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NASA sees Tropical Storm Kammuri winding down over open ocean

Tropical Storm Kammuri continues to appear more like a cold front on satellite imagery as it transitions into an extra-tropical storm over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Kammuri on Sept. 29 at 7:40 a.m. Show More Summary

NASA's Aqua satellite sees Rachel before losing hurricane status

Tropical Storm Rachel strengthened into a hurricane over the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28, only to weaken back into a tropical storm by Sept. 29. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Rachel before it weakened and took a visible picture of the storm off Baja California's coast. read more

Extreme Alien Planet Found -"One of the Most Massive Known Exoplanets"

A planet may be causing the star it orbits to act much older than it actually is, according to new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This discovery shows how a massive planet can affect the behavior of its parent...

Image of the Day: NASA's 1st Observations of Mars' Atmosphere

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color images eight hours after the successful completion of Mars orbit insertion...

Clear Skies and Water Vapor Discovered on a Distant Planet --"A Significant Milepost" Says NASA

Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making...

Earth-Stratosphere Experiment May Prevent Microbial Contamination of Mars by Robotic Spacecraft

NASA's Exposing Microorganisms in the Stratosphere (E-MIST) experiment launched to the Earth's stratosphere on the exterior of a giant scientific balloon gondola at about 8 a.m. MST on Aug. 24 from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. Soaring 125,000 feet above the...

New Hubble Discovery --Supermasssive Black Hole at Center of a Dwarf Galaxy 1/500th Size of Milky Way

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. “That is pretty amazing, given that...

ISS Astronauts Recreate Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Poster

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In a tradition dating back to the space shuttle era, NASA has created mock movie posters to promote its missions. Previous posters have included Reservoir Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean. But, for ISS Expedition 42 — the answer to life, the universe and everything — there could only be one choice. Read more...

Space Tweets from MOM

Summary: Is there anything cuter than two spacecrafts tweeting each other? Maybe, but not much. Last week the Indian Space Research Organization's Mars Orbiter Mission made it to Mars's orbit. Following in NASA's Curiosity Rover's footsteps, the Mangalyaan began tweeting from its own Twitter account, @MarsOrbiter.

Werner Herzog on America and His Lifelong NASA Dream

2 days agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"The country has always had a capacity to rejuvenate itself, pull itself out of defeat and look to the future. There has always been space there to create real change." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

Company files lawsuit against NASA and SpaceX over ‘space taxi’ contracts

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA’s award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately...

NASA finds clear skies on exoplanet

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In a display of interstellar teamwork, NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes have discovered clear skies and water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet orbiting a star 120 light years from Earth. According to...Show More Summary

With few data, Arctic carbon models lack consensus

As climate change grips the Arctic, how much carbon is leaving its thawing soil and adding to Earth's greenhouse effect? The question has long been debated by scientists. A new study conducted as part of NASA's Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs...Show More Summary

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation-related volcanic hazards

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards.

Sierra Nevada Corporation, which was beaten to NASA's multi-billion dollar contract recently, has ju

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Sierra Nevada Corporation, which was beaten to NASA's multi-billion dollar contract recently, has just filed a legal challenge against NASA, claiming that their mini-space shuttle proposal was significantly cheaper. This comes a day after Sierra Nevada laid off 100 staff who were working on the (appropriately-named) Dream Chaser project. [Sierra Nevada] Read more...

China Upset India Beat it to Mars

Mars receives two visitors from the Earth this week.NASA's new spacecraft MAVEN entered the orbit around Mars on Sept. 21 to hunt for the planet's lost water. And India's first Mars probe has reached Mars on Sept. 24, said Indian Prime...Show More Summary

NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain

“This drilling target is at the lowest part of the base layer of the mountain, and from here we plan to examine the higher, younger layers exposed in the nearby hills,” said Curiosity Deputy Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of JPL. “This first look at rocks we believe to underlie Mount Sharp is exciting because it [...]

Mars Rover Curiosity drills first hole into large mountain

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has taken its first bite out of the giant mountain that it crossed interplanetary space to explore. On Wednesday (Sept. 24), the 1-ton Curiosity rover drilled 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) into an outcrop at the base of the towering Mount Sharp, which rises 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) into the Martian sky. Show More Summary

AM Linkage: Drone Traffic Control; The Making of the New SFMOMA Facade

Photo via Carl Wilson · Corrosion feared as water leaks into Bay Bridge's new span · NASA is researching how drone traffic should work · Gary Kamiya on the case against earthquake preparedness · How SFMOMA's fabricators are making the...

NASA sees Tropical Storm Kammuri's spiral bands of soaking thunderstorms

Tropical Storm Kammuri continues to strengthen on its north-northwestern track through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and NASA's TRMM satellite identified a band of thunderstorms containing heavy rainfall northwest of the storm's center. Meanwhile NASA's Aqua satellite got a look at the entire storm and saw that those bands of storms circled the entire storm. read more

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