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Kuiper Belt Targets For New Horizons Mission

Kuiper Belt Targets For New Horizons Mission

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new Kuiper Belt objects (KPOs) that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. The KBO visit could happen after the...

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Ganymede and Jupiter
2014-07-09 05:38:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Jupiter's moon Ganymede is the largest satellite in our solar system, approximately three-quarters the size of Mars. Ganymede has two types of terrain on the surface: highly cratered dark regions comprising nearly 40 percent of the surface, with the rest being lightly grooved in intricate patterns. A new study, led by researchers with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), reveals that the processes which shaped these ridges and...

Hubble Finds Europa Water Vapor
2013-12-12 13:10:28

[ Watch the Video: Europa Shows Evidence Of Liquid Water ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years scientists have suspected the presence of liquid water under the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Now, the Hubble Space Telescope has detected evidence of water vapor eruption from the moon’s surface, according to a new report published in Science Express on Thursday. The space agency is looking to observations from other sources to confirm Hubble’s initial...

2013-04-19 14:16:25

A team of geoscientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) using newly available remote-sensing technology has achieved unprecedented detail in quantifying subtle, long-period changes in the water levels of shallow lakes and ponds in hard-to-reach Arctic wetlands. Analysis comparing time-lapsed, high-resolution satellite imagery of the Ahnewetut Wetlands in Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska, revealed an accelerated loss of surface water in shallow thaw lakes and ponds over a recent...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Detects Hydrogen, Mercury From Twin GRAIL Impacts
2013-03-27 12:00:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using instruments on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA officials were able to detect mercury and hydrogen in the gas plumes that arose following the impact of the twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft last December, the US space agency announced on Tuesday. The LRO´s Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) also measured the time evolution of those gases as they rapidly expanded into the...

2012-10-24 11:54:14

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has received funding from NASA to build a miniature, portable solar observatory for developing and testing innovative instrumentation in suborbital flight. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP) will fly on new, commercial manned suborbital craft, such as XCOR's Lynx spacecraft, to enable spaceborne science and instrument development at a fraction of the cost of unmanned sounding rockets. SSIPP is a self-contained unit that is bolted in...

Bake Sales, Car Washes To Benefit NASA
2012-06-09 05:26:32

With NASA facing a possible $300 million cut to its planetary science program, students and professors at universities across the country are going to the extreme in order to help out the US space program -- including holding car washes, bake sales, and shoe-shine events. According to a press release from the University of Central Florida (UCF), one of the participating institutions, nearly 20 different groups are pulling together this weekend in order to "send a clear message to Congress"...

Image 2 - Gravity Reveals Previously Unseen Planet
2012-05-11 03:28:40

More than a 150 years ago, before Neptune was ever sighted in the night sky, French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier predicted the planet's existence based on small deviations in the motion of Uranus. In a paper published today in the journal Science online, a group of researchers led by Dr. David Nesvorny of Southwest Research Institute has inferred another unseen planet, this time orbiting a distant star, marking the first success of this technique outside the solar system. Using a...

Curiosity, The Astronaut Stunt Double
2012-02-25 05:28:49

[ Watch the Video ] With a pair of bug-eyes swiveling on a stalk nearly 8 feet off the ground, the 6-wheeled, 1800-lb Mars rover Curiosity doesn´t look much like a human being.  Yet, right now, the mini-Cooper-sized rover is playing the role of stunt double for NASA astronauts. “Curiosity is riding to Mars in the belly of a spacecraft, where an astronaut would be,” explains Don Hassler of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.  “This...

Image 1 - Research Rocket Fired Into The Northern Lights
2012-02-22 05:17:13

On Saturday, a team of U.S. researchers launched a two-stage rocket containing some 500 pounds worth of instruments through an aurora, with the hopes that they will be able to learn more about how the northern lights are created and about the complex relationship between the Earth and the Sun. According to Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Reporter Sam Friedman, the 46-foot NASA rocket was launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska at 8:41pm on February 18. The rocket...


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