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NASA to Provide Coverage of May 9 Mercury Transit of the Sun
Science & Tech  (tags: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Mercury transit, Solar Dynamics Observatory, Solar system, Sun )

Steve
- 22 days ago - nasa.gov
NASA is inviting media and viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the Monday, May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Media may view the event at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
Promising Worlds Found Around Nearby Ultra-Cool Dwarf Star
Science & Tech  (tags: Distant Planets, TRAPPIST-1, NASA, ESO, Johnson Space Center, Hubble Space Telesciope, Kepler Space Telescope, K2 Mission )

Steve
- 22 days ago - nasa.gov
Astronomers using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory have discovered three planets with sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth, orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth.
We Are Almost Certainly Not Alone In The Universe
Science & Tech  (tags: science, discovery, nasa, news, space, astronomy, extraterrestrial life, life, aliens )

Michael
- 22 days ago - iflscience.com
The existence of extra-terrestrial life is one of the most compelling debates in science. When we ask "Are we alone?", we are wondering about how life itself begins, and what our place and function is in this universe.
Light Echoes Used to Study Protoplanetary Disks
Science & Tech  (tags: Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA, Distant planets, Universe, Stars, Photo-Reverberation, Light echos )

Steve
- 29 days ago - nasa.gov
A new study published in the Astrophysical Journal uses data from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope and four ground-based telescopes to determine the distance from a star to the inner rim of its surrounding protoplanetary disk.
Tell Congress You Vote for Space
Science & Tech  (tags: NASA, funding, space exploration, petitions )

Freya
- 32 days ago - secure.planetary.org
After last year's successful space advocacy campaign - we helped reverse NASA budget cuts and locked in an epic mission to Europa - we're moving boldly forward. And we need your help.
Development of High-Power Solar Electric Propulsion
Science & Tech  (tags: Hall thruster, NASA, Glenn Research Center, Asteroid Redirect Mission, Space flight, Mars )

Steve
- 32 days ago - nasa.gov
A prototype 13-kilowatt Hall thruster is tested at NASAs Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This prototype demonstrated the technology readiness needed for industry to continue the development of high-power solar electric propulsion ...
Microscopic "Timers" Reveal Likely Source of Galactic Space Radiation
Science & Tech  (tags: Hubble Space Telesciope, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Advanced Composition Explorer Spacecraft, Cosmic rays, Supernovae, Iron-60, Universe )

Steve
- 32 days ago - nasa.gov
Most of the cosmic rays that we detect at Earth originated relatively recently in nearby clusters of massive stars, according to new results from the NASA Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.
Mount Brandberg Nature Reserve From the Space Station
Science & Tech  (tags: Expedition 47, NASA, ISS, Namibia, Mount Brandberg, Earth )

Steve
- 32 days ago - nasa.gov
This composite image of the Mount Brandberg Nature Reserve in Namibia, Africa was put together at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from several International Space Station images.
Morning Sunglint Over the Pacific
Science & Tech  (tags: ISS, Expedition 47, NASA, Commander Jeff Williams, Earth, Pacific Ocean )

Steve
- 32 days ago - nasa.gov
This Earth observation composite image from the International Space Station captures morning sunglint and low clouds over the central Pacific Ocean.
Preparing the Vehicle Assembly Building for NASA's Next Rocket
Science & Tech  (tags: NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Space Launch System, Orion Spacecraft, Journey to Mars )

Steve
- 34 days ago - nasa.gov
A view from below in High Bay 3 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida, shows three work platforms installed for NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Mars
Science & Tech  (tags: Mars, NASA., moon, Orion, SLS, space, new technology, space travel, humans, health, design, concept, discovery, astronomy, research, nasa )

Roger
- 34 days ago - smithsonianmag.com
this is a REAL project to send humans to Mars, not a gimmick like some ...
Mission Manager Update: Kepler Remains Stable as Health Check Continues
Science & Tech  (tags: Kepler space telescope, K2 Mission, NASA, Ames Research Center )

Steve
- 36 days ago - nasa.gov
The Kepler spacecraft remains stable as the process of returning it to science continues. The cause of the anomaly, first reported on April 8, remains under investigation.
Early Ice Breakup of Beaufort Sea Due to Early Warm Temperatures
Science & Tech  (tags: NASA, Beaufort Sea, SUOMI NPP, VIIRS, Sea ice, Earth sciences )

Steve
- 39 days ago - nasa.gov
This image of early ice breakup of the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument infrared channel, at around 1148 UTC on April 13, 2016.
NASA To Test New 40km Solar Sail That Could Leave The Solar System In Under 10 Years
Science & Tech  (tags: astronomy, space, science, solar sail, nasa, technology, research )

Michael
- 41 days ago - iflscience.com
NASA has started work on a giant solar sail, which would use electrically charged protons from solar wind to reach enormous speeds - and make interstellar travel a reality.
T-38C Passes in Front of the Sun at Supersonic Speed
Science & Tech  (tags: NASA, Armstrong Flight Research Center, Supersonic flight, Schlieren imagery, Air Force, T-38C )

Steve
- 42 days ago - nasa.gov
An Air Force Test Pilot School T-38C passes in front of the sun at a supersonic speed, creating shockwaves that are caught photographically for research.

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