Archive of 2015 August

30Aug2015

New Horizons Team Selects Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

After the success of the Pluto mission, what next?  This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one recommended to NASA by the New Horizons team. (more…)

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29Aug2015

Hawking Explains How To (Sort Of) Escape A Black Hole

If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: It isn't a good place to be. You may die, but all traces of your existence may not necessarily be lost forever. (more…)

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29Aug2015

Why Moon Landings Couldn’t Have Been Faked

Did the US government fake going to the moon? No. That's the opinion of writer / director / newly-baptized YouTube celebrity S G Collins. This video you absolutely MUST watch! (more…)

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29Aug2015

How Do Astronauts Shower In Space?

This question originally appeared on Quora: Why do astronauts need to shower in space? Answer by Clayton C. Anderson, former astronaut and author of The Ordinary Spaceman. (more…)

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29Aug2015

Astronomers Vs Astrology

Have you ever wondered about astrology's belief systems holding there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and human world events? (more…)

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29Aug2015

Women Rose Above NASA’s Sexist Attitude

In the VIP stands at the space shuttle re-launch many years ago was Wally Funk, a 66-year-old pilot from Texas. Funk was at Cape Canaveral because shuttle commander Eileen Collins asked her to be there. (more…)

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28Aug2015

Elysium Space Finds A Taker For Its Moon Burials

Only twelve people have stepped on the surface of the Moon, but soon, thanks to the space burial service Elysium Space, the first person in the new millennium will make the moon their final resting place. (more…)

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28Aug2015

She Wrote The Code For The Moon landing In 1969

This is a great photo of Margaret Hamilton who worked on the Apollo program in the sixties. Margaret Hamilton was the lead software engineer for Project Apollo in an era when we used slide rules only. (more…)

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28Aug2015

The Man Who (Almost) Discovered Pluto

As the New Horizons probe moves away and into the Kuiper belt there have been a lot of thoughtful articles looking back at the people responsible for the discovery of this remarkable little world. (more…)

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28Aug2015

Intense Magnetic Field Close to Supermassive Black Hole

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has revealed an extremely powerful magnetic field, something way beyond anything previously detected in the core of a galaxy. (more…)

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27Aug2015

Star Finder Disc

Double-sided STAR-FINDER for the Southern Hemisphere. All you need to get the most out of observing the night sky, a star finder , which explains the best way to observe the stars and map out the patterns above you. The multitude of stars in the sky can be confusing, but this Star Finder gives you everything you need to identify the stars and constellations. Comes nicely packed in a plastic sleeve as a gift item. All bright stars are marked in yellow. On the back, for students./teachers, are features for it to be used as an 'Astrolabe' and Mini-Planetarium. Why Pay $19.95 For This Product Elsewhere?? The large star finder is simple to use: just dial in the date and time by rotating the inner blue disc (the time) until it lines up with the relevant day of the year calibrated on the outer ring. The portion of sky shown on the star-finder will show the arrangement of the stars above you. Suitable for serious sky work, it is raved about by amateur astronomers Australia wide. Suitable for latitudes 25° to 45° South. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina & Chile.) $9.95 Plus Post and Packing ($4.95 (Aust. wide) What Is A Star Disc or Planisphere? The Star Finder is a planisphere which users can dial the date and time and see the pattern of th

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27Aug2015

NASA Debunks Rumour Killer Asteroid Will Destroy Earth

There is a huge rumour circulating the internet that a massive asteroid is heading towards Earth and that it will be here sometime within the next month! Ah, that's comforting I won't have a long wait. (more…)

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27Aug2015

Why Space Tourism Is Going To Be Utterly Disappointing

People have been dreaming about space tourism for nearly a century. Think of the orbiting space hotels in the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the Martian visits in the suspenseful Total Recall. (more…)

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26Aug2015

Evidence Comets Contain Life’s Building Blocks

Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. (more…)

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26Aug2015

Secrets Of The Universe

Help inspire a greater appreciation for scientific discovery through a new 3D IMAX/Giant Screen film. Secrets of the Universe is a film project for modern giant screen theatres. (more…)

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26Aug2015

Australian Aborigine ‘Dreamtime’ Astronomy

The stars hold great significance for Australia’s indigenous people. The sky is a textbook of morals and stories, retold from generations to generations through their Dreamtime legend. (more…)

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