Archive of 2017 February

28Feb2017

Elon Musk To Fly Two Private Citizens Around Moon In 2018

SpaceX said Monday it plans to fly two private citizens on a mission around the moon by late 2018 as part of a lunar journey that would last about a week and travel deeper into space than any human has ventured before. (more…)

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28Feb2017

Life on Mars: NASA scientist Carmel Johnston Has A ‘Taste’

People intending to travel somewhere exotic – a region, for instance, without an abundance of working toilets – accept the necessity of sometimes painful vaccinations to protect them against nasty diseases. (more…)

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28Feb2017

What Can You See in a Telescope?

Nothing can compare with the feeling of making a direct connection to the cosmos!  This is what a telescope can bring.  (more…)

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28Feb2017

Brightest Star In The Southern Cross

Bluish Acrux, otherwise known as Alpha Crucis, is the brightest star in the constellation Crux the Southern Cross. It is the 13th brightest star in all the sky. (more…)

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28Feb2017

Telescope To Take Best-Ever Images of Black Holes

Get ready for your close-up, black holes: The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which will take some of the best images of black holes ever captured by humans, is ramping up its worldwide network of telescopes. (more…)

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26Feb2017

China Likely To Beat NASA Back To The Moon

Chinese taikonauts will likely beat NASA astronauts back to the lunar surface in as little as five to ten years, longtime lunar scientist and geologist Paul Spudis now tells me. (more…)

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26Feb2017

Want A Great Night Sky Navigator? Try Stellarium!

Stellarium is a free open-source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.  Just set your coordinates and go. (more…)

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26Feb2017

Moon Detour Is The Best Route To Mars

Launching humans to Mars may not require a full tank of gas: A new MIT study suggests that a Martian mission may lighten its launch load considerably by refueling on the moon. (more…)

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26Feb2017

When The Lights Went Out In The Universe

About 5 billion years ago, everything changed. The expansion of the universe, which had been gradually decelerating for billions of years, reversed course and entered into a period of unbridled acceleration. (more…)

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26Feb2017

Female NASA Astronaut, 57,Setting Records, Breaking Barriers

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has blasted through glass ceilings and into outer space three times, and is on the International Space Station right now. Its a major step in the space program. (more…)

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26Feb2017

Pluto Scientists Mad As Hell And Won’t Take It Anymore

It's no secret that Alan Stern and other scientists who led the New Horizons mission were extremely displeased by Pluto's demotion from planet status in 2006 during a general assembly of the International Astronomical Union. (more…)

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26Feb2017

Is Space Research A Waste Of Money?

Scientists have discovered nearly 3,500 planets around other stars. But, strangely, the announcement of seven new exoplanets this week seemed to have struck a chord with millions of people in ways the previous thousands did not. (more…)

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26Feb2017

‘The Martian’ Best-Seller Lands In Classrooms Minus F-Words

There are more than 160 swear words in Andy Weir’s sci-fi thriller “The Martian,” including two memorably deployed F-words in the novel’s first three sentences. (more…)

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26Feb2017

These 1800s Harvard Women Studied The Stars

Beginning in the late-1800s, women were employed by the Harvard College Observatory to study images of stars captured by the observatory’s telescopes. Their analyses led to a deeper understanding of the makeup of the universe. (more…)

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23Feb2017

Seven Terrestrial Exoplanets Around A Nearby Star

An international team of astronomers has discovered a compact analogue of our inner solar system about 40 light-years away. This is close to finding another solar system compatible with our own. (more…)

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20Feb2017

SpaceX Launches And Lands Another Rocket – Feb. 19, 2017

SpaceX is back in action and has successfully completed a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a delay 24 hours earlier over concerns about the rocket, the launch on Sunday appeared to go flawlessly. (more…)

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