Archive of 2016 July

30Jul2016

Gravitational Vortex Detected Around Black Hole

X-rays from iron tell the tale of swirling space-time. Like the whirlpool created by stirring a cup of coffee with one of those tiny straws, a spinning black hole creates a “gravitational vortex” in the space-time around it. (more…)

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30Jul2016

Philae Prepares To Take Its Eternal Rest

ESA has said a final goodbye to its ill-fated comet lander, Philae. ESA will shut down the Electrical Support Unit — the only communication relay between Philae and the Rosetta orbiter, which then sends the message back to Earth. (more…)

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30Jul2016

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Heats Planet’s Upper Atmosphere

Researchers from Boston University’s Centre for Space Physics report that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet’s upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. (more…)

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30Jul2016

Deepest Ever Look into Orion

ESO’s HAWK-I infrared instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile has peered deeper into the heart of Orion Nebula than ever before. Spectacular images reveal about 10 times as many brown dwarfs and planetary-mass objects than were previously known. (more…)

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30Jul2016

Space Junk Clean-up Mission Prepares For Launch

Harpoons, nets and sails are to be sent into space in an effort to tackle the problem of space junk. The mission, dubbed RemoveDebris, is expected to launch early next year and will test a range of devices designed to sweep up litter orbiting the Earth. (more…)

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30Jul2016

How Going To Space Affects Men And Women Differently

The effects of zero gravity on the human body are taxing, regardless of gender, and NASA has found no differences between men and women in terms of their psychological and behavioural responses to space flight. (more…)

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30Jul2016

Orange Dwarfs Most Likely To Harbour Intelligent Life

Orange  dwarf stars stand the best chance of harbouring intelligent life like our own, say the co-authors of a new paper appearing in The Astrophysical Journal.here Bruce Dorminey examines the probabilities. (more…)

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30Jul2016

Wanna Get Buried In Space?

Of course, dying on Mars might be cause for a burial there. And it’s not out of the question that some astronauts would call for their remains to be scattered in space, not brought back to Earth for burial. (more…)

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29Jul2016

NASA Sends DNA Sequencer to ISS

The International Space Station just received a valuable piece of mail. Its a little device with big possibilities. It's a mini DNA sequencer with capabilities that could benefit all mankind, and SpaceX are involved. (more…)

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28Jul2016

Sorry, Donald Trump, Being ‘First’ In Space Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump likes to say that he's going to make America's space program "first" again. The details of his plan to make that happen are pretty much non-existent . (more…)

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28Jul2016

Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin on Life and Science

When trailblazing astronomer Vera Rubin (b. July 23, 1928) d herself enchanted by the night sky and its celestial show of lights. In that transcendent moment, it became unimaginable not to spend her life studying the stars. (more…)

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28Jul2016

Pluto Stamp Aboard New Horizons Sets Guinness World Record

When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by the dwarf planet Pluto a year ago, the mission set a number of records. The probe was the first to encounter the small world at the edge of our solar system. (more…)

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26Jul2016

8-Year-Old Aspiring Astronaut Applies To Canada Space Agency

The early bird catches the worm as they say. When she heard the Canadian Space Agency is looking to recruit new astronauts, eight-year-old Sahana Khatri figured she just might be what they're looking for. (more…)

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26Jul2016

Lego Figurines Could Honour NASA Female Astronauts & Scientists

Toy maker LEGO could soon make mini figures honouring female astronauts and scientists of NASA if a proposal to do so gains traction. Mattel’s female superhero collection and Lego’s short-lived but successful limited-edition female scientist line showed there’s demand for female figurines. (more…)

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26Jul2016

Here’s Why We Can’t Just Rocket Nuclear Waste Into The Sun

In Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the Man of Steel rounds up all the world's nukes and throws them into the sun. It's a nice idea — and indeed every few years someone suggests throwing all our garbage in there. (more…)

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26Jul2016

The US And Russia Making Plans To Return To The Moon Together

47 years ago NASA won the space race and Apollo 11 astronauts walked on the Moon. U.S. companies have pitched a series of new plans that would see the country finally return to the Moon, this time, alongside the Russians. (more…)

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