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NASA Attempts 'Hail Mary' To Recover Kepler Space Telescope
2013-07-19 14:23:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is launching a last-ditch "Hail Mary" attempt to try and bring its Kepler mission back to life. The US space agency said that over the next week, the Kepler team will attempt tests to explore recovery of the spacecraft's reaction wheels, which failed back in May. Kepler needs its reaction wheels to help stabilize it as it searches for exoplanets around distant stars. The team will be continuing its efforts to conduct tests on...

Donald K. Yeomans Receives Carl Sagan Medal For Public Communication
2013-07-15 10:16:17

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory For his work making the solar system's nomads of the night sky -- near-Earth objects, asteroids and comets -- tangible and compelling for millions of people, Donald K. Yeomans, the manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has received the 2013 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The Sagan Medal recognizes a planetary scientist for excellence in public communication....

NASA Celebrates Mars Pathfinder Landing Anniversary
2013-07-05 08:38:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Independence Day not only marks the date on which America became a free nation, but also when NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission landed safely on Mars in 1997 allowing the US to stake its first claim on another planet. Mars Pathfinder was carrying Sojourner, which was the first US Martian rover. The Soviet Union launched its Mars 3 rover in 1971, but communication was lost about 20 seconds after landing. Sojourner was the first successful...

Insights Into Unusual Dwarf Star Provided By Kepler
2013-06-04 08:36:46

University of Delaware Astronomer John Gizis of the University of Delaware, working with data obtained by the Kepler mission, is studying a highly unusual dwarf star and its powerful flares that may hold clues to the likelihood of life on other planets as well as to the behavior of our Sun. Known as an L dwarf, this coolest type of star is about 53 light-years from Earth. Gizis, who discovered it two years ago using a ground-based  telescope, has now conducted additional research...

Tiny Telescopes Ready To Study Sun's Future And The Origins Of Atoms
2013-05-29 05:17:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The smallest space telescope to ever hit the cosmos will soon start observing the largest stars in history. The BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) telescopes will target the sky for the most luminous stars in our galaxy. Eventually, the two currently in orbit will be part of a "constellation" of telescopes in orbit that will monitor the sky regularly for years to come. Each BRITE satellite holds a small optical telescope feeding a CCD...

Scientists Has Plan To Revive Defunct Kepler Telescope
2013-05-16 14:29:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler space telescope is stuck in standby mode, but one professor is already coming up with ideas to try and revive the observatory. Scott Hubbard, a consulting professor of aeronautics and astronautics, helped guide the Kepler mission when he served as director of NASA Ames Research Center. He has devised a few plans for the space agency that could potentially help bring the planet-hunting spacecraft...

Kepler's Dozen - On The Hunt For Distant Worlds
2013-05-15 04:25:44

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Since its launch in 2009 the Kepler spacecraft has identified more than 2,500 planet candidates in our galaxy. Of these, several hundred have been confirmed as planets by ground based observatories. The observatory operates by monitoring stars in our galactic neighborhood and watching for tiny dips in the observed brightness. As the dips are repeated over time, researchers can deduce the presence of planets and even...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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