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In August 2017, astronomers were treated to one of the most spectacular stellar light shows ever seen – a collision between two neutron stars. The smashup was so powerful it sent gravitational ripples through the very fabric of spacetime, and produced flares in visible light, radio waves, x-rays and a gamma ray burst. Now that things have quietened down, astronomers have studied the strang
Credits: NASA/Bill IngallsLast week, a tweeted image of a melted camera belonging to NASA photographer Bill Ingalls caught the Internet's attention. In a statement clarifying the matter, the space agency explained the story behind the image, saying, "His creativity and efforts to get unique images are well known within the agency and to those who follow it."Ingalls has worked as a NASA photograph
When NASA launched its Insight rocket in the pre-dawn hours of May 5th, 2018, photographer Norman Chan of Tested was on hand with a remote camera setup to shoot his first launch. The 15-minute video above is his record of everything that goes into capturing a NASA rocket launch.Several hours before the launch, Chan visits the site, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, to set up his remote cam
NASA’s next rover mission to the red planet is scheduled to launch july 2020. The post NASA mars helicopter to be the first autonomous aircraft on the red planet appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
One of the most promising places in the solar system to search for life is Jupiter's moon Europa, an icy world with a slushy, salty, subsurface ocean. Peering through the crust to the gooey center below is a challenge, but luckily it seems that the water is meeting us halfway. Old data has turned up new evidence of water plumes spraying through the icy shell into space... Continue Reading
The launch of the much-anticipated James Webb Space Telescope may keep getting delayed, but its successor could be sent into space in multiple launches over a period of months or years. A team of 15 scientists, led by Cornell University assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Dmitry Savransk, has presented a proposal to NASA for a series of small satellites that would r
Keeping the lights on for future planetary missions, NASA and the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announce that the space agency's next-generation nuclear reactor has passed its initial demonstration tests. The Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) experiment was carried out at the Nevada National Security Site from November 2017 thr
We know more about the surface of the moon and Mars combined than we do about our own ocean floor, according to NASA Ames scientist Ved Chirayath, which is why he is developing a camera that can remove the water from our seas to reveal 3D images of what’s below the waves. Using a grant from Earth Science Technology Office, Chirayath is working on a project that uses both hardware and software to
NASA has released a video showing the locations and motions of 29,375 asteroids and comets that have been discovered by the agency's Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft. The video has been released to coincide with the publishing of the fourth year of NEOWISE observations, during which the telescope identified 10 potentially hazardous near-Earth aster
When NASA's InSight mission to Mars lifts off on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, it won't be alone. Nestled inside the Atlas V launcher on the aft bulkhead carrier of the Centaur upper stage will be two CubeSats that will make up the Mars Cube One mission or MarCO. The 14.4 x 9.5 inches x by 4.6 in (36.6 x 24.3 x 11.8 cm) miniature spacecraft will be the first CubeSats to be deployed


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