CloudSat and Calipso satellites successfully launched

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I didn’t get a chance to blog this earlier because of our slow internet connection in San Juan, but NASA’s 2 new cloud monitoring satellites, CloudSat and Calipso, were successfully launched Friday morning after some difficulties they delayed their originial launch date. What’s cool about these satellites is that they are carrying instruments that can […]

See a total solar eclipse “live” on your computer

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Tomorrow (Wednesday) there will be a total or near-total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of Europe, Africa, and South America (see this guide from MSNBC). For the rest of us, however, NASA and the Exploratorium will be offering a live satellite broadcast of the eclipse from Side, Turkey, starting at 5am Eastern […]

Donate to SETI@home

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SETI@home is an attempt to search for extraterrestrial signals through the use of a distributed computing model, using processing power of millions of volunteer’s computers. To date they have proceeded through grants and donations, however this year they have begun their First Annual Donation Drive. This is an interesting use of technology and a more […]

Japan Launches Mapping Satellite

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The Japanese Advanced Land Observation Satellite (nicknamed “Daichi’) was launched on January 24th, after two delays for technical problems. According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), The satellite will be used for mapping and to monitor disasters and environmental change around the world. Via Bloomberg and GeoPlace

Most Earth-like Planet Detected

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Continuing last week’s podcast “space theme”, CNN has this story about astronomers using new techniques to discover the most Earth-like planet found yet. From the story, “an international team has detected a cold planet about 5-1/2 times more massive than Earth — still small enough to be considered Earth-like — orbiting a star about 20,000 […]