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Pale Blue Dot Shines In Cassini, MESSENGER Images
2013-07-23 08:37:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It might look like just one pale blue dot among millions of other similar looking objects, but NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured an 'Earth-selfie' from 890 million miles away. The image captured by the Saturn orbiter is actually a look into the past as light from Earth takes 80 minutes to reach the ringed planet. "We can't see individual continents or people in this portrait of Earth, but this pale blue dot is a succinct...

Voyager 1 Celebrates 35th Anniversary, About To Cross Threshold Into Interstellar Space
2012-09-05 09:57:27

[WATCH VIDEO] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Celebrating its 35th anniversary in space today, NASA´s Voyager 1 spacecraft is about to cross the threshold of our solar system, to boldly go where no man, nor machine, has ever gone before. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when the American space company´s premier long distance journeyer will cross the boundary of the heliosphere, expert measurements have indicated that it is very close....

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2010-02-26 13:20:00

NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in exoplanet exploration for 2010. The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists in conducting independent research broadly related to the science goals of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program. That program's primary goal is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around other stars. "The Sagan Fellowship identifies and supports the most promising...

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2010-02-13 20:30:00

Twenty years ago on February 14, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft had sailed beyond the outermost planet in our solar system and turned its camera inward to snap a series of final images that would be its parting valentine to the string of planets it called home. Mercury was too close to the sun to see, Mars showed only a thin crescent of sunlight, and Pluto was too dim, but Voyager was able to capture cameos of Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Earth and Venus from its unique vantage point. These...

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2008-09-03 12:25:00

NASA announced Wednesday the new Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration, created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars. Planets beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, are being discovered at a staggering pace, with more than 300 currently known. Decades ago, long before any exoplanets had been found, the late Carl Sagan imagined such worlds, and pioneered the scientific pursuit of life...

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2006-09-19 19:02:59

Saturn sports a new ring in an image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sunday, Sept. 17, during a one-of-a-kind observation. Other spectacular sights captured by Cassini's cameras include wispy fingers of icy material stretching out tens of thousands of kilometers from the active moon, Enceladus, and a cameo color appearance by planet Earth. The images were obtained during the longest solar occultation of Cassini's four-year mission. During a solar occultation, the sun passes directly...


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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