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Asteroid Fragments May Give Insight Into Origins Of Planets
2012-10-05 13:38:38

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The year was 1998. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had just parted ways with Dave Navarro. The world was introduced to Britney Spears. And the movie Armageddon bested all other films at the box office. It seems fitting that the same year that gave us Michael Bay´s fictional interpretation of how we should deal with an asteroid coming towards us would be the same year that the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project...

Tropical Storm Nadine's 'Birth' Attended By NASA Global Hawk And Satellites
2012-09-13 07:55:22

Tropical Depression 14 strengthened into Tropical Storm Nadine while NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel Mission, or HS3 mission, was in full-swing and NASA's Global Hawk aircraft captured the event. While the Global Hawk was gathering data over the storm, NASA satellites were also analyzing Nadine from space. NASA's Global Hawk landed back at Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., after spending a full day gathering data from the 14th Atlantic Tropical Depression that...

2012-09-06 12:45:45

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the third Japanese "Kounotori" H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) cargo ship's departure from the International Space Station in two broadcasts Wednesday, Sept. 12. The first, covering unberthing, will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT, and the second, covering release, will begin at 11:30 a.m. HTV-3, launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) July 21, arrived to the orbiting laboratory July 27 with several tons of supplies and experiments....

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2012-08-30 17:32:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Following the success of its Hayabusa mission, the Japanese space agency JAXA is shooting for another asteroid in 2018. Dennis Normille wrote in a report in Physics World that JAXA is planning to land another spacecraft on an asteroid in 2018 to search for clues as to how life on Earth began. Hayabusa 2 will be the sequel to its previous mission, which was the first to collect material from an asteroid and return it back to...

New ESA Mercury Spacecraft Undergoes Tests
2012-08-28 14:33:57

[WATCH VIDEO: Simulating BepiColombo's Separation Shock] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Association (ESA) has put its BepiColombo mission through a series of shock tests to prepare it for its future journey towards Mercury. BepiColombo will be lifted off from this planet via an Ariane 5 rocket in 2015, during which it will be connected to the upper stage of the rocket. Once the upper stage and its cargo have reached orbit, the two will...

BepiColombo Gets Good Vibrations
2012-08-17 12:12:16

[ Watch The Video ( BepiColombo Vertical Vibration Test ) ] [ Watch The Video ( BepiColombo Vibrating Horizontally ) ] Mimicking the intense vibrations experienced by a satellite during launch, the engineering model of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury has been subjected to similar forces at ESA´s spacecraft test facilities. A major design issue for spacecraft arises from the intense environment experienced during launch, ranging from vigorous vibrations to deafening noise. It...

2012-08-15 01:04:38

Whilst the most powerful earthquake since records began hit Japan in 2011, triggering a massive tsunami which devastated much of the country, space scientists involved in one of the 'brightest' international Sun missions continued working tirelessly at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Sagamihara, Japan, to capture new data from our turbulent star. These latest Hinode results, to be discussed in a meeting at the University of St Andrews this week (Tuesday 14 August),...

Japanese Space Agency Puts Fish On The International Space Station
2012-07-31 09:45:28

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It all started in the 1940s when the US sent the first living organisms into space: fruit flies. Since then, everything from mice to cats to dogs to monkeys have gone into space. Even fish have been introduced to the effects of space in the 1970s. And now, the Japanese Space Agency is taking the next big leap by putting fish on the International Space Station (ISS), where they will live in the Aquatic Habitat (AQH), which arrived...

Geotail Mission Celebrates 20th Anniversary
2012-07-28 08:59:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Twenty years ago, the United States relationship with Japan showed just how restored it was since the second world war, as the two countries' space agencies launched a joint mission together. The Geotail mission launched into space aboard a Delta II launch vehicle 20 years ago from this week, kick-starting a set of coordinated missions known as the International Solar Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) project. ISTP studied the magnetic...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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