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New Look At Old Galactic Friend
2014-02-07 09:05:06

NASA Just weeks after NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory began operations in 1999, the telescope pointed at Centaurus A (Cen A, for short). This galaxy, at a distance of about 12 million light years from Earth, contains a gargantuan jet blasting away from a central supermassive black hole. Since then, Chandra has returned its attention to this galaxy, each time gathering more data. And, like an old family photo that has been digitally restored, new processing techniques are providing...

Magnetic Field Swarm Satellites Start Moving Into Position
2014-02-07 04:52:23

[ Watch the Video: Swarm: An Orbit with a Difference ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is in the midst of maneuvering their three Swarm mission satellites into position as the probes prepare to deliver what is being called the best survey of the Earth’s magnetic field to date. The trio of satellites launched last November, and since then, engineers have been testing the probes’ systems and instruments to make sure that...

Kepler-16b
2014-02-10 05:15:24

NASA WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. The award citation acknowledges the...

ESA's Gaia Mission Is Beginning To See Things More Clearly
2014-02-06 13:37:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. ESA’s Gaia launched on December 19, 2013, and since then it has been preparing for its mission to gather loads of data on stars that surround us. Gaia took a test image of a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud as part of a “fine tuning” test to get the spacecraft into focus. The new image is allowing ESA...

Using Simulations To Chart The Forces Of The Early Universe
2014-02-06 10:13:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most scientific calculations need a reference point to be completed, but what if the calculations are for the beginning of the Universe – where points of reference are somewhat ephemeral? In a new study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin tried to do just that – conduct numerical simulations aimed at charting the forces of the Universe in its first...

Astronomers Get A Good Look Inside Asteroid Itokawa
2014-02-05 12:24:19

[ Watch the Video: What's Inside An Asteroid? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers, using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) New Technology Telescope (NTT), have discovered that asteroids have a highly varied internal structure. The astronomers used the instrument to look at different parts of the asteroid Itokawa, which was the target of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa in 2005. This spacecraft took samples of an asteroid for the first time and...

2014-02-04 16:21:10

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planet, designated Kepler-413b, precesses, or wobbles, wildly on its spin axis, much like a child's top. The tilt of the planet's spin axis can...

New Techniques Tease Out Building Blocks Of Life In Meteorites
2014-02-04 06:24:52

[ Watch the Video: New Technique For Studying Out-Of-This-World Particles ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have long delved into the mysteries of the origins of life here on Earth and more recently have found evidence pointing to the skies above us. Some evidence has been found in material created in space and delivered to Earth via comets and meteors, containing the building blocks for life. The latest round of evidence comes by way of Michael...

2014-02-03 12:21:33

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An infrared camera designed with University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] know-how, which will form the heart of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), has joined three other instruments at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to be mounted in the nascent telescope structure. The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) will function as the central imaging component of JWST, which will replace the Hubble Space Telescope toward...

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...


Latest Space Reference Libraries

Geometry
2014-01-02 10:21:51

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. A mathematician who works in the geometry field is called a geometer. Geometry arose independently in numerous early cultures as a body of practical knowledge concerning areas, lengths, and volumes, with elements of a formal mathematical science emerging in the West as early as Thales. By the 3rd century BC, geometry was put into an axiomatic form by...

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...

Ad Astra
2012-05-07 07:06:15

Ad Astra is a quarterly-published journal of the National Space Society (NSS). The name “ad astra” means “to the stars.” The journal was established following the merger of the L5 Society and the National Space Institute, which formed the NSS in 1987. The NSS is a non-profit aerospace advocacy and educational institution based in Washington DC. On November 28, 2007, the NSS announced MM Publishing Inc. as the newest publisher of Ad Astra. MM Publishing officially took on the role...

sts-52
2012-03-24 10:39:24

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 22, 1992 at 1:09 PM EDT and landed at Kennedy on November 1 at 9:05 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 159 times at an altitude of 163 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.1 million miles. The mission lasted 9 days, 20 hours, 56 minutes, and 13 seconds. The mission launched several satellites for international partners. The primary mission objectives were the deployment of the Laser Geodynamic Satellite II...

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