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Tuesday
Feb 09 2016
20:49 UTC

NASA Unveils Orion Pressure Vessel at KSC Launching on EM-1 Moon Mission in 2018

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - NASA officials proudly unveiled the pressure vessel for the agency's new Orion capsule destined to launch on the EM-1 mission to the Moon in 2018, after the vehicle arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida last week aboard NASA's unique Super Guppy aircraft. This new and improved' Orion was unloaded from the Super Guppy and moved to a test stand called the birdcage' in the high bay inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building at

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Feb 07 2016
13:16 UTC

My Images of the Crescent Moon, Venus and Mercury on the Weekend

Morning sky on Saturday February 6 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:33 ACDST with the crescent Moon, Venus and Mercury. Imaged with a Canon IXUS 400 ASA 3xZoom 4 second exposure. (click to embiggen). Morning sky on Sunday February 7 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:31 ACDST with Venus, Mercury and the crescent Moon. Imaged with a Canon IXUS 400 ASA 3xZoom 4 second exposure. (click to embiggen). For the first time in ages the morning sk

Posted by Astroblog

Sunday
Feb 07 2016
04:42 UTC

6th Man on Moon Edgar Mitchell, Dies at 85 on Eve of 45th Lunar Landing Anniversary

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man to walk on the Moon, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his Apollo 14 mission lunar landing. Mitchell passed away in West Palm Beach, Fla., just 1 day prior to the 45th anniversary of the Feb. 5, 1971 landing of Apollo 14's Lunar Module "Antares." Mitchell was accompanied by Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., the first American in space, for the descent to the Moon's surface inside

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Feb 05 2016
20:00 UTC

Weekly Space Hangout — Feb. 5, 2016: Dr. Or Graur

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Dr. Or Graur, Research Associate at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University; Researches what type of star leads to a thermonuclear, or “Type Ia,” supernova. Guests: Carolyn Collins Petersen (thespacewriter. com / space. about. com / @spacewriter ) Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter. org / @MorganRehnberg ) Jolene Creighton (fromquarkstoquasars. com […]The post Weekly Space Hangout — Feb. 5, 2016: Dr. Or Graur ap...

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Feb 05 2016
08:46 UTC

The Crescent Moon Meets Venus and Mercury this Weekend (6-7 February, 2016)

Early morning sky on Saturday February 6 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 ACDST showing Mars, Saturn with the red star Antares close by, Venus and Mercury with the crescent Moon nearby. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen). Early morning sky on Sunday February 7 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 ACDST, Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time.

Posted by Astroblog

Thursday
Feb 04 2016
18:23 UTC

Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet

... billion years agoThe moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a plane

Posted by astronomy cmarchesin

Thursday
Feb 04 2016
02:07 UTC

China Shares Stunning New Moon Photos With the World

China has released hundreds of images of the Moon, taken by its Chang'e 3 lander and its companion rover, Yutu. It's been 50 years since¬the first lunar photos were taken by astronauts on NASA's Apollo 11 mission. China is the third nation to land on the Moon, with the USA and the USSR preceding them. Even though the Yutu rover's engine failed after a short time on the lunar surface, the mission's camera systems have captured hundreds of images. Thanks to the hard work of Emily Lakdawalla at The

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Feb 03 2016
21:59 UTC

50 Years Ago We Got Our First Picture from the Moon

On this date half a century ago the Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft made humanity's¬first-ever soft landing on the surface of the Moon. Launched from Baikonur on Jan. 31, 1966, Luna 9¬lander touched down within Oceanus Procellarum somewhere in the neighborhood of¬7. 08¬N, 64. 37¬E* at 18:44:52 UTC on Feb. 3. The fourth successful mission in the USSR's long-running Luna series, Luna 9 sent us our first views of the Moon's surface from the surface and, perhaps even more importantly, confirmed

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Feb 02 2016
21:04 UTC

Creating the Moon in a Head-on Collision

The Moon's Catastrophic Birth The more we learn about the early solar system, the more chaotic those times seem. It was a busy time. Newborn planets were jostling around, some of them were migrating outwards, and others such as¬Earth were ground zero for ongoing collisions and impacts. One Continue readingThe post Creating the Moon in a Head-on Collision appeared first on .

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
Feb 02 2016
20:42 UTC

A Cataclysmic Collision Formed the Moon, but Killed Theia

The Moon is the first object in space that fascinates we Earthlings. The Sun might be more prominent, but you can't stare at the Sun without ocular damage. Anyone can gaze at the Moon, with or without binoculars or a telescope, and wonder where it came from and what it all means. New evidence from a team at UCLA is clarifying the story of the Moon's origins. According to this research, the Moon was formed as a result of a massive collision between Earth and a "planet embryo" about the size of Mar

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Feb 02 2016
20:18 UTC

NASA's Orion Crew Module Backbone Arrives at KSC Aboard Super Guppy for Exploration Mission-1

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Looking amazingly like a fish flying across the skies high above the Florida space coast, NASA's unique Super Guppy aircraft loaded with the structural backbone for NASA's next Orion crew module, swooped in for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center on Monday afternoon, Feb. 1. The Super Guppy, with the recently completed pressure vessel for the Orion crew module tucked safely inside, touched down gently at about 3:45 p. m. Monday on the same runway at the Shuttle Landin

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jan 23 2016
05:38 UTC

Coming Events: A Year of Southern Astronomy for 2016

The planets on 27 August 2016 at 7 pm, Venus and Jupiter are spectacularly close, with Mars nearby. Mars and Saturn form a triangle with the red star Antares. Click to embiggen. Significant astronomical events that can be seen with the unaided eye or minimal equipment in 2016 in Australia (and to some degree elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, ocultations and eclipses are very region specific) are listed in this table. Special events are bolded. Sadly, we miss out on the Transit of Mercury thi

Posted by Astroblog

Friday
Jan 22 2016
05:00 UTC

NASA Completes Welding on Lunar Orion EM-1 Pressure Vessel Launching in 2018

In a major step towards flight, engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have finished welding together the pressure vessel for the first Lunar Orion crew module that will blastoff in 2018 atop the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. This Orion is going to the Moon and back. The 2018 launch of NASA's Orion on an unpiloted flight dubbed Exploration Mission, or EM-1, counts as the first joint flight of SLS and Orion, and the first flight of a human rated spacecraft

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jan 21 2016
13:54 UTC

All Five Bright Classical Planets Lined Up in the Morning Sky (23 January - 22 February 2016)

The sky looking north-east on the morning of January 30th, an hour before sunrise. Click to embiggen. The sky looking north-east in January 2015, the last time all the bright planets were together in the morning sky. On the 18-22nd of December 2004 they were in the order they are in from the Sun (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter Saturn) Click to embiggenAs you have probably heard by now, for the first time since January 2005 all five bright classical planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) w

Posted by Astroblog

Sunday
Jan 17 2016
03:16 UTC

All 5 bright planets up in the morning sky!

all of you early risers may have noticed the lovely line of bright planets across the sky in the morning hours before sunrise lately. definitely get out and have a look between jan 20th and feb 20th for a spectacular view, no matter where on earth you live!you'll need to be able to see low on the horizon to spot mercury until early february or so, but you can do it if you have an unobstructed view! this alignment of the planets has not occurred for over ten years. it's rare because

Posted by astropixie

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