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2013-06-18 16:21:13

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles on July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn in the image, which will be part of a mosaic, or...

2013-06-11 16:21:18

PASADENA, Calif., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Researchers deduced this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and...

Asteroid 2013 LR6 Safely Passes By Earth
2013-06-10 04:46:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An asteroid approximately the same size as a small truck passed within 65,000 miles of Earth on Friday night/early Saturday morning, officials from NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California have revealed. Asteroid 2013 LR6, which had only been discovered approximately one day before making its closest approach to our planet, was approximately 30 feet wide, according to Irene Klotz of Reuters. At...

2013-06-05 12:22:15

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky, an international team of astronomers has discovered evidence of a significant number of black holes that accompanied the first stars in the universe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which observes in the infrared, researchers have...

2013-05-30 16:21:16

PASADENA, Calif., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL's twin...

2013-05-29 16:21:09

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families. The snapshots also helped place thousands of previously...

Cold Gas May Fuel Galaxy And Star Formation
2013-05-26 05:49:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As galaxies grow over the course of billions of years, they apparently use the cosmic equivalent of bendy straws to feed on cold gas and gain mass, according to new research published in the May 20 edition of the Astrophysical Journal. The study is based on computer simulations conducted by Kyle Stewart, who is currently with California Baptist University in Riverside but completed most of the research while with NASA´s Jet...

2013-05-20 16:21:29

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will hold media availabilities at all three of the agency's centers in California this week, highlighting progress on the asteroid mission, commercial crew transportation and space technology development. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Bolden will tour of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems' Dream Chaser spacecraft Wednesday, May 22 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research...

2013-05-15 16:20:24

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Researchers have identified 248 new impact sites on parts of the Martian surface in the past decade, using images from the spacecraft to determine when...

2013-05-09 20:21:20

PASADENA, Calif., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) This second drilling target, called "Cumberland," lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity's drill first touched Martian stone in February. Curiosity took the first...