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Saturday, March 21, 2015

NASA WANTS YOU!... to help identify Asteroids

Back in Feb of 2013, a big chunk of rock called the Chelyabinsk Meteor took earth by surprise when it exploded 18.4 miles above the ground in Russia. Producing the kinetic energy of approximately 500 kilotons of TNT (that’s roughly 20-30 times more energy than the Atomic Bomb that was detonated over Hiroshima), the first question that everyone in the world asked was, “how did we not see this thing coming?”

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ultraviolet Auroras on Mars show how little we know about one of our nearest neighbors

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has recently observed an Ultraviolet Aurora deep in the Martian atmosphere as well as a high altitude dust cloud that can’t currently be explained. The two phenomena clearly demonstrate just how little we know about one of our nearest neighbors.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Billions of Planets are now believed to be in the Habitable Zone

There’s been a recent surge in the popularity of space exploration, and a big part of that is thanks to the Kepler space telescope. Since its launch in 2009, Kepler has found over a thousand exoplanets in our galaxy, and new research on data from Kepler is sure to spark even more interest.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lockheed Martin joins the race for NASA’s Commercial Cargo Competition

Lockheed Martin has now joined the expanding field of companies that are in a race to compete in NASA’s Commercial Cargo Competition, with an entry that includes a reusable tug called Jupiter and a cargo module called Exoliner.