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Unmanned military space plane launched

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket thunders to life, boosting space plane toward orbit for classified military mission

NASA's Bolden defends Earth science

7 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden defended NASA's Earth science missions before a U.S. House committee, saying such projects were part of NASA's job.

Space walk cut short after astronaut helmet lights come loose

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Second spacewalk for maintenance work halted after astronaut's helmet lights could not be reattached

Northern lights dazzle the world

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Geomagnetic storm generates light show after solar wind stream slams into Earth's magnetic field

Solved - The Mystery Of Missing Sunspots

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Sunspots are dark spots on the sun, at least as we see them, caused by magnetic activity in the plasma on the surface of Sol. For 200 years scientists have known...

New observations of the giant planet orbiting beta Pictoris

7 years ago from Science Daily

New observations have been made of the giant planet around beta Pictoris. Discovered in 2009, this planet, called beta Pictoris b, has now been detected again with the NaCo instrument...

Radiation no concern for space crops

7 years ago from Physorg

Flax seeds can grow in radioactive soil near the contaminated site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident without much change to their proteins, experiments show. This study may point the way...

Solar study sheds light on sunspot doldrums

7 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Unusually low sunspot activity in the past solar cycle may be due to changes in the flow of plasma deep below the sun's surface.

Solar mystery solved

7 years ago from

The Sun has been in the news a lot lately because it's beginning to send out more flares and solar storms. Its recent turmoil is particularly newsworthy because the Sun...

Space image: Making the grade

7 years ago from Physorg

NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew (partially obscured at center) conducted the STS-133 mission's spacewalk on Monday, Feb. 28.

The dusty disc of NGC 247

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The spiral galaxy NGC 247 is one of the closest spiral galaxies of the southern sky. In this new view from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope...

Clouds amplify ecological light pollution

7 years ago from Science Daily

The brightness of the nightly sky glow over major cities has been shown to depend strongly on cloud cover. In natural environments, clouds make the night sky darker by blocking...

Pixel problems plague new telescope

7 years ago from UPI

TUCSON, March 2 (UPI) -- Problems are cropping up in the detectors in a multibillion-dollar NASA space telescope already over budget and expected to launch late, officials said.

Mock Mars Explorers Say Farewell to Virtual Red Planet

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The Mars500 mission has finished its exploration of a simulated Red Planet and is about to head back home to Earth, and to reality.

NASA Tracks Meteor Fireballs With New Robot Cameras

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Roughly 100 tons of meteoroids slam into Earth every day. NASA has cameras to spot them.

Astronomers simulate real-time telescope as big as the world to study peculiar active galaxy

7 years ago from Physorg

Using a perfectly orchestrated world-wide network of radio telescopes, astronomers have produced a high-resolution map of an Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) belonging to an unknown class of gamma-ray sources. The...

The warped ways of cosmic light

7 years ago from Physorg

Albert Einstein predicted them, modern giant telescopes detected them – and Klaus Dolag simulates them on a computer: gravitational lenses. The academic staff member at the Max Planck Institute for...

Argentina takes space technology to schools

7 years ago from SciDev

A programme will encourage two million schoolchildren in Argentina to carry out research projects using satellite data.

Wintertime air chemistry to be studied

7 years ago from Physorg

NOAA scientists and their colleagues from Boulder, Colo., and across the country have gathered in Erie, Colo., for a month-long study of the chemistry of the wintertime atmosphere, which they...

Satellite eye on Earth: February 2011 - in pictures

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Pollution over Bangladesh, severe winter storms and a heart-shaped coral atoll were among the images captured by Nasa satellites last month

Abundant ammonia aids life’s origins

7 years ago from Science Blog

An important discovery has been made with respect to the possible inventory of molecules available to the early Earth. Scientists led by Sandra Pizzarello, a research professor at Arizona State...

World’s first baby planet photo

7 years ago from Science Alert

Astronomers have caught the first image of a planet’s early days, making a step closer to finding out how planets are formed.

Space image: On approach

7 years ago from Physorg

After a very cloudy day at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, the skies cleared to allow a view of this stunning pass of the ISS and Discovery on Feb. 26,...

Spacewatch: Watching Discovery

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Last Friday and Saturday evenings gave spacewatchers in Britain chances to spot the shuttle Discovery in the early stages its final mission to the International Space Station. As the two craft soared above...

Star (Finding) Power: Einstein@Home Taps Donated PC Graphics Processors to Uncover a Second Pulsar

7 years ago from Scientific American

A massive distributed computing network known as the Einstein@Home project has made its second big celestial find in the past six months--a pulsar 15 kilometers in diameter located...

Astronaut to 'check in' from space via Tweetup

7 years ago from Physorg

NASA invites its Twitter followers to a special Tweetup with astronaut Doug Wheelock at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 16. The event will take place in the James E....

Green: A Big Stake in Extreme Weather Insurance

7 years ago from NY Times Science

The four-year-old Weatherbill venture runs computer simulations to predict the likelihood of extreme weather in any location at any time and charges farmers accordingly.

What's hitting Earth?

7 years ago from Physorg

Every day about 100 tons of meteoroids -- fragments of dust and gravel and sometimes even big rocks – enter the Earth's atmosphere. Stand out under the stars for more...