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Mar 03 2015
12:43 UTC

European Space Agency's gravity probe leaves UK for final tests before launch

... first of a new breed of spacecraft, says Cesar Garcia, Esa Project manager for the LISA-Pathfinder mission, It is exquisite. He is speaking to me in the giant cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. On Friday 27 February, LISA-Pathfinder was painstakingly lifted onto its propulsion module, and se

Posted by Across the universe

Feb 18 2015
18:31 UTC

New Horizons Now Close Enough to See Pluto's Smaller Moons

... Pluto the New Horizons spacecraft has been able to spot not only the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon, but also two of its much smaller moons, Hydra and Nix — the latter for the very first time! The animation above comprises seven frames […]

Posted by Universe Today

Feb 16 2015
16:03 UTC

The First Images Are In from Rosetta's Valentine's Day Comet Flyby

... Feb. 14, the Rosetta spacecraft swooped low over the surface of comet 67p/C-G in the¬first dedicated close pass of its mission, coming within a scant 6 km (3. 7 miles) at 12:41 UTC. The image above is a mosaic of four individual NavCam images acquired just shortly afterwards, when Rosetta was about 8. 9 km […]

Posted by Universe Today

Feb 15 2015
12:30 UTC

Second anniversary of Chelyabinsk meteorite strike

Two years ago, the Earth caught a glimpse of disaster in the form of a 12,000-tonne meteorite that exploded above the Russian city of ChelyabinskIt happened at 9:20am local time. A fireball appeared from out of the crystal clear blue sky over the southern Ural region in Russia. Rapidly increasing in brightness, it blazed brighter than the Sun. The lightshow turned dangerous when the fireball abruptly exploded, injuring more than 1200 people. Some were burnt by the heat but most were cut as the sh

Posted by Across the universe

Feb 12 2015
15:03 UTC

The hunt for gravitational waves could be nearing success

Physicists are growing confident of detecting ephemeral ripples in the universe, and they are gearing up to engage the public in the discoveryHere's a date for your diary: 1 January 2017. It's the day that physicists are predicting for a great scientific breakthrough: the first direct detection of gravitational waves. Even if you have not yet heard about gravitational waves, you are going to in the coming years. When they are detected, it will revolutionise our investigation of the universe.

Posted by Across the universe

Feb 09 2015
18:24 UTC

Rosetta's Comet Really Blows Up in Latest Images

... the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft! The images above were captured by Rosetta's NavCam on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 from […]

Posted by Universe Today

Feb 06 2015
16:29 UTC

Don't look at Black Holes Too Closely, They Might Disappear

We've come a long way in 13. 8 billion years; but despite our impressively extensive understanding of the¬Universe, there are still a few strings left untied. For one, there is¬the oft-cited¬disconnect between general relativity, the physics of the very large, and quantum mechanics, the physics of the very small. Then there¬is problematic fate of¬a¬particle's intrinsic information […]

Posted by Universe Today

Feb 04 2015
11:46 UTC

Why NASA's Europa mission has people excited

... investigation by the Galileo spacecraft

Posted by Across the universe

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