Science

There's Water on the Moon – More Than Previously Expected

NASA today announced that they have confirmed the presence of water on the moon by its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). The LCROSS spacecraft and its companion rocket stage made twin impacts in the Cabeus crater Oct. 9 that created a plume of material from the bottom of a crater that has not seen sunlight in billions of years. This is good news …

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Is Water Abundant on the Moon?

According to our companion site NASA Watch, where the news broke, the journal Science will publish three papers tomorrow from three independent spacecraft that confirm the Moon has an abundant supply of water. At the same time NASA will be holding a briefing 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the new findings.

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MODIS Image of West Central Canada

NASA’s MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, a key instrument on the Terra satellite, took this spectacular image of west central Canada on September 13th. The top quarter of the image shows the Northwest Territories and Great Slave Lake. Below the Northwest Territories from left to right are the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. On the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan is Lake …

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European Southern Observatory Night Sky Panorama

The first of three images of ESO’s GigaGalaxy Zoom project — a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile — has just been released online. The project allows stargazers to explore and experience the Universe as it is seen with the unaided eye from the darkest and best viewing locations in the world.

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Chandra Watches Black Hole Pump Iron

This composite image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster shows 10-million- degree gas observed by Chandra in blue and jets of radio emission observed by the Very Large Array in pink. Optical data from the Canada- France-Hawaii telescope and the Digitized Sky Survey shows galaxies in the cluster.

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One Hundred Days in Space

I haven’t driven a car in three months, and yet I’ve traveled 70 million kilometers. I’ve watched 16 sunrises and sunsets in a single day. I’ve sipped coffee out of a bag through a straw, and squeezed macaroni and cheese from a package into my mouth. I’ve conducted many scientific and medical experiments. I’ve welcomed extraterrestrial friends to my home and bid them farewell. I’ve …

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