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Frontier Fields Project Locates One Of The Most Distant Galaxies Ever
2014-02-08 08:28:08

[ Watch the Video: Abell2744 Y1 Is The Most Distant Galaxy Discovered ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online By analyzing data collected by the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, an international team of astronomers have discovered what could be one of the most distant galaxies ever discovered, existing at a time when the universe was no more than approximately 650 million years old. The galaxy, which is known as Abell2744 Y1, is roughly 30 times smaller than...

DARPA Is At Work Developing The Latest High-Tech Spy Satellite
2013-12-10 13:19:11

[ Watch the video: DARPA MOIRE Concept Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online DARPA says it has plans to develop an ultimate spy satellite capable of viewing 40 percent of the Earth’s surface at once. The Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) space telescope will be launched as a tightly packed cluster of petals 20 feet in diameter, helping it stretch out to 68 feet across. It will record the Earth’s surface with high resolution imagery,...

2013-08-26 16:20:47

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope - built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems in Sunnyvale - roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging from our Solar System to the distant reaches of the...

Spitzer Celebrates 10 Years In Space, More To Come
2013-08-24 04:09:38

[ Watch the Video: Spitzer Space Telescope: 10 Years of Innovation ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will celebrate its 10th anniversary of scientific research on Sunday, the US space agency announced on Friday. Since launching on August 25, 2003, the orbiting infrared observatory has studied various comets and asteroids, analyzed planets and galaxies, counted stars and even discovered the existence of the carbon spheres known...

2013-08-23 16:20:09

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years after a Delta II rocket launched NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, lighting up the night sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., the fourth of the agency's four Great Observatories continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The telescope studied comets and asteroids, counted stars, scrutinized planets and galaxies, and discovered...

XMM-Newton's Dance Of The X-rays
2013-07-29 08:36:40

ESA Like car tail lights streaking through a busy city at night, this unique image records over a thousand movements made by ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifts its gaze from one X-ray object to another. Orbiting in space since 1999, XMM-Newton is studying high-energy phenomena in the Universe, such as black holes, neutron stars, pulsars and stellar winds. Even when moving from object to object, the space telescope collects data. These slews are represented by the bright...

Pinwheeling Through The Sky
2013-06-10 09:49:48

ESA The face-on Pinwheel spiral galaxy is seen at ultraviolet wavelengths in this image taken by ESA´s XMM-Newton space telescope. Also known as M101, the galaxy lies 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It measures 170 000 light-years across — nearly twice the diameter of our own Milky Way Galaxy — and contains at least a trillion stars. About a billion of these stars could be similar to our own Sun. More often seen in visible light, here the...

First Part Of Webb Telescope's ‘Eye Surgery’ Operation Completed By NASA
2013-05-16 07:42:40

NASA Much like the inside of an operating room, in the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., engineers worked meticulously to implant part of the eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope. They scrubbed up and suited up to perform one of the most delicate performances of their lives. That part of the eyes, the MIRI, or Mid-Infrared Instrument, will glimpse the formation of galaxies and see deeper into the universe than ever before. It's high-stakes surgery...

Hubble Inspires New Technologies
2013-03-31 05:30:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Drawing inspiration from NASA´s Hubble Space Telescope, two different teams of researchers have developed both an easy-to-use, fully searchable 3D map of the universe and new technology that could improve the quality of laser eye surgery, various media outlets reported late last week. A Microsoft team collected data and images from Hubble and other similar instruments to create what has been dubbed the WorldWide Telescope...

Canadian Scientists To Launch World's Smallest Telescope Monday
2013-02-24 06:31:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The world's smallest space telescope will be launching on Monday, aiming to push the boundaries of astronomy. The telescope satellite was designed, assembled and deployed fast and relatively cheap, by the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). Each of the BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) satellites weigh less than 15 pounds, and are part of a new mission demonstrating...