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India OK’s New Observatory; Japan’s X-Ray Telescope; Long-Lasting Eclipse Detected

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 3:55 pm (UTC-4)
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LIGO Scientific Collaboration to Build New Observatory in India Just days (2/11/16) after announcing the first detection of Einstein’s theorized gravitational waves, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration has been granted approval in principle by India to build an Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory there. LIGO currently operates two observatories in the United States; one in Hanford, […]

New Ebola Drugs Possible; New Weather Satellite; Bacteria or Virus?

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 12:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Ebola Antibodies Could Lead to Effective Vaccines and Therapies According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014 West African Ebola Epidemic killed 11,316 people with about 28,638 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of the deadly disease. The worst outbreak of Ebola in history prompted researchers from around the world to work on developing ways […]

Fishing in Outer Space for Bigger Junk

Posted March 23rd, 2015 at 6:06 pm (UTC-4)
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Going back in time to tackle 21st century problems, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been testing the effectiveness of some old fishing net technology as a way to grab and retrieve larger pieces of debris in space such as inactive satellites or spent rocket boosters. The space agency tested the old fishing net technology, […]

Scientists Find the Coldest Place on Earth

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 7:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Winter officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere in about 10 days (12/21/13).  Here in the Washington, DC area, temperatures have already been dropping below 0° C at times. While some of us are already complaining about the recent icy temperatures we know it could be a lot worse! Scientists from NASA and the U.S. Geological […]

NASA Launches Powerful Earth-Observing Satellite

Posted February 11th, 2013 at 8:09 pm (UTC-4)
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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 […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted February 8th, 2013 at 7:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Satellite’s Space Trip Ends After 30 Years

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-4)
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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 […]

NASA Launches Online Game for Would-be Rocket Scientists

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 6:24 pm (UTC-4)
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If you think you have what it takes to build a satellite, NASA has just introduced an online game that might appeal to you. With “Build It Yourself: Satellite!” the US space agency offers users the chance to act as engineers and astronomers who conceive and build their own special virtual satellite. “It’s fun to […]