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Let’s Talk Black Holes

Nov 22, 14 Let’s Talk Black Holes

Posted by in Miracles Of The Modern, Space

Have you ever wanted the chance to just sit down with a scientist so that you could pick their brain about some aspect of our Universe that you were curious about? Well, thanks to the National Science Foundation, a team sat down with astrophysicist Dan Evans of the Smithsonian Institute to ask him about one of the most fascinating aspects of his research: black holes.

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Forget Interstellar, Watch Milestones From NASA Swift’s 10 Years In Space

Nov 21, 14 Forget Interstellar, Watch Milestones From NASA Swift’s 10 Years In Space

Posted by in Space

Ten years ago Thursday, NASA launched the Swift spacecraft, a satellite designed to help scientists observe and study gamma ray bursts.

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Can Russia Really Launch An Independent Space Station?

Nov 19, 14 Can Russia Really Launch An Independent Space Station?

Posted by in Space

Russia is planning to launch an independent space station in 2017, thus cutting ties with the United States and NASA. While this would be a radical development, as well as a huge blow to international space cooperation, it seems likely the statements are dictated by politics rather than actual scientific need, and that they may be more boast than reality.

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Meteorite’s Magnetic Fields Could Explain How Planets Formed

Nov 16, 14 Meteorite’s Magnetic Fields Could Explain How Planets Formed

Posted by in Space

Magnetic fields trapped inside a primitive meteorite could help scientists better understand how the early solar system evolved, according to a study, which also said that shock waves traveling through the cloud of dusty gas around the early sun was a major factor in solar system’s formation.

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Comet Lander Shuts Down As Batteries Go Flat

Nov 16, 14 Comet Lander Shuts Down As Batteries Go Flat

Posted by in Space

A pioneering robotic spacecraft shut down on Saturday after radioing results of its first and probably last batch of scientific experiments from the surface of a comet, scientists said. Batteries aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae comet lander drained, shutting down the washing machine-sized probe after an adventurous and largely unscripted 57-hour mission.

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Rosetta Scientist + Ugly Shirt + Social Media = #ShirtStorm

Nov 15, 14 Rosetta Scientist + Ugly Shirt + Social Media = #ShirtStorm

Posted by in Space, Technology, WTF???

He helped was part of a scientific all-start team that was able to build the technology for a mission with the first successful landing on a comet, but Dr. Matt Taylor's fame may be tied more to his poor choices in attire than his scientific acumen. The space scientist broke down in tears today as he apologized for his unfortunate choice of clothing when he sat for an interview.

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A Comet Up Close: News And Images From Philae

Nov 14, 14 A Comet Up Close: News And Images From Philae

Posted by in Space

After several hours of silence while the Rosetta orbiter was circling Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and out of signal reach of its lander, named Philae, the two finally made contact. Scientists were waiting eagerly for the first batch of data from Rosetta to reach the Earth to confirm whether Philae was sitting safely on the surface of the comet or had drifted into space.

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Riding The Comet

Nov 13, 14 Riding The Comet

Posted by in Space

The European Space Agency achieved the first ever comet landing Wednesday. ESA received the signal that Philae lander touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at approximately 11:03 a.m. EST. After Philae is anchored to Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it will take its first photo from a comet's surface.

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Comet Landing: 6 Reasons You Should Care

Nov 13, 14 Comet Landing: 6 Reasons You Should Care

Posted by in Space

It has taken scores of very smart people from several countries almost two decades and billions of dollars to attempt to drill a 23-centimeter hole on a faraway ancient comet that you likely never heard of. Why should you care, even a bit, about all of this interest in Wednesday’s landing onto an ancient comet somewhere between Jupiter and Earth?

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Russia Worries About Actual New Star Wars

Nov 12, 14 Russia Worries About Actual New Star Wars

Posted by in Space

It’s a case of diplomatic fact being far, far stranger than science fiction. Earlier this month in Hollywood, while the Lucasfilm team announced the title of the latest movie in the lucrative and hugely popular Star Wars franchise, United Nations diplomats in New York bickered over whether weapons should be banned in outer space.

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