Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

By Charlene Porter, Staff Writer The Obama administration announced January 8 that it will support a four-year extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) and urged its international partners in the enterprise to do likewise. In their
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NASA’s Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

NASA’s Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly four times as big as Earth. Such planets dominate the galactic census but are not represented in our own solar (more...)

First 2014 Asteroid Discovered Probably Hit Earth

First 2014 Asteroid Discovered, Probably Hit Earth

Early on January 1, while New Year celebrations were still underway in the United States, the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, spotted what was possibly a very small asteroid — 2 to 3 meters in size — on a potential impact trajectory with Earth. Designated 2014 (more...)

Shopping Online Beware of Counterfeits and Criminals

Shopping Online? Beware of Counterfeits and Criminals

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Shoppers around the world are making online purchases in increasing numbers, but buyers should beware of the corresponding increase in online criminals trying to take advantage of them. For the first time, U.S. and European law enforcement agencies have partnered to coordinate the seizures of (more...)

NASA’s Deep Space Network Celebrates 50 Years

NASA’s Deep Space Network Celebrates 50 Years

The Deep Space Network first existed as just a few small antennas as part of the Deep Space Instrumentation Facility. That facility, operated by the U.S. Army in the 1950s, morphed into the Deep Space Network on December 24, 1963, and quickly became the de facto (more...)

Cassini Sees Saturn and Moons in Holiday Dress

Cassini Sees Saturn and Moons in Holiday Dress

Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, are dressed and dazzling in a special package assembled by Cassini’s imaging team. “During this, our 10th holiday season at Saturn, we hope that these images from Cassini remind everyone the world over of the significance (more...)

Chemical Surprise Found in Crab Nebula

Chemical Surprise Found in Crab Nebula

Astronomers have discovered a rare chemical pairing in the remains of an exploded star called the Crab Nebula. A gas thought to be a loner has made a “friend,” linking up with a chemical partner to form a molecule. The discovery, made with the European Space (more...)

Passport to Earth

Passport to Earth

International travelers are familiar with the vast rules and regulations known as customs, but in the era of international extraterrestrial agreements, even space travelers need their papers. Since the launch of the first component of the International Space Station from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1998, more than (more...)

NASA’s Juno Gives Starship-Like View of Earth Flyby

NASA’s Juno Gives Starship-Like View of Earth Flyby

When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on October 9, it received a boost in speed of more than 7.3 kilometers per second, which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. One of Juno’s sensors, (more...)

Is your TV spying on YOU

Is your TV spying on YOU?

After finishing your supper, you clean the table, load the dishwasher and get comfortable on a couch, ready to watch your favorite TV show or a movie. You pull down the blinds, light up the fireplace, pick up a cup of tea and get cozy with the loved once. You are (more...)

Cassini Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

Cassini Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn (more...)

Titan’s Polar Vortex Stands Out in Darkness

Titan’s Polar Vortex Stands Out in Darkness

The sunlit edge of Titan’s south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon’s unilluminated hazy atmosphere. The Cassini spacecraft’s images of the vortex led scientists to conclude that its clouds form at a much higher altitude — where sunlight can still reach (more...)

Comet ISON Approaching

Comet ISON Approaching

The comet ISON is approaching the sun from the farthest edge of the solar system, with its closest pass predicted for November 28. Planetary scientists and astrophysicists have known this blob of dust and ice has been traveling toward the sun for more than a year. (more...)

Drivers being pulled over, asked for DNA samples

Drivers Being Pulled Over, Asked For DNA Samples

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas has reported alarming news last week, where uniformed federal contractors were setting roadblocks and stopping random citizens on the road, pulling them over to the side to check their breath, saliva and take a blood test. The drivers were offered a $10 for a cheek-swab DNA (more...)

NASA and International Telescopes Reveal Star’s Bubbly Birth

NASA and International Telescopes Reveal Star’s Bubbly Birth

It’s a baby star! Combined observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth as never before in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47. Herbig-Haro (HH) objects form when jets shot (more...)

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