• New Space Drill Could Seek Alien Life Inside Icy Saturn Moon

    Updated: 2012-02-28 12:33:10
    The IceMole probe would be able to melt and drill through frigid Enceladus to hunt for alien life.

  • Planetary Conjunction Over Los Angeles

    Updated: 2012-02-28 10:28:28
    Matt Hartman captured Venus, Jupiter and the Moon on the move in this time-lapse. Recorded on February 25th, 2012.

  • NASA Raids Outer Planets Budget To Fund Fast Start on Mars Reboot

    Updated: 2012-02-27 22:59:13
    NASA is starting the planning process for its scaled-back robotic Mars exploration program.

  • Sun Unleashes 5 Solar Eruptions in 2 Days

    Updated: 2012-02-27 22:15:31
    Four of the eruptions came within a 24-hour period.

  • 1st Asteroid Samples Reveal Surprising Look at Space Rock Crashes

    Updated: 2012-02-27 20:11:14
    A Japanese asteroid sample-return mission is bearing fruit. <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/6q8s4Hm3-bPYgvuDoRBCJhAbEYg/0/da"

  • Jupiter, Venus & Moon Wow Weekend Skywatchers with Amazing Views

    Updated: 2012-02-27 19:32:53
    Jupiter and Venus lined up with the moon, and will get even closer together in March.

  • Planetary Party! Conjunction's Stunning Time-Lapse

    Updated: 2012-02-27 18:36:34
    Roberto Porto captured this incredible imagery of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon (seen on the horizon) on the road to Teide National Park in Tenerife, Spain. Taken on February 24, 2012.

  • Next Space Telescope Must Survive 'Big Science' Questions

    Updated: 2012-02-27 18:12:56
    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has the funding to move forward, but faces a tougher road than past "big science" projects such as the Hubble Space Telescope. <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/7dM6fuJU4P9m1BbUQygx6WCGGjk/1/da"

  • Slice of History: Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL

    Updated: 2012-02-27 16:53:54
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL — Photograph Number P-1723A On October 4, 1961, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. In [...]

  • Weightless Tea Party Features First Zero-G Cup Toast

    Updated: 2012-02-27 16:11:47
    Na Zdaroyve! The Space Station crew got together for Russian Christmas and toasted for the first time using open containers. Flight engineer Don Petit explains the science behind drinking without a straw in Space.

  • Lunar Halo Lights Up Orion in Skywatcher Photo

    Updated: 2012-02-27 16:00:08
    Lunar halos are caused when light passes through ice crystals formed in clouds in Earth's atmosphere.

  • Big Asteroid 2011 AG5 Could Pose Threat to Earth in 2040

    Updated: 2012-02-27 12:11:36
    There's a small chance the big space rock could hit Earth in 2040.

  • China Launches New Navigation Satellite Into Orbit

    Updated: 2012-02-27 05:29:21
    A Long March 3C rocket launched the satellite into orbit.

  • Northern Lights Mystery May Be Solved

    Updated: 2012-02-26 18:28:02
    Scientists think they know how the electrons that cause Earth's auroras get moving so fast.

  • Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - Feb. 26, 2012

    Updated: 2012-02-26 13:39:57
    From planetary alignments to a waterworld planet and quakes on the moon and Mars, vote for the week's best space story.

  • Best Space Photos of the Week - Feb. 25, 2012

    Updated: 2012-02-25 12:04:31
    See amazing views of auroras, galaxies, rocket launches and more in our top space photos for the week of Feb. 25, 2012. <img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/43_pZgBqpXhBBtVr7PEi5SyrY3k/0/di" border="0" ismap="true"

  • 4 Planets & Moon Dominate Weekend Night Sky

    Updated: 2012-02-25 05:25:01
    Venus, Jupiter and Mercury can be seen near the moon at sunset. Mars makes an appearance.

  • Lift-Off! Warfighter Communication Satellite Launches For Navy

    Updated: 2012-02-24 22:37:44
    An Atlas V rocket launched the MUOS-1 satellite on February 24, 2012. The satellite is the first of a quartet of bent pipe birds that will upgrade and replace an aging network of defense satellites.

  • Amazing Launch Photos: Blastoff for Navy's Next-Gen MUOS-1 Satellite

    Updated: 2012-02-24 22:20:03
    See photos from the Feb. 24, 2012 launch of the U.S. Navy's new MUOS-1 satellite.

  • Parting of the Solar Seas - Sun Spits a CME

    Updated: 2012-02-24 21:48:25
    On February 24th, a plasma filament shot off the surface of the Sun, unleashing a Coronal Mass Ejection, and leaving a widespread magnetic outline. Of course, the 10,000 degree surface temperatures would make crossing the sea hazardous to health.

  • Photos: Amazing Views of Venus, Jupiter & Moon - Feb. 2012

    Updated: 2012-02-24 19:12:47
    See amazing photos of Venus, Jupiter and the moon in a celestial triple conjunction.

  • Space Junk Falls on Brazilian Village: Reports

    Updated: 2012-02-24 18:34:02
    The spherical object landed near a house and damaged trees as it fell to the surface. <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/WCoCO37q7oeWG1Z2y27KMw3thpM/0/da"

  • Dazzling Comet Garradd Has Close Encounter with Star Cluster

    Updated: 2012-02-24 16:55:41
    Comet Garradd will make its closest approach to Earth in March.

  • On a Space Chain: Skywatcher Photo Reveals String of Galaxies

    Updated: 2012-02-24 12:18:20
    The galaxies are said to be in a smooth, curved line making them appear to be connected in a chain.

  • Gallery: Private Space Stations of the Future Imagined

    Updated: 2012-02-24 12:02:18
    The future of space station technology may lie in private hands. See images of wild ideas for future private space stations.

  • Nomad Alien Planets May Fill Our Milky Way Galaxy

    Updated: 2012-02-24 11:48:40
    These free-flying alien worlds wander through interstellar space rather than orbit host stars.

  • See Venus, Jupiter & Moon Align in Weekend Celestial Show

    Updated: 2012-02-24 05:31:59
    Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon will shine extra bright just after sunset in the western sky this weekend. </img

  • Dust Dancer: Dark Nebula Delights in Skywatcher's Photo

    Updated: 2012-02-23 21:46:46
    Lynd's Dark nebula dazzles skywatcher and photographer Adam Block of Arizona. <br/

  • Jupiter, Venus & Moon Line Up This Weekend: How to Watch Online

    Updated: 2012-02-23 21:19:05
    The Slooh Space Camera will webcast the action live on Feb. 25 and 26.

  • Fireball February! Large Space Rocks Slamming Atmosphere

    Updated: 2012-02-23 20:04:09
    On February 13th, 2012, NASA's All-Sky camera in Georgia captured this meteor burning up in the night sky. There have multiple sighting of these slow moving space rocks this month, some of which made it as far as 31 miles above the Earth's surface.

  • Andromeda Galaxy's Exotic X-Ray Signal Actually a Bright Black Hole

    Updated: 2012-02-23 18:15:21
    The extremely bright X-ray source in the Andromeda galaxy was first detected in late 2009. <img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/Wey4xFJ47tAcmS7q2xb6Pgw0UPs/1/di" border="0" ismap="true"

  • Red Dwarf Stars May Be Best Chance for Habitable Alien Planets

    Updated: 2012-02-23 16:59:08
    Red dwarf stars are plentiful in our galaxy, and could be prime real estate for habitable, strange new worlds. </img

  • Zero-G Guitar: Re-Learning How To Play In Space

    Updated: 2012-02-23 14:30:51
    Future commander of the ISS, Chris Hadfield, visited the Larrivée Guitar factory in Vancouver, Canada - builders of the Space Station guitar. He talks about challenges of playing in the weightless environment and recording original music in Space.

  • Tiny 'Soccer Ball' Space Molecules Could Equal 10,000 Mount Everests

    Updated: 2012-02-22 19:55:12
    The carbon buckyballs circle a pair of stars 6,500 light-years from Earth.

  • Rare Element on Earth Discovered in Ancient Starlight

    Updated: 2012-02-22 19:50:25
    The element tellurium is a brittle superconducting material that is rare on Earth.

  • Pluto Stamp Watch: Stamp Petition Gains Nearly 6,000 Signatures

    Updated: 2012-02-22 05:39:31
    NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission team is hoping for 100,000 signatures by March 13. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/spaceheadlines/~4/Wu-reDyM_QQ" height="1" width="1"/

  • Tiny Soccer Balls Found In Space - Buckeyballs

    Updated: 2012-02-22 05:16:16
    Astronomers have discovered carbon atoms connected in the shape of soccer balls, kicking around the cosmos. How were they detected? And why do scientists search space for these largest of molecules?

  • Press Release: NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

    Updated: 2012-02-13 08:00:00
    On the Planetary Society web site: NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

  • A Look Inside Dawn’s Grand Asteroid Adventure

    Updated: 2012-02-02 01:03:11
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, as imaged by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in September 2011. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA | › Full image and caption [...]

  • Slice of History: Surveyor 3 Camera Returned from the Moon

    Updated: 2012-01-24 20:35:04
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Surveyor 3 Camera Returned from the Moon — Photograph Number P-10709B In November 1969 Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad landed on the moon less than 600 [...]

  • CoS 128

    Updated: 2012-01-16 01:49:04
    I've been busy catching up on my classes, so I haven't posted anything lately.  But, you can catch up on lots of great space-related blog posts at the 128th Carnival of Space, being hosted this week at the AARTScope Blog. -Astroprof

  • Electrostatic Radiation Shielding

    Updated: 2012-01-16 01:49:01
    Clearly carrying heavy shielding to protect astronauts from radiation in space is expensive.  If you havent' been reading my space radiation series as I've been posting, then you can look over the last several of my postings about space radiation to see some of the problems.  So, some other strategy ...

  • Cosmic Rays

    Updated: 2012-01-16 01:48:59
    Part 3 of my series on space radiation is about the radiation itself.  The term cosmic rays is generally used to describe this radiation.  Unfortunately, as often happens, the term evolved before the nature of the phenomenon being studied was known, so it may not be the best term to ...

  • Dawn Longs to be Closer to Asteroid Vesta

    Updated: 2012-01-12 21:43:39
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image, one of the first obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows part of the rim of a fresh crater on the giant [...]

  • Viewing Times and Tips for Saturday Morning’s Lunar Eclipse

    Updated: 2011-12-09 20:20:48
    By Steve Edberg The last lunar eclipse until 2014 will grace the sky on Saturday, Dec. 10. Steve Edberg, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares the best viewing times and tips. For more lunar eclipse resources and to join NASA/JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” event, visit http://1.usa.gov/uBfAI8. Keith Burns submitted this winning photo of the [...]

  • Getting the Lowdown on Asteroid Vesta

    Updated: 2011-12-05 18:59:40
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This 3-D video incorporates images from the framing camera instrument aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from July to August 2011. The images were obtained as Dawn approached Vesta and circled [...]

  • /observations version 2

    Updated: 2011-11-10 16:07:00
    Astronomy Blog You are : in Astronomy Blog archive Asteroid 2005 YU55 An astronomy blog usually but not always based in the UK . Pondering questions such as What is in an exoplanet name Asteroid 2005 YU55 Asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass the Earth and Moon over the next 24 hours or so . It is roughly 400 metres in diameter and the closest it gets to us is something like 300,000 km . The closest it will get to the Moon is roughly 240,000 km . That is a long , long way away from either despite what an excited person in my blog comments insists . It won't hit the Earth and it won't hit the Moon Although 2005 YU55 passes within the orbital distance of the Moon , it doesn't actually get between the Earth and Moon at any point . It goes past them both . Also , space has a third dimension and 2005

  • Slice of History: Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform

    Updated: 2011-11-09 18:33:16
    By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform — Photograph Number P-23298B The Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform (AOTDP) was developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late 1970s by the [...]

  • Asteroid Vesta, All in the Details

    Updated: 2011-11-03 20:14:09
    By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on September 20, 2011. This image was taken through the camera’s clear filter. The distance to the surface of [...]

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