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Category: Space

NASA: Ingredients for Life at Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

The spacecraft Cassini is on its last legs, but that doesn’t hinder it from making one last effort, providing us with some very interesting data about Saturns moon Enceladus. The spacecraft discovered hydrogen in the plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The discovery means the small, icy moon — which …

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A large asteroid passes Earth next week

This computer-generated animation by NASA depicts the flyby of asteroid 2014 JO25. The asteroid will safely fly past Earth on April 19, 2017, at a distance of about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers), or about 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the moon.  

NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale

This three minute, 40-second long video reviews some of Cassini’s greatest accomplishments, like finding methane lakes on Titan and icy plumes on Enceladus. The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini’s Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission. Twenty-two times, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will dive through the …

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SpaceX Live: SES-10 Hosted Webcast

SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space and this time, to deliver the communications satellite SES-10 to orbit. The event is unique as it is the first time SpaceX is reusing a rocket that has already been in space. The last time it was used was in April 2016 and it landed on …

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Gresham College: The Accelerating Universe – Professor Joseph Silk

The universe was static, that was the credo of all scientists and philosophers until three decades into the twentieth century when the expansion was discovered. Three-quarters of a century later, the notion of a simple expansion of the universe was found to be wrong: the universe is accelerating. One implication is that before 2000, we …

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Tom McCarten: Space Sex is Serious Business

Freelance designer/director/animator Tom McCarten and team created this little short about sex, in space. Human reproduction in space is going to be key to us living on Mars and beyond. The team writes “We’ve done almost no research into this area”, they probably missed out the word “empirical” because it’s informative and looks great.  

Jan Fröjdman: A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

Filmmaker Jan Fröjdman has spent three months converting HiRISE photos into a short video that allows us to fly over Mars in magnificent fashion. The HiRISE camera has been photographing the Red Planet inch-by-inch from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over the course of 12 years. It has collected around 50,000 still images and NASA has …

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Wendover Productions: How to Make First Contact

Are we alone? Are there aliens out there? If so, how do we find them? Once we find them, how do we contact them? And once we contact them, how do we actually communicate with them?  

TED: Let’s clean up the space junk orbiting Earth | Natalie Panek

Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn’t a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental …

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The Verge: What makes a planet a planet?

Over a decade ago, astronomers thought they had found the 10th planet in our Solar System — an object that would eventually be named Eris. But this tiny world never became a planet. Instead it led to Pluto’s famous demotion from a planet to a dwarf planet, a decision that people are still debating to …

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ESA: Rosetta’s complete journey around the comet

Animation visualising Rosetta’s trajectory around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, from arrival to mission end. The animation begins on 31 July 2014, during Rosetta’s final approach to the comet after its ten-year journey through space. The spacecraft arrived at a distance of 100 km on 6 August, from where it gradually approached the comet and entered initial mapping …

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PBS: Space Time | Have They Seen Us?

Are aliens watching Earth TV? We’d like to credit the SKA Organization for the image used in the thumbnail.  

National Geographic: SpaceX Makes History | MARS

From executive producers Brian Grazer & Ron Howard, MARS is an epic series following a thrilling quest – in 2032 – to colonize Mars. In a unique blend of scripted drama and feature-film caliber visual effects, intercut with documentary sequences, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling …

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GreshamCollege: The Expanding Universe – Professor Joseph Silk

Professor Joseph Silk FRS embarks on an illustrious journey through the universe to explain the paradigm shift in todays scientific view on the physical expansion of space. It was once inconceivable that the universe could be expanding. The static universe survived three thousand years of analysis and observation, to become enshrined as a cosmological solution …

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Nature: Water in the shadows

In this video we visit some of the coldest, darkest places in our Solar System: craters in the polar regions of Ceres. Ceres is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt. New images, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, reveal water ice trapped in a few of these craters, where the Sun never shines. Ceres is …

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NASA: Science of Small Satellite Constellation Mission Previewed during Briefing

On Dec. 10, a news briefing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida previewed the science of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft. CYGNSS, which is scheduled to take off aboard an Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vehicle Dec. 12, for deployment over the Atlantic Ocean, will make frequent and accurate …

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DNews: Do We Need A Moon Colony Before A Mars Colony?

With its thin atmosphere, cold temperature and lack of drinkable water, maybe Mars isn’t our first stop on the search for a new home planet.  

DNews: NASA’s Plan To Give Our Moon Its Own Moon

NASA is planning on taking a piece of an asteroid and redirecting it into the moon’s orbit, but how is that even possible?  

SciShow Space: New Clues to the Structure of the Universe

An incredibly bright burst of energy and a dent covered with ice give us insights into planetary and universal structure. Hosted by: Caitlin Hofmeister  

RT: Space 360: First-ever panoramic video shot at International Space Station

‘For the first time in history, we’re filming a panoramic video from the station. It means you’ll see everything we see here, with your own eyes. That’s to say, you’ll be able to feel like real cosmonauts’ – Borisenko to RT. Video presented by RT in collaboration with the Russian space agency Roscosmos and the …

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