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Chinese “spy” caught with NASA laptop full of porn, not secrets

Chinese “spy” caught with NASA laptop full of porn, not secrets | Astron0my | Scoop.it
Former contractor was arrested on plane after being cut loose as security risk.
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Virgin Galactic's first space tourism flight to...

Virgin Galactic's first space tourism flight to... | Astron0my | Scoop.it
In addition to the announcement of Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne, Richard Branson announced today that the company's first space tourism flight will launch from its New Mexico spaceport next year. ...
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NASA - The Rose

NASA - The Rose | Astron0my | Scoop.it
The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn's Rings - NASA

NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn's Rings - NASA | Astron0my | Scoop.it
National Geographic NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn's Rings NASA "These new results imply the current-day impact rates for small particles at Saturn are about the same as those at Earth-- two very different neighborhoods in our...
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Antares test launch paves new highway to space station | Spaceflight Now

Antares test launch paves new highway to space station | Spaceflight Now | Astron0my | Scoop.it

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- Soaring into a brilliant blue sky from a new launch pad on the Virginia coastline, an Antares rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corp. blasted off on a successful test flight Sunday, inaugurating a new launch system to resupply the International Space Station.

 

The first launch of the Antares rocket is a major step in a joint venture between Orbital Sciences and NASA to develop two commercial space transportation systems to resupply the space station, replacing much of the cargo-carrying capacity lost when the space shuttle retired in 2011.

 

"Today's successful test marks another significant milestone in NASA's plan to rely on American companies to launch supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station, bringing this important work back to the United States where it belongs," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a statement.


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NASA - Space Station Communications Test Bed Checks Out; Experiments Begin

NASA - Space Station Communications Test Bed Checks Out; Experiments Begin | Astron0my | Scoop.it
NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station.
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The Moon is flat! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

The Moon is flat! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | Astron0my | Scoop.it
Astronomy | When I got up this morning, I was greeted by a stunning view of the full Moon setting over the Rocky Mountains, glowing golden from the rays of the rising Sun.

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NASA Announces Plan for Capturing an Asteroid

NASA Announces Plan for Capturing an Asteroid | Astron0my | Scoop.it

NASA wants to identify an asteroid in deep space, figure out a way to capture the spinning and hard-to-grab orb, nudge it into our planetary region, and then set it into orbit around the moon, the agency announced Wednesday.

 

The capture would be performed robotically, and the relocated asteroid would become a destination for astronauts to explore—and, possibly, for space entrepreneurs to mine.

 

The idea may sound more like science fiction than national policy, but it actually fits in with key goals of the Obama administration and the space community.

 

Those goals include learning how to identify asteroids heading toward us and to change their course, finding destinations where astronauts can go as they try to learn how to make the longer trip to Mars, and providing opportunities for space investors.

 

"This mission represents an unprecedented technological feat that will lead to new scientific discoveries and technological capabilities and help protect our home planet," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement before the plan was announced on Wednesday.

 

"This asteroid initiative brings together the best of NASA's science, technology, and human exploration efforts to achieve the president's goal of sending humans to an asteroid by 2025," his statement continued.

Planning for the effort has just begun, and Bolden said teams will meet over the summer to work out how to select the right asteroid, how to get a spacecraft to it, and how to tow it many millions of miles to our moon.

As envisioned in a new NASA video (below), the asteroid would be caught and then surrounded by a large, flexible covering that will be towed by a spacecraft with two large solar arrays.


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NASA - Beautiful Plumage

NASA - Beautiful Plumage | Astron0my | Scoop.it
Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to the Cassini spacecraft's cameras. Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.
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APOD: 2013 May 1 - Omega Centauri: The Brightest Globular Cluster

APOD: 2013 May 1 - Omega Centauri: The Brightest Globular Cluster | Astron0my | Scoop.it
A different astronomy and space science
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Twitter / Earth_Pics: A view of Earth from The Moon ...

Twitter / Earth_Pics: A view of Earth from The Moon ... | Astron0my | Scoop.it
RT @Earth_Pics: A view of Earth from The Moon taken by NASA. http://t.co/uwwxmiBp3h
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Event Horizon

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The event horizon of a black hole is the boundary ('horizon') between its 'outside' and its 'inside'; those outside cannot know anything about things ('events
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A source I've used for basic information about the 'event horizon'.

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NASA released a magical timelapse of 3 years of solar beauty

NASA released a magical timelapse of 3 years of solar beauty | Astron0my | Scoop.it

For three years, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has been orbiting our planet, keeping its watchful eye on our sun, a star in our own backyard. The video compresses three years into four minutes, using two frames from each Earth day.

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Shooting Landscapes from Space

Shooting Landscapes from Space | Astron0my | Scoop.it
Being in the right place at the right time is often critical for making iconic imagery. Astronaut Chris Hadfield is always in the right place for creating powerful landscapes of planet earth. In a ...
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Cassini Returns Images of Battered Saturn Moon

Cassini Returns Images of Battered Saturn Moon | Astron0my | Scoop.it

Following its last close flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured these raw, unprocessed images of the battered icy moon. They show an ancient, cratered surface bearing the scars of collisions with many space rocks.


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NASA spacecraft captures ice cloud signalling start of seven-year autumn on south pole of Saturn's largest moon

NASA spacecraft captures ice cloud signalling start of seven-year autumn on south pole of Saturn's largest moon | Astron0my | Scoop.it
An ice cloud made from an unknown material taking shape over Titan’s south pole has led experts to deem that an important pattern of global air circulation on the moon has reversed direction.
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