Tag: NASA

NASA versus asteroids. Can humanity survive?

June 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
NASA versus asteroids. Can humanity survive?

NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships with […]

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Neutron star is full of secrets…

May 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Neutron star is full of secrets…

Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova. A neutron star […]

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Hurricanes of Saturn.

April 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Hurricanes of Saturn.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists see the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of […]

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Surprises in star formation, finds NASA.

April 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Surprises in star formation, finds NASA.

Researchers using the airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured the most detailed mid-infrared images yet of a massive star condensing within a dense cocoon of dust and gas. The star is G35.20-0.74, commonly known as G35. It is one of the most massive known protostars and is located relatively close to Earth […]

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Strange new structures in space discovered by NASA.

February 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Strange new structures in space discovered by NASA.

NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van […]

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The very, very small planet.

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
The very, very small planet.

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun.  The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring […]

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When rotating stars explode.

February 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
When rotating stars explode.

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called […]

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Drilling on Mars… what the heck will they discover?

February 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Drilling on Mars… what the heck will they discover?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.  The fresh […]

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Enter… the planet-maker star!

January 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Enter… the planet-maker star!

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system. The findings were made using the […]

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Lakes of Mars.

January 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Lakes of Mars.

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet’s early evolution. The new information comes from researchers analyzing spectrometer data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which looked down on the floor of McLaughlin Crater. The Martian crater is […]

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