Articles Tagged with nasa

NASA Is Asking Public To Choose Design For New Futuristic Spacesuit

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NASA is set to unveil their design for the new Z-2 spacesuit for deep-space exploration. Astronauts will soon encounter unprecedented environments in space and NASA wants to insure their safety and effectiveness. The final stage of the design project for the new Z-2 spacesuit is selecting design from three prototypes. NASA is asking the public… Read more »

NASA Aims To Give The Moon A Moon Of Its Own

nasa moon for the moon

No, NASA didn’t hire Q from the set of Star Trek in their latest and most interesting plans, but the results won’t be so different as news starts circulating on their ideas for our closest companion, the moon. In a hearing played out before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science and Space, known as “From… Read more »

NASA Releases Breathtaking Footage Of Recent Solar Flare

NASA footage of solar flare.

NASA released some rather amazing footage today of a solar flare, described as “graceful”, erupting from the surface of the sun. The mid-level solar flare was captured on video on April 2nd by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a mission launched on February 11, 2010, the purpose of which is to observe the Sun for… Read more »

Massive Sunspot Rotating Around The Sun For The Third Time

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A massive and significantly strong sunspot is currently making its third pass across a “complex region” of the Sun, according to NASA. Sunspots like the one currently being tracked by NASA and NOAA, are part of the active Sun regions which typically produce large solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Sunspot AR1990 was previously labeled… Read more »

Solar Flares: Sun Unleashes Largest Burst Of 2014

X-class solar flare

The largest solar flare of 2014 was unleashed by the Sun late yesterday evening. The huge X Class solar flare erupted from an active sunspot known as AR1990, according to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The agency’s spacecraft recorder captured the gigantic bursts of plasma from the coronal mass ejection – CME. X Class solar flares… Read more »

Challenger Disaster: Rare Photos Found After 28 Years

Challenger disaster

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which happened 28 years ago in 1986, killed all seven crew members on board. 26 never-seen-before images have now been found, capturing the horror of the worst space shuttle disaster in American history. The photos were found by Michael Hindes – the grandson of Bill Rendle, who worked as a… Read more »

‘Hand Of God’, Or Believers Grasping A Straw?

Hand of God

Some of the diminishing number of people who still believe in God have grasped at the straw of an X-ray image from NASA which appears to resemble a hand. They have dubbed the colorful blob the “Hand of God”, which makes for a great media headline but is hardly a scientific justification for the claim…. Read more »

Aurora Borealis Could Be Visible As Far South As Colorado

Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis may light up the skies as far south as Colorado on Thursday night and Friday morning. Although there is no certainty the event will actually occur, the strong solar flare that happened earlier this week may cause the unusual event to be visible in the lower 48. “We’re hoping,” said Joe Kunches… Read more »

Black Hole Twice As Bright As Astronomers Thought Possible [Study]

black hole twice as bright as astronomers believed, study

A new study has revealed that a black hole system in a galaxy close to ours is twice as bright as astronomers had believed possible. The system is located about 22 million light-years away from the Earth in the Pinwheel Galaxy, and it might change astronomers’ theories about how some black holes radiate energy and… Read more »

Planet Kepler-78b Is Like Earth, Just A Tad Hotter

Kepler-78b Hotter Than Earth

Kepler-78b is close in size and content to Earth, with just one difference — the exoplanet’s surface temperature is about 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Astrophysicists say that, at one time, the alien planet could have sustained life, but with temperatures high enough to melt rock, no human would dare set foot on it now. The planet… Read more »

NASA’s Newest Lunar Probe Begins Orbiting Moon

LADEE Spacecraft

NASA’s newest lunar probe is now officially orbiting the moon. LADEE was launched into space while sitting atop the first flight of the Minotaur V rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft completed its month-long journey on Sunday and will now collect data… Read more »

Government Shutdown Sends Home 97% Of NASA Employees

NASA Victim of Government Shutdown

The government shutdown could cause major delays for some of NASA’s goals in the near future. 97 percent of NASA employees were sent home on Tuesday, October 1 after the shutdown went into full effect. The only remaining employees are those people who are supporting astronauts who are currently aboard the International Space Station, and… Read more »

Curiosity Rover Finds Water In Martian Soil Sample

Water In Mars Soil

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered water in a Mars soil sample, suggesting future explorers of the Red Planet could get all the water they need from the red dirt under their shoes. Study lead author Laurie Leshin of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, explained to Space.com that Curiosity found traces of water on Mars…. Read more »

Robot Snakes On Mars May Be Happening, We Live In The Future

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Robot snakes on Mars is not the premise of a new movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, but rather, a real possibility in space exploration and the coolest science story we’ve heard in the past ten minutes. If there’s any clear sign we need to invest more in NASA, it’s that robot snakes aren’t even an… Read more »

Voyager 1 Has Left Solar System, NASA Confirms

Voyager 1 has left the solar system, confirms NASA

Voyager 1 has left the solar system, with confirmation from NASA. A voyage begun over 36 years ago has finally sent a man-made object where no man has gone before. Thursday, NASA confirmed that that the probe known as Voyager 1 has indeed left the solar system and is now floating in interstellar space. Initially… Read more »

Leaping Frog Photobombs NASA Rocket Launch Of LADEE Spacecraft

Leaping frog photobombs NASA space launch of LADEE spacecraft

A “leaping” frog unintentionally photobombed a NASA rocket launch earlier this month. (Do you see it?) The unsuspecting amphibian is seen saluting the world amid the smoke plume left behind by the departing spacecraft. Unfortunately, due to the intense heat, the little guy probably didn’t make it past his five minutes of fame and is… Read more »

ISS Astronauts Land Safely After 166 Day Mission

ISS Astronauts Land In Asia After Ending Mission

Wednesday morning three ISS astronauts landed in Kazakhstan safely. The astronauts included American Chris Cassidy and Russians Ravel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin. All three appeared to be well and in good spirits after exiting the Soyuz capsule. From the capsule’s departure from the ISS to landing, the astronaut trio had a flight that lasted only… Read more »

NASA Spacecraft Will Investigate Moon Dust Mystery

LADEE Spacecraft Moon Dust Mystery

A new NASA spacecraft launching on Friday will investigate the mystery of moon dust. The craft will investigate the dust along with the moon’s incredibly thin atmosphere. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) will blast off on Friday and should arrive into orbit around the moon about 30 days later. LADEE program scientist… Read more »

Solar Storm Aimed At Earth…At A Speed Of Two Million Miles Per Hour

solar storm aimed at Earth at two million miles per hour.

Earth was attacked by a solar super storm on Tuesday, August 20, sending giant clouds of extremely heated particles directly towards us. The storm, known as coronal mass ejection (CME) took place at 4:24 a.m. EDT (0824 GMT) on Tuesday and unleashed billions of tons of solar particles toward Earth at an unimaginable speed of… Read more »

NASA’s Mars Training? Aloha Hawaii

Mars Hawaii

NASA’s Mars training is taking place in Hawaii. The space agency recently spent $1 million on a “Martian” mission that required the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano. NASA used the Mauna Loa volcano to stage a four month geodesic-dome “habitat.” Astronauts were forced to live inside their space suits as they walked outside of their… Read more »

Google Doodle Honors First Professional Woman Astronomer

Google doodle honors first woman astronomer in the US.

If you are using Google for you online searches today you may have noticed their newest doodle. It honors Maria Mitchell, American woman and Astronomer. August 1 marks what would have been the scientist’s 195th birthday. Maria Mitchell (August 1, 1818-June 28, 1889) was the first professional female astronomer in US history. She was also… Read more »