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NASA’s Chandra turns up black hole bonanza in galaxy next door

Posted June 12, 2013 by

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered an unprecedented bonanza of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way.

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NASA selects new suborbital payloads, total tops 100 experiments

Posted June 10, 2013 by

NASA has selected 21 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. This latest selection represents the sixth cycle of NASA’s continuing call for payloads through an announcement of opportunity. †More than 100 technologies with test flights now have been facilitated through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s…

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NASA’s Hubble maps 3-D structure of ejected material around erupting star

Posted June 7, 2013 by

A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova. Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to observe the light emitted by the close double-star system T Pyxidis, or T Pyx, a recurring nova, during its latest outburst in April 2011….

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft proves sound under pressure

Posted June 7, 2013 by

After a month of being poked, prodded and pressurized in ways that mimicked the stresses of spaceflight, NASA’s Orion crew module successfully passed its static loads tests on Wednesday. When Orion launches on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is targeted for September 2014, it will travel farther from Earth than any spacecraft built for humans…

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NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

Posted June 5, 2013 by

New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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Rocket launch postponed from Wallops Flight Facility In Virginia

Posted June 5, 2013 by

The launch tonight [June 5] of a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va., has been postponed. The mission was postponed due to insufficient time to cool the instruments on the payload down to the required temperatures before launch. The launch is now scheduled between 11 and 11:59 p.m., June 5.†…

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Boeing completes two test milestones for NASA Commercial Crew Program

Posted June 3, 2013 by

By successfully completing two significant tests of the integrated Commercial Crew Transportation System, Boeing and United Launch Alliance have moved the United States closer to regaining its capability to return humans to space. The team recently completed the first wind tunnel test for connected scale models of the Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) capsule, launch vehicle…

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NASA’s Hubble will use rare stellar alignment to hunt for planets

Posted June 3, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri’s precise…

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NASA’s GRAIL mission solves mystery of moon’s surface gravity

Posted June 3, 2013 by

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon’s gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL’s twin spacecraft studied the internal…

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NASA’s Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of nearest galaxies

Posted June 3, 2013 by

Courtesy Photo New surveys conducted by NASA’s Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own. Swift team member Stefan Immler, who proposed the imaging project, narrates this quick tour. All visible light imagery provided by Axel Mellinger,…

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