Archive of 2016 January

23Jan2016

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic’s Next Space Plane In February

He's coming back! One year ago Saturday, Virgin Galactic's first space plane disintegrated in the skies above Mojave, California, destroying the vehicle, killing one pilot and leaving the other hospitalized. (more…)

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23Jan2016

First Zinnia Flower Blooms Aboard Space Station

For the first time, a zinnia flower has bloomed in space, aboard the Space Station. Successfully growing flowers brings cosmic explorers closer to growing flowering food crops, like tomatoes, on longer space missions in the future. (more…)

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23Jan2016

Introducing The Cosmic Watch

The astronomical study of measuring time has been pursued for thousands of years by all major cultures. To know the seasons was of crucial importance for being able to plant and harvest crops in the right moment. (more…)

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21Jan2016

Researchers Find Evidence Of A Real Ninth Planet

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object has been cheekily tagged by the researchers as Planet Nine. (more…)

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21Jan2016

Astro Space News Wants Contributors

I peruse a lot of articles from online sources each month and most get published. In most cases if the story is well presented and includes images and sounds like an interesting read then I can use it. (more…)

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21Jan2016

Second Largest Black Hole In The Milky Way Spotted

It has been a long time since astronomers have claimed to have believed that there is a super-massive black hole—called Sagittarius A*—at the centre of our home galaxy the Milky Way. (more…)

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21Jan2016

Astronomers Give ‘Starman’ David Bowie His Own constellation

For many he was the eternal 'Starman' and its fitting he be remembered in a special way. David Bowie has been given his own constellation, consisting of seven stars that shine in the shape of the lightning bolt. (more…)

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20Jan2016

NASA Admits Space Launch System Is A Rocket Without A Plan

In a disappointing report NASA officials admitted today the Space Launch System — the agency’s next big rocket — is a vehicle without a mission plan, NASA Spaceflight reports. (more…)

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20Jan2016

Living Among The Stars And Amateur Astronomers

Chris Hetlage and Donavan Conrad were looking for a specific piece of land -- one where they could observe the night sky free of the light pollution caused by artificial light and other glare. (more…)

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20Jan2016

NASA ‘s Winners for 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Design Contest

NASA has picked the three winners in a design contest for 3D-printed habitats that could help future astronauts live on Mars. The age of technology  was needed for this to become reality. (more…)

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16Jan2016

Help! Iconic Saturn 1B Rocket In Need Of Restoration

It’s an iconic landmark as you enter the state of Alabama.  The Saturn 1B Rocket, a copy of the historic Moon Rocket has towered over the Ardmore Welcome Centre on Interstate 65 since 1979. (more…)

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16Jan2016

Geologists Found A Meteorite That’s Older Than Earth

Further on from our amazing story last week of a meteorite find in Australia's outback: A team of Australian geologists have found a meteorite fragment that's been deemed older than the Earth itself. (more…)

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16Jan2016

The New Team Of NASA Astronauts Is 50% Female

Last year was quite remarkable in many ways for space researches. Amongst them, many crucial efforts were made by NASA to  finally announce its plans to land humans on Mars in the 2030s. (more…)

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16Jan2016

Philae Lander Fails To Respond To Final Wake Up Signals

Farewell, Philae. The space lander that touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (and in our hearts) in November 2014 has not responded to a last-ditch attempt to wake it up. (more…)

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16Jan2016

Hawking: There Is No God and Computers Will Overtake Humans

Stephen Hawking has said that there is no God and computers will overcome humans in next 100 years. The 73 year old turned down idea of a God in an discussion by stating that science is able to clarify the initiation of everything. (more…)

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16Jan2016

The Most Powerful Supernova Ever Seen

Records are made to be broken they say, but rarely are records left so thoroughly in the dust. Stunned astronomers have witnessed a cosmic explosion about 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova. (more…)

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