Introducing New Glenn

 

By: Blue Origin

Originally published Mar 7, 2017

More info here; http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/07/jeff-bezos-shows-off-engine-for-blue-origin-gigantic-rocket-new-glenn.html

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Everything you should know about TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets

 

By: Physics Girl

Originally published on Mar 1, 2017

The TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system has seven earth-like planets and is only 39 lightyears away! I am joined by Professor Adam Burgasser and Dr. Katherine Deck, both astrophysicists on the Nature paper to discuss the discovery of this planetary system.

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NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

 

By: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Originally published on Feb 22, 2017

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

Over 21 days, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds, including three in the habitable zone, where liquid water might be found.

The video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and Michaël Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. For more information about Spitzer, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spitzer and http://spitzer.caltech.edu.

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NASA| Moon Phases 2017 – Northern Hemisphere – 4K

 

By: NASA Goddard

Originally published on Dec 22, 2016
This 4K visualization shows the Moon’s phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2017, as viewed from the northern hemisphere. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization shows the Moon’s orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and labels of craters near the terminator.

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To learn more about this visualization, or to see what the Moon will look like at any hour in 2017, visit our “Dial A-Moon” website: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4537

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/David Ladd

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Showstopper Nov. 14 Supermoon is the Closest Moon to Earth since 1948

 

By: NASA Goddard

Originally published on Nov 9, 2016

The moon is a familiar sight, but the days leading up to Monday, Nov. 14, promise a spectacular supermoon show. When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon. This month’s is especially ‘super’ for two reasons: it is the only supermoon this year to be completely full, and it is the closest moon to Earth since 1948. The moon won’t be this super again until 2034!

Credit: NASA Goddard/Clare Skelly

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Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species

 

By: SpaceX

Published on Sep 27, 2016

SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.

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SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

 

By: SpaceX

Originally published on Sep 27, 2016

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Hubble Telescope Directly Images Possible Water Vapor Plumes on Europa

 

By: NASA Goddard

Originally Published on Sep 26, 2016

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took direct ultraviolet images of the icy moon Europa transiting across the disk of Jupiter.

Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on three of the images. This adds another piece of supporting evidence to the existence of water vapor plumes on Europa – Hubble also detected spectroscopic signatures of water vapor in 2012.

The existence of water vapor plumes could provide a future Europa flyby mission the opportunity to study the conditions and habitability of Europa’s subsurface ocean.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Katrina Jackson

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NASA just launched a spacecraft to steal some asteroid particles

 

By: The Verge

Originally published on Sep 9, 2016

NASA just successfully launched its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on an Atlas V rocket. Now, the vehicle is on its way to scoop up pieces of an asteroid and bring them back to Earth, a journey that will take seven years to complete. But if successful, those asteroid pieces could tell researchers a lot about the early Solar System and how life got started on our own planet.

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NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Celebrates the National Park Service Centennial from Space

 

By: NASA Johnson

Originally published on Aug 25, 2016

NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams shares his photos and personal stories as he celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Jeff’s affection for the National Parks began when he was a child. His father was a seasonal park ranger severing at Devils Tower National Monument. Now, his unique vantage point on the International Space Station provides an endless panorama of the natural beauty and awesome grandeur that is found in the National Parks.
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