Posts Tagged ‘Mission’

Proximity of New Planets Stuns Even Astronomers

ScienceDaily (June 21, 2012) — One is a rocky planet 1.5 times the size of Earth. The other is a gaseous world nearly four times Earth’s size. Together they form a spectacular system in which two planets orbit closer to each other than any yet discovered

“We’ve never known of planets like this,” said Yale University astronomer Sarbani Basu, a member of the research team that analyzed the system. “If you were on the smaller planet looking up, the larger planet would seem more than twice the size of Earth’s full moon. It would be jaw-dropping.”

Basu’s research focused on determining the properties of the planets’ host star — work that was essential for discerning the characteristics of the orbiting planets.

The 46-member, international team, led by astronomers at Harvard and the University of Washington, report their discovery June 21 in Science Express, the early release version of the journal Science.

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The Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Returns to Earth After a 15-Month Secret Mission

June 19, 2012 2 comments

By Clay Dillow Posted 06.18.2012 at 1:06 pm

The Air Force’s X-37B–its secret robotic space plane that’s been orbiting the Earth on a mission shrouded in mystery for more than a year–landed safely in the wee hours Saturday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV-2) is the second X-37B test vehicle to successfully complete an orbital mission and autonomously return to Earth, following sister spacecraft OTV-1’s 225-day mission in 2010.

NASA’s black hole-hunting NuSTAR mission launched today

By   posted Jun 13th 2012  

NASA launches black holehunting NuSTAR mission today

The black hole-hunting telescope NASA announced last month launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean today. The $165 million NuSTAR mission will spend two years scouring the universe for black holes by scanning X-ray light at higher energies than its predecessors. According to, NuSTAR will especially target high-energy regions of the universe where “matter is falling onto black holes, as well as the leftovers from dead stars after they’ve exploded in supernovas.” Head on past the break for a video of the launch and click through to the source link for more details and images.


Would You Ride This Pencil-Shaped Capsule To Space?

May 24, 2012 2 comments

By Rebecca Boyle Posted 05.23.2012

The amateur rocketeers at Copenhagen Suborbitals are getting closer and closer to orbit, testing a new bi-liquid fuel combination for a hand-built, donation-funded, non-profit rocket. The group tested its alcohol- and liquid oxygen-powered TM65 rocket over the weekend, the largest amateur bi-liquid rocket in the world.

Bombs Disguised As ‘Humanitarian’ Gifts NATO’s Paradoxical Mission in Libya

Saturday, 30 July 2011 07:18

‘NATO’s “Operation Unified Protector” is purportedly designed to protect Libyan civilians when in fact, this is merely a fig leaf to remove Gaddafi from power. Within 48 hours, the “protests” against Moammar Gaddafi turned violent and Libyan government forces were confronted with armed rebels. Civilians were never targeted by the Libyan regime to begin with. The civilian casualty rate for Misurata, for example, was less than three percent in the first two months of the conflict. This figure pales in comparison to the conflicts in Gaza or Fallujah where to this day civilians continue to suffer from the toxic legacy of depleted uranium from the brutal assault by American force and where the casualty rate exceeds those reported by the survivors of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.’

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