October 3, 2015

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October 3, 2015

High-Powered Telescope Designed to Explore Origins of Universe Moving Toward 'First Light'

Sep. 30, 2015 — An effort to peer into the origins of the universe with the most effective instrument ever used in the effort is taking a big step forward, as scientists begin shipping a two-story-tall microwave ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — The quest for potentially habitable planets is often interpreted as the search for an Earth twin. And yet, some rocky planets outside our Solar System may in fact be more promising candidates for ... read more

Sep. 10, 2015 — Astronomers have discovered a gargantuan galaxy cluster with a core bursting with new stars -- an incredibly rare find. The discovery is the first to show that gigantic galaxies at the centers of ... read more

Sep. 10, 2015 — Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified regions on the far side of the moon, called the lunar highlands, that may have been so heavily bombarded -- particularly by small asteroids -- that the ... read more

Sep. 9, 2015 — Researchers are heading into space in 2018 to measure and better understand terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs) that originate from ... read more

Sep. 9, 2015 — Astronomers have generated the most accurate statistical description yet of faint, early galaxies as they existed in the universe 500 million years after the Big ... read more

Sep. 7, 2015 — A team of researchers has developed "an autobiographical memory" for the robot Nao, which enables it to pass on knowledge learnt from humans to other, less knowledgable humans. This ... read more

Sep. 7, 2015 — Trained volunteers are as good as professional astronomers at finding jets shooting from massive black holes and matching them to their host galaxies, research ... read more

Sep. 4, 2015 — Space is cold, dark, and lonely. Deadly, too, if any one of a million things goes wrong on your spaceship. It's certainly no place for a computer chip to fail, which can happen due to the ... read more

Sep. 4, 2015 — Researchers searching for the earliest objects in the universe now report the detection of what may be the most distant galaxy ever found. In a new article, the scientists describe evidence for a ... read more

Earth Observations Show How Nitrogen May Be Detected on Exoplanets, Aiding Search for Life

Sep. 3, 2015 — Observations of nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere by a NASA spacecraft 17 million miles away are giving astronomers fresh clues to how that gas might reveal itself on faraway planets, thus aiding ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Hopping, tumbling and flipping over are not typical maneuvers you would expect from a spacecraft exploring other worlds. Traditional Mars rovers, for example, roll around on wheels, and they ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — In an intensive citizen-science-aided survey of Hubble telescope images of 2,753 young, blue star clusters in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (M31), astronomers have found that M31 and our own ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Catching a ride from one solar system body to another isn't easy. You have to figure out how to land your spacecraft safely and then get it on its way to the next destination. The landing part ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Scientists may be closer to solving the mystery of how Mars changed from a world with surface water billions of years ago to the arid Red Planet of today. A new analysis of the largest known deposit ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — When the sun set on Saturn's rings in August 2009, scientists on NASA's Cassini mission were watching closely. It was the equinox -- one of two times in the Saturnian year when the sun ... read more

How to Get Rid of a Satellite After Its Retirement

Sep. 1, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new method to eliminate artificial satellites in Highly Elliptical Orbits when they finish their mission. The methodology, which allows for a reduction of both cost and ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Astrophysicists have found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth. The discovery of two supermassive black holes -- one larger one and a second, smaller one -- are ... read more

Self-Healing Material Could Plug Life-Threatening Holes in Spacecraft

Aug. 26, 2015 — For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it's good to have a backup plan. Although shields and fancy maneuvers could ... read more

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