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NASA Media Teleconference Today on First Spacecraft to Successfully Enter Orbit Around a Dwarf Planet

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST today to discuss the historic arrival of the agency’s Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres.Ceres, located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is the largest unexplored world of the inner solar system. Dawn is not only the first spacecraft to reach a dwarf planet, it is the first spacecraft ever to orbit two different worlds in deep space.Dawn was the first spacecraft to orbit a body in the main asteroid belt when it explored the giant asteroid Vesta from 2011 to 2012. …

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 6:21 pm

Space probe ‘Dawn’ enters orbit of dwarf planet Ceres: NASA

Thia NASA image obtained on March 6, 2015 shows Ceres, taken by the Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored worldThe US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, NASA said Friday. The probe — the first to orbit a dwarf planet — will stay over the mysterious body for 16 months to study its structure and gather clues to help mankind better understand how the planets were created. The space probe was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity at 1239 GMT, some 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres's surface. About an hour later, it sent a signal to mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to say it was "healthy and thrusting with its ion engine," the space agency said in a statement.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 6:09 pm

NASA Spacecraft On First Visit To Dwarf Planet

After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 5:45 pm

Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 5:39 pm

How to watch live as NASA’s orbiter approaches dwarf planet Ceres at 1PM EST

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Why not watch history be made as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft approaches the dwarf planet Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. DON’T MISS: Meet the amazing $174 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your wrists “Few astronomical events are as exciting as seeing a world up-close for the very first time; with Dawn’s imminent arrival at Ceres that’s exactly what we’ve got to look forward to over the coming days, weeks and months,” Slooh host Will Gater said in a statement. This mission has drawn increased attention over the past several days following the discovery of a second mysterious bright spot on the planet’s

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 5:05 pm

NASA craft circling Ceres in first visit to dwarf planet

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 4:49 pm

NASA’s Dawn reaches Ceres, becomes first spacecraft to orbit dwarf planet

NASA astronomers and engineers breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning, as the Dawn spacecraft became the first Earthly vessel to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., received confirmation from the craft at 5:36 Pacific time, NASA reported. “After a journey of 3.1 billion miles and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home,” Dawn’s chief engineer Marc Rayman said in a press release Friday morning. These are “two intact protoplanets from the very dawn of the solar system,” JPL planetary scientist Carol Raymond said during a briefing Thursday as Dawn closed in on Ceres’s orbit.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 4:30 pm

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbits dwarf planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is to spend 16 months photographing the dwarf planet.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 3:42 pm

NASA Dawn Probe Enters Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres, a Historic First

NASA Dawn Probe Enters Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres, a Historic FirstThe year of the dwarf planet has begun. NASA's Dawn probe arrived at Ceres today (March 6) at about 7:39 a.m. EST (1239 GMT), becoming the first spacecraft ever to orbit a dwarf planet. Dawn's observations over the next 16 months should lift the veil on Ceres, which has remained largely mysterious since its 1801 discovery, mission team members say. "It's really going to be exciting to see what this exotic, alien world looks like," Dawn mission director and chief engineer Marc Rayman, who's based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, told Space.com in late January.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 2:52 pm

NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned. “Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet,” said Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director at JPL.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 2:48 pm

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Week’s Best Space Pictures: A Galaxy Glows, Mars Gets a Bull’s-Eye, and a … – National Geographic


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Week's Best Space Pictures: A Galaxy Glows, Mars Gets a Bull's-Eye, and a
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Galaxy cluster Abell 1689 shines forth in an image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. These kinds of clusters—bursting with galaxies big and small—contain so much mass that they're able to bend light. (See how new observations of this cluster

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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 4:50 pm

Services on Saturday for baby killed in space heater fire – KXAN.com


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Services on Saturday for baby killed in space heater fire
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Ian's parents were taken to a San Antonio medical center following the fire in a mobile home that firefighters say was caused by a space heater. Firefighters were called to the home on Red Hawk Drive, near FM 2243 and Bagdad Road, about 4:45 a.m. Feb.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 3:43 pm

Seth Rogen denies ‘pot stench’ story about his former office space – Los Angeles Times


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Seth Rogen denies 'pot stench' story about his former office space
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Seth Rogen is not bumming Amy Pascal's high, he says. lRelated Yeezus! Seth Rogen, Zac Efron tease 'Bound 4'-Kanye West parody · Ministry of Gossip · Yeezus! Seth Rogen, Zac Efron tease 'Bound 4'-Kanye West parody. See all related. 8.

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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 3:34 pm

Taylor Swift’s "Blank Space" Gets Bizarre-Yet-Perfect Game of Thrones Mash-Up … – Us Magazine


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Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" Gets Bizarre-Yet-Perfect Game of Thrones Mash-Up
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In a new parody video from Nerdist Presents, Game of Thrones/Songs of Ice and Fire author Martin (played by Nick Mundy) and Queen of the Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emily Rudd) act out their version of the “Blank Space” video in an original song set to …
Here's the “Game of Thrones” parody of Taylor Swift's “Blank Space” you didn't Salon
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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 1:56 pm

‘The Big Bang Theory’ recap: Sheldon heading to space? – Fox News


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'The Big Bang Theory' recap: Sheldon heading to space?
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Amy notes that they could end up being the first couple to procreate on Mars but this offers little appeal to Sheldon and he instructs her to keep her space pants on. Though he does admit to liking the idea of their children being Martians. Raj hits a

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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 8:28 am

Local students send experiment to space station – 9NEWS.com


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Local students send experiment to space station
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Space gardens, which are now under development, might be key to making sure humans on long space missions have enough food to survive. Ladybugs eat other insects that can damage crops, so they're considered a good alternative to chemical pesticides …

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 7:41 am

Ancient ‘Blue’ Mars Lost an Entire Ocean to Space – Discovery News


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Ancient 'Blue' Mars Lost an Entire Ocean to Space
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Mars was once a small, wet and blue world, but over the past 4 billion years, Mars dried up and became the red dust bowl we know today. But how much water did Mars possess? According to research published in the journal Science, the Martian northern …
Mars lost ocean of water to spaceEarthSky
Wet Mars: Red Planet Lost Ocean's Worth of Water, New Maps RevealSpace.com
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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 12:40 am

May Boston’s space savers rest in peace – Boston Globe (subscription)


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May Boston's space savers rest in peace
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In these days of zero-tolerance for space savers, renegade Bostonians are taking a daily risk: Pull something out of the house and into a parking space, and you know it might well disappear forever. So what sad items don't survive the calculation? In

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:30 pm

NASA’s Dawn space probe ready to enter orbit around dwarf planet Ceres Friday … – AL.com


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NASA's Dawn space probe ready to enter orbit around dwarf planet Ceres Friday
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Shortly before 6:30 a.m. CST Friday, NASA's space probe Dawn will slide into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres some 250 million miles from Earth. Even in an age when probes seem whizzing everywhere in space, NASA scientists say Dawn is special.
NASA Dawn Probe Enters Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres, a Historic FirstSpace.com
Historic space mission enters dwarf planet's orbitKRQE News 13
Space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet Ceres: NASARaw Story

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:25 pm

The balloons that could fly tourists to the edge of space – CNN


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The balloons that could fly tourists to the edge of space
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Ballooning is already tried and tested technology — "It's the origin of space travel," explains Annelie Schoenmaker, external relations and legal officer for Zero2infinity, a Spanish company that plans to launch passengers to near space using balloons
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 8:56 pm

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NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Media Teleconference Today on First Spacecraft to Successfully Enter Orbit Around a Dwarf Planet

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST today to discuss the historic arrival of the agency’s Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Research Suggests Mars Once Had More Water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Television to Air Space Station Change of Commander, Return of Three Crew Members

Three International Space Station crew members are scheduled to leave the orbiting laboratory Wednesday, March 11 after almost six months in space performing scientific research and technology demonstrations.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Television to Air Major SLS Booster Test Firing Events, Media Invited

The largest, most powerful booster ever built for NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will fire up for a ground test at 11:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. MDT) Wednesday, March 11, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Next SpaceX Space Station Mission Launch

Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station. SpaceX and NASA soon will set an April target date for launch of the company’s Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Chandra Observatory Finds Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth

Astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing black holes can be slowed down by a phenomenon referred to as cosmic precipitation.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Available for Interviews before One-Year Space Station Mission

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is making final preparations for his launch this month to spend a year living and working on the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 5:30 to 7 a.m. EDT Monday, March 9.

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Hosts Events to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of NACA

NASA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its antecedent, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), with several events highlighting the historic committee’s contribution to the nation’s space program and aeronautics research.

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA, Honeywell Bring Hip-Hop Education Show to Northeast U.S. Schools

NASA and Honeywell kicks off the spring 2015 tour of “FMA Live! Forces in Motion” Monday with shows at Talley Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the 11th year of this innovative collaboration designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 4:00 pm