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05/22/2015 02:01 PM
Rosetta’s View of a Comet’s “Great Divide”
The latest image to be revealed of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comes from October 27, 2014, before the Philae lander even departed for its surface. Above we get a view of a dramatically-shadowed cliff separating two regions on 67P, the high, smooth plateaus of Babi and the boulder-strewn, slumped valley of Aten. Both are located on the larger lobe […]

05/22/2015 11:59 AM
Weekly Space Hangout – May 23, 2015: Dr. Rhys Taylor
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest:Dr. Rhys Taylor, Former Arecibo Post Doc; Current research involves looking for galaxies in the 21cm waveband. Guests: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg ) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – May 23, 2015: Dr. Rhys Taylor (426 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015. | […]

05/22/2015 05:54 AM
Ceres Bright Spots Sharpen But Questions Remain
The latest views of Ceres’ enigmatic white spots are sharper and clearer, but it’s obvious that Dawn will have to descend much lower before we’ll see crucial details hidden in this overexposed splatter of white dots. Still, there are hints of interesting things going on here.(...)Read the rest of Ceres Bright Spots Sharpen But Questions Remain […]

05/21/2015 07:36 PM
SpaceX Dragons Coming and Going at Record Setting Pace
SpaceX Dragons seem to be flying nearly everywhere these days, coming and going at a record pace to the delight and relief of NASA, researchers and the space faring crews serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS). As one Dragon returned to Earth from space today, May 21, another Dragon prepares to soar soon to […]

05/20/2015 12:13 PM
X-37B Air Force Space Plane Launches on 4th Mystery Military Mission and Solar Sailing Test
The X-37B, a reusable Air Force space plane launched today, May 20, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its fourth mission steeped in mystery as to its true goals for the U.S . military and was accompanied by ten tiny cubesat experiments for NASA and the NRO, including a solar sailing demonstration test for The Planetary […]

05/20/2015 08:26 AM
Watch Jupiter Get Blasted by an Iridium Flare
Cue the “Space Invaders” sound effects! We’ve shared previously how astrophotographer Thierry Legault will travel anywhere to get a unique shot. He took this impressive but fun video of an Iridium 72 satellite flaring and passing in front of Jupiter, traveling to Oostende Beach at the North Sea in Belgium to capture this transit. He […]

05/20/2015 08:10 AM
Hunting LightSail in Orbit
The hunt is on in the satellite tracking community, as the U.S. Air Force’s super-secret X-37B space plane rocketed into orbit today atop an Atlas V rocket out of Cape Canaveral.  This marks the start of OTV-4, the X-37B’s fourth trip into low Earth orbit. And though NORAD won’t be publishing the orbital elements for […]

05/19/2015 07:19 AM
Air Force X-37B Spaceplane Launches on May 20 with Military, NASA and LightSail Payloads: Watch Live
All systems are currently “GO” for the fourth launch of the US Air Force’s secretive unmanned, X-37B military space plane this Wednesday, May 20, on a flight combining both US national security experimental payloads as well as civilian science experiments sponsored by NASA, US Universities, commercial companies, and the solar sailing LightSail test from the […]

05/18/2015 11:56 AM
Astronomy Cast Ep. 377: Thomson Finds the Electron
At the end of the 19th century, physicists were finally beginning to understand the nature of matter itself, including the discovery of electrons – tiny particles of negative charge that surround the nucleus. Here’s how J.J. Thompson separated the electrons from their atoms and uncovered their nature. (...)Read the rest of Astronomy Cast Ep. 377: […]

05/18/2015 08:10 AM
What Makes Mars Sunsets Different from Earth’s?
Even robots can’t tear their eyes from a beautiful sunset. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover pointed its high resolution mast camera at the setting Sun to capture this 4-image sequence on April 15 at the conclusion of the mission’s 956th Martian day. While it resembles an earthly sunset, closer inspection reveals alien oddities.(...)Read the rest of What […]

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