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NASA spacecraft ready to launch through Sun’s burning atmosphere 11 Aug 2018

NASA spacecraft ready to launch through Sun’s burning atmosphere

The first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun is poised to blast off Saturday, on a mission to plunge into our star’s sizzling atmosphere and unlock the mysteries of the center of the solar system. NASA’s car-sized, $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to launch on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from […]

NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship 08 Aug 2018

NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship

NASA is poised to launch a $1.5 billion spacecraft on a brutally hot journey toward the Sun, offering scientists the closest-ever view of our strange and mysterious star. After the Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11, it will become the first spacecraft ever to fly through the Sun’s scorching […]

New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space 16 May 2018

New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space

Explorations in Earth’s space environment by NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft have discovered a surprising new magnetic event in turbulent plasma. Though close to home, the space immediately around Earth is full of hidden secrets and invisible processes. In a new discovery reported in the journal Nature, scientists working with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft — MMS — […]

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes 06 May 2018

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the unmanned spacecraft blasted off on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket at […]

NASA Successfully Tests Nuclear Reactor to Power Future Missions 05 May 2018

NASA Successfully Tests Nuclear Reactor to Power Future Missions

 Most space missions rely on solar power, but a few that demand maximum reliability have a thermal nuclear power system. Human spaceflight and colonization efforts will require a lot of power that works no matter the conditions. That’s why NASA has been developing small-scale nuclear fission reactors. The space agency now reports that the delightfully […]

Measuring Growth of Universe Reveals a Mystery 13 Mar 2018

Measuring Growth of Universe Reveals a Mystery

 Astronomers have made the most precise measurement to date of the rate at which the universe is expanding. But there’s also some unsettling news: The new number remains at odds with independent measurements of the early universe’s expansion, which could mean that there is something unknown about the makeup of the universe. Is something unpredicted […]

NASA picks finalists to explore comet, Saturn’s moon 21 Dec 2017

NASA picks finalists to explore comet, Saturn’s moon

NASA on Wednesday announced two finalists for billion-dollar robotic missions — one to explore a comet and another Saturn’s moon Titan — with a launch by the winner planned in the 2020s. “These are tantalizing investigations that seek to answer some of the biggest questions in our solar system today,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator […]

SpaceX launches and lands its first used rocket for NASA 17 Dec 2017

SpaceX launches and lands its first used rocket for NASA

 SpaceX’s first flight with a pre-flown booster for NASA was a success. After launch, SpaceX successfully touched down its used Falcon 9 rocket at the company’s ground-based Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral. This marks the 14th landing SpaceX has pulled off this year, and the second time this particular vehicle has landed following take […]

NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years 03 Dec 2017

NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft — cruising interstellar space billions of miles from Earth — was back on the right track Friday thanks to thrusters that were fired up for the first time in 37 years. The unmanned spaceship was launched along with its twin, Voyager 2, more than 40 years ago to explore the outer […]

Galactic Secrets Revealed 02 Dec 2017

Galactic Secrets Revealed

TEHRAN  – A new 2.3-gigapixel image of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster – one of the largest images ever released by European Southern Observatory (EOS) – might make you feel small. Astronomers working with the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile obtained an unparalleled detailed image of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster.  It […]