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Giant Space Hand!

The hand of God? An alien breaching the walls of our galaxy? The giant space hand you see here is actually pulsar PSR b1509-58.This neutron star spins seven times per second and is relatively young by pulsar standards – the light of the supernova that caused it would have first reached our planet about 1,700 [...more]

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May 03 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Japanese Coop Making Humanoid Moon Robot

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A group of Japanese manufacturers are getting together to build a a bipedal, moon-faring robot. Now I’m not sure if the endeavor will produce a sassy Futurama-esque robot or a sad Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy version, but I’m really hoping of the former. I am sure, however, that the Japanese coop named Astro-Technology SOHLA [...more]

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Apr 29 2010
By Nick Upton

Star Wars: Air Force Launches Robotic Space Plane

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Holy crap! Let the Star Wars begin! The Air Force launched an unmanned “space plane” into Earth’s orbit. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle took it’s inaugural flight on an Atlast 5 rocket. The Air Force said the launch was successful, but didn’t say much more. They haven’t said how long the mission will last or [...more]

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Apr 23 2010
By Nick Upton

NASA Lets Public Aim Ultra High-Res Camera At Mars

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NASA took eight ultra-high resolution images of the Martian surface based on public suggestions. The NASA image gallery hosted smaller versions of the staggering images. Even in three colors the images are simply beastly. HiRISE is the most powerful camera ever to orbit another planet. It has taken thousands of black-and-white images, and hundreds of [...more]

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Apr 05 2010
By Nick Upton

1.3 Trillion Pounds Of Ice Found On Moon

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An Indian satellite doing a flyover with a NASA radar spotted tons, and tons, and tons of ice — 600 million metric tons worth. The 1.3 trillion pounds of ice are very interesting to moon scientists and NASA explorers who could potentially use the ice to create water and to eventually create oxygen for future [...more]

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Mar 02 2010
By Nick Upton

NASA Set To Outsource Space Travel Tech

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NASA and the Obama administration says the future of space travel will depend more on private companies to do the legwork in creating new technology and building the technology for future space travelers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the move is expected to be a part of President Barack Obama’s next budget. After the [...more]

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Jan 27 2010
By Nick Upton

Mars Rover Becomes ‘Stationary Research Platform’ (Totally Stuck)

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The plucky master of Mars, the Spirit Rover, is hopelessly stuck in a sand trap. NASA scientists made the announcement in Washington, but made sure to say that the mission is still not over. “Spirit is not dead; it has just entered another phase of its long life,” said Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars [...more]

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Jan 26 2010
By Nick Upton

CES: Telescope Features On Board Map Gadget

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One of Vixen’s huge reflector telescopes has one feature that made it perfect for the Consumer Electronics show. Attached to the telescope is a mini map so that astronomers can point directly where they want to look, and actually know what is there. So instead of looking at star charts and compasses, the device has [...more]

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Jan 09 2010
By Nick Upton

Supermassive Black Holes ‘Waltzing’ Through Space

An image of the galaxy COSMOS J100043.15+020637.2. The tidal tail of stars, gas, and dust shows that this galaxy recently merged with another galaxy, which brought two supermassive black holes into this galaxy. (NASA/ASA)

Our galaxy will soon (3 billion years) get into the universal dance party and join the other 33 known galaxies containing a pair of supermassive black holes — we will, of course, be annihilated. Scientists with Berkeley unveiled new research showing that the phenomenon is actually much more common than once thought. The numbers “show [...more]

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Jan 05 2010
By Nick Upton