Shelby Barney

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Space Station Crew Member Discusses Life in Space and Scientific Research

Helium: swollen stars, party balloons and squeaky voices

Helium supplies are running low. This is cause for concern for some. Others might wonder what the fuss is about.<p>The statement itself may seem bizarre in some respects. How can we be "running out" of the second most abundant element in the known universe? Mankind may have had a substantial impact on …

Why the moon is mainly made of Earth's debris

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

SatireOther Microbes That Will (Not) Make Your Startup a Unicorn<p>Author: Adam RogersAdam Rogers<p>PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris …

How to see a green flash

It’s said that once you’ve seen a green flash, you’ll never go wrong in matters of the heart. Here’s all you need to know … plus great pics!<p><b>People</b> …

60,000 stars added to public dataset

<b>U. PITTSBURGH / U. VIRGINIA (US) —</b> Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) have released a new online public dataset featuring …

Big Pic: Goodnight Moons

Cassini snaps two of Saturn's moons through the rings<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out near Saturn since 2004, studying the planet's icy moons. In this image taken in mid-May, Mimas and Pandora, two of Saturn's 62 confirmed moons, hang out around 730,000 miles away from Cassini's …

Obama nominates astrophysicist to lead NSF

<i>For more on Córdova’s nomination, see our expanded news story: http://www.nature.com/news/astrophysicist-tapped-to-lead-nsf-1.13496</i><p>Astrophysicist …

NASA pushing to keep 'space taxi' competition going

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA is pressing ahead with a program to fly its astronauts on commercial spaceships despite budget uncertainties that threaten to undermine a heated competition for its business.<p>Since 2010, when the U.S. space agency begin partnering with private companies …

Image of Saturn Moons Mimas and Pandora Taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft

This image of Saturn moons Mimas and Pandora was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. These are two of Saturn's 53 moons. The image was taken in blue …

3D Printing is Headed to Space

NASA and Made in Space have teamed up to build a 3D printer that works in zero gravity. They plan on shipping it up to the International Space Station late next year.<p><b>NASA is getting closer</b> to taking 3D printing to the final frontier. Along with manufacturer Made in Space, the space agency has been …

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

Shooting stars: Can astronaut Karen L Nyberg become the next Chris Hadfield? - Telegraph

APOD: Moon Over Andromeda (2013 Aug 01) Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block and Tim Puckett http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130801.html Explanation: The Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda (aka M31), a mere 2.5 million light-years distant, is the closest large spiral to our own Milky Way. Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye as a small, faint, fuzzy patch, but because its surface brightness is so low, casual skygazers can't appreciate the galaxy's impressive extent in planet Earth's sky. This entertaining composite image compares the angular size of the nearby galaxy to a brighter, more familiar celestial sight. In it, a deep exposure of Andromeda, tracing beautiful blue star clusters in spiral arms far beyond the bright yellow core, is combined with a typical view of a nearly full Moon. Shown at the same angular scale, the Moon covers about 1/2 degree on the sky, while the galaxy is clearly several times that size. The deep Andromeda exposure also includes two bright satellite galaxies, M32 and M110 (bottom). http://www.caelumobservatory.com/ http://www.cometwatch.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130801 #APOD

Space exploration as it was imagined in the '50s

Back in the 1950s, when the allure of space travel captured the imagination of a nation, <i>Collier's</i> magazine fed that desire with a series of articles that outlined in detail how the US would explore the reaches of space. While the scenarios detailed in the magazine over the span of two years didn't …

The Simplest Periodic Table We've Ever Seen

No numbers, just dots<p>In this beautiful, easy-to-read periodic table, created by London-based graphic designer Alison Haigh, each element is represented by a visualization of its electronic structure, rather than by numbers and letters.<p>The dots each represent electrons—so, hydrogen, which has an …

NASA Curiosity rover's first year on Mars captured in two-minute highlight video

It seems like just yesterday that NASA landed its largest-ever interplanetary rover, Curiosity, on the surface of Mars. But now, after quite a bit of roving, drilling rocks, zapping them with lasers, and uncovering evidence of past liquid water and an environment previously hospitable to microbial …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Could There Be A Planet Hidden On The Opposite Side Of Our Sun?

We ask a scientist who has peered around it.<p>The sun might seem like a pretty huge galactic blind spot, but we've already managed to glimpse behind it, and there's nothing there in the way of another Earth, says NASA scientist Michael Kaiser, "unless it's <i>awfully</i> tiny."<p>Kaiser is the project scientist …

Watch The Mars Rover Curiosity's First Year In Only 2 Minutes

A busy, if slow-moving, year in the life of a robot we crashed onto an alien world.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity has spent the past year driving around the surface of of its new home, drilling and digging and collecting samples and every once in awhile drawing inappropriate body parts for fun.<p>It's not a …

APOD: Tropic of Cancer (2013 Aug 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130802.html Explanation: This intriguing monument can be found in Taiwan between the cities of Hualian and Taitong. Split into two sides, it straddles a special circle of latitude on planet Earth, near 23.5 degrees north, known as the Tropic of Cancer. Points along the Tropic of Cancer are the northernmost locations where the Sun can pass directly overhead, an event that occurs once a year during the northern hemisphere's summer solstice. The latitude that defines the Tropic of Cancer corresponds to the tilt of planet Earth's rotation axis with respect to its orbital plane. The name refers to the zodiacal constellation Cancer the Crab. Historically the Sun's position was within Cancer during the northern summer solstice, but because of the precession of Earth's axis, that solstice Sun is currently within the boundaries of Taurus. In this starry night scene the otherwise all white structure is colored by city lights, with its orange side just south of the Tropic of Cancer and the white side just north. Of course, there is a southern hemisphere counterpart of the Tropic of Cancer. It's called the Tropic of Capricorn. http://www.deepskycolors.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130802 #APOD