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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:49:27 EST 88


Safe Spacecraft? Use a Diaphragm | Video

NASA is vacuum testing the carbon fiber barrier between the Orion capsule and the propellent stage. Its main purpose is to keep dangerous gasses away from the spacecraft.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:49:23 EST

Spacelab: Space Shuttle Flew Europe’s First Space Module 30 Years Ago

It does not seem out of place today, but the sight 30 years ago of a pressurized module mounted in the space shuttle’s payload bay was described in 1983 as an ‘odd-appearing assemblage.’ That sight was Spacelab, a $1 billion space laboratory.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:27:50 EST

Comet ISON’s Ghost Seen By Two Spacecraft | Video

A wispy remnant of the comet survived its whip around the Sun, but is quickly starting to fade from sight. Imagery from NASA/ESA SOHO probe (Nov 30th – Dec 1st) and NASA’s STEREO spacecraft (Nov 28th and 29th) are time-lapsed.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:42:45 EST

Curious Clouds | Space Wallpaper

Astronomers at ESO have captured the best image so far of the curious clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572 as seen in this spectacular space wallpaper.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:34:01 EST

China Moon Probe Off and Flying | Video

China successfully launched its first Chang’e 3 lunar lander and Yutu rover, bound for a soft landing attempt and a three-month mission to the Moon.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:42:29 EST

How to Preserve Historic Moon Landing Sites for Posterity

How does a country preserve its mark on the moon for decades to come? It may not seem like the moon is a busy space-traffic hub these days, but in the not-too-distant future, that could change.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:11:54 EST

Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – Dec. 1, 2013

What was your favorite space news story of the last week?

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 14:57:45 EST

Launch Photos: China’s Chang’e 3 Moon Rover Mission Blasts Off

See launch photos for China’s Chang’e 3 moon lander and Yutu rover on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:12:48 EST

Best Space Photos of the Week – Dec. 1, 2013

From a stunning image of the Dragon’s Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don’t miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:10:21 EST

China’s 1st Moon Rover Launches On Lunar Journey

China’s first-ever mission to land a rover on the moon has begun its journey toward the lunar frontier. China’s Chang’e 3 moon lander and its Yutu rover launched toward the moon on Dec. 2 local time (Dec. 1 EST). See what it means for China in space.

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 14:03:30 EST

China Will Launch Its 1st Moon Rover, ‘Jade Rabbit,’ On Sunday

China will launch its first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on Sunday (Dec. 1) at 12:30 p.m. ET on the Chang’e 3 moon landing mission. See what the moon rover mission means for China.

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:41:22 EST

How Do You Train to Become a Space Tourist?

Piloting fighter jets, floating in zero gravity and spinning at a belly-flattening speed in a centrifuge are not the things a regular tourist is asked to do before a dream holiday.

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:19:01 EST

Giant Electric Fields May Supercharge Particles In Earth’s Radiation Belts

Twin probes sent to investigate Earth’s Van Allen Radiation belts have found a possible explanation for why some electrons zip around at speeds close to that of light.

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:00:06 EST

Chang’e 3 Photos: China’s 1st Moon Lander & Rover Mission

See photos from China’s Chang’e 3 moon rover and lander mission launching in December 2013. The mission includes the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover.

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:35:29 EST

Space Shuttle Replica Vandalized with Graffiti in Houston

A replica of a NASA space shuttle on display in Houston was defaced Wednesday (Nov. 27), when vandals sprayed racial and political graffiti on the side of the full-size mockup. The offending markings were quickly covered over within hours.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:15:16 EST

Unmanned Russian Cargo Ship Docks with Space Station

An unmanned cargo ship docked with the International Space Station today (Nov. 29), delivering a load of cosmic holiday goodies to the residents of the orbiting outpost.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:01:48 EST

ISON’s Dance with the Sun | Space Wallpaper

This time-lapse space wallpaper shows Comet ISON approaching and leaving during its slingshot around the sun — represented by the white circle — on Nov. 28, 2013. The ISON images clearly outline the curve of the comet’s orbit path.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:23:40 EST

Comet ISON Is Alive!? Survives Sun Swing? | Video

Reports of Comet ISON’s demise may have been premature. Its nucleus may still be intact and the coma is brightening as of Nov. 29, 2013 although the outbound ISON seems smaller after its encounter with Sol.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:15:20 EST

Comet ISON: Incoming Sungrazer
Comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers in Russia, will arrive in Earth’s neighborhood in November 2013.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:00:57 EST

Photos of Comet ISON: A Potentially Great Comet

See photos of the comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), or Comet ISON, which could amaze the world in late 2013.

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:21:22 EST

Comet ISON’s Thanksgiving Day Sun Encounter: Complete Coverage

The potentially dazzling Comet ISON will make its closest pass with the sun on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). The comet’s brightness will probably rapidly increase as it passes nearly 730,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) above the surface of the sun.

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:52:24 EST

Comet ISON Gets Roasted by Sun and Vanishes, But Did It Survive?

Call it a cosmic holiday miracle. The much-anticipated Comet ISON appeared to disintegrate during its Thanksgiving Day slingshot around the sun Thursday, but something — it seems — may have survived.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:51:34 EST

Comet ISON: Potential ‘Comet of the Century’ News, Photos and Video
The much-anticipated Comet ISON will swing through the inner solar system in late 2013 as scientists watch. See’s latest news, photos, videos and ways to observe Comet ISON as it swings by Earth and the sun.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:52:35 EDT

SpaceX Aborts Thanksgiving Rocket Launch Due to Engine Trouble

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket fired its engines and was moments away from liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, but the commercial booster aborted the launch after computers detected the engines were too slow to build up thrust.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:17:10 EST

Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to Launch Landmark Satellite Mission

See photos from SpaceX’s SES-8 satellite launch mission atop a an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:40:16 EST

SpaceX Aborts Thanksgiving Rocket Launch (Video)

SpaceX called off its attempts to launch an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SES-8 communication satellite today at 6:44 pm ET after time ran out to complete a system check following an earlier abort.

Sat, 06 Oct 2012 17:18:16 EDT

SpaceX Thanksgiving Launch Aborted One Second Before Lift-off | Video

The engines were automatically shutdown due to an anomaly on Nov. 28th, 2013. It will carry the SES-8 telecommunications satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Window has not closed for the day, Nov. 29th has another launch window.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 18:03:05 EST

RIP Comet ISON? Icy Visitor Missing After Sun Flyby | Video

The comet has most likely disintegrated under the high heat and gravitational stress of the Sun on Nov. 28, 2013. It is not visible in Solar Dynamics Observatory footage and NASA scientists confirmed that they do not see it.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:23:02 EST

Comet ISON Still Alive As It Nears Thanksgiving Perihelion | Time-Lapse Video

The possible ‘comet of the century’ continues to brighten as it nears its 1:45pm EST – Nov. 28th, 2013 date with the Sun (the point of its closest approach). The NASA/ESA SOHO spacecraft has captured imagery.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:56:01 EST

Comet ISON’S Tail Starts To Bend On Thanksgiving Sun Approach | Video

As the comet approaches perihelion on Nov. 28th, 2013, it has significantly brightened and its tail has started to bend . The NASA/ESA SOHO spacecraft has captured imagery.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:49:35 EST

SpaceX Sets Table for Thanksgiving Rocket Launch Today: Watch It Live

The private spaceflight company SpaceX has set the table for a Thanksgiving Day rocket launch from Florida today (Nov. 28) after a two-day delay due to a technical glitch. Liftoff is set for 5:39 p.m. EST (0039 GMT). Watch live online.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:42:40 EST

Comet ISON Makes Thanksgiving Day Sun Flyby Today: Watch It Live Online

Comet ISON is slated to skim just 684,000 miles above the surface of the sun today (Nov. 28) in a maneuver that skywatchers and scientists alike have been anticipating since the comet’s discovery in September 2012. Watch it live h

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:22:29 EST

Red Dwarfs: The Most Common and Longest-Lived Stars
Most of the star nearest to Earth are red dwarfs, but they are too dim to be seen with the naked eye.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:20:29 EST

See Comet ISON Slingshot Around Sun: Live SOHO Spacecraft Views

Astronomers all over the world are training their eyes and telescopes on Comet ISON as it approaches its closest distance to the sun on Thursday (Nov. 28), with several unblinking space telescopes offering live views of the comet’s solar encounter.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:39:47 EST

Did Falling Meteorites Injure 7-Year-Old Florida Boy?

Don’t write off Chicken Little quite yet! A seven-year-old boy in Florida may have been struck by small meteorite fragments that fell to the ground as he was playing outside over the weekend, family members said.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:25:59 EST

Space Food Photos: What Astronauts Eat in Orbit

From tasty Earth treats to dehydrated drinks, see what astronauts eat in space.

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 02:24:32 EDT

Thanksgiving in Space: How to Cook a Zero-G Turkey Dinner

You can even celebrate Thanksgiving in space. Tomorrow (Nov. 28), people all over the United States will chow down on turkey, cranberries, desserts and other special dishes in honor of Thanksgiving, and Americans in space will do the same.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:04:05 EST

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Paths Seen from Space (Photo)

Amid one of the busiest travel weeks for Americans, NASA released a nighttime image of the nation from space, illuminating the arteries of transportation that will get so much use around Thanksgiving Day.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:43:34 EST

Weird Black Hole’s Incredible Brightness Perplexes Scientists

The incredible luminosity of a black-hole system known as ULX-1 may force a rethink of the leading theories that explain how some black holes radiate energy, researchers said.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:49:15 EST

Comet of the Century? Sun-Grazing Comet ISON Explained (Infographic)

Comet ISON could become a spectacular night sky object in November 2013. Find out why here.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 10:23:02 EST

Cosmic Glitter | Space Wallpaper

This sprinkling of cosmic glitter makes up the galaxy known as ESO 149-3, located some 20 million light-years away from us, as seen in this stunning space wallpaper.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:08:29 EST

Still Intact Comet ISON Enters SOHO’s Field Of View | Video

On Nov. 27th, 2013, the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured ISON as it closes in on its Thanksgiving Day date with the Sun. It’s traveling at 240,000 mph and is currently surviving the high heat, according to

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:52:30 EST

Space History Photo: Bell Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV)

The NASA 952 undergoes testing following the crash of a sister Lunar Lander Training Vehicle.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:27:55 EST

Red Planet or Bust: 5 Manned Mars Mission Ideas

A number of organizations, both public and private, are drawing up plans to send astronauts toward the Red Planet, whose allure as an otherworldly destination and potential host of alien life has beckoned scientists and dreamers for hundreds of years.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:49:37 EST

Thanksgiving On Space Station: What’s On The Menu? | Video

Food scientist Vickie Kloeris gives’s @MiriKramer the run down on the food that the ISS crew will be eating on Thanksgiving 2013.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:24:37 EST

Dragon’s Head Nebula Is a Beauty, Not Beast, in Amazing Telescope Views (Video)

Stars in a little explored region of the Large Magellanic Cloud — one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way — shine in an amazing new photo taken by a telescope in Chile.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:13:42 EST

NASA’s Ailing Kepler Spacecraft Could Hunt Alien Planets Once More with New Mission

Engineers may have found a way to restore much of the space telescope’s lost pointing ability, suggesting that a proposed new mission called K2 could indeed be doable for Kepler.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:16:03 EST

Dragon’s Head Nebula Explored With Very Large Telescope | Video

A lesser known region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, NGC 2035 (right), has been photographed using the European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile. The effects of new star birth and stellar death are on display.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:05:56 EST

Comet ISON Nears Sun for Thanksgiving Encounter in NASA Video

A NASA spacecraft has captured its best video yet of the icy Comet ISON streaking toward a Thanksgiving Day encounter with a sun, a cosmic encounter the comet might just not survive.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:37:21 EST

Could Incoming Comet ISON Lose Its Tail to a Thanksgiving Sun Storm?

Experts with NASA say another comet’s tail-clipping encounter with the sun in 2007 presents a forbidding example of what could happen to Comet ISON.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:45:56 EST


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