Category: Space

New alien world has longest year

New alien world has longest year

Via BBC News Astronomers in the US have spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet beyond our Solar System. The exoplanet, which was discovered in data from Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope, completes one circuit of its star every 704 days. Most of the 1,800 or so confirmed alien worlds orbit much closer to their stars than […]

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A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today

By Sean Munger

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in human history. I’m sure everyone reading this now has seen the proud photos of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin standing on the lunar surface, setting up the flag and such. Armstrong, […]

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Update: Einstein Is Still Full of Surprises

Update: Einstein Is Still Full of Surprises

Via Dave Reneke The breathtaking announcement that cosmologists may have found the gravitational fingerprint of the Big Bang adds a lot of support to the theory that the universe began with a runaway phase of expansion known as “inflation.” That theory builds on the idea that empty space is full of intense energy fields–an idea that in turn traces its […]

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Yorkshire duo on shortlist for move to Mars

Yorkshire duo on shortlist for move to Mars

Via Yorkshire Post A taxi driver from Hull and a forklift truck operator from Leeds could be in line for a one-way ticket to Mars. Melissa Ede and Jason Turner have made it through to the final 705 candidates for the Mars One mission, which plans to build the first human colony on the Red Planet from 2025. More than 200,000 people […]

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Looking Back At The Jupiter Crash 20 Years Later

Looking Back At The Jupiter Crash 20 Years Later

Via Dave Reneke Twenty years ago, human and robotic eyes observed the first recorded impact between cosmic bodies in the solar system, as fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into the atmosphere of Jupiter. When the comet was discovered in 1993, it already had been torn into more than 20 pieces traveling around the planet in a two year orbit. […]

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The XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane in Pictures

The XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane in Pictures

Via Space.com GALLERY

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Stunning Photos from Apollo 11

Stunning Photos from Apollo 11

Via Discovery News On July 16, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins launched atop a Saturn V rocket toward the moon. The 8-day NASA mission captivated the planet as Armstrong and Aldrin explored the lunar surface on July 20, supported by Michael Collins who orbited overhead. 45 years after the first […]

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NASA Honors Apollo 11, Eyes First Mars Mission

NASA Honors Apollo 11, Eyes First Mars Mission

Via Dave Reneke The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today. It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon that changed the course of history. The years that followed saw a Space Age of scientific, technological and human research, on which we have built the […]

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The Search for Alien Life Could Get A Boost From NASA’s Next-Generation Rocket

The Search for Alien Life Could Get A Boost From NASA’s Next-Generation Rocket

By Elizabeth Howell/Via Universe Today In three years, NASA is planning to light the fuse on a huge rocket designed to bring humans further out into the solar system.   We usually talk about SLS here in the context of the astronauts it will carry inside the Orion spacecraft, which will have its own test flight later in 2014. But today, […]

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Meteor splits in two over moonstruck Dallas sky

Meteor splits in two over moonstruck Dallas sky

VIDEO Via Dallas Culture A meteor crossed the sky over North Texas on July 12 at 9 pm, enthralling many around Dallas who watched as it split into two before its inevitable fade. From Denton to Waxahachie, from Lake Ray Roberts to Lake Tawakoni, night-sky viewers witnessed what some described as a double meteor, with two streams of blue-green light racing across […]

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