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SPHERES Flying Circles Around Ordinary Satellites
2014-02-17 11:58:45

[ Watch The Video: The ISS SPHERES Facility ] Laura Niles - NASA These are, in fact, the droids that NASA and its research partners are looking for. Inspired by a floating droid battling Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars, the free-flying satellites known as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying aboard the International Space Station since Expedition 8 in 2003. Although there have been numerous SPHERES investigations...

Mid-Level Solar Flare Emitted By Sun Feb. 3, 2014
2014-02-04 12:12:58

Karen C. Fox - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, beginning at 11:57 p.m. EST on Feb. 3, 2014, and peaking at midnight EST. NASA released images of the flare as captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere...

NASA Announces Winners Of AMS, AGU And AAS Honors
2014-02-03 07:49:11

Rob Gutro - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Several scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, N.Y. received awards from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU) and American Astronomical Society (AAS). Those scientists include Pawan K. Bhartia, the late Arthur Hou, David Rind, Warren Wiscombe, Spiro Antiochos, and Tom Duvall. "From the beginning of my career at NASA, I have...

MIT Scientists Claim Rogue Asteroids Are More Common Than Thought
2014-01-29 13:55:50

[ Watch the Video: What Happens When Asteroids Go Rogue? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from MIT and the Paris Observatory claim that rogue asteroids are more common than previously thought. Previously, scientists believed that asteroids were static and remained near the sun. However, observations in the last decade have revealed that asteroids show up in unexpected places in space. “That [theory] has been completely turned on its head,”...

space dust
2014-01-27 04:25:05

[ Watch the Video: What Could Be Raining Down Life In Our Solar System? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dust that originates from comets, asteroids and leftover debris from the birth of the Solar System could deliver water and organic material to the Earth and other terrestrial planets, according to a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Science paper. In the study, researchers from the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth...

space debris
2014-01-23 05:09:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have developed and tested a series of ground-based mini-satellites that will be used to help control traffic in space. These so-called “space cops” were used by the LLNL team to capture a series of six images over a 60-hour period to prove that they can be used to alter the orbit of other probes traveling in low-earth orbit. The plan is to use the...

Dwarf Planet Ceres Caught Spewing Out Water Vapor
2014-01-22 14:56:55

[ Watch the Video: Ceres Lets Of A Little Steam ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Water vapor has been discovered around the dwarf planet Ceres thanks to new data from the Herschel Space Observatory. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt and sits between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists believe that Ceres is layered with a rocky core and icy outer mantle, which has significant implications for our understanding of the evolution of the Solar...

2014-01-10 23:01:29

The first powerful “X-class” solar flare of 2014, in association with another solar phenomenon, a giant cloud of solar particles known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), erupted from the sun on Tuesday, sending radiation and particles speeding toward Earth and disrupting operations on the ground. NEWARK, NJ (PRWEB) January 10, 2014 The first powerful “X-class” solar flare of 2014, in association with another solar phenomenon, a giant cloud of solar particles known as a coronal mass...

2014-01-10 11:04:22

The first powerful "X-class" solar flare of 2014, in association with another solar phenomenon, a giant cloud of solar particles known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), erupted from the sun on Tuesday, sending radiation and particles speeding toward Earth and disrupting operations on the ground. NASA reported on Wednesday that Orbital Sciences Corp., a commercial spaceflight company on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, had called off its rocket launch that day...

2014-01-09 08:22:03

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) will continue tracking and sharing data on orbiting space assets and debris through a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will continue to develop the Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) under the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) contract. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b) ISC2 is...


Latest Space science Reference Libraries

Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

Ring Current
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Ring Current -- A ring current is an electric current carried by charged particles trapped in a planet's magnetosphere. It is caused by the longitudinal drift of energetic (10-200 keV) particles. Earth's Ring Current Earth's ring current is responsible for geomagnetic storms. The ring current system consists of a band, at a distance of 3-5 RE(1), which lies in the equatorial plane and circulates clockwise around the Earth (when viewed from the north). The particles of this region...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planetary Ring -- A planetary ring is a ring of dust and other small particles orbiting around a planet in a flat disc-shaped region. The most spectacular and famous planetary rings are those around Saturn, but all four of the solar system's gas giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) possess ring systems of their own. The origin of planetary rings is not precisely known, but they are thought to be unstable and dissipate over the course of tens or hundreds of millions of...

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