Category Archives: Space

The Day the Earth Smiled – stunning photo from Saturn by Cassini spacecraft

From NASA: In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. It is only one footprint in a … Continue reading

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One mystery of the Martian atmosphere solved

From the University of Michigan How Mars’ atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity ANN ARBOR—New findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover provide clues to how Mars lost its original atmosphere, which scientists believe was much thicker than the one … Continue reading

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NOAA GOES-13 satellite becomes first ever to recover from a micrometeoroid impact

I had been watching this, as my own weather imaging business was affected by it, and I wanted to wait to see if the fix held before writing about it. It has, and here’s the story from NOAA/NESDIS: NOAA returns … Continue reading

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The Kepler spacecraft has a failure

Two of four reaction wheels seized up, critical for precise photometry Excerpt from the Kepler Mission Manager Update. (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in … Continue reading

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NASA to fly ‘green’ rockets

I have to wonder if this is a good idea, what with so many other green ventures not living up to expectations, this might actually end up getting people killed if it isn’t fully tested before making it into the … Continue reading

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Experience 18 minutes of world history, as if you were there, landing on the moon

I still get chills and misty eyes watching this. For those of us that watched the Apollo 11 moon landing live on TV, we had to be content with the voices of Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra along with simulated … Continue reading

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NOAA retires polar-orbiting satellite

Satellite exceeded anticipated lifespan by eight years April 10, 2013 After nearly 11 years of helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict weather and climate patterns and save lives in search and rescue operations, NOAA announced today it … Continue reading

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Earth’s orbital debris – it’s a drag

From the Global Aerospace Corporation Removing orbital debris with less risk Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is publishing an article entitled “Removing Orbital Debris With Less Risk” in the March/April … Continue reading

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Inverse hockey stick in the lower troposphere – real or not?

Bishop Hill via correspondent Gras Albert noted this event early today: I looked through the entire satellite record, and couldn’t find any similar event. That meant it was either unique, or indicative of a technology failure like we witnessed with … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘electron stash’ found hidden among Van Allen belts

You’d think the science on the Van Allen Radiation belts was long ago considered “settled science”. Nope. And yet, while we discover new things like this, some insist we fully understand all aspects of the workings of Earth’s climate. Instruments … Continue reading

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New satellite to warn of severe weather by watching lightning

NOAA and NASA’s next generation weather satellite may provide earlier warnings A new satellite that will detect the lightning inside storm clouds may lead to valuable improvements in tornado detection. The GOES-R satellite is currently being built with new technology … Continue reading

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The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, Original Data For Science Posterity

Guest post by Dennis Ray Wingo Introduction The foundation of all observational science is data. This is true whether the data is temperature measurements from ground networks, satellites, or any other thing in nature that can be observed, quantified, and … Continue reading

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Russian Chelyabinsk Meteor largest since 1908 Tunguska event

Image credit: Google Earth, NASA/JPL-Caltech › Larger view From the WSJ (NASA JPL Statement follows): The meteor that crashed to earth in Russia was about 55 feet in diameter, weighed around 10,000 tons and was made from a stony material, … Continue reading

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A problem that is bigger than global warming

In light of what happened yesterday, this story is even more relevant now. It was written before the meteor event in Russia. Asteroid 2012 DA14 makes its closest approach at 2:24 p.m. EST/1924 GMT today. One wonders if yesterday’s meteor … Continue reading

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Large meteor in Russia caught on tape – building hit

VIDEO: Large meteorite caught on dash cameras in Russia Image from RT video, see below. People are a little jumpy with news of the close flyby of the asteroid 2012 DA14 tomorrow. This meteor actually hit and destroyed a building. … Continue reading

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Claim: Meteorite discovered with signs of life in it

This looks to be a huge story, the first evidence of extraterrestrial life, if it holds up. I would remind readers that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence“. This needs to be confirmed by others in the science community before it … Continue reading

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Why ice loss and sea level measurements via satellite and the new Shepherd et al paper are highly uncertain at the moment

There’s a paper (Shepherd et al) on ice loss and sea level rise that has been making the rounds in media (such as this article in Science Recorder, claiming it validates global warming) that is causing some stir, mainly because … Continue reading

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That CO2 is powerful stuff, now causes satellites to be threatened in orbit due to lingering space debris

From the “CO2 is there anything it can’t do department” comes this ridiculous piece of research making the rounds in the MSM that worries about something that has not been observed to happen…oh, wait. From Nature Geoscience, note the text … Continue reading

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