29 10 / 2013

NASA is preparing to launch its new MAVEN space craft to explore the atmosphere of Mars. Report by Sarah Johnston.


22 3 / 2013

Climate Change: Earth Morphing Before Our Eyes

The world is changing before our eyes. See Earth in transition, as viewed from space, with images courtesy of the Landsat mission and NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. Feel free to cry over what’s lost as well as what’s gained. These images provide a powerful snapshot of a planet that’s rapidly being shaped by both natural and human events. Haunting music by DigitalR3public.

17 11 / 2012

#science #space #collage #nasa

#science #space #collage #nasa

26 9 / 2012

Space image collage #NASA #instacollage (Taken with Instagram)

Space image collage #NASA #instacollage (Taken with Instagram)

29 5 / 2012

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15 3 / 2012

"This video was produced by NASA in honor of 1,000 days in orbit by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). It takes viewers through the moon’s evolutionary history, and reveals how it came to appear the way it does today. The moon did not always look this way. It likely started as a giant ball of magma formed from the remains of a collision by a Mars-sized object with the Earth about four and a half billion years ago. 

After the magma cooled, the moon’s crust formed. Then between 4.5 and 4.3 billion years ago, a giant object hit near the moon’s South Pole, forming the South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the two largest proven impact basins in the solar system. This marked the beginning of an era of collisions that would cause large-scale changes to the moon’s surface, such as the formation of large basins.

Because the moon had not entirely cooled on the inside, magma began to seep through cracks caused by impacts. Around one billion years ago, it’s thought that volcanic activity ended on the near side of the moon as the last of the large impacts made their mark on the surface. Smaller objects continued to batter the moon. Some of the best-known impacts from this period include the Tycho, Copernicus, and Aristarchus craters.’ ”  via Spacerip on Youtube Follow them here.

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08 3 / 2012

March 08, 2012

In cooperation with NASA, Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise, has announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space.” Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into the new game.

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20 1 / 2012

January 20, 2012 

The crew of The International Space Station spoke with representatives of The Associated Press and CNN during in-flight interviews on Jan. 20. With the recent arrival of Expedition 30 Flight Engineers Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers, the Station is now fully staffed with a six-member crew.

The trio joins Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin who have been living and working on the station since Nov. 16. Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers are scheduled to live and work aboard the orbiting laboratory until May.

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02 1 / 2012

January 02, 2012 

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NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components. 

Read more here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/features/astrobiology_toxic_chemical.html

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23 12 / 2011

After launching in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft to the International Space Station, Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers arrived at the complex on December 23, docking their craft to the Rassvet module on the Russian segment of the complex. A few hours after docking to the station, Kononenko, Pettit and Kuipers were greeted by three other crew members on the outpost, station Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, who have been aboard the orbital laboratory for just over a month.

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01 12 / 2011

What does it take to get a spacecraft to Mars? This 60-second video covers a few key things to remember when planning a trip to the Red Planet.  Watch here. Credit: NASA/JPL


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26 11 / 2011

November 26, 2011

NASA’s Curiosity rover has begun the journey to Mars after its Atlas V rocket launched successfully from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 26. Ten instruments aboard MSL will provide new data about whether the area within and around Mars’ Gale Crater could ever have supported microbial life. The Mars Science Laboratory is expected to reach Mars next August. Watch here.


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26 11 / 2011

This 11-minute animation depicts key events of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012.

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