Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Star, Planet Lines

n 2011, astronomers on the hunt for the coldest starlike celestial bodies discovered a new class of such objects using NASA’s WISE Space Telescope. But until now, no one knew exactly how cool the bodies’ surfaces really
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NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Ten years after its launch, NASA"s Spitzer Space Telescope, the fourth of the agency"s four Great Observatories, continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes. The telescope, launched August 25, 2003, studied comets and asteroids, counted stars, scrutinized planets and galaxies and discovered soccer-ball-shaped carbon spheres (more...)

Cassini Releases Image of Earth Waving at Saturn

People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA’s Cassini mission on July 19 — the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward Earth to take our picture. The mission has assembled a (more...)

NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

A NASA spacecraft that discovered tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, helping the agency identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable (more...)

NASA Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

The NASA illustration above provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of the red planet, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth. Earth's moon actually (more...)

Next iPhone 5.S: Faster Processor And Better Camera

According to AllThingsD., "Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10. The company will debut a new lower-cost iPhone alongside whatever update it has in store for the current iPhone 5." Analysts have said the " next iPhone, which some call the iPhone 5S, (more...)

SmartVP Now Available for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in Pennsylvania

Deaf individuals across Pennsylvania now have access to a free, innovative new videophone that provides almost life-like video conversations through the television Deaf individuals throughout Pennsylvania now have access to SmartVP—a new, innovative videophone unveiled with a limited release in April by Purple Communications, Inc. SmartVP combines the latest in (more...)

Opportunity Explores New Martian Landscape

The Mars rover Curiosity has become an international celebrity since landing on the planet in August 2012. In the meantime, the senior NASA rover on the Martian surface, Opportunity, is quietly preparing to tuck in for its fifth winter on the Red Planet. Opportunity is studying an area (more...)

Cosmonauts Set Russian Spacewalk Record with Space Station Work

Two cosmonauts, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin, set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk August 16, spending a total of seven hours and 29 minutes outside the International Space Station. The cosmonauts installed power and data cables for a new Russian laboratory module expected (more...)

NASA’s Juno Is Halfway to Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is halfway to Jupiter. The spacecraft reached the milestone August 12 at 12:25 UTC. “Juno’s odometer just clicked over to 9.464 astronomical units,” said Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “The team is looking forward, preparing for the (more...)

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter’s moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the mid-to-late 1990s. In these fleeting, paparazzi-like encounters, scientists have seen a fractured, ice-covered world (more...)

Sun’s Magnetic Field About to Flip

Something big is about to happen on the sun (seen above in ultraviolet). According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip. “It looks like we’re no more than three to four months away from a complete field reversal,” said solar (more...)

How To Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution?

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced a bill that would encourage consumers to shift away from using inefficient plastic shopping bags by imposing a $0.02 fee for each bag provided by a retail establishment. “Plastic shopping bags represent a disconnect in our consumer culture,” Leach said. “They are used for (more...)

Important Changes to Allowed Translation Services

The Bureau of Driver Licensing is pleased to announce the availability of the driver knowledge test in eight (8) additional languages. All driver knowledge tests are being made available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. This is in addition to the previously available English and (more...)

NASA Marks First Anniversary of Curiosity Mars Landing

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer One year since landing on Mars, the rover Curiosity and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) on board have answered the big question the craft was sent there to investigate: Have Martian environmental conditions ever been conducive to life? Yes, is Curiosity’s answer. What (more...)

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