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'Super-Earth' with life-supporting climate discovered
NASA'S Spitzer Sees Light Of Lonesome Stars PASADENA, Calif. - A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky. It comes from isolated stars beyond the edges of galaxies. These stars are thought to have once belonged to the galaxies before violent galaxy mergers stripped them away into the relatively empty space outside of their former homes. "The infrared background glow in our sky has been a huge mystery," said Asantha Cooray of the University of California at Irvine, lead author of the new research published in the journal Nature. "We have new evidence this light is from the stars that linger between galaxies. NASA'S Spitzer Sees Light Of Lonesome Stars
NASA offers chance for Google-powered smartphones to be launched as spacecrafts PhoneSat is designed to send cheapest and easiest-to-construct satellites into spaceSatellite could use phone's camera to take pictures of EarthNASA plans to publish blueprints to allow anyone to build their own satellite By Mark Prigg Published: 06:25 GMT, 29 August 2012 | Updated: 11:08 GMT, 29 August 2012 NASA offers chance for Google-powered smartphones to be launched as spacecrafts
NASA: Mars Curiosity on track NASA: Mars Curiosity on track By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY Updated 2012-08-17 5:35 PM NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity looks ready to soon start investigations, engineers report. Self-portrait of the Curiosity rover on Mars.
Sun is too round, say scientists - Science - News Sun is too round, say scientists - Science - News In fact the Sun turns out to be one of the roundest objects ever measured. Scaled down to the size of a beach ball, the difference between the Sun's widest and narrowest diameters would be far less than the width of a human hair. Having no solid surface, the Sun's rotation should make it slightly flattened. But the new measurements show that the flattening is much smaller than expected.
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Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2 Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2 NASA's Mars Exploration Program (source images: NASA/JPL-Caltech) With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability."
Engineers updating the Curiosity's software to allow it to drive on Mars President Obama calls the project team to congratulate themReveals blast marks on surface caused by Curiosity's landing rocketsRover has also sent back first high resolution panorama as scientists test its instruments By James Nye and Mark Prigg and Daily Mail Reporter Published: 20:09 GMT, 12 August 2012 | Updated: 01:26 GMT, 14 August 2012 After releasing exciting images of Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is undergoing a crucial four day ‘brain transplant’. Engineers were today continuing to update the rover’s software which is currently in its flight stage to prepare it for its further missions on Mars, NASA said. Today Nasa released the first high resolution Panorama from the craft. Nasa's Curiosity Rover undergoes 'brain transplant' after taking stunning panorama pictures of the Red Planet Nasa's Curiosity Rover undergoes 'brain transplant' after taking stunning panorama pictures of the Red Planet
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ATV-3 Approaches the Station ATV-3 Approaches the Station In this photo taken from the International Space Station, the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) is seen on approach for docking. The unmanned cargo spacecraft docked to the space station at 6:31 p.m. EDT on March 28, 2012. The ATV-3 delivered 220 pounds of oxygen, 628 pounds of water, 4.5 tons of propellant and nearly 2.5 tons of dry cargo. ATV-3 Approaches the Station
When Runaway Planets Go 30 Million Miles Per Hour | Around The Mall An artist's conception of a runaway hypervelocity planet. Image courtesy of David Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics In 2005, Warren Brown of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory noticed something rather unusual in the sky: a star traveling out of the Milky Way galaxy at roughly 1.5 million miles per hour. When Runaway Planets Go 30 Million Miles Per Hour | Around The Mall
NASA probe offers new view of Mercury: an alien world right in our back yard NASA probe offers new view of Mercury: an alien world right in our back yard Now, after poring over 100,000 images and reams of other Messenger data, space scientists have achieved consensus: Mercury is one weird world. It is radically unlike the other rocky bodies of our solar system — Venus, Mars, Earth, the moon, and the moons of other planets. Its core is too big; its surface too scrunched.
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The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space It's actually really easy to think of space as boring. The planets in our own solar system all seem to be empty rocks or balls of gas, and you find a whole lot of nothing before you get to the next star. Meanwhile, Hollywood's most creative minds can't get past populating the place with planets that look a whole lot like Earth (and specifically, parts of California) featuring monsters, rapey aliens or Muppets. But real space is far, far stranger.
NASA Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment May 4, 2011: Einstein was right again. There is a space-time vortex around Earth, and its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity. Researchers confirmed these points at a press conference today at NASA headquarters where they announced the long-awaited results of Gravity Probe B (GP-B). "The space-time around Earth appears to be distorted just as general relativity predicts," says Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission. Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment
Amateur astronomer Damian Peach has become the first British entrant to win the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year, beating hundreds of photographers from around the globe in the 2011 competition. As well as securing the £1,500 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on 9 September 2011. Competition for the 2011 prize was fierce with more pictures received than ever before; over 700 entries from all around the world. For more information see www.nmm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/ The 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition winners
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