falcon 9 first stage rocket on an ocean platform known as the “autonomous spaceport drone ship” following the planned Friday, Dec. 19, blastoff on a high stakes mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The […]

12/17/2014 04:14 PM
New Pictures Of Philae’s Lonely Resting Spot On The Comet Emerge
In scientific style, researchers are slowly narrowing down where the Philae lander arrived on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Earlier today (Dec. 17) at the American Geophysical Union meeting, more pictures from the European spacecraft were released showing its landing site and also what the terrain looked like underneath Philae as it bounced to its destination. The pictures […]

12/17/2014 11:01 AM
The Universe’s Tour Guide
The hazy, white horizon lifts away slowly, giving way to the blue and green, cloud-swept marble we call home. I take in a deep breath, astonished by the Earth’s staggering beauty in stark contrast to the sprinkled backdrop. People are still shuffling into the 429-seat Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, their […]

12/17/2014 10:13 AM
NASA’s Curiosity Rover detects Methane, Organics on Mars
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, NASA scientists attending the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco announced the detection of organic compounds on Mars. The announcement represents the discovery of the missing “ingredient” that is necessary for the existence – past or present – of life on Mars. Indeed, the extraordinary claim required extraordinary […]


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