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NASA’s next flagship telescope is “not executable” in its current form | Ars Technica

"The NASA HQ-to-Program governance structure is dysfunctional."<p>First came the Hubble Space Telescope. Now, NASA is finalizing development of the …

Pluto is way cooler than it should be, and now we might know why

It has to do with a surprisingly hazy atmosphere.<p>It was a lazy, hazy, crazy day on Pluto when a spacecraft from Earth flew by at a blistering speed of 31,000 miles per hour two years ago.<p>New Horizons took a bunch of snapshots, made some quick measurements of Pluto’s atmosphere, and sent them all …

Neues von Gravitationswellen • aLIGO, Gravitonen, Stringtheorie & Ausblick (2/2) | Andreas Müller

Write an awesome description for your new site here. You can edit this line in _config.yml. It will appear in your document head meta (for Google …

Want to Relive the Excitement of Apollo 10?

Apollo 10 is among the most overlooked missions of NASA's lunar landing program. It wasn’t the first flight to take men to the Moon and it didn't land on the surface. So what was it? Apollo 10 was the dress rehearsal before Apollo 11's successful landing at the Sea of Tranquility. It was the flight …

Astrofotografie und Hobbyastronomie

Die Sonne<p>Planeten<p>Mond<p>DeepSky<p>Die Sonne ist ein gewöhnlicher G2 V-Stern jedoch besitzt sie 98% der gesamten Masse des Sonnensystems. Das Leben auf der …

Sternengeschichten Folge 74: Stringtheorie, Extradimensionen und eine Landschaft voller Universen

Die Stringtheorie gilt unter den theoretischen Physikern als vielversprechenste Chance auf die “Theorie von allem”, mit der sich die bisherigen …

Milliarden Sonnen im Planetarium

Ich weiß nicht, was ihr an diesem Wochenende vor habt. Ich werde zu einer Hochzeit (nicht meiner) in der Wachau gehen – aber falls das Wetter bei …

Inside Boeing's New Commercial Space Capsule

Boeing unveils interior design of its new spacecraft.<p>From the outside, Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft model resembles a high-tech gumdrop. On the inside, it's a spacious, LED-glowing dream. The new commercial vehicle is designed to transport NASA astronauts to and from low Earth orbit. Boeing recently …

Vintage Big Pic: The Cameras That Captured The First Men On The Moon

Yep, these are photos of cameras. Enjoy!<p>This smooth and shiny camera captured the video that folks at home watched live on TV during Neil Armstrong's moonwalk. It's called the Apollo Lunar TV Camera, and the U.S. engineering firm Westinghouse designed it. It withstood vibrations between 10 and …

New For Space Tourists: A Light, Comfy Space Suit

Private space company Final Frontier Design shows off the latest orbital fashion.<p>Final Frontier Design, a Brooklyn, NY-based space company, unveiled their new "3G" space suit yesterday on Capitol Hill. The company's previous suit won a 2013 <i>Popular Science</i> invention award, and this third-generation …

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

How Close Could I Get To The Sun And Survive?

Of all the bodies in our solar system, the sun is probably the one we want to give the widest berth. It gushes radiation, and even though its surface is the coolest part of the star, it burns at about 9,940°F, hot enough to incinerate just about any material. As such, there are no plans to send a …

Big Pic: A Technicolor Galactic Explosion

The new ALMA telescope snaps an amazing view of the Sculptor Galaxy.<p>The Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA) only opened in March, but we've already got incredible images from the new telescope. Here's a recent look at the Sculptor Galaxy, a.k.a NGC 253, a spiral galaxy about 11.5 …

Ariane startet mit 8770 Kilogramm Nutzlast

Raumfahrt | 25. Juli 2013<p>+++Update: Ariane erfolgreich gestartet+++ Nach dem großartigen Start von ATV-4 zur ISS Anfang Juni 2013 und dem Sojus-Start …

Transfer of Ariane 5 V214 to the launch pad, 24 July 2013

Pferdekopfnebel in voller Pracht

Von der Erde gesehen sieht er aus wie ein Pferd von der Seite - und so kam der Pferdekopfnebel auch zu seinem Namen. Spektakuläre neue Bilder des …

This Weird Green Rock Is From Mercury

Well, Mercury or a "Mercury-like body." It's unlike any other meteorite ever found on Earth.<p>Last year, a group of 35 meteorite samples was found in Morocco. One of them was this guy, a curiously green sample given the name NWA 7325. Further analysis indicates that its color isn't the only unusual …

Raumfahrer erreichen ISS-Station in Rekordzeit

Eigentlich dauert die Reise zwei Tage. Drei Astronauten haben den Weg zur Raumstation ISS nun in deutlich kürzerer Zeit zurückgelegt - und damit …

Raumfrachter Dragon mit wertvoller Fracht gelandet http://bit.ly/108oupc Foto:dpa

Astronomen entdecken neue Art von Sternexplosion

Universum<p>Ein erstaunlich schneller Weißer Zwerg mit ungewöhnlicher Zusammensetzung könnte der Überrest einer bislang rätselhaften Sternexplosion sein.<p>…

Wohin steuert Europas Raumfahrt? | Wissen & Umwelt | DW | 02.04.2013

Die Europäische Raumfahrtagentur (ESA) und das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) haben sich für die kommenden Jahre viel vorgenommen: Der …

Vagrant Libvirt Provider

This is a Vagrant plugin that adds an Libvirt provider to Vagrant, allowing Vagrant to control and provision machines via Libvirt toolkit.<p><b>Note:</b> …