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  • Did Dark Matter Create the Galaxies?

    Astronomers have found 12 new satellite galaxies surrounding the Milky Way. That is a major finding, but more importantly, these small galaxies are unique. They primarily consist of dark matter. And, that changes our concept of how galaxies were created...
    Published on  July 10, 2011 to Space

  • Solar Probe Plus May Solve Many of Sun's Mysteries

    NASA’s Solar Probe Plus will become the first spacecraft to plunge into the Sun. It won’t enter the Sun’s surface, but its strange outer atmosphere, the corona, where the temperature is millions of degrees and the solar wind is accelerated...
    Published on  June 27, 2011 to Space

  • The Role of Sounding Rockets

    Sounding rockets are used to measure the properties of the upper atmosphere as well as to take ‘snapshots’ of phenomena in outer space. These rockets simply fly straight up, then fall back to Earth. But in doing so they give us much data on...
    Published on  June 18, 2011 to Space

  • The Keck Telescopes--Progenitors of the 21st Century Giants

    Development of the Keck telescope laid the groundwork for the giant telescopes being built and designed today. Keck has already made significant discoveries, and more are destined to come.
    Published on  June 2, 2011 to Space

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch: Return to Space?

    America’s reentry into space began on December 8 2010 with the launch of the Dragon spacecraft into orbit by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Dragon and Falcon 9 are commercial spacecraft designed and built by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation...
    Published on  May 31, 2011 to Space

  • NASA's First Project: The Mercury Redstone Program

    There was no guide to follow for space travel. NASA engineers were in uncharted territory. They selected an existing IRBM and ICBM as launch vehicles, and based the spacecraft on ICBM reentry vehicle designs. For pilots, they selected military test pilots...
    Published on  May 30, 2011 to Space

  • The Power of Pulsars

    Pulsars are like cosmic lighthouses. They send out powerful radio frequency beams—sometimes even light—at such regular intervals they could be used to regulate our clocks. These beams are powerful. The rotation and power of pulsars come from...
    Published on  May 25, 2011 to Space

  • Ares 1-X Flight Test Results and Program Status

    The Ares 1-X test vehicle successfully completed its test flight. But, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee report questions the program, and leaves its future up in the air.
    Published on  May 24, 2011 to Space

  • The Invisible Layer of the Chromosphere of the Sun

    The Sun’s chromosphere is actually the invisible upper layer of its atmosphere. Yet, it produces some of the Sun’s most spectacular phenomena.
    Published on  May 24, 2011 to Space

  • Mysteries of the Sun: The Maunder Minimum and Sunspots

    The Sun. It gives us light, warmth, life. In ancient times it was worshiped as a god for just these reasons. But it holds many mysteries, such as sunspots, its coronal temperature and hemispheric discrepancies that even today, with our robot spacecraft...
    Published on  May 22, 2011 to Space

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