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Venus
Venus Invades the Pleiades
Apr 03, 2012 12:37 PM E
This week the second planet from the sun will pass directly in front of the Pleiades star cluster. It's a rare sunset conjunction that's easy to find with the unaided eye, but best seen through binoculars or a small telescope.
Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy in the Constellation Fornax
Fermi Observations of Dwarf Galaxies Provide New Insights on Dark Matter
Apr 03, 2012 07:26 AM E
There's more to the cosmos than meets the eye. About 80 percent of the matter in the universe is invisible to telescopes, yet its gravitational influence is manifest in the orbital speeds of stars around galaxies and in the motions of clusters of galaxies. Yet, despite decades of effort, no one knows what this "dark matter" really is.
Ska telescope
S.Africa, Australia in Celestial Spat for Most Powerful Telescope
Apr 03, 2012 06:52 AM E
Deadly rivals on the rugby field, cricket pitch and in the underground mining sector, South Africa and Australia are now squaring off in a new contest: to win the right to host the world's most powerful telescope.
Kenya
East African Rift Valley, Kenya
Apr 02, 2012 12:01 PM E
Landscapes in the rift valley can appear confusing. The most striking features in this view are the numerous, nearly parallel, linear fault lines that occupy the floor of the valley. Shadows cast by the late afternoon Sun make the fault scarps more prominent. These steps in the landscape are caused by slip motion along individual faults and are ali...
NASA
The F-1 Engine Powered Apollo Into History
Apr 02, 2012 07:57 AM E
The F-1 engine -- the most powerful single-nozzle, liquid fueled rocket engine ever developed -- boosted the Saturn V rocket off the launch pad and onto the moon during NASA's Apollo program during the 1960s and 1970.
Cyklone
NASA Sees Typhoon Pakhar Headed for Vietnam Landfall
Mar 31, 2012 21:04 PM E
The first typhoon of the northern hemisphere 2012 typhoon season is headed for landfall in Vietnam. NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites have been providing forecasters with valuable data on Typhoon Pakhar, that includes rainfall rates, cloud extent and temperature.
NASA TRMM Measure Pakhar's Rainfall
NASA's TRMM Satellite Sees Newborn Tropical Storm Pakhar's Heavy Rain
Mar 30, 2012 09:00 AM E
System 96W intensified overnight and became Tropical Storm Pakhar during the morning hours on March 29. NASA's TRMM satellite measured rainfall rates within the storm, and noticed areas of heavy rain west of the center as the storm continued to strengthen.
Hubble Space Telescope
Data Mining Deep Space
Mar 30, 2012 07:30 AM E
Bahram Mobasher, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, has received a two-year $200,000 grant from NASA to compile into a data bank all the imaging observations of galaxy surveys that the Hubble Space Telescope has performed since 2002, when a powerful imaging instrument, the Advanced Camera for Surveys, was installed on the telescope.
Mid-Inrared Instrument
The MIRI Has 2 Faces
Mar 30, 2012 07:04 AM E
A short new video takes viewers behind the scenes with the MIRI or the Mid-Infrared Instrument that will fly on-board NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. MIRI is a state-of-the-art infrared instrument that will allow scientists to study distant objects in greater detail than ever before.
Nicolas Dauphas, University of Chicago
Titanium Paternity Test Fingers Earth as Moon's Sole Parent
Mar 29, 2012 15:20 PM E
A new chemical analysis of lunar material collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s conflicts with the widely held theory that a giant collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object gave birth to the moon 4.5 billion years ago.
This is a TDRSS ground terminal
NASA Space Network to Begin New Design Phase for Ground Segment
Mar 28, 2012 16:50 PM E
The Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment effort successfully completed its Key Decision Point - B review at NASA allowing the project to proceed into Phase B of its lifecycle, the Mission Definition Phase. During this next phase, lasting approximately eight months, the network will hold its Preliminary Design Review and complete additional project planning.
Comet
New Evidence that Comets Deposited Building Blocks of Life on Primordial Earth
Mar 28, 2012 15:31 PM E
New research reported here today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) provides further support for the idea that comets bombarding Earth billions of years ago carried and deposited the key ingredients for life to spring up on the planet.
de Havilland Twin-Otter
NRL Scientists Optimize Arctic Sea Ice Data Products
Mar 28, 2012 13:41 PM E
Scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Geosciences Division are assisting NASA, the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and the European Space Agency (ESA) in developing more accurate monitoring and sustainable forecasting of Arctic sea ice.
NASA's TWINS and IBEX spacecraft observe solar storm from inside and Outside Earth's Magnetosphere
Mar 28, 2012 09:51 AM E
For the first time, instrumentation aboard two NASA missions operating from complementary vantage points watched as a powerful solar storm spewed a two million-mile-per-hour stream of charged particles and interacted with the invisible magnetic field surrounding Earth, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
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