Spacecraft

Sun Erupts: Epic Blast Seen by NASA Solar Observatory

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 23, 2010   View Article

NASA’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory may be getting all the press this week for its retina-searing first pictures of the sun. But two old sun-observing warhorses recently showed they’re not quite ready for pasture yet.

The twin, golf cart-size spacecraft of NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) mission filmed, in ultraviolet light, the largest solar “prominence” in 15 years, according to the space agency.

UFO cases that generate buzz

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: January 18, 2010   View Article

UFO investigators see references to rocket ships, aliens and astronauts that go back to the days when humans first put chisel and paintbrush to rock. More than 6,000 years later, objects that are unidentified — at least at first — continue to appear in the skies and generate buzz.

Greatest hits from HiRISE

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: January 6, 2010   View Article

Since 2006, a high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has delighted scientists and space enthusiasts with images of the Red Planet in never-before-seen detail. We asked members of the science team working on the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, to pick some of their favorites.

Saturn Lightning Storm Breaks Solar System Record

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 15, 2009   View Article

A lightning storm has been raging on Saturn since mid-January, making the tempest the longest-lasting storm ever detected in our solar system, astronomers announced today.

The lightning flashes are 10,000 times stronger than lightning flashes on Earth, research team member Georg Fischer, of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, said via email.

Moon Photos: Lunar Orbiter’s First Pictures Released

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 8, 2009   View Article

Deep shadows fill the pockmarked terrain of the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium, or Sea of Clouds, in the first images of the moon returned from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which were released on July 2.

Spacecraft Explodes Like Fireworks on Reentry

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 7, 2008   View Article

The Jules Verne unmanned cargo ship put on a rare fireworks display as it burned up and exploded upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere.

Virgin Galactic, NASA Team Up to Develop Space-Plane Travel

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 20, 2007   View Article

Virgin Galactic, the space tourism venture of billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, is the first step toward hypersonic travel between Earth-based cities, according to a company executive.

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