Stephen Hawking Is Going To The Edge Of Space

Professor Stephen Hawking has been offered, and has accepted, a trip into sub-orbital space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Spacecraft.
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When helium behaves like a black hole

A team of scientists has discovered that a law controlling the bizarre behavior of black holes out in space — is also true for cold helium atoms that can be studied in laboratories. This finding may be a step toward a long-sought quantum theory of gravity and new advances in quantum computing. …

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Astronomers hazard a ride in a ‘drifting carousel’ to understand pulsating stars

What sounds like a stomach-turning ride at an amusement park might hold the key to unraveling the mysterious mechanism that causes beams of radio waves to shoot out from pulsars — super-magnetic rotating stars in our galaxy. …

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Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials. …

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Does Mars have rings? Not right now, but maybe one day

Researchers have developed a model that suggests that debris that was pushed into space from an asteroid or other body slamming into Mars around 4.3 billion years ago and alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping up to form a moon. …

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Less radiation in inner Van Allen belt than previously believed

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected. This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can be damaged by high levels of radiation. …

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Eye Opening Numbers On Space Debris

The latest numbers released by the ESA’s Space Debris Office indicate that the cloud of orbital debris is getting worse.
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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific with Treasure Trove of Space Station Science

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX’s tenth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station came to a safe conclusion with a splashdown of the Dragon spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean Sunday and successfully returned a treasure trove of more than two tons of precious science experiments and research samples from the space station.
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How Did Uranus Get its Name?

The period known as the Scientific Revolution (ca. 16th to the 18th century) was a time of major scientific upheaval. In addition to advances made in mathematics, chemistry, and the natural sciences, several major discoveries were made in the field of astronomy. Because of this, our understanding of the size and structure of the Solar […]
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NASA’s Swift mission maps a star’s ‘death spiral’ into a black hole

Astronomers measured the light produced when a sun-like star wandered too close to a 3-million-solar-mass black hole similar to the one at the center of our own galaxy. …

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Ever Wondered What Final Approach To Mars Might Feel Like?

We’ve posted several ‘flyover’ videos of Mars that use data from spacecraft. But this video might be the most spectacular and realistic. Created by filmmaker Jan Fröjdman from Finland, “A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars” uses actual data from the venerable HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and takes you on a 3-D […]
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