Final Descent Images from Rosetta Spacecraft


Sept. 30, 2016Click Here

A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft shortly before its controlled impact into the comet’s surface on Sept. 30, 2016. Confirmation of the end of the mission arrived at ESA's European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, at 4:19 a.m. PDT (7:19 a.m. EDT / 1:19 p.m. CEST) with the loss of signal upon impact.



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NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting
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Sept. 26, 2016

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes.




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Pluto ‘Paints’ its Largest Moon Red


Sept. 14, 2016Click Here

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA’s approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, mission scientists knew two things: they’d never seen anything like it elsewhere in our solar system, and they couldn’t wait to get the story behind it.



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 Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star


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August 24, 2016

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System. A paper describing this milestone finding will be published in the journal Nature on 25 August 2016.



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Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere


Jupiters AuroraJune 30, 2016

Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet’s atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. This observation program is supported by measurements made by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently on its way to Jupiter.


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NASA's Juno Peers Inside a Giant

June 29, 2016

View from Juno!
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4.  Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries surrounding our solar system's largest planet, including the origin of its massive magnetosphere.




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 Boosters for Orion Spacecraft's First Flight Test Arrive
at Port Canaveral, Florida


June 28, 2016

 Booster for the most powerful Rocket

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), successfully fired up Tuesday for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah. This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS’s first uncrewed test flight with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in late 2018, a key milestone on the agency’s Journey to Mars.



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Dark and Arc


Saturn ArcJune 27, 2016


At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible (near top center), faintly illuminated by sunlight reflected off the rings.



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Garner Road Community Center Raleigh NC


June 21, 2016

Today we visited the Garner Road Community Center where we are doing several Model Rocketry and Space Science Workshops.



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Small Asteroid Is Earth's Constant Companion


Earth's second Moon

June 15, 2016


A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come.




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