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Hubble Finds Three Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons

October 16, 2014

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Hubble Uncovered Three Potential New Horizons Targets

The Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three potential targets for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose. “This has been a very challenging search […]

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturn’s Rings

October 15, 2014

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturns Rings

Taken this past summer, this Cassini image shows Saturn’s moon Tethys through several of Saturn’s rings. Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across), like the ring particles, is composed primarily of ice. […]

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“Trial By Fire” Video Details Orion Flight Test

October 9, 2014

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Trial By Fire Video Details Orion Flight Test Info

As the flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears, a new video seven minute video details the spacecraft’s test and the critical systems. Orion: Trial By Fire Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many […]

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NASA Images Show the Eastern Basin of the South Aral Sea is Completely Dry

October 2, 2014

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NASA Images Show the Eastern Basin of the South Aral Sea is Dry

Images from NASA’s Terra satellite reveal that the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea is completely dry. This is the first time the eastern basin has completely dried in modern times. Summer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. […]

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NASA’s GRAIL Mission Solves a Lunar Mystery Almost as Old as the Moon Itself

October 2, 2014

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Astronomers Solve Lunar Mystery

Using new data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL mission, astronomers discovered that a volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon’s largest basin. Early theories suggested the craggy outline of a region of the moon’s surface known as Oceanus Procellarum, or the Ocean of Storms, was caused by an asteroid impact. If this theory had […]

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NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

September 29, 2014

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CAL Cools Atoms to Ultracold Temperatures

Researchers will use NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory to study ultra-cold quantum gases, exploring how atoms interact in microgravity when they have almost no motion due to such cold temperatures. Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms’ movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers […]

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Possibility of El Niño Event in 2014 is Fading

September 23, 2014

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Prospect of 2014 El Nino

Climatologists believe the latest Kelvin waves are the “last hurrah” for a much-hoped-for El Niño event in 2014. Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there’s a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback. Scientists warn that unless these developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, the drought-stricken American […]

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New ScienceCast Video: A Colorful Lunar Eclipse

September 18, 2014

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ScienceCasts Video A Colorful Lunar Eclipse

This new four minute ScienceCast video details what you can expect to see during the total lunar eclipse that is set to occur on October 8, 2014. ScienceCasts: A Colorful Lunar Eclipse Mark your calendar: On October 8th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth for a total lunar eclipse. Sky watchers in […]

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New ScienceCast Video – Jellyfish Flames on the ISS

September 15, 2014

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Jellyfish Flame on the International Space Station

A new four minute ScienceCast video looks at the lifelike behavior and underlying physics of flames on the International Space Station. ScienceCasts: Jellyfish Flame on the International Space Station Astronauts onboard the International Space Station report seeing flames that behave like jellyfish. Video of the microgravity phenomenon is a must-see. Fire is inanimate, yet anyone […]

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New Guidelines for the Search for Alien Life on Other Planets

September 12, 2014

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Researchers Give Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

Using an altitude-dependent photochemical model with the enhanced lower boundary conditions necessary to carefully explore abiotic oxygen and ozone production on lifeless planets with a wide variety of volcanic gas fluxes and stellar energy distributions, scientists at NASA have developed new guidelines for the search for life on other planets. Astronomers searching the atmospheres of […]

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NASA’s STEREO Spacecraft Witnesses a Dramatic Solar Eruption

September 3, 2014

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Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Views a Dramatic Solar Eruption

New images from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory show a dramatic solar eruption captured by one of STEREO’s two spacecraft, STEREO-B, which currently has a view of the far side of the sun. A bright eruption of solar material surges into space as captured by NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, which currently has a view […]

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Astronomers Discover a Massive Galaxy in Its Core Formation Phase

August 28, 2014

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Astronomers View Massive Galaxy in Core Formation Phase

By combining observations from several telescopes, astronomers have viewed a massive galaxy in its core formation phase three billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light […]

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