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NASA Launches MAVEN

Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on NASA Launches MAVEN

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NASA’s latest trick, MAVEN – Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution – has kicked-off with a seamless countdown and flawless launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the 2 tonne spacecraft lifted off at 1:28 pm local time.

“MAVEN deployed without a hitch, everything is looking good,” NASA Mission Control said.

The MAVEN mission will measure the effect solar winds have had on stripping its atmosphere of water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. When a spacecraft was first sent to Mars in the 1960s, it looked like a cratered, battered world, not much different to Earth’s moon :: Read the full article »»»»


NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Building Blocks of Life on Mars

Posted: March 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Building Blocks of Life on Mars

NASANASA scientists reckon rock samples from Mars have shown that the dusty red planet would once have been capable of supporting life. Analysis of Mars rocks by the Curiosity Rover uncovered the building blocks of life – hydrogen, carbon and oxygen – and evidence the planet could once have supported organisms, NASA said.

“A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program said. “From what we know now, the answer is yes.”

At a televised press conference, the NASA team said this was the first definitive proof a life-supporting environment had existed beyond Earth. Curiosity, a six-wheeled robot with 10 scientific instruments on board, is the most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to another planet.

The sample was drilled from sedimentary bedrock in an area which previous research had shown to be an ancient river system or lake bed. It was found to contain clay minerals, sulfate minerals and other chemicals :: Read the full article »»»»


Two NASA Probes Crash Land on Lunar Surface

Posted: December 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Two NASA Probes Crash Land on Lunar Surface

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Two tiny NASA probes have crashed into the Moon after spending months gathering data by orbiting kilometres above the lunar surface, the US space agency said. The site where the probes crashed will be named after astronaut Sally Ride, the first US female in space. The two tiny probes have been dubbed Ebb and Flow :: Read the full article »»»»


NASA: Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Journey to Smithsonian

Posted: April 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NASA: Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Journey to Smithsonian

NASA - Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Journey to SmithsonianAfter three decades of space service, NASA’s oldest and most traveled shuttle, Discovery, began its new life as a museum relic with one final takeoff. Discovery departed Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at daybreak Tuesday aboard a modified jumbo jet bound for Washington, where it will become a Smithsonian exhibit.

The space shuttle Discovery has made a dramatic flyover of Washington DC on the way to its final resting place at a museum outside the US capital. Piggybacking aboard a Boeing 747, Discovery soared over the Washington Monument, the White House and the dome of the Capitol, as thousands packing the National Mall to witness the final salute. The shuttle was on its way to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, the nation’s official repository for space artefacts. The United States retired its space shuttles last year after finishing work on the $100 billion International Space Station.

NASA will now begin work on a new generation of spaceships that can carry astronauts to destinations beyond the station’s 384-kilometre-high orbit :: Read the full article »»»»


NASA: Earth’s Largest Solar Storm in Five Years Goes Easy On Earth

Posted: March 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NASA: Earth’s Largest Solar Storm in Five Years Goes Easy On Earth

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The huge solar storm that NASA detected hurtling toward Earth hit our planet at 5:42 a.m. EST Thursday. So far, there have been no reports of major power or communications disruptions. The storm’s magnetic fields are oriented in a way that’s “been opposite of what is needed to cause the strongest storming,” says the Space Weather Prediction Center.

The main effect of this storm – the largest in five years – may only be to paint colorful auroras across the night skies. But it’s not the last you’ll hear about “Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth,” as mentioned earlier this week. The sun is currently in a very active phase, and it won’t peak until 2013, according to NASA. This week’s large solar flares, and a similar episode in late January, have sparked a lot of curiosity about the phenomena and led some to worry about how they might disrupt life on Earth.

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