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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:06:00 +0100
Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled upon a new class of curiosities that had gone largely unrecognized before: yellow balls. The rounded features are not actually yellow -- they just appear that way in the infrared, color-assigned Spitzer images.  "The volunteers started chatting about the yell...
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:24:00 +0100
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25 , and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet. "We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved," said Jim Green , Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters ...
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) has been awarded $1M by Google Lunar XPRIZE for its recent lander test flights, taking home the only Lander System milestone prize awarded for a full lander system demonstration. The tests were conducted at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, utilizing a test range located at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility. The award announcements were made last evening at a private ceremony held at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA, which was ...
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:57:00 +0100
Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images show the asteroid, which made its closest approach today (Jan. 26, 2015) at 8:19 a.m. PST (11:19 a.m. EST) at a distance of about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers, or 3.1 times the distance from Earth to the moon), has its own small moon. The 20 individual images used in the movie were generated from da...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0100
ESA's Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet's dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years. The COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser, or COSIMA, is one of Rosetta's three dust analysis experiments. It started collecting, imaging and measuring the composition of dust particles shortly after the spacecraft arrived at the comet in August 2014. Results from the first analysis of its...
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