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Making Cubesats do Astronomy

Will cubesats lead to a new technological branch of astronomy? Goddard engineers are taking the necessary steps to make cubesat-sized telescopes a reality.

Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 24, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Oct.

This Is the Very First Photo of Earth From Space

The first photo of Earth from space was taken on Oct. 24, 1947 (Credit: White Sands Missile Range/Applied Physics Laboratory) These days we see photos of our planet taken from space literally every day.

Mars Comet Was Bleeding Hydrogen As It Sped By Red Planet

Comet Siding Spring shines in ultraviolet in this image obtained by the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.

Stinky! Rosetta’s Comet Smells Like Rotten Eggs And Ammonia

A view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Sept. 26, 2014 from the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM While you can’t smell in space — there is no medium to carry the molecules, the same reason you can’t hear things — you can certainly detect what molecules are emanating from comets and other solar system bodies.

Videos: From Space, Lightning Looks Like Creepy White Blobs

Standing on the ground, we’re used to seeing the bolts and flashes of lightning during epic thunderstorms.

China Launches Moon Mission to Test Key Lunar Sample Return Technologies

Liftoff of the unmanned Chang’e-5 T1 lunar spacecraft atop a Long March-3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China on Oct.

Beautiful Images of the October 24, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial solar eclipse of October 23, 2014, with a giant sunspot visible. Credit and copyright: Derek Mellott.

Asteroid 2014 SC324 Zips By Earth Friday Afternoon – Tips on How to See it

Here comes another asteroid! 2014 SC324 will miss Earth by 1.5 times the distance to the Moon early Friday afternoon October 24, 2014.

Rosetta’s Comet Springs Spectacular Leaks As It Gets Closer To The Sun

This Rosetta image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows spectacular jets erupting from the small body on Sept.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 354: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

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Hubble Composite Picture Shows How Close Siding Spring Comet Was To Mars

Comet Siding Spring near Mars in a composite image by the Hubble Space Telescope, capturing their positions between Oct.

Unusual Distribution of Organics Found in Titan’s Atmosphere

The ALMA array, as it looks completed and standing on a Chilean high plateau at 5000 meters (16,400 ft) altitude.

The Physics Behind “Intellstellar’s” Visual Effects Was So Good, it Lead to a Scientific Discovery

Kip Thorne’s concept for a black hole in Interstellar. Credit: Paramount Pictures While he was working on the film Interstellar, executive producer Kip Thorne was tasked with creating the black hole that would be central to the plot.

Two Comet Groups Discovered Around Beta Pictoris

This artist’s impression shows exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. Credit: ESO/L. Cacada Between the years 2003 and 2001, the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher – better known as HARPS – made more than a thousand observations of nearby star, Beta Pictoris.

Questioning the Impact Theory: What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

Which is the main culprit for the terminal Cretaceous extinction: the Chicxulub impact or Deccan Traps volcanism?

Assembly Complete for NASA’s Maiden Orion Spacecraft Launching in December 2014

Technicians complete final assembly of NASA’s first Orion spacecraft with installation of the close out panels on the Launch Abort System that smooth airflow.

Is Dark Matter Coming From The Sun?

A huge filament erupts from the Sun in 2012. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center For decades, astronomers and cosmologists have postulated that the Universe is filled with an invisible, mysterious mass known as “dark matter.” For decades, the search for this elusive matter has dominated the field of cosmology.

Beastly Sunspot Amazes, Heightens Eclipse Excitement

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took this photo of the Sun and Jupiter-sized sunspot region 2192 this morning Oct.

X-Ray Telescope Cracks Open Archives, Comes Up With Gassy Black Hole Gem

X-ray data from the Chandra X-Ray Telescope shows multi-million degree gas (purple) warmed by energy generated from matter falling into the black hole at the center of Hercules A.