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Star Cluster, Nebula Glow Red in Amazing New Photos

Star Cluster, Nebula Glow Red in Amazing New PhotosThe European Southern Observatory released the photo of the star cluster NGC 3603 and NGC 3576 nebula shining in the southern Milky Way today (Aug. 20). While the two cosmic objects are separated by about 10,000 light-years, they appear to glow with similar brightness in the new photo taken by ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. The nebula can be seen on the right side of the image, with the NGC 3603 star cluster — located about 20,000 light-years from Earth — on the left. NGC 3576 is about 9,000 light-years closer to Earth than the star cluster, according to ESO.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 2:29 pm

‘Beam Me to Mars’ Lets You Send Martian Messages to Fund Space Exploration

'Beam Me to Mars' Lets You Send Martian Messages to Fund Space ExplorationThe space-funding company Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration. The first successful Mars mission, NASA's Mariner 4, launched on Nov. 28, 1964. "Beam Me to Mars" celebrates that landmark effort in a new and original way, Uwingu representatives said. "We want it to inspire people," said Uwingu CEO Alan Stern, a planetary scientist and former NASA science chief.

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 3:58 pm

Amazing Photos from Space Show Fiery Doom of Private US Cargo Ship

Amazing Photos from Space Show Fiery Doom of Private US Cargo ShipAn astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface after completing its mission on Sunday (Aug. 17). European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev snapped some stunning photos of Orbital Sciences' unmanned Cygnus spacecraft as it burned up in Earth's atmosphere following its departure from the station last week. The photos show the robotic ship in pieces after it broke apart  while streaking across the sky east of New Zealand at 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 GMT), according to Orbital Sciences representatives. "From start to finish, we are very pleased with the results of this mission," Mr. Frank Culbertson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Orbital's Advanced Programs Group said in a statement.

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 11:11 am

Spacewalking astronauts release baby satellite

This photo provided by NASA shows a tiny Peruvian research satellite, right of center, launched by spacewalking astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The satellite, weighing barely 2 pounds, holds instruments to measure temperature and pressure and cameras that will photograph Earth. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth.

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 12:12 am

Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military

Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US MilitaryEngine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which the English company Reaction Engines Ltd. is working on to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said. "AFRL is formulating plans to look at advanced vehicle concepts based on Reaction Engine's heat-exchanger technology and SABRE engine concept," officials with AFRL, which is based in Ohio, told Space.com via email last month. SABRE and Skylon were invented by Alan Bond and his team of engineers at the Abingdon, England-based Reaction Engines.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 9:37 pm

Curiosity Rover on Mars Stalled by ‘Hidden Valley’ Sand Trap

Curiosity Rover on Mars Stalled by 'Hidden Valley' Sand TrapNASA's Mars rover Curiosity may have to choose a new route to the base of a huge Red Planet mountain.    The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp — a 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) mountain in the center of Mars' Gale Crater — via "Hidden Valley," a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. There is no way out of Hidden Valley save exits at its northeastern and southwestern ends, NASA officials said. The mission team is now assessing possible alternative routes that would take Curiosity north of the valley.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 9:37 pm

Space Telescopes Reveal New Clues in Star’s Supernova Death (Video)

Space Telescopes Reveal New Clues in Star's Supernova Death (Video)When a supernova suddenly appeared in the night sky earlier this year, astronomers scrambled to study the bright new object before it faded away. Now, with new forensic data gathered by NASA telescopes, scientists say they have a better idea about what caused the star explosion in the nearby Messier 82 galaxy. At 12 million light-years away, the Type Ia supernova first spotted on Jan. 21 was the closest to Earth in years. There are two primary explanations for how Type Ia supernovas are triggered: Either a small dense star core known as a white dwarf takes on too much mass from its companion star, or two white dwarfs merge.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 9:37 pm

It’s Confirmed! Black Holes Do Come in Medium Sizes

It's Confirmed! Black Holes Do Come in Medium SizesBlack holes do indeed come in three sizes: small, medium and extra large, a new study suggests. Astronomers have studied many black holes at either size extreme — "stellar-mass" black holes, which are a few dozen times as weighty as the sun, and supermassive black holes, which can contain millions or billions of times the mass of the sun and lurk at the heart of most, if not all, galaxies. Researchers have spotted hints of much rarer medium-size black holes, which harbor between 100 and several hundred thousand solar masses. But that debate can now be put to rest, says a research team that has measured an intermediate black hole's mass with unprecedented precision.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 7:36 pm

Wanted: Unmanned Space Plane to Fly On the Cheap

It’s a dream older than the Space Age itself: a fully reusable rocket that can fly into space, deploy its cargo, return to Earth and then do it again rapidly, cheaply and with minimal maintenance. Despite billions of dollars and decades of work spent on projects as diverse as NASA’s space shuttle, National Aerospace Plane and Rotary Rocket, cheap access to space is not yet a reality, making it difficult to unlock the enormous potential of outer space. So, let’s go do it,” said Jeff Lane, chief engineer of Advanced High Speed Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, during a cheap access to space panel discussion during the NewSpace Conference in San Jose, California. The program, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), aims to develop a fully-reusable unmanned vehicle with aircraft-like operations capable of delivering payloads weighing 3,000 to 5,000 lbs. (1,360 to 2,267 kilograms) to orbit for less than $5 million per flight.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 7:36 pm

Spacewalking Cosmonaut Tosses Tiny Satellite Into Space for Peru (Video)

Spacewalking Cosmonaut Tosses Tiny Satellite Into Space for Peru (Video)A Russian cosmonaut threw a tiny satellite into the vacuum of space during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Aug. 18). Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev threw the Peruvian nanosatellite from the space station about 22 minutes after the spacewalk began at 10:02 a.m. EDT (1402 GMT). His fellow spacewalking cosmonaut, Alexander Skvortsov, took photos of the Chasqui 1 nanosatellite release. NASA broadcast live video of Artemyev tossing the satellite into space during the spacewalk.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 4:44 pm

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Too many students, too little space at Iowa State – DesMoinesRegister.com


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Too many students, too little space at Iowa State
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As a temporary solution, about 430 students will live in "dens" or common spaces at residence halls that were transformed into rooms to accommodate extra bodies. "They told us we could move at any time this semester," said Shannon Allen, 18, an ISU …
Iowa State University runs out of dorm space for studentskwwl.com

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 5:44 pm

The Space Station Has The Most Beautiful Garbage Day – io9


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The Space Station Has The Most Beautiful Garbage Day
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The Cygnus spacecraft broke free of the International Space Station on Friday, freeing up the Harmony node on the space station for the next supply vehicle. The spacecraft had a a destructive re-entry on Sunday night, a photogenic garbage disposal
Watch A 'Swan' Fly Free From Its Trap In A Space Robotic ArmUniverse Today
Amazing Photos from Space Show Fiery Doom of Private US Cargo ShipSpace.com
ISS astronauts photograph cargo ship destructionThe Space Reporter
The Weather Channel -Space Ref (press release)
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 5:29 pm

PLANKTON found in space: Sea creatures are discovered living on the exterior … – Daily Mail


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PLANKTON found in space: Sea creatures are discovered living on the exterior
Daily Mail
Traces of plankton and other microorganisms have been found living on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS), according to Russian space officials. They claim the plankton were not carried there at launch – but are thought to have been
Life in space? Sea plankton discovered attached to ISS outer hullRT
Extra-terrestrial life discovered in outer spaceYahoo!7 News
Scientists baffled by discovery of plankton in SPACEMirror.co.uk
Express.co.uk -The Moscow Times -Stuff.co.nz
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 4:19 pm

Stunning Astronaut Photos Capture Beauty of Earth from Space – Space.com


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Stunning Astronaut Photos Capture Beauty of Earth from Space
Space.com
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share his experience with the world. Wiseman has taken some truly amazing pictures of Earth and the cosmos from the International Space Station …
Astronaut Tweets Incredible Photos From Spaceartnet News
Astronaut Tweets science, art from spaceWRAL.com
Astronaut's tweets from space go viral9NEWS.com
Boing Boing -Daily Mail
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 2:29 pm

Space plane tech could power hypersonic aircraft for US military – Fox News


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Space plane tech could power hypersonic aircraft for US military
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Engine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. military. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 12:16 pm

Princeton University, plasma lab to study how ‘weather events’ in space affect … – The Times, Trenton – NJ.com


Princeton University, plasma lab to study how 'weather events' in space affect
The Times, Trenton – NJ.com
Part of the center is designated for lab experiments, such as the one that is testing theories of magnetic reconnection, which is how magnetic fields release energy when rearranging themselves, an important part of space weather, Bhattacharjee said.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 10:49 am

Mementos on Europe’s Last Space Freighter Honor Scientist Namesakes – Space.com


Mementos on Europe's Last Space Freighter Honor Scientist Namesakes
Space.com
Packed onboard Europe's final space freighter to dock with the International Space Station is a small blue box. It is not the most important payload onboard the "Georges Lemaître" — the name that the European Space Agency (ESA) gave its fifth and last …

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Posted on 19 August 2014 | 8:32 pm

Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft​ for US Military – Space.com


Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft​ for US Military
Space.com
Engine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. military. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing

and more »

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 4:14 pm

The spooky sounds of space – CNET


The spooky sounds of space
CNET
There is no sound in space. Sound is produced by the vibration of molecules; any time something moves, it causes a corresponding vibration in its medium — whether water or air — which, in turn, vibrates the eardrum of any nearby listeners and is

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 6:24 am

Spacewalking Cosmonaut Tosses Tiny Satellite Into Space for Peru (Video) – Space.com


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Spacewalking Cosmonaut Tosses Tiny Satellite Into Space for Peru (Video)
Space.com
A Russian cosmonaut threw a tiny satellite into the vacuum of space during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Aug. 18). Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev threw the Peruvian nanosatellite from the space station about 22 minutes after the …
This Is How Astronauts Release Nanosatellites Into SpaceGizmodo
Watch Space Walk: Live Stream Cosmonaut's Six Hour Mission Outside The International Business Times
Space Station Crew Does Spacewalk, Releases SatelliteWTVY, Dothan
Mother Nature Network (blog)
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Posted on 18 August 2014 | 4:39 pm

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NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission

As the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA’s latest airborne hurricane research mission using remotely piloted aircraft on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA to Air Panel Discussion about Ancient Earth and Habitable Planets

NASA Television will live broadcast a discussion Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT, with leading science experts describing what is known about our ancient Earth and how that information can guide the search for habitable planets orbiting other stars.

Posted on 19 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Selects Texas State University to Provide Educator Professional Development

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $15 million in a new, five-year cooperative agreement to Texas State University at San Marcos to provide educator professional development using NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Modification to Engineering and Science Services Contract

NASA has signed a contract modification with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, for a one-year option with a potential value of $120 million to extend the Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA’s next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by SpaceX. The Dragon spacecraft tentatively is scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida no earlier than 2:38 a.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 19.

Posted on 15 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA’s Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

Posted on 14 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt.

Posted on 14 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Chandra Observatory Searches for Trigger of Nearby Supernova

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades.

Posted on 14 August 2014 | 4:00 pm