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NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncover…

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes.<p>Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from vents near the moon's south pole. The new data provide the first geophysical measurements of the internal structure of …

Darpa's Giant Folding Spy Satellite Will Dwarf All Other Space Telescopes

Spying could become much easier if a new lightweight, folding satellite concept gets off the ground.<p>Darpa, the military's futuristic research agency, …

Expedition 39 Update: April 3, 2014

Flight controllers conducted a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver Thursday to keep the station clear of a piece of orbital debris.

Total Lunar Eclipse and Solar 'Ring of Fire' Top April's Stargazing Events

Stargazers have a lot to look forward to this month.<p>The best celestial events in April include eclipses of the sun and moon, a meteor shower and good …

Astronomy

Birth of a Telescope

The LMT, a radio telescope that can detect electromagnetic radiation from objects far away, is a high-precision time machine that observes and makes …

Universe

What if the Moon was a Disco Ball?

STS-83 Columbia lifts off #now in 1997, but the mission is cut short after 3 days due to a faulty fuel cell. http://t.co/F87jf8O1Vl

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Gas cloud's fate could reveal information on growth of supermassive black holes

(Phys.org) —Right now a doomed gas cloud is edging ever closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. These black …

APOD: Along the Western Veil (2014 Apr 04) Image Processing: Oliver Czernetz Data: Digitized Sky Survey (POSS-II) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140404.html Explanation: Delicate in appearance, these filaments of shocked, glowing gas, draped in planet Earth's sky toward the constellation of Cygnus, make up the western part of the Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original supernova explosion likely reached Earth over 5,000 years ago. Blasted out in the cataclysmic event, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. The glowing filaments are really more like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula now spans nearly 3 degrees or about 6 times the diameter of the full Moon. While that translates to over 70 light-years at its estimated distance of 1,500 light-years, this wide image of the western portion spans about half that distance. Brighter parts of the western Veil are recognized as separate nebulae, including The Witch's Broom (NGC 6960) along the top of this view and Pickering's Triangle (NGC 6979) below and right of center. http://archive.stsci.edu/dss/copyright.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140404 #APOD

Military Weather Satellite Launched After 15-Year Hold

A U.S. military weather satellite, refurbished after more than a decade in storage, blasted off aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday.<p>The rocket put the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program spacecraft into a 530-mile-high orbit passing over …

Space Exploration

NASA Space Station - View from Space at Night

NASA Hubble Team Finds Monster "El Gordo" Galaxy Cluster Bigger Than Thought

[image-36]<p>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has weighed the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe, catalogued as ACT-CL J0102-4915, and …

Apollo 6 launches #now in 1968 on the final non-crewed qualification flight of a Saturn V & Apollo spacecraft.   http://t.co/OwobTUdzHU