Space

NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable journey through space. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its rings…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Successfully Enters Jupiter Orbit

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – Scientists have confirmed that Juno, a craft the size of a football field launched to explore some key secrets of space, successfully entered the volatile atmosphere in an orbit around Jupiter Monday night about the time most Fourth of July fireworks shows in…

NASA Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – We are closer than ever to answering the question: Are we alone in the universe? If there are other planets out there that could support life like Earth, NASA’s Kepler space telescope may find them first. Due to the most recent analysis of…

NASA Satellite Camera Provides ‘EPIC’ View of Earth

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away. The color images of Earth from NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) are generated by combining three separate images…

NASA’s New Horizons Reaches Pluto

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – After a decade-long journey through the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto on Tuesday, making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. The craft passed 7,750 miles above the surface of…

Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect the planet. The agency uses the vantage point…

NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Images Now Available to Public

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, are now available to the public online from NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft. “NEOWISE is a vital asset in NASA’s program to find objects that truly represent an impact hazard to Earth,” Lindley Johnson, program executive…

Studies Show 2014 Was the Warmest Year On Record

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Glynn Wilson – The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest on record since 1880, according to two separate analyses by scientists from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred…

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun — and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900…

Hubble Team Unveils Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, provides…

NASA Telescopes Find Close Neighbor of the Sun

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest “brown dwarf” known — a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth’s North Pole. Images from the space telescopes also pinpointed the object’s distance to 7.2 light-years…

Astronomers Measure Spin of Distant Black Hole for First Time

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – Astronomers have accomplished the first direct measurement of the spin of a distant black hole, an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time, scientists say. The research suggests that this black hole grew by gradually merging material rather than pulling…