Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, NASA | Tags: Baikonur Cosmodrome, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, Russian Soyuz, Soyuz-TMA16M | Comments Off on Soyuz Spacecraft Launches For Year-long Mission With Russian, US Team Onboard
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew, including a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on the International Space Station, blasted off on schedule, Russian mission control says.
The Soyuz-TMA16M spacecraft took off from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is headed for the International Space Station :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 5th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, NASA | Tags: 2014 DX110, NASA, Near-Earth Object Observations Program | Comments Off on Asteroid To Shave Passed Earth
An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage. Named 2014 DX110, the asteroid will be part of a rare class of objects that comes nearer than the moon, NASA says.
The space agency says it will shave by at around 7:00am aest tomorrow. “As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth closer than the distance from Earth to the moon,” NASA said on its website.
Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 350,000 kilometres, a bit closer than the average lunar distance of 385,000 kilometres. The asteroid is believed to be about 30 metres across. NASA discovered it as part of its asteroid tracking efforts, called the Near-Earth Object Observations Program :: More Asteroids »»»»
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Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: NASA | Tags: Curiosity Rover, Mars, Mars Rover, NASA | Comments Off on Curiosity Uncovers Underground Lake
NASA’s Curiosity rover has dug below the Martian surface, and for the first time uncovered direct evidence of what used to be a freshwater lake. There is no water left where the lake once was, but drill tests and chemical analysis of fine-grained rocks by the Curiosity robot’s science tools suggest conditions were right for the lake to have once supported microbial life, perhaps as long as 3.6 billion years ago.
NASA’a latest findings provide the strongest evidence to-date that Mars could have held life to take hold, according to the report in the journal Science :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration | Tags: Mars, MAVEN, NASA, NASA Animation, Nasa Launch, United Launch Alliance Atlas V | Comments Off on NASA Launches MAVEN
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 »»»»
Posted: June 20th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Astronomy, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: Curtin University, GRAIL, Luna, Moon, NASA | Comments Off on Australian Researchers Discover 280 New Moon Craters
Australian researchers have discovered 280 new craters on the Moon by combining data about its gravity and surface for the first time. The project, undertaken by a team from Perth’s Curtin University – kicked-off by a Federal Government grant – developed a high-resolution image of the earth’s gravity. Researchers then applied the same technique to the Moon which allowed them to reveal more detailed basins that had never been mapped :: Read the full article »»»»