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Earth Gets a Hit, Braces for a Miss

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 7:14 pm (UTC+0)
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Earth suddenly seems to be dodging celestial objects, although there was a direct hit earlier today when a streaking meteorite exploded above Russia’s Ural Mountains. Hundreds of people were injured.  The powerful blast damaged the facades of buildings and shattered windows, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, Now all eyes are on an asteroid that […]

NASA Launches Powerful Earth-Observing Satellite

Posted February 11th, 2013 at 8:09 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s latest Earth-observing satellite rocketed into space today continuing a program which began more than 40 years ago. An Atlas V rocket carrying the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California. NASA officials called today’s launch “picture perfect.”   The spacecraft is now on its own after a […]

Earth Preps for Close Encounter with Asteroid

Posted February 4th, 2013 at 7:38 pm (UTC+0)
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Earth is about to have a close encounter with an asteroid, the nearest an object of its size has ever come to our planet. The fly-by is expected to occur at around 1924 UTC on Feb. 15, according to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The US space agency says there’s no chance the asteroid […]

Scientists Discover Universe’s Largest Known Structure

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have found the largest known structure in the universe, a cluster of galactic cores so vast it would take four billion years for a spacecraft traveling at the speed of light to cross it. The sighting challenges a theory from Einstein which suggests such a massive object shouldn’t exist in the universe. A quasar […]

Milky Way Contains Billions of Earth-sized Planets, Studies Find

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:29 pm (UTC+0)
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There are at least 17 billion Earth-sized worlds in our Milky Way galaxy, according to two new studies. Both groups of scientists used data from NASA’s Kepler mission to reach their conclusions, which were presented to the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California. The scientists found that the closer the planets are to their […]

Mars Meteorite Sparks New Questions About Red Planet

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 7:47 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have determined a meteorite discovered in the Sahara Desert in 2011 is about 2.1 billion years old and could be the first meteorite to come from the surface of Mars. The meteorite, designated NWA (North West Africa) 7034 and nicknamed “Black Beauty,” weighs about 320 grams and is loaded with Martian water. It is […]

Mars Mission Could Accelerate Alzheimer’s in Astronauts

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 8:23 pm (UTC+0)
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Traveling into deep space could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable form of dementia, according to a new report. The NASA-funded study assessed how cosmic radiation would impact the astronauts throughout their trip in deep space. The effect of cosmic radiation on the human body has been a  concern for the US space agency as […]

Satellite’s Space Trip Ends After 30 Years

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC+0)
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The longest operating Earth-observing satellite is about to be decommissioned by the US Geological Survey. The USGS has begun the task of lowering Landsat-5 from its operational orbit.  The first series of maneuvers in that effort is likely to take place within the next month. Landsat-5 was the fifth of seven satellites launched as part […]

Scientists Strike ‘Scientific Gold’ in California

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 6:58 pm (UTC+0)
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While in space and orbiting the sun this celestial body is an asteroid. It’s a meteor as its entering earth’s atmosphere, like a fireball flashing across the sky and a meteorite is the actual object that made it to Earth.

Health Concerns Could Ground Citizen Astronauts

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm (UTC+0)
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A group of former NASA executives plans to offer excursions to the moon to anyone who can afford the   $1.4-million-dollar-per-couple ticket price. Golden Spike Co. is the latest private company to join the burgeoning space tourism industry. Once operations launch, the public demand for seats on commercial spacecraft is expected to grow from 373 seats […]

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