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December 24, 2012

Space X Shows Off Its Grasshopper Test Flight

Since NASA retired its space shuttle program, there has been a big, rocket-sized hole in our hearts. Several private companies like Virgin Galactic are trying to fill that […]
December 24, 2012

Contact: Fact or Fictional?

One of the questions astronomers always get from people is, “What movie depicts science the most accurately?” Most of us usually say, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which […]
December 24, 2012

Soyuz Spacecraft Docks at Space Station

A Russian-built Soyuz TMA-07M carrying a Russian, an American and a Canadian docked with the International Space Station Friday (December 21). The Soyuz’s crew of Canadian […]
December 24, 2012

Was NASA's New Space Suit Inspired by Buzz Lightyear?

A prototype space suit developed by NASA wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Toy Story. That’s because the suit, called Z-1, bears an uncanny resemblance to […]
December 23, 2012

Opportunity finds rich clay deposits

NASA’s long-lived Mars rover Opportunity that beat newcomer sister probe Curiosity to an area containing water-formed clay minerals, has found that the spot may be far […]
December 23, 2012

Orion assemblage on track for 2014 Launch

NASA is thrusting forward and making steady progress toward launch of the first space-bound Orion crew capsule -designed to carry astronauts to deep space. The agency aims for a […]
December 23, 2012

NASA offers free e-book for iPad owners

What a nice holiday gift from NASA: it’s an interactive e-book available in the iBookstore called Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries, featuring beautiful images, video and animations relating […]
December 22, 2012

NASA captures Solstice Solar Portrait

At 11:12 UT (6:12 a.m. EST), the world didn’t end (as far as I can tell), but it was a significant time none-the-less. That was the exact minute […]
December 22, 2012

One Less asteroid to worry about

Yay! Asteroid 2011 AG5 will not hit us in 2040! Up until now, I couldn’t say that with perfect certainty. Here’s the scoop: Last year, a 140-meter rock was discovered […]