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Gaia Orbits Nothing
2014-01-15 13:51:10

[ Watch the Video: Gaia Reaches Virtual Point Of Nothingness ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia spacecraft made a final, modest adjustment yesterday afternoon to keep it on track for its orbit around nothing. Gaia, which is being branded as ESA’s billion-star surveyor, finalized it’s entry into orbit around a virtual point far out in space known as L2. ESA said that Gaia made a short thruster burn on Tuesday to help...

Dead Star, Black Holes Highlighted In Dazzling NASA NuSTAR Imagery
2014-01-10 10:11:37

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of dazzling images from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) highlights the observatory's impressive imaging capabilities for objects both near and far. The first image (featured above) is of the energized remains of a dead star, labeled the “Hand of God” for its formation resembling that of a hand. the second image (see below) is of distant black holes surrounded by a cloud of dust. NuSTAR’s...

New Technique Measures Exoplanet Composition
2014-01-09 09:59:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have successfully measured the masses of approximately 60 exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope – research that will help them determine the composition of these planets and ultimately whether or not they are capable of supporting life. Their findings, which were presented Monday during the 223rd annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Washington, DC, covered planets located outside...

Gaia Ready For Operational Orbit
2014-01-08 12:24:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its billion-dollar orbiting observatory Gaia is in its operational orbit and ready to begin surveying the stars. Launched from the ESA’s facility in Kourou, French Guiana on December 19, Gaia is now in a gravitationally stable point called ‘L2,’ orbiting nearly 1 million miles from Earth. “Entering orbit around L2 is a rather complex endeavor, achieved by firing Gaia’s...

World Premiere Of Planetarium Show 'Journey To A Billion Suns'
2014-01-08 11:12:27

[ Watch The Video: Journey to a Billion Suns Trailer ] ESA A new planetarium show, Journey to a billion Suns, premieres today in Hamburg, Germany, to tell the fascinating story of mapping the Milky Way, from ancient times to ESA’s recently launched Gaia mission. The 45-minute, 360 degree full-dome planetarium spectacular was produced by Stargarten in cooperation with ESA and planetariums across Europe. Gaia was launched on 19 December and will soon start its five-year...

pandora cluster
2014-01-08 03:49:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Abell 2744, a giant galaxy cluster believed to have formed when four smaller galaxy clusters crashed into one another, is the subject of the first image captured by Hubble's Frontier Fields observational program, NASA and ESA announced Tuesday. Abell 2744, which was first observed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011, is also known as Pandora’s Cluster because the mixture of elliptical and colorful spiral galaxies that formed...

Balloon Campaign In Antarctica Begins Its Second Year
2014-01-03 07:46:36

NASA The second year of an unprecedented balloon campaign in Antarctica has just begun. The NASA-funded mission – called the Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses, or BARREL – is led by Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. The mission is unique, as it relies not on one gigantic balloon, but on many smaller ones, 20 in total. BARREL's job is to help unravel the mysterious radiation belts, two gigantic donuts of particles that surround Earth. The mission works in...

Asteroid Hunter Reactivated, Returns First Images
2013-12-20 05:09:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Near-Earth Orbit Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft, or NEOWISE for short, made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets during its first tour of service. Now, NEOWISE has returned to service, and has sent its first set of test images back to Earth in preparation for a renewed mission. More than 34,000 asteroids were discovered, and 158,000 were characterized throughout the solar system during...

Gaia Ready For Launch
2013-12-18 11:51:38

[ Watch The Video: Gaia: From Launch To Orbit ] ESA ESA’s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars is ‘go’ for launch. The satellite has passed its final checks and is ready to be launched tomorrow from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou. Launch is set for 9:12:19 GMT (10:12:19 CET) and fueling of the Soyuz–Fregat rocket will begin about four hours before. Then the 53 m-high mobile gantry surrounding the vehicle will be removed and the final countdown will begin. After...

Final Three Mirrors For James Webb Space Telescope Arrive At NASA
2013-12-18 11:06:44

NASA The final three of 18 primary mirrors for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018. Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror, the largest mirror ever flown in space and the first to deploy in space. "Having the final mirror segments at Goddard is an exciting program milestone. It's the culmination of...


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