Artist’s conception of super-Earth HIP 116454b. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)
The Kepler space telescope has found its first new exoplanet, a “super-Earth,” of its secondary mission phase. The discovery adds to a current tally of 996 confirmed exoplanets and 4,183 planetary candidates already found by the revolutionary planet-hunting telescope.
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Mimas, a cold, icy, and tiny moon of Saturn, may have a liquid water ocean below its heavily cratered surface. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI
It wasn’t that long ago that Earth was thought to be the only place in the Solar System capable of having liquid water oceans, but now we know of several moons that […]
Artist’s concept showing thousands of satellites and other debris orbiting Earth. Photo Credit: ESA
Since 1957, there have been almost 7,000 satellites launched into Earth’s orbit by various countries and private companies. Their missions range from scientific observation and weather tracking to communications and broadcasting television. Roughly half of those satellites are still in […]
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Last Lightshow: On the rainy eve of the final space shuttle launch, Atlantis sits perched atop the launch pad. In this unusual six-second exposure, a service vehicle rounds a curve toward the pad as its brake lights are reflected in a small roadside puddle.
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After a launch readiness review, mission planners with Orbital Sciences Corporation have opted to delay the first flight of the company’s Cygnus 1 cargo vessel, perched atop their Antares rocket, for no earlier than Sept. 18. The launch window extends from 10:50 to 11:05 a.m. (EDT). This […]
The Hubble Space Telescope has imaged what appears to be more than 160,000 star clusters in a group of galaxies known as Abell 1689. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Blakeslee (NRC Herzberg Astrophysics Program, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), and K. Alamo-Martinez (National Autonomous University of Mexico).
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The Deep Impact spacecraft, depicted here in flight, is feared lost after a period of no communication since Aug. 8. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
NASA announced Tuesday, Sept. 10 that ground controllers have lost contact with its flagship comet-hunting probe Deep Impact, which is part of the Discovery Program managed at Marshall Space Flight Center […]
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg inside the Cupola component of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA
At the robotics workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in onboard training activity in preparation for the grapple and berthing of the Japanese “Kounotori” H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4). […]
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The H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI4” (HTV4) successfully re-entered the atmosphere after the third de-orbit maneuver at 3:11 p.m. on September 7, 2013 (Japanese Standard Time, JST).
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The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s HTV-4 cargo vessel departed from the International Space Station today, Sept. 4, 2013. (This is an image of the vehicle being berthed to the station.) Photo Credit: NASA
Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4) departed from the International Space Station at 12:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday after a one-month stay at […]