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NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX

Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Apple claims even they can’t crack an iOS 8 device

In a post on the Apple website yesterday the company claimed that they won’t comply with government warrants to unlock devices running the new iOS 8, because they can’t. Read more about Apple claims even they can’t crack an iOS 8 de...

NASA's Global Reach: Pakistan

Nagin Cox, a systems engineer and manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory currently working on the mission operations team for Curiosity, tells us about a trip she took to Pakistan as an ambassador for science and technology.

Mars Meets Dschubba, September 18, 2014

13 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

Evening sky on Thursday September 18 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:30 (9:30 pm) ACST in South Australia. Mars is close to Dschubba, the middle star in the head of the Scorpion (click to embiggen).After last nights beautiful clear sky, when I was attending EldestOne and MiddleOne's school dinner, tonight was cloudy and slightly rainy. Show More Summary

Is Microsoft's Azure permanently broken?

There appear to be some serious issues with Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and some experts suggest the problems might be difficult if not impossible to fix. Read more about Is Microsoft's Azure permanently broken?

Welcome to Laniakea

you and your problems just got alot smaller. –Ben Earth’s address redefined with new galaxy map For the first time, scientists have figured out where our Milky Way galaxy sits in relation to the 100,000 other galaxies within our newly discovered home supercluster, called Laniakea. http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20140409-26124-2.html

Europe’s Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P

After 10 yrs five months and four days we are finally there. now man the harpoon. –Ben Europe’s Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P Europe’s Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase. In a first for space history, the spacecraft was manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping […]

Cassini Tracks Clouds Developing Over a Titan Sea

Cool animated GIF. –Ben Cassini Tracks Clouds Developing Over a Titan Sea This animated sequence of Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn’s moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare. ? Full image and caption August 12, 2014 NASA’s Cassini spacecraft recently captured images of clouds moving across the northern […]

On the Benefits of Promoting Diversity of Ideas

As a friend of mine once said, “You know something big is about to happen in science when some prominent person in the field says that it CAN’T be done.” –Ben On the Benefits of Promoting Diversity of Ideas “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for […]

Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

another win for crowd sourced citizen science. –Ben Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—After a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. Show More Summary

Looking Backward: Curiosity gazes upon the setting Earth Earth sets over Gale crater

cool pic. –Ben Looking Backward: Curiosity gazes upon the setting Earth Earth sets over Gale crater On sol 529 (January 31, 2014), the rover looked westward after sunset to see a brilliant evening star — Earth — setting toward the horizon. http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/02050918-curiosity-earthset.html

Beyond the Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array

I thought I had posted a link to this youtube NRAO video months ago, but I don’t seem to. Sorry for the delay. –Ben Beyond the Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array Created in 2013 as the new interpretive film for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) […]

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spies Chang’e 3 and Yutu

nice ‘blink’ images. –Ben Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spies Chang’e 3 and Yutu As promised, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s sharp eyes spotted the Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover on the lunar surface on December 25. The hardware shows up as a few bright pixels throwing long, dark shadows, clearly visible in a before-and-after comparison. The lander […]

Happy Holidays from near by Galaxies

Greetings from the universe to you and yours. –Ben This holiday message is constructed from galaxy images provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Galaxy Zoo. http://utprosim.com/happyholidays/

Hubble Watches Super Star Create Holiday Light Show

fun video. –Ben Hubble Watches Super Star Create Holiday Light Show December 17, 2013: This festive NASA Hubble Space Telescope image resembles a holiday wreath made of sparkling lights. The bright southern hemisphere star RS Puppis, at the center of the image, is swaddled in a gossamer cocoon of reflective dust illuminated by the glittering […]

Chang’e 3 Landing & Six wheels on Moon for Yutu!

interesting, but its really hard to get a sense of scale till you see the jets kick up dust. –Ben Chang’e #3 Jade Rabbit Lunar Mission RAW Landing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaQTSTrbT3w Watch and enjoy this full video of Chang’e 3?s descent onto the lunar surface. The mountains on the horizon are the Montes Recti. The lander is […]

New view of U.S. at night – Could someone please dim the lights?

update on light pollution. the lights are winning. Especially in western ND. –Ben New view of U.S. at night – Could someone please dim the lights? On Oct. 1 this year – a rare, almost cloud-free night across the continental United States – NASA snapped a series of natural light photos of the country with […]

Tracing the growth of Milky Way-like galaxies

interesting baby galaxy pics. –Ben Tracing the growth of Milky Way-like galaxies This composite image shows examples of galaxies similar to our Milky Way at various stages of construction over a time span of 11 billion years. The galaxies are arranged according to time. Those on the left reside nearby, while those at the far […]

Astronomers Discover Largest Structure in the Universe

Now this is REALLY Big News. –Ben Astronomers Discover Largest Structure in the Universe It’s ten billion light years across and almost as far away but nobody had spotted it…until now What’s the largest structure in the Universe? That’s a question that has intrigued scientists for centuries. Today, they get an answer thanks to astronomers […]

LeVar Burton shares MAVEN’s story in a new NASA PSA

fyi: –Ben LeVar Burton shares MAVEN’s story in a new NASA PSA As NASA prepares for next week’s launch of the agency’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), actor LeVar Burton shares the excitement of the mission in a new NASA public service announcement (PSA).The video, containing newly edited NASA’s animations, […]

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