By: Elizabeth M Young
NASA's Orion Deep Space vehicle offers the exciting hope that an unmanned test launch will be moved up to two years from now. The vehicle, was originally scheduled for testing in 2017 and will eventually carry human passengers. The vehicle is also referred to as...
A look at NASA's Orion deep space exploration vehicle
By: Steven Mars
Orion is a multi-purpose crew vehicle (MPCV) that will take astronauts to the moon and asteroids. Its first test launch will be next year (2013). It is expected to be a safe answer to multiple missions using efficient technology built by NASA. It will also...
By: Elizabeth M Young
NEOShield has not been given a lot of publicity beyond the circles of humans who have been involved with the project. The word NEO stands for Near Earth Object. The word Shield implies that some form of identification, shielding, diversion or destruction programs will be...
By: Elizabeth M Young
There is a new view of a very old Nebula, thanks to the Hubble Telescope. A nebula is formed when a star that is like our own sun dies and glowing gas forms around the orb. The sun at the center of The Helix Nebula...
By: Nick Ford
Following the success of the Pioneer and Voyageur projects which flew past Jupiter in the 1970s, NASA started work on the Galileo project. Their plan was to develop a probe which would traverse close to the giant planet and conduct a thorough study of the...
By: John Traveler
Today, the Global Positioning System (GPS) has pretty much negated the use of more antiquated methods of navigation, but there was a time when navigators used observational readings of the Sun by day, and Moon and stars by night to determine position and heading. The...
By: Michael Totten
Sometime between the next 3 to 5 billion years, the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way galaxy will probably collide with each other. This collision between the 2 largest galaxies in the Local Group will bring more than 2 hundred billion stars into close proximity...
By: Michael Totten
Martian meteorites are rocks which originated on Mars but have fallen on Earth. The 99 Martian meteorites known at the time of writing represent less than 0.2% of all known meteorites. It is possible to pinpoint a meteorite as being from Mars by its...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Sky glow is a problem for astronomers because it obscures the sky so that they cannot identify stars and other celestial forms. Astronomers need clear skies to do their work well. Sky glow adds brightness to a part of the sky that becomes impenetrable except...
By: Patrick Sills
It is believed that the universe formed from an event known as the Big Bang. Some 15 billion years ago, a massive clump of matter had seemingly formed from nothing. Theological arguments aside, this ball of gas and dust expanded to the point of exploding...

 

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