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Category: Space

X-Prize: Future First | Exploring Mars in VR

Technology is really a marvel. So often, as new technology comes out and allows us to do things that were thought impossible in the past, we hear the phrase “The future is now.” Popular Science and XPRIZE are teaming up to explore and explain technologies like these in a new video series called Future First. …

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PBS: Space Time | Strange Stars

What happens when matter can’t get any denser yet somehow does? The answer – it becomes “strange.” Strange Stars may be the most massive stellar remnant that is just shy of forming a black hole. And they could be even cooler than black holes. Neutron stars are made of a substance known as Neutronium. It …

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NASA: Supermoon over Baikonur

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the moon, or supermoon, rises above the launch pad at Launch Complex 1 Nov. 14, where the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft stands poised to liftoff following its transport to the pad for final pre-launch preparations. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest, or at perigee, to Earth. The …

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NASA: Showstopper Nov. 14 Supermoon Is the Closest Moon to Earth Since 1948

A so called ‘supermoon’ is the coincidence of a full moon with the closest approach the Moon gets to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in its largest size as seen from Earth. On monday November 14, the full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit and will appear up to …

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TV | Bret Copeland: How to Land the Space Shuttle… from Space

Let’s say you’re traveling at about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 km/h) in low earth orbit, your main engines are out of fuel, and it’s your job to guide the spaceship through a fiery re-entry without burning up or skipping out of the atmosphere, navigate to your landing site, and arrive with just enough energy …

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NASA: James Webb Space Telescope Update

Members of the media were invited to join NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Nov. 2 at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for an update about what’s in store for NASA’s next great observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, and a rare glimpse of the telescope’s mirrors. During the event, Bolden and other agency leaders …

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Life Noggin: How Could We Create A Second Earth?

We humans evolved on Earth, we are shaped to cope with its environment and external factors that the planet is endowed with. Earth, or Terra as it is also called, naturally suits our basic needs, it has breathable air, drinkable water, it is not to hot or to cold and there is an ecosystem that …

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NASA: Space Station Fisheye Fly-Through 4K

NASA has just released a video in which we slide along inside the International Space Station. The whole thing is filmed in 4K with a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field. Apparently, ISS isn’t a neat minimalist haven. It’s in fact cramp and full of tubes, wires, bundles, laptops and, yes, trash …

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The Planetary Society : The Cosmos Award – The Planetary Post with Robert Picardo

What is the Cosmos Award? The Planetary Society created this award, named after our co-founder Carl Sagan’s landmark television series, Cosmos, to honor the innovators who follow his example of presenting science in an accurate, yet entertaining and enthralling way. Past recipients of the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science include filmmaker James …

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PBS: The First Humans on Mars | Space Time

NASA recently announced that they plan to have astronauts in orbit around Mars within 25 years. Not to be outdone, Elon Musk boldly stated that he could prepare a mission to Mars within 10 years. Musk’s SpaceX plan would transport a hundred people to the red planet. Their mission wouldn’t be to visit Mars but …

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ESA Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Mars

Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Mars began on the 16th of October with the separation of the two spacecraft. ESA will now broadcast the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Mars live today, on the 19th of October. Watch the livestreaming event below or directly …

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SpaceVids: Launch of Manned China Mission with Shenzhou 11 to Tiangong-2

China have successfully launched their 6th manned spaceflight mission – Shenzhou 11. Liftoff occurred at 23:30 UTC, October 16th 2016, from the Jiuquan launch site in China. The Shenzhou 11 crew capsule will bring two Chinese astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory which launched last month, September 15th. Tiangong-2 like …

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PBS: Black Holes from the Dawn of Time | Space Time

Primordial black holes may be lurking throughout our universe. How large are they, how many are out there and what would happen if they moved through our solar system? Scientists believe that many black holes may have been created at the time of the Big Bang and and are still roaming our universe today. If …

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HubbleESA: How many galaxies are there?

A new study using the Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes has increased the estimate of galaxies in the Universe ten fold. It was previously estimated that there was 100 billion galaxies in the observable Universe. The researchers used deep space images from the Hubble Space Telescope. They converted images to 3D and applied new …

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ESA: ExoMars: From separation to landing

On 16 October, seven months and 500 million km after launching from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, the joint European and Russian ExoMars 2016 mission reaches a crucial phase. The Trace Gas Orbiter will release its Schiaparelli lander for a three day coast and a six minute descent to the Martian surface.The lander, which was designed to …

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Science Magazine: Zoom on the galactic centre

Astronomers have found a dozen very old variable stars deep in the maelstrom of stars at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery may help researchers decide which of two theories best explains how a “galactic bulge”—the pileups of stars at the galaxy’s center—forms.  

TED-Ed: Could we survive prolonged space travel?

Prolonged space travel plays a severe toll on the human body: microgravity impairs muscle and bone growth, and high doses of radiation cause irreversible mutations. As we seriously consider the human species becoming space-faring, a big question stands: even if we do break free from Earth’s orbit, can we adapt to the extreme environments of …

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ESA: Schiaparelli’s descent to Mars

ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) is a two-part Martian astrobiology life searching project and joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and a test stationary lander called Schiaparelli were launched on 14 March 2016. Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending …

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PBS: | Space Time | Are We Alone? Galactic Civilization Challenge

The Drake Equation tells us the likelihood that there are other advanced technological civilizations waiting for us among the stars. In this episode of Space Time we challenge you to use the Drake Equation to help us determine how near or far these alien races may be. Everything we’ve learned about our universe tells us …

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Caltech: The Making of the Milky Way

Simulated view of the formation of our Milky Way galaxy. The simulation begins moments after the birth of the universe 13.8 billion years ago and ends with our mature, present-day Milky Way galaxy. Pockets of matter are seen growing in size, and merging with each other, due to the force of gravity. The clock in …

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