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Sun Mar 1



Rosetta Races Toward Comet Touchdown
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
After sailing through space for more than 10 years, the European Space Agencys Rosetta spacecraft is now less than a week shy of landing a robotic probe on a comet. [...]




Sun Mar 1



Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Scientists can now compare features first seen at a distance through a telescope to those seen up-close by an orbiting spacecraft. [...]




Sun Mar 1



NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Scientists at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston and JPL have found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars. [...]




Sat Feb 28



Scientists learn to build better metals by freezing alloys in space
Engadget [SPACE]
Metals are full of microscopic structures that define properties like strength, but its hard to figure out how those structures work on Earth, where gravity skews their effects. An experiment aboard the International Space Station may have solved that dilemma, however. By freezing alloys in the stations extra-low gravity, scientists tracked the growth of microstructures in a pure environment and revealed a wealth of data about how metal forms. For example, the structures sometimes "brea [...]




Sat Feb 28



An Incredibly Touching Leonard Nimoy Tribute From The ISS
Gizmodo.com [LEONARD]
Since Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday, tributes have been pouring in from around the web . But this one, posted without comment from NASA astronaut Terry Virts aboard the ISS, is probably the most touching. LLAP. [...]




Sat Feb 28



Moon-Venus-Mars Skyline
Spacefellowship.com [MARS]
Taken on February 20, five different exposures made in rapid succession were used to created this tantalizing telephoto image. In combination, they reveal a wide range of brightness visible to the eye on that frigid evening, from the urban glow of the Quebec City skyline to the triple conjunction of Moon, Venus and Mars. Shortly after sunset the young Moon shows off its bright crescent next to brilliant Venus. Fainter Mars is near the top of the frame. Though details in the Moons sunlit cre [...]




Sat Feb 28



Living on the Edge: Stars Found Far from Galaxy Center
Spacefellowship.com [GALAXY]
Astronomers using data from NASAs Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, have found a cluster of stars forming at the very edge of our Milky Way galaxy. "A stellar nursery in what seems to be the middle of nowhere is quite surprising," said Peter Eisenhardt, the project scientist for the WISE mission at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "But surprises turn up when you look everywhere, as the WISE survey did." The discovery, led by Deni [...]




Sat Feb 28



Stories from The Sky: Astronomy in Indigenous Knowledge
Space [SKY]
Indigenous Australians have been developing complex knowledge systems for tens of thousands of years. These knowledge systems - which seek to understand, explain, and predict nature - are passed to successive generations through oral tradition. [...]




Sat Feb 28



The Mysteries of Earths Other Moon (Op-Ed)
Space [EARTHS]
We all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name. [...]




Fri Feb 27



Supermassive Diet: Black Holes Bulk-Up on Dark Matter
Space [BLACK]
It has long been assumed that the size of a supermassive black hole in a galaxys core is intimately related to the number of stars that galaxy contains -- but it might not be that simple. [...]

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