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Saturn Shines Near the Moon Tonight: How to See It

Saturn Shines Near the Moon Tonight: How to See ItTo the naked eye, Saturn appears more or less like any other bright star, except that usually it shines with a steady light rather than twinkling. But watching their changing positions from night to night is endlessly fascinating.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 8:03 pm

Rosy Cosmic Cloud Glows with Stars in New Telescope View (Video, Photo)

Rosy Cosmic Cloud Glows with Stars in New Telescope View (Video, Photo)A distant group of hot, young stars cause a cloud of hydrogen gas to glow a rosy red 7,300 light-years from Earth in the latest amazing view from a telescope in Chile. Called Gum 41, the cloud stars in a new photo released by the European Southern Observatory today (April 16). Radiation emitted by the newborn stars near the middle of the image gives the hydrogen a rosy glow, ESO officials said. "In this picture of Gum 41, the clouds appear to be quite thick and bright, but this is actually misleading," ESO officials said in a statement.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:23 pm

Incredible Technology: How to Grab an Asteroid and Park It Near Earth

Incredible Technology: How to Grab an Asteroid and Park It Near EarthEditor's Note: In this weekly series, Space.com explores how technology drives space exploration and discovery. NASA's plan to lasso an asteroid, bring it into a stable orbit near the moon and let astronauts visit it might sound ambitious, but the space agency is looking at two different ways to make it happen. In one mission, a robotic probe would fly out to a small asteroid and bring the whole thing back for astronauts to explore. The other mission involves the robot bagging a boulder from a larger space rock and parking it near the moon.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 10:57 am

Hard-to-Kill Star Survives Nearby Supernova Explosion (Video, Photos)

Hard-to-Kill Star Survives Nearby Supernova Explosion (Video, Photos)A lucky star somehow survived the explosive death of its stellar companion, new images reveal. The explosion, known as a supernova, would have been visible from Earth several thousand years ago. While the supernova remnant (called DEM L241) has been known since the 1970s, the companion star remained invisible until NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently examined the region. The supernova remnant itself is very bright in X-rays, indicating it's still hot.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 10:56 am

Possible Mars Mission ‘Showstopper’: Vision Risks for Astronauts

Possible Mars Mission 'Showstopper': Vision Risks for AstronautsMars may possess a stark and austere beauty, but a manned Red Planet mission will likely not be easy on the eyes. Recently, scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA researchers are working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars and other faraway destinations. "This is one that we don't yet have a good handle on, and it can be a showstopper," Mark Shelhamer, chief scientist for the NASA Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, said last week during a presentation with the agency's Future In-Space Operations (FISO) working group.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 10:55 am

The Search for Gravitational Waves: New Documentary on Project LIGO Launches (Watch Online)

The Search for Gravitational Waves: New Documentary on Project LIGO Launches (Watch Online)A newly released documentary brings the hunt for ripples in the fabric of space-time — called gravitational waves — into focus, and you can watch it live on Space.com. 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, or LIGO for short. "As an aspiring filmmaker, it is my intent to focus on films which act as a conduit for science education and outreach," Kai Staats, the director of the new film, said of the inspiration behind the documentary. The $205 million LIGO is designed to detect gravitational waves from Earth using a laser that shoots down two 2.5-mile (4 kilometers) arms outfitted with mirrors.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 10:16 pm

Dwarf Planet Discovery Could Help Show Life’s Spread Through Solar System

Dwarf Planet Discovery Could Help Show Life's Spread Through Solar SystemOn March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies just beyond the Kuiper Belt of icy objects that swarm outside of Neptune's orbit. The new object is nicknamed "Biden" after the vice-president of the United States, because both Joe Biden and 2012 VP133 are "VPs." It is one of only two dwarf planets discovered beyond the Kuiper Belt, with Sedna (a decade ago) being the other one. Mapping tiny worlds at the Solar System's edge could one day show scientists how life arose on Earth. Are the possible organics —which show up as ultra-red material in telescopes — a possible source for life on Earth?

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 10:14 pm

NASA Photo May Show Birth of New Saturn Moon (Image)

NASA Photo May Show Birth of New Saturn Moon (Image)A NASA spacecraft may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon. Photographs taken by NASA's Cassini probe in April 2013 show a bright arc about 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) long and 6 miles (10 km) wide at the edge of Saturn's outermost ring (known as the A ring). "We have not seen anything like this before," study lead author Carl Murray, of Queen Mary University of London, said in a statement. But the spacecraft will move closer to the A ring's outer edge in 2016, giving reseachers a chance to study Peggy in more detail and possibly even get a picture of the object, NASA officials said.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 10:14 pm

Tax Day in Space: How NASA Astronauts Pay Uncle Sam

Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve SwansonAmerican astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are currently living on the International Space Station as part of its six-man crew, and it's a safe bet they took care of their taxes well before they ever launched into space, NASA says. NASA astronauts typically file taxes before launching into space, according to agency spokesman Jay Bolden at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the home of U.S. astronaut corps. That forethought is something that NASA astronauts have not always had. During NASA's Apollo 13 moon mission in April 1970, astronaut Jack Swigert found himself in the surprising position of being in space on Tax Day without having filed his taxes.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 5:12 pm

Blood Moon Photos: Spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse Views by Stargazers (Video, Images)

Blood Moon Photos: Spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse Views by Stargazers (Video, Images)Stargazers across the United States were awed by last night's total eclipse of the moon, and they've got some amazing photos to prove it. Observers in a North America, South America, Hawaii and parts of Alaska got a spectacular show as the moon turned blood red during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014. While the weather wasn't great for everyone in the path of the total eclipse, some stargazers got a break from the clouds to capture the celestial sight during the 3.5 hours it was visible. It features a blood red moon in the center of the image framed by the various stages of the lunar eclipse.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:43 pm

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Scientist returns home to take Putnam Valley students into outer space – The Journal News / Lohud.com


Scientist returns home to take Putnam Valley students into outer space
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He oversees many of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs that schools connect to, and he is also working on the student space flight experimental program, which puts school science projects on the International …

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Posted on 16 April 2014 | 7:16 pm

UCF Grads Reaching For the Stars, Exploring Space – SpaceCoastDaily.com


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UCF Grads Reaching For the Stars, Exploring Space
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Zea fell in love with space while looking at the stars from his hometown of Guatemala City. He moved to Florida because he believes themost advanced and promising space-exploration programs are here and he picked UCF because of its close ties to NASA.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:37 am

Land Rover Gives Virgin Galactic a Lift on Road to Space – NBCNews.com


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Land Rover Gives Virgin Galactic a Lift on Road to Space
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Virgin Galactic's customers will be riding Land Rover vehicles over rugged roads en route to their rendezvous with outer space, thanks to a newly announced partnership between the space travel company and the British automaker. The deal was announced …
Land Rover heads to space with Virgin GalacticUSA TODAY
Land Rover, Virgin Galactic create space-age SUVCNBC.com
Is this the ultimate travel upgrade?NEWS.com.au

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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 11:30 pm

China’s President Xi Wants More Military Use of Space: Report – Space.com


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China's President Xi Wants More Military Use of Space: Report
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Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly asked his nation's air force to hasten its integration of air and space capabilities. During a visit to the air force headquarters of the People's Liberation Army in Beijing on Monday (April 14), Xi urged the
China to boost space defense in 'new-type combat force'RT
China's President Urges Militarization of SpaceMilitary.com
Xi Jinping Calls For Boosting China's Military Power In SpaceInternational Business Times
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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 8:38 pm

Capitalism and Politics…in Space! – American Spectator (blog)


Capitalism and Politics…in Space!
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Outer space is cool. Add “in space” after something and it becomes ten times more interesting. Brussel sprouts…in space! NASA's Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization mission not only includes efforts to robotically capture and manipulate an asteroid into
Astronaut alumnus chose Purdue because of space reputationPurdue Exponent
Purdue to grow plants in spaceWLFI.com

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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:45 pm

Tax Day in Space: How NASA Astronauts Pay Uncle Sam – Space.com


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Tax Day in Space: How NASA Astronauts Pay Uncle Sam
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The Tax Man cometh for Americans today (April 15), and not even astronauts in space can escape their annual terrestrial taxes. American astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are currently living on the International Space Station as part of its …
Feet on the ground, Eileen Collins' thoughts remain in spacemySanAntonio.com

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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:59 pm

Shiny: Astronaut Wears ‘Firefly’ T-Shirt In First Instagram From Space – Universe Today


Shiny: Astronaut Wears 'Firefly' T-Shirt In First Instagram From Space
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“Back on ISS, life is good,” wrote NASA astronaut Steve Swanson on April 7, 2014 in the first Instagram from space. Swanson is wearing a T-shirt from the TV space show 'Firefly' that says “Shipping & Logistics: Everything's Shiny” around a smaller

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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:54 pm

Sue the T. rex’s voyage to space delayed – Chicago Tribune


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Sue the T. rex's voyage to space delayed
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Sue the T. rex has waited 67 million years to blast into space, so what's a few more days at this point? NASA officials have scrubbed today's launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9, which is slated to carry microbes collected from the Field Museum's famed
This 67-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Is Headed to SpaceNextgov
Microbes from Chicago's T. rex Headed to Space StationNBC Chicago
Yes, NASA Has A Good Reason Sending Germs From Beloved Dinosaur Into Huffington Post

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Posted on 14 April 2014 | 10:50 pm

SpaceX Is Launching To The Space Station, Loaded With Science – Forbes


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SpaceX Is Launching To The Space Station, Loaded With Science
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On Friday, April 18, SpaceX will launch its CRS-3 flight to the International Space Station. (The flight was originally scheduled for Monday, April 14 but had to be postponed due to a helium leak.) This marks the company's fourth launch to the
SpaceX delays delivery launch to International Space StationFox News
SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch TodaySpace.com
Computer glitch won't stop SpaceX's launch to space station MondayLos Angeles Times
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Posted on 14 April 2014 | 7:16 pm

5 weird things launching into space on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft Monday – Fox News


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5 weird things launching into space on SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft Monday
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When private spaceflight company SpaceX launches its newest mission to the International Space Station it will carry some strange cargo to space. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida …
Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie FarmSpace.com
Space Station Glitch Could Delay SpaceX Cargo Ship's LaunchNBCNews.com
Space Station Launch Monday Despite Dead ComputerABC News
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Posted on 14 April 2014 | 2:06 pm

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NASA Names Six New Members to Advisory Council

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA’s senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX’s third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Administrator to Tour Space Lab, Speak at University of Colorado-Boulder

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will tour the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and speak with students and faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder on Friday, Apr. 18.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

For NASA’s long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Media Teleconference Wednesday

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EDT Wednesday, April 16, to discuss the status of ongoing projects and the road ahead for the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Cassini Images May Reveal Birth of New Saturn Moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons.

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Hosts Launch Complex 39A Status Update

NASA will provide a status update on Launch Complex 39A at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 14 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The update, which will be held at pad 39A, will not be carried live on NASA Television.

Posted on 13 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA TV to Air SpaceX-3 Status Update at Noon EDT April 13

NASA Television will air a news conference at noon EDT on Sunday, April 13 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Posted on 12 April 2014 | 4:00 pm