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Year in Space Flight for Russian/American Crew Starts With Spectacular Night Launch and Station Docking


The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43’s NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard Friday, March 27 (Saturday, March 28 Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Weekly Space Hangout – March 27, 2015: Dark Matter Galaxy “X” with Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Lead Investigator for team that may have discovered Dark Matter Galaxy “X”.

Historic 1 Year ISS Mission with Kelly and Kornienko Launches Today – Watch Live


Soyuz Spacecraft Rolled Out For Launch of One-Year Crew . The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen after having rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

No, a Giant Asteroid Isn’t Going to “Skim” Earth on Friday


Asteroid 2014 YB35 will safely pass Earth at 4.5 million km on the morning of Friday, March 27. (Composite image by J.

Using 19th Century Technology to Time Travel to the Stars


This image of a spiral galaxy, taken on a glass photographic plate, is one in a series of photos taken over decades.

You Can Vote to Name America’s New Rocket from ULA


Help ULA name America’s next rocket to space. Credit: ULA Details below United Launch Alliance (ULA) is asking the public for your help in naming their new American made rocket, now under development that “represents the future of space”- and will replace the firms current historic lines of Atlas and Delta rocket families that began launching back near the dawn of the space age.

Turning Stars Into Art


Color Crazy. Short time exposure of the star Sirius photographed through a small telescope. I tapped the tube to make the star bounce around, recording the star’s continuous and rapid color changes as it twinkled.

Mind-Bending View of Solar Eclipse from the Stratosphere


The solar eclipse on Friday, March 20, 2015, photographed at 14,000 meters. Credit and copyright: Guillaume Cannat.

As It Turns Out, We Really Are All Starstuff


Hubble image of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant captured with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 371: The Eddington Eclipse Experiment

At the turn of the 20th Century, Einstein’s theory of relativity stunned the physics world, but the experimental evidence needed to be found.

Review: “Bigelow Aerospace: Colonizing Space One Module at a Time”


You’ve had a busy day wandering around a faraway part of our solar system. It’s time to put your head down for a nap.

Nova in Sagittarius Brighter Than Ever – Catch it with the Naked Eye!


Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2 in the Sagittarius “Teapot”was easily visible with the naked eye at magnitude +4.4 when this photo was taken today March 21.

Weekly Space Hangout – March 20, 2015: Lee Billings’ Five Billion Years of Solitude

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Author Lee Billings, discussing his book “Five Billion Years of Solitude”(@LeeBillings / leebillings.com/) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @MorganRehnberg ) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – March 20, 2015: Lee Billings’ Five Billion Years of Solitude (375 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015.

Thierry Legault Captures ISS Transit of the Sun — During Eclipse!

Thierry Legault has won today’s partial solar eclipse. Known for his amazing shots of spacecraft transiting the Sun, today he captured the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun… DURING THE ECLIPSE.

Amazing Views of Today’s Total Solar Eclipse From Earth… and Space


The view of today’s eclipse from low Earth orbit. Credit: ESA/Proba-2. There’s an old Robert Heinlein saying that goes “climate is what you expect, weather is what you get,” And the weather certainly kept folks guessing right up until the start of today’s eclipse.

Surprise – Mars Has Auroras Too!


Artist’s conception of MAVEN observing the “Christmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. (University of Colorado) Just a day after skywatchers at mid- to upper-latitudes around the world were treated to a particularly energetic display of auroras on the night of March 17 as a result of an intense geomagnetic storm, researchers announced findings from NASA’s MAVEN mission of auroral action observed on Mars – although in energetic ultraviolet wavelengths rather than visible light.

Powerful Magnetic Storm Produces Beautiful Aurora Around the World

The strong geomagetic storm surprised early risers yesterday on St. Patrick’s Day with a spectacular display of the northern lights, ended up with staying power.

3-D Views of Humanity’s First Spacewalk, 50 Years Ago Today


Alexei Leonov during the first ever spacewalk on March 18, 1965. 3-D anaglyph created from individual frames from the movie of the walk.

Helicopter Drones on Mars


A small drone helicopter currently being developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory could serve as a reconnaissance scout for future Mars rovers, greatly enhancing their effectiveness.

Green and Red Auroras Light Up St. Patrick’s Day Dawn


A wall of colorful red and green aurora met the eye and camera of Jim Schaff of Duluth this morning around 3 a.m.


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