fbpx

Tag: NASA

My Favourite Picture by Andy Bollan (article).

February 1, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
My Favourite Picture by Andy Bollan (article).

I love this picture. I first saw it on NASA’a APOD website http://apod.nasa.gov/apod  roughly 10 years ago. It looks like a candle on the altar of science or a giant arrow pointing onwards and upwards. Like Turner’s Fighting Temeraire, it shows the sun setting on a glorious technological period of time. This rocket is about […]

Read More

NASA’s empire of a thousand worlds.

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s empire of a thousand worlds.

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study — the 1,000th of which was recently verified. Using Kepler data, scientists reached […]

Read More

Galaxy-frying X-ray burst from Milky Way’s supermassive black hole core.

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Galaxy-frying X-ray burst from Milky Way’s supermassive black hole core.

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment. The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, called […]

Read More

There and back again . . . NASA’s Orion flies.

December 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
There and back again . . . NASA’s Orion flies.

NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. “Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step for NASA and a really critical part of our work […]

Read More

Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. Now, where’s […]

Read More

The mountains of Mars.

September 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The mountains of Mars.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA […]

Read More

NASA’s finds first Earth-Size habitable world.

April 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA’s finds first Earth-Size habitable world.

Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone […]

Read More

NASA discovers Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, has massive underground ocean of liquid water!

April 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA discovers Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, has massive underground ocean of liquid water!

Life on Saturn’s moon has moved a lot closer! NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when […]

Read More

The great bonanza of worlds.

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The great bonanza of worlds.

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of […]

Read More

When super-worlds get cloudy.

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
When super-worlds get cloudy.

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds. The planets are GJ 436b, located 36 light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo, and GJ 1214b, 40 light-years away in the constellation […]

Read More

error

Enjoy scifi? Please spread the word :)

SFcrowsnest