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2013-12-18 08:21:45

18 Beryllium Primary Mirror Segments Ready for Telescope Integration BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The final three of eighteen primary mirrors built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131218/LA34468) (Logo:...

Mission Control Is Ready For Launch Of Gaia
2013-12-17 13:10:17

ESA Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critical automatic sequence. An astrometry mission, Gaia will observe a thousand million stars on average 70 times over a five-year period. It will precisely chart their positions, distances and movements, and is expected to discover...

Spitzer's Citizen Science Zoo Displays New Animals
2013-12-17 08:17:13

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Since 2010, about 50,000 volunteers have taken to their computers to help astronomers catalog star-blown bubbles captured in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Their efforts resulted in several scientific papers, and a deeper understanding of our Milky Way galaxy and its frothy star-forming clouds. Now, an updated version of the campaign, called the Milky Way Project, is releasing more images with a whole new set of "animals" to track in the...

New Insights Into Cosmic Phenomena Provided By Swift Satellite
2013-12-17 05:07:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By analyzing data collected by NASA’s Swift robotic spacecraft, astronomers from the University of Leicester have reportedly discovered the location of nearly 100,000 previously unknown cosmic X-ray sources. The research team studied eight years’ worth of observations collected during the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission to compile a catalog of major celestial X-ray sources – a list that includes more than 150,000 high-energy...

WISE Birthday Image
2013-12-13 15:43:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To coincide with the fourth anniversary of NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, the space agency has released an image showing a unique juxtaposition – a distant, dying star called the Helix nebula, surrounded by a halo of relatively close asteroids tracks. The release of the image and the mission’s fourth anniversary comes after NASA brought WISE out of hibernation back in August to search for more...

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,...

Looking At Magnetic Fields Of Gamma-ray Bursts
2013-12-04 16:25:22

NASA A new study using observations from a novel instrument provides the best look to date at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe. An international team of astronomers from Britain, Slovenia and Italy has glimpsed the infrastructure of a burst's high-speed jet. Gamma-ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the cosmos. Most are thought to be triggered when the core of a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, collapses...

ESA Missions Will Seek To Understand The Evolution Of The Universe
2013-11-29 07:25:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that the hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of their next two large science missions. Bridging fundamental astrophysics and cosmology themes, both topics will closely study the processes that are crucial to the large-scale evolution of the Universe and its underlying physics. L2, the second large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic...

Non-Astronomy Scientists May Help Answer Cosmology Conundrum
2013-11-28 06:41:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Measuring the invisible and intangible is a challenge for sure, but scientists have made inroads on one front: the study of dark matter and dark energy, two of the most mysterious substances in the cosmos. Although dark matter is intermixed with normal matter, it gives off no light, making it impossible to see. Dark energy presents even more challenges, yet researchers believe it works against gravity to pull our universe apart at...

NuSTAR Helps Scientists Hunt For Medium-Sized Black Holes
2013-11-27 15:39:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is helping scientists determine whether black holes need a medium-sized category. Black holes are known to either come in masses of only about 10 times that of our sun, or the equivalent in mass of up to 10 billion suns. However, NuSTAR could be finally finding a middle ground. "Exactly how intermediate-sized black holes would form remains an open issue," Dominic Walton, of the...