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Third Radiation Belt Discovered Around Earth

Posted March 6th, 2013 at 5:28 pm (UTC+0)

NASA scientists have discovered a third radiation belt briefly surrounded Earth for about a month before being blasted away by an interplanetary shock wave from the sun. Experts had long thought there were only two distinct regions of trapped radiation. But the third ring was spotted by twin Van Allen radiation probes NASA launched in 2012 […]

Earth Preps for Close Encounter with Asteroid

Posted February 4th, 2013 at 7:38 pm (UTC+0)

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 […]

See Jupiter’s Newly-discovered Tiny Moon in Motion

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 7:53 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers have found that one of two recently-discovered moons of Jupiter is just two kilometers in diameter and may be the smallest of Jupiter’s 67 satellites. Back in September 2010, scientists discovered two unknown distant satellites of Jupiter while conducting routine tracking observations of the planet’s previously identified moons. To confirm that these were indeed […]

SpaceX Marks New Commercial Era in Space Exploration

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 10:39 pm (UTC+0)
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Yesterday’s successful launch of SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon reusable spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in Florida, marked what NASA administrator Charles Bolden called “the beginning of a new era in exploration.” Now that the Dragon is in space, technicians are testing its capability of rendezvousing and docking with the International Space Station, where it […]