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Mr. Moon: Indian Man Behind NASA’s X-ray Observatory (+Photos)

October 19 marks the birth anniversary the man behind the name of NASA’s premier X-ray observatory, the late Indian-American Nobel laureate …

NASA's Curiosity rover snapped a billion-pixel photo on Mars. Check out the amazing view and more dazzling space photos from the last week here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/6nsd

APOD: The Porpoise Galaxy from Hubble (2013 Jun 24) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130624.html Explanation: What's happening to this spiral galaxy? Just a few hundred million years ago, NGC 2936, the upper of the two large galaxies shown, was likely a normal spiral galaxy -- spinning, creating stars -- and minding its own business. But then it got too close to the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 2937 below and took a dive. Dubbed the Porpoise Galaxy for its iconic shape, NGC 2936 is not only being deflected but also being distorted by the close gravitational interaction. A burst of young blue stars forms the nose of the porpoise toward the left of the upper galaxy, while the center of the spiral appears as an eye. Alternatively, the galaxy pair, together known as Arp 142, look to some like a penguin protecting an egg. Either way, intricate dark dust lanes and bright blue star streams trail the troubled galaxy to the lower right. The above recently-released image showing Arp 142 in unprecedented detail was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope last year. Arp 142 lies about 300 million light years away toward the constellation, coincidently, of the Water Snake (Hydra). In a billion years or so the two galaxies will likely merge into one larger galaxy. http://heritage.stsci.edu/2013/23/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2013/23 http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1311/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130624 #APOD

Solar-powered plane wraps first leg of flight across United States | Reuters

(Reuters) - The flight from San Fransisco to Phoenix took 18 hours and 18 minutes on Saturday - and didn’t use a drop of fuel.<p>A solar-powered airplane that developers hope eventually to pilot around the world landed safely in Phoenix on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the United States …

Music amps immunity and cuts stress - Futurity

MCGILL (CAN) — Before surgery, listening to music is more effective at reducing anxiety than …