Archive of 2016 November

26Nov2016

An Unexpected Object Found Orbiting Our Galaxy

Scientists have discovered a hidden dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way - another piece of the puzzle, and it could change our understanding of how dark matter holds galaxies together. (more…)

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26Nov2016

Blind Astronomer Hears The Stars by Sonification

Astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her sight in her early 20’s when she was studying supernova explosions. Merced, fueled by her passion for the cosmos, found a way around her impairment. (more…)

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26Nov2016

Best Explanation of Gravity Ever

For many, the concept of gravity can be hard to conceptualize. Everyone understands gravity is the universal law of nature holding us to Earth’s surface, but what are the fundamental principles behind Isaac Newton’s most famous “discovery”? (more…)

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26Nov2016

Mars Ice Deposit Holds As Much Water As Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined. (more…)

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26Nov2016

NASA Team Claims ‘Impossible’ Space Engine Works!

Scientists just published a paper saying that the controversial EmDrive produces thrust, even though that defies known laws of physics. To show how true is the theory, NASA demonstrated how its EmDrive works. (more…)

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26Nov2016

‘First Doll in Space’ Getting Astronaut Outfit

The "First Doll in Space" is getting her very own spacesuit. "Stargazer Lottie," a doll made by Irish toy company Arklu, spent more than 260 days aboard the International Space Station from December 2015 through August 2016. (more…)

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26Nov2016

Russia, NASA Team Up For Hottest Journey To Venus

NASA and Russia have resumed their discussions about a potential joint mission to explore Venus in the late 2020s. The discussion was postponed because of the sanctions imposed against Russia over Ukraine in 2014. (more…)

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26Nov2016

NASA Wants You To Help Astronauts Poop

Pooping in space isn't glamorous, but it is necessary for survival. Yet it's presenting quite a challenge for NASA. While the Space Station has a pretty fancy toilet, an astronaut must wear a diaper during launch, landing and spacewalking. (more…)

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26Nov2016

Keep Watch for November’s Orionid Meteors

Most of us can tick off the Perseids, Geminids, Leonids, and maybe a couple of other major annual meteor showers. But did you know that the IAU recognizes more than 100 different well-established meteor showers throughout the year. (more…)

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25Nov2016

Mars Mission Food Menu

Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that  housing research, this is work for the 21st century in fact. (more…)

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24Nov2016

What Is Space Brain? Can Mars Astronauts Become the Victim?

Though NASA makes amazing discoveries every day, some have alarming implications for our future in space. As it turns out, “spacing out” in space is a long term problem. Megan Ray Nichols examines why. (more…)

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22Nov2016

Meteorite In Western Australia Believed To Be Older Than Earth

Scientists have recovered a freshly fallen meteorite believed to be 4.56 billion years old from a farm north east of Perth, making it's age much older than the Earth. (more…)

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20Nov2016

‘Roundest Known Space Object’ Identified

Astronomers claim to have discovered the roundest object ever measured in nature. Kepler 11145123 is a distant, slowly rotating star that's more than twice the size of the Sun but its the roundest stellar object found. (more…)

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20Nov2016

Hawking Gives Humanity A Due Date For Finding Another Planet

If humanity survives the rise of artificial intelligence, the ravages of climate change and the threat of nuclear terrorism in the next century, it doesn't mean we're home free, according to Stephen Hawking. (more…)

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20Nov2016

NASA’s Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Woman in Space

As Expedition 50/51 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:20 a.m. local time on Friday, American astronaut Peggy Whitson became the oldest woman to travel in space. (more…)

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20Nov2016

Rocket Scientist On How Trump Should Send NASA To Mars

President-elect Donald Trump could be exactly what NASA needs to finally put humans on Mars, a scientist involved in plans to visit the Red Planet said this week. (more…)

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