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India getting into the lunar mapping game

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At a press conference on Monday, officials from India’s ISRO announced that they are planning to launch the Chandrayaan-I satellite that will orbit the Moon for two years on a terrain mapping mission. This will be part of India’s long-range efforts toward a planned manned lunar mission within the next decade. I think it’s really […]

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New NASA Science Website

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NASA has just unveiled a new skin for it’s Science website. The site is serves as the public face for all the nifty scientific stuff done down at NASA central. I have to say the thing look pretty spiffy. There’s lots of useful links right off the front page, including a section for kids and […]

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Extrasolar discovery of organic molecule

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It’s a baby step, but an important one. NASA reported yesterday that they found the first evidence of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a planet outside of the solar system. Methane was discovered in the atmosphere of planet HD 189733b (let’s call it planet ‘Moo-cow’ for simplicity) by the Hubble telescope. Plenty of […]

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Fartherest Galaxy Discovered

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Scientists at the European Southern Observatory have discovered the farthest galaxy known – 13 billion light years away! The galaxy is in essence a baby picture of a newly formed galaxy 13 billion years ago. It would have been the first formed galaxy after the Big Bang. It was found using a pretty impressive system […]

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Landsat 5 imaging again!

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Our reader Michelle sent us a quick email to let us know that the USGS has announced that Landsat 5 resumed imaging as of January 10th. Landsat 5 has been experiencing problems with its batteries, and the Landsat team has come up with a new procedure for charging the batteries to try to maintain a […]

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Earth Barely Tall Enough to Ride Life Ride

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Ok, so it was a bad joke. Apparently, the Earth is just barely big enough to support life. The National Geographic is reporting this new research that says the Earth is barely big enough for plate tectonics, which are critical to CO2 formation and maintenance, which in turn is critical for life. It’s an interesting […]

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Solar Headaches to Come

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National Geographic is reporting that we can expect a season of intense solar flares for the next few weeks and months. This is all part of a normal 11 year cycle in solar flare activity, but it can lead to some distinct headaches in our tech heavy world. As the article notes, this is the […]