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Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

STUDENT-BUILT SATELLITES: A NEW WAY TO DO SPACE RESEARCH – Eleven tiny satellites called CubeSats will accompany a spy satellite into Earth orbit on Aug. 2, inaugurating a new type of inexpensive, modular nanosatellite designed to piggyback aboard other NASA missions. One of the eleven is CINEMA (CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons, & MAgnetic fields), an 8-pound, shoebox-size package [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

ROVER “CURIOSITY” TO LAND ON MARS AUG. 5 NASA’s most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work.  However, getting the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars will not be easy. Curiosity is scheduled to land at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Sunday, Aug. [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A FIFTH MOON ORBITING PLUTO – A team of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit. “The moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls,” said team lead Mark [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

DARK MATTER DETECTED BY GRAVITATIONAL LENSING – Scientists have, for the first time, directly detected part of the invisible dark matter skeleton of the universe, where more than half of all matter is believed to reside. The discovery, led by a University of Michigan physics researcher, confirms a key prediction in the prevailing theory of how the universe’s current web-like structure [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A HALF-MILLION ASTEROIDS have orbits that could someday take them close to our home planet. We’ve been fortunate that none have hit the Earth since 1908, when an asteroid or comet struck the Siberian forests with devastating effect. Now, a new space mission has the goal of protecting us from such an event happening again. In a press conference June 28 at the California Academy of Sciences, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Few nighttime sights offer more drama than the full Moon rising over the horizon. Now imagine that instead of the Moon, a gas giant planet spanning three times more sky loomed over the molten landscape of a lava world. This alien vista exists in the newly discovered two-planet system of Kepler-36. “These two worlds are having close encounters,” said Josh Carter, a Hubble Fellow at the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion—that humanity’s first emissary to interstellar space is now at the edge of our [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

There’s a new way to get a spacecraft into orbit, and it’s a lot cheaper than the old. You just attach it to the bottom of an airplane, fly up to 39,000 feet, drop it, turn on its rocket engine, and it’s off! That’s exactly what NASA did on June 13. when an orbiting X-ray observatory named NuSTAR was boosted into orbit from the skies above Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

 Astronomers at Arizona State University have found an exceptionally distant galaxy, ranked among the top 10 most distant objects currently known in space and the faintest galaxy ever observed. Light from the recently detected galaxy left the object 13 billion years ago—only 800 million years after the beginning of the universe. A team of astronomers, led by James Rhoads, Sangeeta Malhotra, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch at Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own Sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13. “We will see the hottest, densest and most energetic objects with a fundamentally new, high-energy X-ray [...]

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