Category Archives: Science

Beautiful New "Blue Marble" Image

1200 x 1200 pixel 500 kilobyte version 8000 x 8000 pixel 16 megabyte version This striking “Blue Marble” image of the Earth was taken January 4th by NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP). The satellite … Continue reading

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More Planets than Stars – But Axial Tilt may be the Key to Life

There is an average of more than one planet per star in the Milky Way Image Credit: NASA / ESA / ESO With the forthcoming publication in the journal Nature on 12 January, it is estimated that there are more … Continue reading

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Australians Receive Funding for Plasma Thruster

Australia National University’s Plasma Research Laboratory has received a grant to help build its Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT). If successful, the driver could be in space as early as 2013. Because of the high temperatures generated in plasma drives, … Continue reading

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NASA's Gravity Probe B Confirms Einstein's Theory

NASA’s Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission has confirmed two key predictions derived from Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which the spacecraft was designed to test. The experiment, launched in 2004, used four ultra-precise gyroscopes to measure the hypothesized geodetic … Continue reading

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Astrobotic Technology Signs SpaceX Contract for Lunar XPrize Mission

Falcon 9 / Lunar Mission Image Credit: Astrobotic Technology Astrobotic Technology, Inc., a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University, announced the signing of a contract with SpaceX to launch its Lunar XPrize mission using a Falcon 9 rocket. Astrobotic intends to … Continue reading

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Japan and Support of the International Space Station

Previously, we looked at the Europeans Space Agency (ESA) and their ATV program, which is preparing to send their resupply spacecraft, Johannes Kepler, to the International Space Station on 15 February. Now, we look at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency … Continue reading

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Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) – The 800 Pound Gorilla

The most recent issue of Science News (18 December 2010) has the following notes from 17 December 1960: HEAVY SHIELD UNNECESSARY — Heavy shielding as protection for an astronaut against space radiations may not be necessary, at least for trips … Continue reading

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The Garden on The International Space Station

The latest crop harvested from the Garden on the International Space Station is Mizuna lettuce. The lettuce was returned to Earth for scientific research, aboard the Discovery shuttle in April 2010. The greenhouse, first sent up in 2002, has been … Continue reading

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NSS Competitions for 2010 -2011

podcast For all of you space enthusiasts out there, listen to this podcast by National Space Society member Lynne Zielinski as she discusses contests for students. Lynne teaches at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook Illinois, and the podcast provides … Continue reading

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The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey – 2012 to 2021

by Dave Fischer The National Research Council has released Its sixth decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics. The plan focuses on three science objectives: The exploration of the origins of the universe The search for habitable planets outside our solar … Continue reading

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