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Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
23:14 UTC

New Pictures Of Philae's Lonely Resting Spot On The Comet Emerge

In scientific style, researchers are slowly narrowing down where the Philae lander arrived on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Earlier today (Dec. 17) at the American Geophysical Union meeting, more pictures from the European spacecraft were released showing its landing site and also what the terrain looked like underneath Philae as it bounced to its destination. The pictures […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
22:44 UTC

Is Mars Alive? Curiosity Uncovers Organics and Methane in Gale Crater

While it's not quite the “smoking gun” for evidence of life on Mars, the recent announcement of a detection of spiking methane levels by NASA's Curiosity rover has certainly caught everyone's attention — especially since the activity of microbes is one possible source for the presence of the compound, which has already been detected by […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
17:00 UTC

How To Experience Zero Gravity' Without Leaving Home: Virtual Reality

If you don't have a few thousand dollars to spend on a “Vomit Comet” ride, and especially if you can't afford to buy a ticket for a future weightless joyride in a spacecraft, virtual reality remains the best option to “experience” weightlessness. There's a new game available for the virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift that lets […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
14:03 UTC

How Many Horses Can A Rocket Carry? Cool Comic Comparison

The challenge with thinking about space is putting it into terms that we can understand. How far is a light-year? Just how powerful is NASA's next-generation Space Launch System, which the agency hopes will bring astronauts out into the solar system? Luckily for us, the comic xkcd is a regular contributor to making space understandable, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
05:14 UTC

It’s Time to Say Bon Voyage to Venus Express

Launched in 2005, the European Space Agency's Venus Express successfully entered orbit around our cloud-shrouded neighboring world. Now, after more than eight and a half years of scientific observations Venus Express has run out of fuel and will soon go gentle into that good night — that is if by “going gentle” you mean death-diving […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
03:52 UTC

Pluto Revere

As promised, here's Julia's lyrics, rapped to the tune of Beastie Boys' “Paul Revere” Here's a little story I gots to tell, About a solar system you think you know so well. It started way back in history with Copernicus, Galileo and Tyco Brahe!   Check out the planets- you want to steer? Ā You, […]

Posted by PaleBlue.blog

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
03:44 UTC

PaleBlue.blog @ AGU open Mic night

... PaleBlue. blog love science communication. So we jumped on the Open Mic Night at AGU. Here's the words to the poem I'm reading. I'll post Julia's lyrics (YES! lyrics…) in a bit. Don't trust me, I'm a scientist. Other scientists know not to trust me. In […]

Posted by PaleBlue.blog

Monday
Dec 15 2014
17:56 UTC

All About That Space

The Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Center have been working very hard lately with the successful Orion launches. They decided it was time to celebrate, and to remind everyone what they're really excited about. So they've taken the hit song “All About that Bass,” by Meghan Trainor, and rewritten the lyrics to be a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 15 2014
07:30 UTC

Searching for life on Mars: ESA narrows choice of ExoMars landing sites

The European Space Agency's ExoMars rover is due to land on Mars sometime towards the end of this decade. Dr Peter Grindrod at Birkbeck, University of London, brings us up to date on the search for a safe, scientifically interesting landing siteRound two. This time it's geological. It's been nine months since the last workshop about where Europe's ExoMars rover will land on Mars. Over the summer the proposed eight landing sites for the ExoMars rover were officially reduced to four. We wer

Posted by Across the universe

Tuesday
Dec 09 2014
21:04 UTC

Your Science Results Explained, Part 4

... that break down the science. First we discussed why we care so much about crater counts in the first place, then the history of crater counting and why it was important to explore how different experts

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Tuesday
Dec 09 2014
16:00 UTC

Bizarre Mars: Did Lava Bubbles Wrinkle This Giant Circle?

NASA is puzzled by this “enigmatic landform” caught on camera by one of its Mars orbiters, but looking around the region provides some possible clues. This 1. 2-mile (2-kilometer) feature is surrounded by relatively young lava flows, so they suspect that it could be some kind of volcanism in the Athabasca area that created this rippled […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 08 2014
17:00 UTC

Spectroscopy: The Key to Humanity's Future in Space

Imagine, if you would, a potential future for humanity Imagine massive space-elevators lifting groups of men, women, and children skyward off Earth's surface. These passengers are then loaded onto shuttles and ferried to the Moon where interstellar starships are docked, waiting to rocket to the stars. These humans are about to begin the greatest journey […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 08 2014
15:00 UTC

Workaholic Hubble Telescope Will Eventually Burn To Death: Report

... quarter-century of science from all over the universe. Even this year, it's delivered results to think about: the shrinking Great Red Spot on Jupiter (see picture below), helping New Horizons hunt for flyby targets after Pluto, and enhancing our view of deep space. But that didn't […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Dec 06 2014
20:34 UTC

173 — Assoc Prof Brad Carter — Space Weather

In today's episode, I speak to Associate Professor Brad Carter from the University of Southern Queensland about Space Weather. What is it? How do we measure it? And what does it mean for the formation of life? Download MP3 of Ep 173 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .

Posted by Brains Matter

Friday
Dec 05 2014
18:35 UTC

Nasa's Orion spacecraft completes 'picture perfect' test flight — as it happened

Nasa has successfully launched its Orion crew vehicle and returned it to Earth. It's hoped that the new craft will eventually take astronauts to MarsRead more: Nasa launches Orion spacecraft in Mars test flight Orion spacecraft recovered after Nasa completes successful test flight 6. 35pm GMT 6. 34pm GMT As Nasa continues its analysis of today's textbook Orion flight, it seems like the right point to bring this blog to a close. This is hopefully the beginning of a road that will take hum

Posted by Across the universe

Friday
Dec 05 2014
12:57 UTC

Orion spacecraft launches on first Mars test flight — live

Nasa has successfully launched its Orion crew vehicle atop a Delta rocket. It will eventually take astronauts to MarsRead more: Nasa launches Orion spacecraft in Mars test flight 12. 57pm GMT Even if there are no astronoauts in Orion today, there is a lot riding on the mission. Dr David Baker, a former Nasa engineer who now edits Spaceflight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, has sent in this comment:With a new Republican Congress looking at NASA's budget early next year, the

Posted by Across the universe

Thursday
Dec 04 2014
17:46 UTC

Cosmos' TV Show Could Come Back For A Second Season

... National Geographic for 13 science-filled episodes. The series attracted at least three million viewers a week, generated discussions (positive and negative) on social media, brought host Neil deGrasse Tyson to even higher heights of fame, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
16:00 UTC

Mars Needs You! Help Scientists Track Spring Thaw On Red Planet

We've been watching Mars with spacecraft for about 50 years, but there's still so little we know about the Red Planet. Take this sequence of images in this post recently taken by a powerful camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Spring arrives in the southern hemisphere and produces a bunch of mysteries, such as gray-blue […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
15:00 UTC

Europa Life: Could Extreme Shrimp' Point To Microbes On That Moon?

... aliens that we see in science fiction, the reality is in our Solar System, any extraterrestrial life is likely to be microbial. The lucky thing for us is there are an abundance of places that we can search for them — not least Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
14:00 UTC

DNA Won't Be Killed Dead By A Rocket Ride To Space, Study Suggests

So how 'bout those planetary protection agreements? Turns out that plasmid DNA — the kind that exists in bacterial cellsĀ — may be able to survive a rocket trip to space, based on research with an engineered version. And if life's building blocks can get there, perhaps they can even go beyond. The International Space […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 02 2014
16:00 UTC

Philae's Wild Comet Landing: Crater Grazing, Spinning And Landing In Parts Unknown

No, scientists haven't found Philae yet. But as they churn through the scientific data on the comet lander, more information is emerging about the crazy landing last month that included three touchdowns and an incredible two hours of drifting before Philae came to rest in a relatively shady spot on the surface. Among the latest: […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 02 2014
15:25 UTC

Shooting Color in the Blackness of Space

If NASA is so advanced, why are their pictures in black and white? It's a question that I've heard, in one form or another, for almost as long as I've been talking with the public about space. And, to be fair, it's not a terrible inquiry. After all, the smartphone in my pocket can shoot […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Nov 27 2014
13:06 UTC

First Results from Galaxy Zoo: CANDELS

... am very happy to present the results from the first published paper based on your classifications of the HST-CANDELS Images. Galaxy Zoo: CANDELS combined optical and infrared imaging from the Hubble SpaceĀTelescope, which allows us to probe galaxies back to when the universe was only around 3 billion years old (early than we could […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

Wednesday
Nov 26 2014
16:00 UTC

NASA Airship Could Watch The Stars Without The Need Of a Rocket

Dreams of space are often tied to jet engines or solar sails or taking a ride on a rocketship. But it's often quite efficient to do research from Earth, especially from the high reaches of the atmosphere where there are few molecules to get in the way of observations. NASA wants to do more of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Nov 26 2014
15:29 UTC

Live Discussion: How Good is the Science of Interstellar?

... “Interstellar” is based on science and theory; from wormholes, to the push-pull of gravity on a planet, to the way a black hole might re-adjust your concept of time. But just how much of the movie is really true to what we know about the Universe? There has also been some […]

Posted by Universe Today

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