Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images. 24 May 2011Last updated at 19:32 ET By Frances Cronin BBC News The infrared image on the right reveals the ancient city streets of Tanis near modern-day San El Hagar Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.
More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings. Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids. The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak. An infra-red satellite image shows a buried pyramid, located in the centre of the highlight box.
She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found. "We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. "To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist," she said. Infra-red imaging was used to highlight different materials under the surface. Test excavations “Start Quote. Photopic Sky Survey. Layer 8: NASA satellite snaps rare cloud-free emerald Ireland. NASA's Aqua satellite recently snapped a cloud-free shot of Ireland.
The cloud-free view is extremely rare as the country is almost entirely cloud covered 50% of the time according to the Irish Meteorological Service, Met Éireann. There are more clouds during the day than at night, and fog is common. More on space: Gigantic changes keep space technology hot According to NASA, Ireland owes its greenness to moderate temperatures and moist air. The Atlantic Ocean, particularly the warm currents in the North Atlantic Drift, gives the country a more temperate climate than most others at the same latitude. Moist ocean air also contributes to abundant rainfall. Follow Michael Cooney on Twitter: nwwlayer8 Layer 8 Extra Check out these other hot stories: FTC wins largest civil penalty on nasty debt collector: $2.8M Time travel theory may find home in Large Hadron Collider DHS chief Napolitano: Algorithms a big key in security, Big Data puzzle 20 hot IT security issues.
Satellite tracking telescope. On the left, the C14 EdgeHD (356mm) in use since Sept 2011.
On the right, the Meade ACF 10" (254mm) in use earlier. In mid-2009 I have decided to adapt my Takahashi EM400 for motorized satellite tracking (ISS, space shuttle etc.), in order to take complete video sequences of nighttime passages. International Space Station and Discovery before docking. Any use of one of these images other than strictly private must be subject to prior authorization from firstname.lastname@example.org FEBRUARY 28 : an astronaut in spacewalk in 3D video.
Layer 8: NASA Kepler finds family of habitable, Earth-size planets. NASA's star-gazing space telescope continues to find amazing proof that there are tons of potentially habitable planets in space and we have only scratched the surface of what's out there.
The space agency said today its Kepler space telescope spotted what it called its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in what it considers to be the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. Kepler also found six confirmed planets orbiting a sun-like star, Kepler-11. This is the largest group of transiting planets orbiting a single star yet discovered outside our solar system. By the numbers: 20 projects that kept NASA hopping in 2010 The discoveries are part of several hundred new planet candidates identified by Kepler mission science data this week.
Of the 54 new planet candidates found in the habitable zone, five are near Earth- sized. Among the stars with planetary candidates, 170 show evidence of multiple planetary candidates. News releases 2011. SpaceX launches commercial space flight @Makezine.com blog. Grand Tour of Closet-Sized Crew Quarters in Space. Pinkeye-flight1-2-10-07. Steve Eves' Saturn V ROCKED Maryland's Eastern Shore. After testing the winds with a 'tiny' Nike Smoke on a J350, Steve Eves' Saturn was launched into the beautiful Maryland skies at around 1PM local.
The central 'P' and eight 'N' motors (that's 'R' impulse, baby - yeaaah) lifted it majestically to around 3-4K feet. At apogee, the rocket was nominally over the crowd so there was a slight pucker factor until its 4 'chutes opened. It looked like one was slightly snagged but, nevertheless, the Saturn drifted slowly into an adjacent field. It even landed on its tail! My congrats to Steve and the MDRA crew, this was an amazing accomplishment! Here are some of my photos. Links: Check out Steve's next project - a 1:9 scale Saturn 1B. Three Four awesome videos: (I think that'll be all I embed.) Homemade Spacecraft.
Earth-Like Planet Can Sustain Life. — A new planet that's the right size and location for life has been discovered 20 light-years away. — The newly discovered world exists in a solar system very similar to our own but much smaller. — Current technologies won't allow scientists to study the planet's atmosphere for chemical signs of life.
A new member in a family of planets circling a red dwarf star 20 light-years away has just been found. Take a Personal Tour of the ISS. Want to stay on top of all the space news?
Follow @universetoday on Twitter Astronauts Michael Fincke (left), Expedition 18 commander; Sandra Magnus and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, both flight engineers. Credit: NASA Enjoy a personal video tour of the International Space Station with Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke. The station is big — it really is getting to be a big place — so the tour is in four parts.