NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

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Almost five years after the iconic Space Shuttle was retired, NASA has announced it is funding a new space plane that is sure to evoke nostalgic thoughts of its predecessor.

The Sierra Nevada Corporations (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft is one of three unmanned vehicles developed by private companies that NASA has awarded cargo contracts to resupply the International Space Station from 2019 to 2024, as part of the CRS-2 (Commercial Resupply Services Continue reading NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

NASA Is About To Send Two Rockets Into The Northern Lights

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The aurora borealis is one of the worlds most beautiful natural phenomena, a glorious convergence of Earths magnetosphere with incoming solar wind. As particles in the atmosphere become energetically excited, an iridescent display of color is produced a well-understood mechanism. However, the aurora is in fact highly complex, and many of its features and characteristics remain somewhat mysterious. In order to shed some additional light on these uncertainties, <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-plans-twin-sounding-rocket-launches-over-norw Continue reading NASA Is About To Send Two Rockets Into The Northern Lights

Asteroid 2013 TV135: It’s Not Armageddon

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Astronomers at Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in Ukraine discovered a new asteroid almost a month after it came within 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers) of Earth on September 16. Asteroid 2013 TV135 is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) long, and its orbit around the sun varies from 75% of the way to Jupiter to approximately the same as Earth. 

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James Webb Space Telescope’s Golden Mirror Unveiled For The First Time

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The next great space observatory is off to a shiny start. The protective covers on theJames Webb Space Telescopes (JWST) primary mirror have finally beenlifted.

Billed as the successor to the Hubble space telescope, JWST will afford us fascinating views of the universe when it is launched in October 2018. It has been in construction since almost the start of this century, with its finish date constantly postponed, but now it is closer than ever t Continue reading James Webb Space Telescope’s Golden Mirror Unveiled For The First Time

10 Amazing Photos Taken By Scott Kelly On His Year In Space

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Commander Scott Kelly has just returned from his 340-day mission aboard the ISS. The recordbreaking mission has seen Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spendalmost a year in space, and scientists hope to gain an insight intowhat long stays in microgravity doto the body, with views on missions to Mars in the future.

Over the last year, Commander Kelly has not only been in charge of the ISS and conducted important scientific experiments, but he has also been an avid scientific communicator, posting incredible photos on his Twitter page. Here&#8217 Continue reading 10 Amazing Photos Taken By Scott Kelly On His Year In Space

Will NASA’s Asteroid Mission Go Ahead?

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Yesterday we brought you news of the Presidents Budget Request for NASA in 2017. There were few surprises, with continued wrangling over the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the upcoming Europa mission. But something has materialized on the back of the announcement.

In a conference call with reporters yesterday, David Radzanowski, NASAs chief financial officer, revealed that NASAs planned mission to send humans to an asteroid might be delayed and rather significantly, at that.

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How To Watch The ISS Fly Overhead On Christmas Eve

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If you’re still disappointed that you’ll never see Santa zipping across the skies on Christmas Eve, don’t worry, there’s something infinitely better to gaze upon tonight – at least if you’re in the UK.

People of Britain will be treated to a spectacular view of the International Space Station tonight after darkness falls at around 5.20pm. Provided there are no clouds, it will appear as a bright light traveling in an arc across the twinkling nigh Continue reading How To Watch The ISS Fly Overhead On Christmas Eve