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Spacecraft sees slowing of Venus rotation

6 years ago from UPI

PARIS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A spacecraft orbiting Venus has discovered the cloud-covered planet is rotating a little slower that previously measured, European Space Agency officials said.

NASA fixes computer glitch on Mars craft

6 years ago from UPI

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Engineers say they've found the cause of a computer reset that occurred two months ago on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory bound for Mars.

NASA sees wide-eyed cyclone Jasmine

6 years ago from Physorg

Cyclone Jasmine's eye has opened wider on NASA satellite imagery, as it moves through the Southern Pacific Ocean.

Instant ecstasy detector

6 years ago from Chemistry World

A probe to reveal the active ingredient in ecstasy tablets for quick detection

The turbulent birth of super star clusters in galaxy mergers

6 years ago from Physorg

By combining two of the most advanced telescopes in the world -- the new Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of ESO -- a team...

Rockot to launch two Sentinel satellites

6 years ago from Physorg

ESA and Eurockot today signed contracts for launching two ESA satellites: Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-3A will fly in 2013 on Rockot vehicles from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia for Europe’s...

Gallery: Visions of Deep Space Stations for Exploration

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See artist's illustrations of potential gateway stations for deep space exploration.

Watch ‘Mountains of snow’ on the Earth from Space programme

6 years ago from European Space Agency

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. Join us every Friday at 10:00 CET for an 800 km-high tour with spectacular images from Earth-observing satellites. Watch...

Hubble image captures puzzling star group

6 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. astronomers say a distant galaxy puzzles them because it contains a high number of stars younger than their neighbors, which goes against...

Solar particles clues to sun's processes

6 years ago from UPI

ROME, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Physicists in Italy detected low-energy neutrinos made by the sun, confirming one of the first possible steps that helps feed the sun's fusion, researchers...

How'd that meteorite get here? Now we know

6 years ago from MSNBC: Science

With a weight that rivals a baby elephant, a meteorite that fell from space some 30,000 years ago is likely Britain's largest space rock. And after much sleuthing, researchers think...

Photo shows lander on Mars from 2004

6 years ago from UPI

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured the first color image from orbit of the three-petal lander of NASA's 2004 Rover Spirit mission, scientists...

VIDEO: Northern Lights captured from space

The first 'moving' images of the Northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, as seen from Space have been released by NASA, after they harnessed a new time-lapse photographic technique.

Deconstructing a mystery: What caused Snowmaggedon?

6 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists are using computer models to help unravel the mystery of a record-setting snowfall in the Washington, DC area in early 2010.

Dead Spacecraft on Mars Spotted in New Photos

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The remains of two defunct spacecraft on the surface of Mars can be seen in the new color images.

Nike Launching Space Sneakers for NBA Stars

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Nike's new space shoes are inspired by NASA spacesuits and supernova explosions.

Mobile launcher tests confirm designs, NASA analysis concludes

6 years ago from Science Daily

The 355-foot-tall mobile launcher, or ML, behaved as expected during its move to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in November 2011, an analysis of multiple...

Top Quark Production Studied In Detail

6 years ago from

A new result by the CMS collaboration has been produced today on top quark physics. For those of you who only get triggered by the search of new particles or...

Tidal forces could squeeze out planetary water

6 years ago from Physorg

Alien planets might experience tidal forces powerful enough to remove all their water, leaving behind hot, dry worlds like Venus, researchers said.

Young stars at home in ancient cluster

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- Looking like a hoard of gems fit for an emperor's collection, this deep sky object called NGC 6752 is in fact far more worthy of admiration. It is...

NASA showcases ‘spinoff` technologies

6 years ago from Physorg

Contrary to popular belief, Tang, Velcro and Teflon (along with the zero-gravity “space” pen) aren’t derived from NASA technology. NASA has, however, developed numerous technologies over the years, which are...

Infrared sounder on NASA's suomi NPP starts its mission

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- A powerful new infrared instrument, flying on NASA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, designed to give scientists more refined information about Earth's atmosphere and improve weather forecasts and our understanding...

Distorting the lens

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- One of the most bizarre predictions of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity is the existence of back holes, objects that are so dense that not even light can...

Spaceborne precipitation radar ships from Japan to U.S.

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- Japanese scientists and engineers have completed construction on a new instrument designed to take 3-D measurements of the shapes, sizes and other physical characteristics of both raindrops and...

Romanian man charged with hacking NASA computers

6 years ago from Reuters:Science

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Romanian man accused of hacking into NASA computers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles under the online moniker "Iceman" has been indicted on...

Image: Saturn's rings and Enceladus

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn’s rings in this Cassini spacecraft view of the moon.

Must-See Close Encounters of the Planet Kind Occur This Week

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The moon will shine with venus, Saturn and the bright star Spica, while Mars makes a late-night appearance.

NASA Satellites Show How Our Icy World Is Melting

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For the first time satellite data provides a comprehensive picture of melting ice.