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03/19/2016
BBC South

BBC South

Did you see this bright meteor that was sighted over the south in the early hours of this morning? Witnesses described the object as a green flash moving south to north for a few seconds. The Hampshire based UK Meteor Observation Network told the BBC it had received reports from across the country. The network's camera at Church Crookham had captured these amazing pictures of the meteor from the west http://bbc.in/1PdFXnz

02/26/2016
NASA Solar System Exploration

NASA Solar System Exploration

What's Up for January? A meteor shower, a binocular comet, and the winter circle of stars.

NASA Solar System Exploration
02/26/2016

NASA Solar System Exploration

This week marks 86 years since Clyde Tombaugh, just 24 years old at the time, discovered Pluto. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1ToTCyp

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn
02/26/2016

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

Dione Divided: Saturn's moon appears to be cut in two by the razor-thin rings, seen nearly edge-on. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1PzTNnO

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn
02/26/2016

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

Three Times the Fun

Three of Saturn's moons -- Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas -- are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Tethys (660 miles or 1062 kilometers across) appears above the rings, while Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) sits just below center. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across) hangs below and to the left of Enceladus.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 0.4 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 3, 2015.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 837,000 miles (1.35 million kilometers) from Enceladus, with an image scale of 5 miles (8 kilometers) per pixel. Tethys was approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel. Mimas was approximately 1.1 million miles (1.7 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 6 miles (10 kilometers) per pixel.

Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1SNd1tU

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn
11/16/2015

NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

New observations made near the south pole of Titan add to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon of Saturn.
Scientists have detected a monstrous new cloud of frozen compounds in the moon’s stratosphere. Details: go.nasa.gov/1Sj54ZI

NASA Solar System Exploration
11/16/2015

NASA Solar System Exploration

At a site nicknamed "Garden City," NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover has been using its laser instrument to study mineral veins that provide clues to the history of ancient water on the Red Planet. More info: go.nasa.gov/1NrdgTK

NASA on alert as giant asteroid with erratic orbit set to pass very close to Earth
10/23/2015
NASA on alert as giant asteroid with erratic orbit set to pass very close to Earth

NASA on alert as giant asteroid with erratic orbit set to pass very close to Earth

A potentially hazardous huge asteroid expected to pass very close to Earth on Halloween The space rock is as big as the Empire State Building It was spotted by NASA just less than two weeks ago, which is a very short notice for the space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sp…

NASA Solar System Exploration
08/20/2015

NASA Solar System Exploration

Don't miss this rare chance to rack up some Martian frequent flier points. Send your name to Mars with the InSight lander. #JourneyToMars

Details: http://go.usa.gov/3Aj3G

NASA Sun Science
08/20/2015

NASA Sun Science

"One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" - Armstrong. 46 years ago today on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface in the Sea of Tranquility. 6 hours after landing Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon. credit: NASA

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather
08/20/2015

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

Aurora! G3 (STRONG) geomagnetic storm levels have been reached because of the arrival of a CME. The CME is associated with a filament eruption from Aug. 12. The CME reaching the ACE spacecraft roughly 1 million miles before Earth is visible in the solar wind data. High latitudes should get some nice lights well into tomorrow. Good luck aurora hunters! credit: NOAA

08/20/2015
NASA Sun Science

NASA Sun Science

Sunspot group AR12371 has been providing quite a show - most recently it erupted producing an M3.1 flare, along with spitting out some protons and sending a CME that may give us a glancing blow on June 20th or 21st. Here is a look at the event as seen by SDO in the 171, 193 and 131 angstrom wavelengths. This light shows us plasma from 600,000 to 20 million Kelvin. Credit: NASA/SDO

NASA Solar System Exploration
08/20/2015

NASA Solar System Exploration

Rover on rock. Another self portrait by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover from the Red Planet. Plus bonus "making of" shots from Mars and Curiosity's engineering twin back here on Earth. #JourneyToMars

Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1UT234y

08/14/2015
Scientists Discover New Jupiter-Like Planet

Scientists Discover New Jupiter-Like Planet

Scientists have discovered a Jupiter-like planet in a solar system outside our own. It's called 51 Eridani b and is 100 light years away. Dipti Kapadia reports. Photo: SETI Institute Artist Conception

08/09/2015
NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

On September 21, 2014, MAVEN went into orbit around the Red Planet. Its goal: to understand how a changing atmosphere transformed Mars from a warm, wet environment in its youth to the desert world that we see today. Building such a mission and sending it to Mars is a hugely complex task, requiring the close coordination of hundreds of individuals around the country. In this video, several of the team members who made the mission possible share their experiences of working on #MAVEN.

(Video credit: NASA Goddard)

08/09/2015
NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover recorded this sequence of views of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th #Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.

The four images shown in sequence here were taken over a span of 6 minutes, 51 seconds.

This was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The images come from the left-eye camera of the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The color has been calibrated and white-balanced to remove camera artifacts. Curiosity's Mastcam sees color very similarly to what human eyes see, although it is actually a little less sensitive to blue than people are.

Dust in the Martian atmosphere has fine particles that permit blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than longer-wavelength colors. That causes the blue colors in the mixed light coming from the sun to stay closer to sun's part of the sky, compared to the wider scattering of yellow and red colors. The effect is most pronounced near sunset, when light from the sun passes through a longer path in the atmosphere than it does at mid-day.

Read more about the images, here:
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19401

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

08/09/2015
NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

In June 2015, #Mars will swing almost directly behind the sun from Earth’s perspective, and this celestial geometry will lead to diminished communications with spacecraft at Mars.

The arrangement of the sun between Earth and Mars is called Mars solar conjunction. It occurs about every 26 months as the two planets travel in their sun-centered orbits. The sun disrupts radio communications between the planets during the conjunction period. To prevent spacecraft at Mars from receiving garbled commands that could be misinterpreted or even harmful, the operators of Mars orbiters and rovers temporarily stop sending any commands.

Read the full story: http://bit.ly/1JlYD7s.

(Video credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech)

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA Goddard
Mars Exploration Rovers

08/09/2015
International Space Station

International Space Station

In this week's episode of Space to Ground a pair of spacewalkers stepped outside the station Tuesday for some out of this world repairs and epic selfies!

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
08/09/2015

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Lots of hands-on activities with #NASA at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in The City of Mobile.

Here, a next-gen explorer learns about air pressure requirements needed for a #JourneyToMars on NASA's Space Launch System rocket.

Experts, like #NASAMarshall's Sam Ortega, look forward to sharing info about NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, International Space Station and more. :-)

#SpaceInTheSouth

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
08/09/2015

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

‘Lettuce’ tell you how veggies growing on the International Space Station will help on our #JourneyToMars. Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space officially is on the menu for the first time this Monday! Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1J2Qm96

NASA's Glenn Research Center
08/09/2015

NASA's Glenn Research Center

#NASAglenn's development of solar array technology led to the successful installation of several solar power units in many remote African villages.

08/09/2015
NASA's Glenn Research Center

NASA's Glenn Research Center

In recent years, volcanic activity around the world has disrupted air traffic worldwide and cost airline companies more than a billion dollars due to cancelled or rerouted flights. To learn more about how volcanic ash affects aircraft engines, researchers from #NASAglenn have spent several weeks at #NASAArmstrong in California testing a new aircraft engine health monitoring system, by feeding volcanic ash into an Air Force C-17 engine and two F-117 aircraft engines.

http://go.nasa.gov/1MSquu7

Glenn's John Lekki, principal investigator, and Roger Tokars joined NASA partners from the Air Force Research Laboratory, FAA, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, General Electric and Rolls-Royce, with assistance from the U.S. Geological Survey. Researchers from three other NASA centers – Armstrong, Langley, and Ames – are involved in various aspects of research and testing.

A full-length 3D animation demonstrating this research is being shown at the NASA Glenn exhibit during the AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2015 in Orlando, Fla., now through July 29. http://www.aiaa-propulsionenergy.org/default.aspx

08/09/2015
The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

Geomagnetic activity continues to calm but there is more to come. Even as activity was picking up at Earth, region AR12371 erupted with another flare and CME. GOES registered X-rays reaching the M6.5 solar flare level at the peak time of 18:23 UT (2:23 pm EDT). This eruption produced a wave over the solar surface and a decrease in brightness around the region (called a dimming.) These are tell-tale signs of a CME. Here is the eruption observed by SDO in the 171 and 193 angstrom wavelengths of extreme-ultraviolet light. This shows us temperatures around 600,000 K and 1 million K respectively. The CME is expected to reach Earth around 18:18 UT (2:18 pm EDT) on 6/24. credit: NASA/SDO

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather
08/07/2015

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

"One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" - Armstrong. 46 years ago today on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface in the Sea of Tranquility. 6 hours after landing Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon. credit: NASA

08/07/2015
The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its 5th anniversary since it launched on February 11, 2010. This time-lapse video captures one frame every 8 hours starting when data became available in June 2010 and finishing February 8, 2015. The different colors represent the various wavelengths (sometimes blended, sometimes alone) in which SDO observes the sun. For more about SDO, please visit http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/
credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO)

08/07/2015
The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

Eruption! AR12371 does it again. The region erupted releasing an M7.9 (peaking around 8:16 UT). A nice coronal wave ripped across the solar surface and material was thrown into space giving us a CME that could have an Earthward component. We are waiting for models from NASA and NOAA. This video uses SDO 171 and 193 angstrom images to give us a good look at the flare, wave and some of the ejecta. This imagery shows us solar material at temperatures of around 600,000 to 1.5 million Kelvin. credit: NASA/SDO

Robotic insect mimics nature's extreme moves
07/31/2015
Robotic insect mimics nature's extreme moves

Robotic insect mimics nature's extreme moves

The concept of walking on water might sound supernatural, but in fact it is a quite natural phenomenon. Many small living creatures leverage water's surface tension to maneuver themselves around. One of the most complex maneuvers, jumping on water, is achieved by a species of semi-aquatic insects ca…

Astronomers find star with three super-Earths
07/31/2015
Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star—one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock.

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs
07/31/2015
Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs

Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled.

Mobile Uploads
07/28/2015

Mobile Uploads

Mobile Uploads
07/28/2015

Mobile Uploads

25 Amazing Photos Of The Hubble Space Telescope To Celebrate 25 Amazing Years!
07/22/2015
25 Amazing Photos Of The Hubble Space Telescope To Celebrate 25 Amazing Years!

25 Amazing Photos Of The Hubble Space Telescope To Celebrate 25 Amazing Years!

When Edwin Hubble looked past the Milky Way Galaxy, little did he know that his namesake would eventually make some of the most amazing astronomical discoveries known to man. The Hubble space telescope shot into orbit 25 years ago on April 24, 1990. And over the past quarter century it has truly sho…

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather
07/19/2015

The Sun Today: Solar Facts and Space Weather

A stream of high-speed solar wind from a coronal hole has reached Earth. This has unsettled the magnetosphere giving us a G1 geomagnetic storm, G2 is possible. This could mean aurora at higher latitudes. Watchers look out! Here are traces of the solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft, which sits 1 million miles in front of Earth in the direction of the sun. The increase in speed from the stream is apparent in the data. credit: NOAA/NASA

Maria
07/10/2015

Maria

Watch for it.........

03/12/2015
Washington Post

Washington Post

Here's what 3.6 million pounds of thrust looks like, courtesy of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

An explanation: http://wapo.st/1HDtnNd

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