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Thu Jul 24



NASA to Host Feb. 7 Media Telecon on Asteroid Flyby
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST), on Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss an asteroid that will pass close, but safely, by Earth on Feb. 15. [...]




Thu Jul 24



Astronauts Simulate Deep-Space Mission in Underwater Lab
Space [SPACE]
Its commonplace to practice spacewalks underwater, but the latest crew living in an underwater lab plans to introduce a twist: a 10-minute communications delay with mission control. [...]




Thu Jul 24



Surface impressions of Rosetta’s comet
Spacefellowship.com [COMET]
Surface structures are becoming visible in new images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the scientific imaging system OSIRIS onboard the European Space Agencys Rosetta spacecraft. The resolution of these images is now 330 feet (100 meters) per pixel. One of the most striking features is currently found in the comet’s neck region. This part of 67P seems to be brighter than the rest of the nucleus. As earlier images had already shown, 67P may consist of two parts: a smaller head c [...]




Thu Jul 24



NASA Made An Underground Water Map To See Just How Bad The Drought Is
Gizmodo.com [NASA]
On this dry July day, news about the drought thats engulfed most of the western United States continues to get worse. But how do we know how extensive the current megadrought is? We actually can measure from the sky, but not in the way you think. [...]




Thu Jul 24



Icy moon explorer gets an Alaska road test
Newscientist [MOON]
Camped on a glacier, Lisa Grossman meets a robot that could pierce the ice of Jupiters moon Europa and check its hidden ocean for signs of life [...]




Wed Jul 23



Dawn Mission Video Shows Vestas Coat of Many Colors
jpl.nasa.gov [VIDEO]
A new video from NASAs Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Thu Jul 24



On Cloudy Alien Planets, a Chance for Life
Space [ALIEN]
The cloudier an alien planet is, the closer it can get to its star and still remain potentially life-friendly, researchers say. See what it means for life on planets even as hellish as Venus. [...]




Thu Jul 24



Hubble Finds 3 (Relatively) Dry Exoplanets, Raising Questions About Water Outside The Solar System
Universetoday [SYSTEM]
Surprise! Three planets believed to be good candidates for having water vapor in their atmosphere actually have much lower quantities than expected. The planets (HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b) are "hot Jupiters" that are orbiting very close to their parent star, at a distance where it was expected the extreme temperatures would turn water [...]




Thu Jul 24



Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 24, 1969: Return to Earth
Space [FLIGHT]
NASAs Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth as heroes at the end of their successful manned moon landing mission. See how Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and returned to the United States. [...]




Thu Jul 24



Station Crew Opens Cargo Ship Hatch, Preps for CubeSat Deployment
Spacefellowship.com [CARGO]
The six-person Expedition 40 crew enjoyed an abbreviated workday Thursday, having worked late the previous night to welcome the arrival of a Russian cargo craft a little less than six hours after its launch from Kazakhstan. The ISS Progress 56 resupply spacecraft, packed with almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies, automatically docked to the station’s Pirs docking compartment at 11:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday. The space freighter launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:44 [...]

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