Category: Space

Meteorite leaves crater in Nicaraguan capital Managua

Meteorite leaves crater in Nicaraguan capital Managua

Via BBC News A small meteorite landed near the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on Saturday night, government officials say. Residents reported hearing a loud bang and feeling the impact, which left a crater 12m (40ft) wide and 5m deep. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said the meteorite seemed to have broken off an asteroid which was passing close […]

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The Dogs That Conquered Space

The Dogs That Conquered Space

Via Dave Reneke A streamlined space rocket streaks across the starry sky on a packet of Soviet cigarettes, trailing triumphant slogans, while another spaceship soars past planets on a commemorative plate. The pointed nosecones of satellites sparkle on lapel badges and postage stamps, while further galactic adventures are enacted across the lids of biscuit tins. Produced in the USSR in the 1950s, this collection of […]

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Asteroid 2014 RC to safely fly past Earth

Asteroid 2014 RC to safely fly past Earth

Via BBC News A small asteroid about the size of a house will fly past Earth on Sunday, US space agency Nasa says. The asteroid, 2014 RC, will pass over New Zealand at around 18:18 GMT. It is about 60 ft (18 m) in size. It will be about 40,000 km (25,000 miles) away, posing no danger to Earth, Nasa […]

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Transcript of Apollo 13′s chilling SOS up for sale

Transcript of Apollo 13′s chilling SOS up for sale

Via Daily Mail A rare transcript of the conversation between NASA’s mission control and the ill-fated crew of the Apollo 13, including the famous line ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’, has been put up for sale. Every last word transmitted between the moon landing mission and ground control in the U.S. was recorded for use by journalists covering the six-day […]

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Are Intelligent Civilizations Doomed?

Are Intelligent Civilizations Doomed?

Via Dave Reneke This is a follow on theory from the famous Fermi Paradox. If space is huge, not aircraft carrier huge, and there are billions upon billions of stars, AND there seem to be lots of habitable planets around those stars. So the question posed here is, where are all the aliens? There are plenty of theories about what might be the […]

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Soviet dog spacesuit to be auctioned

Soviet dog spacesuit to be auctioned

Via Daily Mail It’s not unusual for some people to dress up their dogs in attention-grabbing coats and even miniature tutus. But any prized pup that wears an authentic spacesuit is very likely to be the best dressed canine at any dog show. Dog lovers will get the chance to buy just the outfit, because a genuine 1950s spacesuit will be […]

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Scientists spot white dwarf reigniting and exploding

Scientists spot white dwarf reigniting and exploding

Via Daily Mail It is a blaze of glory rarely seen in the universe.  Astronomers have proved for the first time that dead stars known as white dwarfs can reignite and explode as supernovae.  These incredible images  were created to show the stages of the spectacular death……

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Beam Your Message to Mars

Beam Your Message to Mars

Via Dave Reneke The peple over at Uwingu have a really cool new fundraiser effort going called “Beam Me to Mars”. Its a unique project and one that will tantalize and excite the imagination of any avid Red Planet enthusiast. The idea is this: in exchange for a donation that goes to support science research and education, you can beam […]

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Mind the Gap. The Great British Spaceport

Mind the Gap. The Great British Spaceport

By Andrew May/Mysterious Universe Last month the British government announced eight sites, at various locations around the country, that could potentially host a new spaceport before the end of the decade. The spaceport would have two main purposes: to launch commercial satellites into orbit, and to lob tourists into space on brief suborbital hops. Of all the nuclear powers, Britain is the […]

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Mercury And Mars – An Insight

Mercury And Mars – An Insight

Via Dave Reneke MARS is, and will remain, the focal point of NASA’s manned space program. The budget realities of our time, and the times to come, will keep other manned projects on the back burner.Here’s an interesting story: So far as NASA is concerned, manned Mercury exploration is not even on the stove. A greater appreciation for what Mercury […]

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