NASA to Broadcast Launch, Arrival of NASA Astronaut at Space Station
A multinational crew of space travelers, including NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday, July 20 – the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic landing on the Moon. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverag…
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July 12, 2019 at 04:04PM

NASA Administrator to Talk Moon Landing Anniversary, Moon to Mars Plan
Just days before the 50th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements – astronauts first walking on the Moon – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 15.
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July 12, 2019 at 11:04AM

NASA Administrator to Talk Moon Landing Anniversary, Moon to Mars Plan
Just days before the 50th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements – astronauts first walking on the Moon – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 15.
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July 12, 2019 at 10:36AM

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Moon to sweep by Jupiter July 12 to 14 | EarthSky.org
Use the moon to locate the planet Jupiter on July 12, 13 and 14. After these nights, you’ll recognize Jupiter easily. It’ll be the brightest starlike object to light up the evening sky for months to come.
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July 12, 2019 at 08:40AM

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NASA shuts off systems on Voyager 2
Launched in 1977, Voyagers 2 is still operating at more than 11 billion miles from home, but mission controllers recently made the call to turn off heating for its cosmic ray instrument.
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July 11, 2019 at 10:21PM

Hubble Discovers Mysterious Black Hole Disc
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed an unexpected thin disc of material encircling a supermassive black hole at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147, located 130 million light-years away.
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July 11, 2019 at 10:31AM

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July 11, 2019 at 12:32AM

4000 Exoplanets

Over 4000 planets are now known to exist outside our Solar System. Known as exoplanets, this milestone was passed last month, as recorded by NASA’s Exoplanet Archive. The featured video highlights these exoplanets in sound and light, starting chronologically from the first confirmed detection in 1992. The entire night sky is first shown compressed with the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy making a giant U. Exoplanets detected by slight jiggles in their parents-star’s colors (radial velocity) appear in pink, while those detected by slight dips in their parent star’s brightness (transit) are shown in purple. Further, those exoplanets imaged directly appear in orange, while those detected by gravitationally magnifying the light of a background star (microlensing) are shown in green. The faster a planet orbits its parent star, the higher the accompanying tone played. The retired Kepler satellite has discovered about half of these first 4000 exoplanets in just one region of the sky, while the new TESS mission is on track to find even more, all over the sky, orbiting the brightest nearby stars. Finding exoplanets not only helps humanity to better understand the potential prevalence of life elsewhere in the universe, but also how our Earth and Solar System were formed. via NASA

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July 10, 2019 at 12:31AM

Media Invited to Preview Study of Fires’ Impact on US Air Quality
Media are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of a joint field campaign led by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the impacts of U.S. wildfires and agricultural fires on air quality and climate.
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July 09, 2019 at 04:03PM

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