Tag: Space

Space Storms May Be Behind Disruptions To Earth Satellites

Extreme space weather may be behind several different failures in geostationary satellites between 1996 and 2012, in turn causing a disruption to the communication systems that people use to watch TV and surf the internet. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the sun can send highly energized particles from 93 million miles away to…

NASA Shares Photos Of Earth, Seen from Saturn And Mercury

NASA has shared new images of the Earth and moon, as seen from Saturn and Mercury. In this photo captured by the Cassini orbiter on July 19, Saturn’s rings can be seen with Earth and the moon. Earth is a blue dot at the center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion…

NASA Aborts Spacewalk Over Dangerous Water Leak

NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet. Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from…

Astronomer Discovers New Moon Orbiting Neptune

An astronomer has discovered Neptune’s smallest known moon, a mini-world that eluded detection until it was found almost by accident in years-old imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. Neptune’s 14th moon, currently known only as S/2004 N 1, is thought to measure no more than 12 miles (20 kilometers) across. It orbits about 65,400 miles…

Hubble Telescope Spots Blue Planet Where It Rains Glass

The world, known as HD189733b, has a deep azure hue – probably the result of silicate (glass) rain in the atmosphere, which scatters blue light. The temperature of the planet’s atmosphere is a scorching 1,000C, and it rains glass, sideways, in howling 7,000km-per-hour winds. Its atmosphere has been found to be dramatically changeable and exotic,…

Russian Rocket Crashes Shortly After Launch

A Russian Proton-M rocket upended itself less than a minute after launch Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, exploding in a fireball of toxic chemicals. The rocket was supposed to put three of Russia’s Glonass global positioning satellites into orbit, but during its ascent, it rolled over and blasted its way back downward toward…

Shockwave From Russian Meteor Circled Globe Twice

The shock wave from an asteroid that burned up over Russia in February was so powerful that it traveled twice around the globe, scientists say. They used a system of sensors set up to detect evidence of nuclear tests and said it was the most powerful event ever recorded by the network. More than 1,000…

NASA Launches Satellite To Probe Sun’s Mysteries

NASA launched a satellite late Thursday on a two-year quest to probe a little-understood region of the sun’s lower atmosphere. The satellite is called Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph solar observatory, or IRIS, and was carried into the Earth orbit by a Pegasus rocket dropped from an airplane off the coast of California. Measuring 7 feet…

House GOP To Push For Bases On Mars, The Moon In New Bill

House Republicans are pushing for a base on Mars and will discuss their plan at a meeting of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Wednesday. The plan is part of legislation to reauthorize NASA for two more years and the bill includes language not only advocating for a base on the surface of…

‘City Killer’ Giant Asteroid Passes Earth Today

‘City Killer’ Giant Asteroid Passes Earth Today 1.7 mile wide rock and its moon fly by at 5pm ET An asteroid as long as the Golden Gate Bridge will pass harmlessly by Earth on Friday as NASA and private firms aim to explore or commercially exploit these rocky interplanetary bodies rich with precious metals and…

Astronauts Prep For Spacewalk After Ammonia Starts Leaking Out Of The International Space Station

The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost’s commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening. The six-member crew on Thursday noticed white flakes of ammonia leaking out of the station. Ammonia runs through multiple radiator loops to cool the station’s power system. NASA said the leak is increasing…

Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible To Skywatchers May 10 2013

Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible To Skywatchers May 10 2013

The moon will block the sun in a potentially spectacular solar eclipse this week — a celestial event that will transform the sun into a cosmic “ring of fire” in the daytime sky. The ring-shaped solar eclipse, known as an annular eclipse, will occur Thursday and Friday (May 9 and 10) Eastern time. Weather permitting,…

Potentially Dangerous Asteroid -Bennu- Named By 9-Year-Old

A near-Earth asteroid which will be visited by a NASA spacecraft in 2018 now has a more approachable name — “Bennu” — thanks to a North Carolina third-grader. Nine-year-old Michael Puzio’s suggestion beat out more than 8,000 other entries in an international student contest that sought to rename potentially dangerous asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36, which…

Monster Hurricane Spotted On Saturn

Spectacular new images from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Saturn have captured the most detailed views ever of an enormous hurricane churning around the ringed planet’s north pole. The stunning new images and video of the Saturn hurricane, which were taken by NASA’s Cassini probe, show that the storm’s eye is 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide…

Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor

Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor

Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor Massive engines that launched astronauts to the moon in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission were recovered by a private expedition led by the founder of Amazon.com. “We found so much,” said Jeff Bezos, the online retailer’s CEO, in an update posted Wednesday (March 20) on the Bezos…

Coronal Mass Injection Find Could See ‘Textbooks Rewritten’

NASA says it has made a discovery which will require “rewriting textbooks” after it found the two rings of charged particles surrounding the Earth – called Van Allen belts – were reconfigured by a coronal mass injection. Not only are the belts now believed to be more malleable, the mass injection revealed for the first…

Investor Announces Plans To Send A Couple Into Space

Investor Announces Plans To Send A Couple Into Space Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito announced plans to send two astronauts on a 501-day flight that zooms past Mars and swings back to Earth. Such a trip – tentatively set for 2018 – would set plenty of precedents on the final frontier, but the most intriguing…

Asteroid To Make Close Approach To Earth Next Week

Asteroid To Make Close Approach To Earth Next Week An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say. Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head…

Iran Launches Monkey Into Space

Iran has sent a capsule containing a live monkey into space and later retrieved the “shipment” intact, the Tehran-based Arab-language Al-Alam channel said, quoting an official statement. Previous attempts by the Islamic republic to put a monkey into space have failed. AFP