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Category Archive: Space

Oct 10 2013

Comet set Egypt alight millions of years ago

The mind reels when speculating how creationists and other Old Testament literalists might spin this one. For the rest of us, it’s just fascinating scientific detective work: geo-astronomers have confirmed a healthy sized comet lit Egypt on fire millions of years ago. If they’re right it would have made the 1908 Tungaska Event look like …

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Jul 15 2013

Supernova evidence found in terrestrial bacteria

  Not long ago, a rare form of iron was found in oceanic crust worldwide dating to about 3.5 million years ago. Astronomers at the time noted that would be consistent with a relatively nearby supernova explosion. Now, another groups of scientists have the same substances incorporated into bacteria dating to the same time: Columbus …

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May 20 2013

The flying pet store of death returns

Russians recovered a furry crew that spent a month in microgravity this week, only to confirm most arrived back on earth dead. Sad, but not as bad as it sounds: Arstechnica — A Russian spacecraft containing 45 mice, 8 gerbils, and 15 newts returned to Earth on Sunday. The spacecraft, a modified Bion-M life sciences satellite, …

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May 12 2013

Would someone please think of the whiskey?

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  Space has a lot of resources, technically it has all the resources. Some of them are obvious, some serendipitous. Aside from the mountains of platinum group metals or nickel-iron and oxygen floating around free for the taking, in addition to the nearly inexhaustible energy sources, micro-gravity is a new and to date poorly utilized …

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Feb 15 2013

Siberia takes another big hit from space, shock waves hit nearby towns

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Second Update 7 PM Cdentral: This is now looks completely unrelated to the larger NEO. But interestingly, there are conspiracy theories now popping up, mostly in Russia, that this was an attack or test attack of some sort from an unfriendly nation and the Russian government is covering that up for political reasons. Or variations …

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Feb 07 2013

Updated: Comet ISON orbit and viewing possibilities

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Comet ISON will pass within 40 million mile of earth on Christmas of this year and be in decent position for viewing by eye or small scope throughout the fall of 2013. Predicting the brightness of a comet is real dicey, it depends on what the comet is made of and how many times it has been close …

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Jan 20 2013

Radio wavelengths bring dim nebula into exquisite high resolution

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Not long ago this object didn’t even have a name. It was just a dim hazy splotch in most telescopes, if they could see it at all. After being imaged by a high res wide radio telescope array in New Mexico, the one made famous in the movie Contact, it was christened the manatee nebula …

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Sep 20 2012

Best space porn of the year

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TIME magazine online has posted the best astronomy shots of the year. I suppose that’s a subjective call, there are so many magnificent ones. We are living smack dab in the middle of the greatest age of human discovery ever known. If only more of us could be a part of it. A couple of shots linked below to whet your …

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Sep 01 2012

NASA Dawn prepares to leave Vesta for Ceres

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Left: Vesta as seen by Hubble before Dawn, Right: and after The Dawn spacecraft is preparing to leave the asteroid Vesta for its next exciting target: the dwarf planet Ceres. Departure is scheduled for Sept 4th:

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Aug 25 2012

Neil Armstrong has passed away

The first human to walk on the moon has taken one big step into the great beyond. Neil Armstrong, pilot and first to  step off the LEM footpad with the immortal words captured above has passed away:

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