Archive of 2016 January

31Jan2016

Anniversary – Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

NASA's space shuttle Columbia blasted off 13 years ago (on January 16) on a mission that turned out to be the last for the orbiter and its seven-astronaut crew. It was tragedy plus! (more…)

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31Jan2016

How Long Before NASA’s Telescopes Become Obsolete?

  NASA’s telescopes are invaluable tools that provide scientists with important information about space, influencing future developments from the world’s premiere space program. (more…)

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31Jan2016

Babylonians Used Clay Tablets For Astronomy Before Europeans

The medieval mathematicians of Oxford, toiling in torchlight in a land ravaged by plague, managed to invent a simple form of calculus that could be used to track the motion of heavenly bodies. (more…)

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31Jan2016

NASA Rover Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary On Mars

This week NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover celebrated its 12 year anniversary on the red planet. What’s truly remarkable about this is the fact that the rover was only designed to operate for about 90 days. (more…)

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30Jan2016

Moon Formed By A Head-On Collision Between Earth & Planet

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists report. (more…)

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29Jan2016

Christa ‘Still Teaching’ 30 Years After Shuttle Disaster

Lisa Bristol was 28 years old in 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over Cape Canaveral, Florida, just after launch. Bristol’s sister, Christa McAuliffe, was 37 when she died in the disaster. (more…)

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28Jan2016

Astronaut Revealed Some Weird Things About Life In Space

Scott Kelly has been living aboard the International Space Station for more than 300 days, so we can safely assume he is used to life in space. He will spend the better part of 365 days up there. (more…)

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28Jan2016

Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

This week, NASA is set to reach a milestone on one of its most ambitious projects. If all goes to plan, workers will finish assembling the huge mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope (more…)

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27Jan2016

It’s a Very BIG Universe

Singer Mariah Carey got engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer recently, and her engagement ring will make your eyes pop out of their sockets. It kinda beats everybody else's effort by far! (more…)

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26Jan2016

What Is Solar Fest?

This is shaping up to be a BIG event. If you love Solar Astronomy don't miss out! There will be many pro-amateur speakers, entertainment, factory tours, star parties, equipment demos and a whole lot more. (more…)

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24Jan2016

Climate Change May Be The Reason We Don’t Hear From E.T.

While scientists endlessly gaze into the universe looking for evidence of alien life, many wonder why it hasn’t been found yet. A new report suggests the reason may be something we know about here. (more…)

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24Jan2016

The Business of Space Funerals

  In November 2015 near the beaches of Hawaii, the latest incarnation of a military rocket dating back to the early 1960s called the Super Strypi launched its inaugural voyage. (more…)

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24Jan2016

Astronaut Plays Ping Pong With Ball Of Water in Space

While more than 75 million Americans on the East Coast are conjuring up ways to stay entertained as a massive winter storm hits, one NASA astronaut shared a glimpse of how they pass the time aboard the International Space Station. (more…)

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24Jan2016

Why Mars Should Be Independent From Earth

The race to get humans on Mars has begun. SpaceX’s Elon Musk has said he thinks he can get humans to the Red Planet by 2026. Mars One says that its crew will land on Mars just a year later, in 2027. (more…)

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24Jan2016

All Five Planets Come Together In The Morning Sky

It doesn't happen very often and you don't need any special equipment or experience to see it. For the first time in more than 10 years, it will be possible to see all five bright planets together in the sky. (more…)

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24Jan2016

Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot Glow Seen

The observations reveal that the reddest colour of the Great Red Spot corresponds to a warm core within the otherwise cold storm system, and images show dark lanes at the edge of the storm. (more…)

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