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Divining sources of water on the Moon

Honolulu - Recent research that reviewed hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks suggests regional variations in the amount of water in the Moon’s interior.
In the Media by Robert Myles

New radar images reveal what lies beneath Moon's surface

Charlottesville - A joint effort using the resources of two of the world’s largest radio telescopes has revealed previously unseen features deep below the surface of the Moon.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Fireball meteor explodes above Ontario and New York State

Peterborough - From Ontario to New York State, last Sunday, many people reported seeing a possible meteor streaking across the sky before exploding in a blinding fireball near Toronto.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Ice, liquid found on Jupiter's moon Ganymede, may harbor life

Think Mars is the ultimate life-harboring planet in our solar system? Think again. Recent findings from NASA indicate there may be life on not one, but two of Jupiter’s moons.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros - 4 comments

Galactic dark matter may account for Earth being hit by comets

Cambridge - Earth coming under bombardment by comets could be a regular astronomical event, suggest two Harvard University researchers in a recently published research paper.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Killer nuclear-level asteroids from space — but help is at hand

Seattle - How often do asteroids hit Earth? You may suppose such events occur more often in movies than real life, but you’d be wrong. This week, three astronauts revealed that Earth’s been pummelled 26 times by asteroids since the turn of the millennium.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Early risers can catch spectacular 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipse

Sky watchers across much of North America will get the chance to witness a total lunar eclipse for several hours on Tuesday, April 15 — but only if they rise early.
In the Media by Robert Myles

NASA's asteroid sample mission gets go-ahead

Littleton - An innovative NASA space mission with the ambitious aim of collecting samples from an asteroid in 2018 was given the green light, Wednesday.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Mercury getting smaller, say scientists

The smallest planet in the solar system is getting even smaller, according to findings by planetary geologists led by Paul Byrne of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan - 1 comment

IRIS eye on the sun spots biggest solar flare since 2013 launch

Greenbelt - At end January, NASA’s IRIS mission, which gathers data on the sun’s atmosphere, spotted its strongest solar flare since IRIS launched in summer 2013.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Mars Orbiter spots Star Trek logo in dunes on Mars

Tucson - This spooky image of dunes seemingly treading across the surface of Mars was acquired by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 30, 2013.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Asteroid mission offers (nominal) immortality for all

Tucson - NASA and the Planetary Society have issued a global invitation to individuals to have their names etched on a microchip that will be on board a spacecraft launching in 2016. The spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu two years later.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

European satellite Gaia will map 1 billion stars

Cayenne - The European Space Agency launched a new satellite, Thursday, which is expected to "boldly go where no satellite has gone before," providing the most accurate three-dimensional map of our part of the Milky Way.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey

Chance to spy Comet Lovejoy after comet ISON fizzles out

Kailua - Following the disappointment of Comet ISON, whose icy consistency melted away after its 730,000-mile brush with the sun, sky-watchers have the chance to catch a glimpse of Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) as it makes its solar approach.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Space debris from Monday's China moon launch wrecks houses

Xichang - Parts of China’s Long March rocket, launched on Monday to take China’s first moon rover into orbit, fell to Earth causing extensive damage to two houses.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Get set for comet Ison, comet of the century

Kingston Upon Hull - In January Digital Journal reported about comet ISON, discovered by Russian scientists in September 2012 and expected to be visible from Earth in 2013, so much so that it would be visible to the naked eye. That event is rapidly approaching.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 4 comments

NASA's MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission set for lift-off, Monday

Cape Canaveral - NASA makes final checks this weekend ahead of the launch of its MAVEN mission to Mars, scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 1:28 p.m. EST tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 18.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Auroras in prospect as Sun's magnetic field nears 11 year flip

Stanford - Physicists at California’s Stanford University are preparing to monitor a rare event that comes round only once every 11 years and whose effects will reverberate through the solar system.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Remarkable footage of Red Planet marks 10 years of Mars Express

Cologne - As the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter approaches the tenth anniversary of arrival in orbit at the Red Planet, the ESA has assembled a fascinating topographical ‘fly-by’ of Mars.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Life on Earth: Gone in a billion years for want of carbon dioxide

Saint Andrews - But the bad news for any man-made global warming skeptics is: it won’t happen tomorrow, or next year or even next millennium.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Voyager surfs Solar System's edge

Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched more than 35 years ago and is now 11.5 billion miles from where it started. There is no telling exactly when it will leave the Solar System, but the moment is believed to be close.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

Cassini spacecraft's startling images of massive Saturn hurricane

NASA has released some of the most breathtaking images yet from the Cassini-Huygens Saturn orbiter, showing a gigantic hurricane gyrating around Saturn’s north pole.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 6 comments

35 years on, is Voyager 1 bidding farewell to the Solar System?

On September 5 1977, NASA’s Voyager 1 left Cape Canaveral. Thirty-five years later, Voyager continues to transmit data back to Earth and may now, finally, have stepped beyond the perimeter of the Solar System.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Mars One human colony 2023 — Not as half-baked as it might seem

Sydney - Mars One is the byproduct of decades of nothing being achieved in terms of real human progress in space. The idea is a one-way trip to live on Mars, and there are 8000 applicants ready to go in 2022.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 7 comments

Fancy an invigorating bath — How about Jupiter's moon Europa?

Could Jupiter's moon Europa could be the health spa destination of the future? Maybe. A new research paper by scientists from California Institute of Technology and NASA/JPL indicates that part of Europa's surface consists of Epsom salts!
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Colorful images of Mercury revealed

Boston - Mercury is usually a planet that does not garner a whole lot of attention, but NASA recently revealed a new series of photos that shed some colorful light on the often ignored planet.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 3 comments

NASA's Curiosity rover drills first rock samples on Mars

NASA announced yesterday that its Mars rover Curiosity had drilled its first rock sample on the Red Planet, the first time any robotic explorer had successfully drilled for rock samples on another planet.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 5 comments

‘Nile river’ spotted by Cassini on Saturn moon Titan

NASA scientists report that the Cassini mission has sighted a remarkable likeness to Egypt’s river Nile on Saturn’s large moon Titan. The river valley runs more than 200 miles (about 320 kilometres) from its source to what appears to be a large sea.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

American Geophysical Union: Update on Mars Curiosity’s analyses

The science community has been abuzz with rumours recently that Mars Curiosity rover had found something big on Mars but in a briefing at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, NASA scientists played down the hype.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Lost in Space: Orphaned planet may help explain planet formation

Using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, astronomers have discovered an orphaned planet meandering through space without a parent star or solar system.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments
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Europa  Jupiter s ice covered satellite  as seen by the Galileo spacecraft. Europa is about 3 160 ki...
Wikimedia Commons
Europa, Jupiter's ice covered satellite, as seen by the Galileo spacecraft. Europa is about 3,160 kilometers (1,950 miles) in diameter, or about the size of Earth's moon. The image was taken on September 7, 1996, at a range of 677,000 kilometers.
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When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu  it will study the asteroid from a distance...
NASA/University of Arizona
When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu, it will study the asteroid from a distance before swooping down and grabbing a sample. On board of the craft will be the names of everybody participating in the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign.
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The sun and its atmosphere consist of several zones or layers.
NASA
The sun and its atmosphere consist of several zones or layers.
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A hydrocarbon river near the north pole of Saturn moon Titan  photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft ...
NASA/JPL
A hydrocarbon river near the north pole of Saturn moon Titan, photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 26, 2012. The river valley stretches more than 200 miles from its ‘source’ to a large hydrocarbon sea.
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NASA s IRIS solar atmospheric observatory witnessed its strongest Solar Flare on Jan 28 2014  since ...
NASA
NASA's IRIS solar atmospheric observatory witnessed its strongest Solar Flare on Jan 28 2014, since launching in 2013.
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Based on new evidence from Jupiter s moon Europa  astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble...
NASA / JPL / Artist's concept
Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from the icy moon's global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon
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Panoramic View From  Rocknest  Position of Curiosity Mars Rover:
A mosaic of images taken by the Mas...
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover: A mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera on NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called "Rocknest" in October & November 2012.
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The Mare Mare Serenitatis or Sea of Serenity on the Moon as it really is below layers of dust accumu...
Bruce Campbell (Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum); Arecibo/NAIC; NRAO/AUI/NSF
The Mare Mare Serenitatis or Sea of Serenity on the Moon as it really is below layers of dust accumulated over billions of years.
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An artist s concept of the Oort cloud. Note that the distance scale is logarithmic. Compared to the ...
Image credit: ESO
An artist's concept of the Oort cloud. Note that the distance scale is logarithmic. Compared to the size of planetary orbits, the Oort cloud is very far away. If the Sun passed within 2 light years of another sun-like star, the stars' Oort clouds would overlap and their comets would intermingle.
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The orbits of planets in the Gliese 581 system are compared to those of our own solar system. The Gl...
Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation
The orbits of planets in the Gliese 581 system are compared to those of our own solar system. The Gliese 581 star has about 30 percent the mass of our Sun, and the outermost planet is closer to its star than the Earth is to the Sun. The 4th planet, G, is a planet that could sustain life.
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Dunes in an ancient Martian valley  Mawrth Vallis  remarkably similar in shape to the Star Trek logo...
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Dunes in an ancient Martian valley, Mawrth Vallis, remarkably similar in shape to the Star Trek logo, appear to march across the surface of Mars.
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The ESA and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured these images of the Sun spitting out...
ESA&NASA/SOHO
The ESA and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured these images of the Sun spitting out a coronal mass ejection (CME) on March 15, 2013, from 3:24 to 4:00 a.m. EDT. This type of image is known as a coronagraph, since a disk is placed over the Sun to better see the dimmer atmosphere around it, called the corona.
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Artist s impression of Curiosity rover on the Martian surface
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Artist's impression of Curiosity rover on the Martian surface
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Monday s launch of the Chang e-3 lunar mission took place at 1:30 am local time  from the Xichang Sa...
Xinhua Official Chinese News Agency
Monday's launch of the Chang'e-3 lunar mission took place at 1:30 am local time, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province,
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Valles Marineris on Mars
ESA DLR Mars Express
Valles Marineris on Mars
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Viewed at 261 000 miles (419 000 kilometers) from Saturn  the vortex of a massive polar hurricane ar...
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Viewed at 261,000 miles (419,000 kilometers) from Saturn, the vortex of a massive polar hurricane around Saturn's north pole.
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Solar Plexus: The Secret Gravitational System
Volume I  Second Edition
www.WhiffsofBliss.com
Solar Plexus: The Secret Gravitational System Volume I, Second Edition www.WhiffsofBliss.com
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An illustration of the planets and other major bodies of the Solar System
Illustration: NASA
An illustration of the planets and other major bodies of the Solar System
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The surface of Venus was scanned with radar waves beamed from orbiting space probes to produce this ...
NASA
The surface of Venus was scanned with radar waves beamed from orbiting space probes to produce this image. The colors are based on photos taken by probes that landed on Venus.
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