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Views of the Whole Solar Corona by the Solar Dynamics Observatory

It is possible to see the solar corona, the Sun’s atmosphere, during an eclipse but only the outer layer. The solar dynamics Observatory (SDO) is now taking images of the innermost solar corona seven days a week 24 hours a day. Normally the solar corona can only be seen by blocking the sun with a [...]

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Eclipse changes The Moon’s Colour

An Eclipse seen in America and Europe on Tuesday changed the moon’s colour from pink to blood red. This came from the sun, Earth and the moon aligning. The moon swung into the shadow of the Earth to cause these effects. Even though the moon was in the shadow of the Earth the Moon didn’t [...]

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A Good Year for Japan’s Space Program

Japan has not put a lot of money into their space program but it has nevertheless come up with some good results. JAXA (Japan’s space agency) has had a few firsts including the return of a probe to pick up some dust from an asteroid after a seven-year round-trip. This mission called Hayabusa, which means [...]

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Cassini May Have Spotted an Ice Volcano on Titan

Cassini may have spotted a cryovolcano on Titan. it has been found in a region called the Sotra Facula. The craters, peaks and fingerlike flows are very good indicators that this is a cryovolcanism. The picture has been exaggerated and filled in with false colours for clarity.this is good news for the search for life [...]

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Could This be the Start of a New Space Shuttle?

All is not lost for the space shuttle idea. Richard Branson is thinking big again and along with orbital sciences Corp, Sierra Nevada Corp and some others they may build a reusable taxi to space just like the space shuttle. NASA will find $200 million to help with the development. When the last shuttle goes [...]

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Arsenic Life Found.

There were some wild speculations a week ago when NASA implied that they may have found some form of life. Everyone thought that this was finally it, alien life had been found. It was, unfortunately, one jump too far but the news of the discovery of an arsenic microbe is still good news. It has [...]

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Is Human Colonisation of Europa Possible?

Europa is a fascinating place. Once it was believed that Jupiter’s moons were just lumps of ice and rock. But missions to Jupiter showed us that there is more to Jupiter’s moons than we thought. This moon has become much more interesting the more it is explored. The furthest we have got nowadays is to [...]

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Take a Peek inside the Space Shuttle after Landing

Ever wondered what happened after a space shuttle landing? NASA have released a video (below) which shows the winding down of the shuttle and the tow back to its hangar. After landing it takes 150 workers to pull the crew out and to carry out the necessary checks and procedures. Shuttle Atlantis will be ready [...]

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Commercial Rocket Falcon 9 Launches from Cape Canaveral into Orbit

Falcon 9 built by SpaceX reached orbit on Friday. This commercial venture is hoped by NASA to replace the government rockets that are presently taking satellites etc into orbit. Commercialisation of space was put forward as a major aim by the United States when president Obama came into power. This is one of those small [...]

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Flying Telescope Takes to the Skies

Nasa’s stratospheric Observatory for infrared astronomy (SOFIA) or if you don’t want to be smart airborne telescope, took its first flight yesterday. As you can see from the image a door opens in the 747 so that the telescope can see the sky. It may sound odd to be flying around with a telescope hanging [...]

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Carnival of Space 154- Atlantis, Mars, Fire and Beyond

It’s been a while since I last posted the Carnival of space. Well, it’s here again the very best of the space community websites all on one site. Fancy living on Mars? I think there are a lot of people that would probably say yes. Their stay would probably be quite short today but what [...]

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Evidence for the Theory That Half the Normal Matter in the Universe Is Found in a Gas

Scientist’s embarrassment may have been spared by the discovery of a large amount of gas lying along the edge of some galaxies about 400 million light years from Earth. Results were needed to support a prediction that about half of the normal matter in the universe is found in a gas. There is no point [...]

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The Orion Capsule Takes One Extremely Small Baby Step

“One giant leap for mankind” doesn’t really come to mind after watching the Orion capsule launch. The Orion capsule is the leftover from the mission to the moon that Obama cancelled. Recently they tried out the escape mechanism from the Orion capsule which was to protect the astronauts just in case of fire or other [...]

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Best of the Week Podcast-Giant Ribbon at the Edge of the Solar System: Mystery Solved?

Last year, when NASA’s IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) spacecraft discovered a giant ribbon at the edge of the solar system, researchers were mystified. They called it a “shocking result” and puzzled over its origin. Now the mystery may have been solved. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/giant ribbon.mp3[/podcast]

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Best of the Week Podcast- Why Don’t Supernovas Explode When They Should Do?

Supernovas don’t explode. Why is that? The nuclear fuel runs out and it begins a collapse under its own weight and there should be a massive blast, but nothing happens. Something is being missed but a new space telescope should resolve this problem. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/story.mp3[/podcast]

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All About Moonbases

A moon base sounds like an exotic idea but is well within our reach. There were people around, I expect when the idea of a space station around the earth was thought of, years ago, that were extremely sceptical. The international space station now exists orbiting the Earth and has got bigger and bigger by [...]

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Best Of The Week- The NASA Constellation Program Podcast

All about the constellation space programme. If you read my blog post recently then you will know quite a lot but it is always good to know more! [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/constellation podcast.mp3[/podcast] By Astronomy cast Join the forum discussion on this post – (1) Posts

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Our Best Hope For Seeing A Man On The Moon & Some Alternatives

What’s the next step in manned spaceflight? Is America the only country planning to go to the moon? The questions go on and on and everything looks rosy if you look at the hype even if it is all planned for the next 20 years onwards which seems like countries are dragging their feet. NASA [...]

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Commercial Spaceflight Ticket Or NASA Ticket To Space And Beyond?

NASA is dragging their heels when it comes to space exploration. Money just isn’t available to go as fast as some people would like. This is where commercial spaceflight is taking over. Unfortunately commercial spaceflight doesn’t mean travelling to the moon and back to drop off people in the Moon Hotel. To get some idea [...]

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Throwing Things At The Moon

The Moon is great isn’t it? It features in the best album ever (The Dark Side of the Moon)  and is like an old friend flying round the Earth. Other planets may have more Moons and more colourful Moons but our moon is ours.  If you feel that the Moon needs a hug and protection [...]

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