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What Looks Good on Paper May Look Good In Space

September 25, 2017 starjunkie 0

An ancient art form has taken on new shape at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding, has inspired a number of unique spacecraft designs here. It’s little wonder […]

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Legacy of Herschel Space Observatory

September 25, 2017 starjunkie 0

To celebrate the legacy of ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, which had significant NASA contributions, the European Space Agency (ESA) has designated this week as Herschel Week, highlighting some of the mission’s accomplishments. Herschel is the […]

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NASA Tech Aids Search Following Mexico Quake

September 25, 2017 starjunkie 0

Disaster relief workers on the ground in Mexico City were responding to this week’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake by using a suitcase-sized radar instrument capable of detecting human heartbeats under rubble. This technology was developed by NASA’s […]

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The cosmic water trail uncovered by Herschel

September 25, 2017 starjunkie 0

This mosaic combines several observations of the Taurus Molecular Cloud performed by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory. Located about 450 light-years from us, in the constellation Taurus, the Bull, this vast complex of interstellar clouds is […]

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Ageing star blows off smoky bubble

September 25, 2017 starjunkie 0

This ALMA image reveals much finer structure in the U Antliae shell than has previously been possible. Around 2700 years ago, U Antliae went through a short period of rapid mass loss. During this period […]

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New gravitational wave data analysis now underway

September 25, 2017 starjunkie 0

Before the Merge: Spiraling Black Holes. This artist’s conception shows two merging black holes similar to those detected by LIGO. The black holes—which will ultimately spiral together into one larger black hole—are shown orbiting one […]