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Space station air leak: someone drilled the hole, say Russians

Several attempts at drilling were made by a wavering hand either on Earth or in orbit, in what could be accident or sabotage An air leak on the International Space Station might have been sabotage, according to the head of Russias Roscosmos space agency, and an investigation is under way. Dmitry Rogozin said the caused from outside by a tiny meteorite, but later admitted that had been ruled out. Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) ISS Leak summary: First thought was MMOD strike. Then NASA released pics. Lots of people: “Hmmm,…

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This Solar Probe Is Built to Survive a Brush With the Sun

Early Saturday morning, the skies above Cape Canaveral will light up with the launch of the Parker Solar Probe. Its mission? To sweep through the sun’s infernal outer atmosphere, studying the gaseous fireball at the center of the solar system at closer range than any man-made object ever before. Despite being the nearest star to Earth, the sun’s extreme environment has stymied scientists for decades. Some of its quirks are still a mystery, like why the its atmosphere is hundreds of times hotter than its boiling plasma surface. Or how…

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The Only Person To Ever Golf on the Moon

Image Credit: NASA On February 6, 1971 Alan Shepard became the first and only person to ever golf on the moon. To pull off the feat, Shepard used a modified six iron with the club head affixed to the handle of a ‘contingency sample return device’. Shepard duffed the first ball, but estimates his second shot travelled more than 200 yards. You can watch the historic moment in the embedded video below. After returning to Earth Shepard donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica can also…

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Rocket Creates Sky Ripples When It Passes Through Ice Crystals in a Cirrus Cloud

In this rare and amazing amateur footage, a NASA rocket is seen going supersonic just as it is passing through ice crystals in a cirrus cloud, creating ripples in the sky that looks like shockwaves. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/rocket-creates-ripples-in-the-sky/

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Nasa Mars rover finds organic matter in ancient lake bed

Curiosity digs up carbon compounds that could be food for life in sediments that formed 3bn years ago Nasas veteranwhiffs of chlorine-containing organics in the planets rocks, but concerns over potential contamination and instrument glitches meant that the results did not convince everyone. The latest findings, separate paper published in Science, another Nasa-led team describes Curiositys latest measurements of the Martian atmosphere. Before the rover touched down in August 2012, missions to the red planet had already spotted methane in the atmosphere which spiked from time to time as plumes…

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Incredible! We Asked These Astronauts What Its Like To Be In Space

What’s it like to float hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface? We asked seven astronauts to tell us everything. Eugene Cernan “It’s so inspiring to see the entire globe shimmering below you and realize that this is where prog rock started.” Eileen Collins “I was looking forward to being weightless, but gravity still works for me in space. It kind of sucks seeing all the other astronauts floating around while I’m stuck on the floor.” Barry Wilmore “You never know true beauty until you see Earth from space, or…

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Space Race 2.0: NASA Just Shot A Used Pickup Truck 30 Feet In The Air With A Trampoline To Compete With SpaceXs Falcon Heavy Launch

All eyes were on SpaceX yesterday as it successfully launched a Tesla Roadster out of Earth’s atmosphere with its newest rocket. But NASA clearly isn’t rolling over and allowing Elon Musk to anoint himself the unquestioned leader of space travel, because the federal agency just shot a used pickup truck over 30 feet into the air from a trampoline. Watch out, SpaceX, because we’ve got a 21st-century space race on our hands. The mood was tense this morning when dozens of NASA engineers carefully pushed a 1997 Ford F-150 off…

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NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object's signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for "little green men." It wasn't long before scientists detected more signals like LGM-1. That decreased the odds that these pulses of radiation were the work of intelligent extraterrestrials. But the identification of other pulsars presented another possibility: Perhaps objects like LGM-1 could be used to navigate future missions to deep space. With the…

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Jupiter Up Close Looks Like a Van Gogh Painting (10 Photos)

Juno is NASA’s current mission attempting to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. The spacecraft is equipped with a suite of science instruments including several high-tech cameras that have been transmitting incredible images back to Earth for processing and analysis. Close-up images of the gas giant are awe-striking and the patterns and colours have drawn comparisons to van Gogh’s iconic impressionist-style paintings. Below you will find 10 images from Jupiter taken by Juno that look like van Gogh himself could have painted. With the exception of the sun, Jupiter…

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Here’s your first look at Lego’s official Women of NASA set

(L-R) Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.Image: Lego Next month, you’ll be able to buy a little bit of space history in Lego form.  Starting on Nov. 1, space fans of all ages will be able to buy Lego’s Women of NASA set featuring four essential women who made space science history. SEE ALSO: Lego’s next release screams girl power and we’re totally here for it The new set plays homage to astronauts Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first…

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Cassinis Final Full Image of Saturn

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Jason Major After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its final plunge into the giant planet on September 15, 2017. Seen above is the final full image of Saturn, made from raw images acquired by Cassini on September 13, 2017. According to Jason Major: “These images are uncalibrated for color but were acquired in visible-light RGB filters. The mosaic comprises 11 color composites, each a stack of three images taken in red, green, and blue channels. They were adjusted for brightness and color to be…

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After Two Decades in Space, Cassini is About to Crash Into Saturn. These are the Final Images

After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration—in particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry. On Sept. 15, 2017, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. Cassini will dive into the planet’s atmosphere, sending science data for…

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NASA Has Already Released An Epic Gallery of Eclipse Photos Including an ISS Photobomb

Photograph by NASA/Joel Kowsky North American was treated to a solar eclipse today and those fortunate to be within the narrow 70 mile wide ‘path of totality’ were able to witness a total solar eclipse in all its splendour. If you weren’t able to sneak outside or didn’t have the appropriate eye wear, NASA has just shared an amazing gallery of solar eclipse photos for everyone to enjoy. If you want to see any of the images in a higher resolution just click the link beneath any photo. 1. Photograph…

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This Satellite Imagery of the 2017 Solar Eclipse is Amazing

Reddit user alex_neises shared two fascinating vids of yesterday’s solar eclipse showing satellite imagery of the path of totality passing over the continental US. For those that find the superimposed state lines distracting a second video has been embedded below without them. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/satellite-imagery-of-the-2017-solar-eclipse/

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How to watch the eclipse without fancy glasses

A rare solar eclipse is right around the corner on Aug. 21, and the good people at NASA are doing all they can to ensure that anyone who wants to can safely watch it. The agency made a short video explaining a simple DIY way to make your own eclipse viewing device out of an empty cereal box using nothing but scissors, paper, tape and aluminum foil. Pay attention though, the method is a little different than you might expect. To see the eclipse using this device, your back will…

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