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Falcon 9: Launch and Landing

APOD - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 9:07am

 Launch and Landing Falcon 9: Launch and Landing


Dark Dunes on Mars

APOD - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 9:07am

How does wind affect sand on Mars? How does wind affect sand on Mars?


First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets points to possible habitability

Science Daily - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 1:19pm
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.

Color the Universe

APOD - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:07am

Wouldn't it be fun to color in the universe? Wouldn't it be fun to color in the universe?


The Orion Nebula in Infrared from HAWK I

APOD - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:07am

The deepest infrared image of the Orion Nebula has uncovered a bonanza of previously unknown low-mass stars and -- quite possibly -- free floating planets. The deepest infrared image of the Orion Nebula has uncovered a bonanza of previously unknown low-mass stars and -- quite possibly -- free floating planets.


X marks the spot at the center of the Milky Way galaxy

Science Daily - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:30pm
Two astronomers -- with the help of Twitter--have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that an enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies within the central bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy.

NASA's Kepler confirms 100+ exoplanets during its K2 mission

Science Daily - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 2:22pm
Scientists report the largest haul of confirmed planets - tallying more than a hundred -- since NASA's Kepler space telescope switched from staring into one patch of sky to detecting planets along a much larger portion of the Milky Way. Among the confirmed is a planetary system comprising four promising planets that could be rocky.

Mercury on the Horizon

APOD - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 9:07am

Have you ever seen the planet Mercury?  Have you ever seen the planet Mercury?


The North Celestial Tower

APOD - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 9:07am

If you climbed to the top of this 13th century stone tower, If you climbed to the top of this 13th century stone tower,


NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula

APOD - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 9:07am

Moving from top to bottom in the frame near the center of this Moving from top to bottom in the frame near the center of this


NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends

APOD - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:07am

A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant,


Warm Jupiters not as lonely as expected

Science Daily - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:09am
After analyzing four years of Kepler space telescope observations, astronomers have given us our clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called 'Warm Jupiters,' showing that many have unexpected planetary companions.

Dark energy measured with record-breaking map of 1.2 million galaxies

Science Daily - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:07am
A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The team constructed this map to make one of the most precise measurements yet of the dark energy currently driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe.

Surface composition determines temperature and therefore habitability of a planet

Science Daily - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 9:15am
Astronomers have shown that the interaction between the surface and the atmosphere of an exoplanet has major consequences for the temperature on the planet. This temperature, in turn, is a crucial element in the quest for habitable planets outside our Solar System.

M7: Open Star Cluster in Scorpius

APOD - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 9:07am

M7 is one of the most prominent M7 is one of the most prominent


Stellar outburst brings water snowline around a young star into view

Science Daily - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:30pm
A violent outburst by the young star V883 Orionis has given astronomers using ALMA their first view of a water 'snowline' in a protoplanetary disk -- the transition point around the star where the temperature and pressure are low enough for water ice to form.

Robot would assemble modular telescope -- in space

Science Daily - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:16am
A new concept in space telescope design uses a modular structure and an assembly robot to build an extremely large telescope in space, performing tasks in which astronaut fatigue would be a problem.

Chasing Juno

APOD - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:07am

Wait for me! Wait for me!


NASA's Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view

Science Daily - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 6:30pm
The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno's visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away.

Novel advancements in radiation tolerance of HEMTs

Science Daily - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:30pm
When it comes to putting technology in space, size and mass are prime considerations. A better understanding of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs could mean huge advancements in solid state science, specifically space exploration.

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