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Benefits of Space Exploration

NASA Prepares Recovery Plan for Kepler Planet Hunter

July 4th, 2013

Launched in March 2009, NASA’s Kepler space telescope soon became the most prolific alien planet hunter ever. The search has so far produced just under 3,300 candidate planets, among them representatives of the mission’s ultimate goal — Earth-like planets circling within the “habitable zones” of their host stars. Habitable zone means a realm temperate enough […]

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Book Review: The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy

June 9th, 2013

The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy by Jim Bell; Sterling Publishing Co. Inc; New York, New York; (hard cover) $29.95; May 2013. This elegant, eye-catching book offers stunning photographs and illustrations that chronicle spacecraft exploits and astronomical observations. That’s the good […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Finds Habitable Zone Worlds

April 19th, 2013

  Launched four year ago, NASA’s Kepler space telescope is narrowing an unprecedented search for alien planets similar to the Earth. On Thursday, astronomers announced the discovery of three “Super Earths” circling in the habitable zones of two distant stars, one of them quite like the sun. Than means liquid water, an essential ingredient for […]

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SPACECAST: Space Weather System for Protecting Satellites

February 27th, 2013

An international effort including Europe, the United States and Japan is focused on protecting the global satellite network from Sun-driven space weather. Satellites can be damaged by high energy charged particles in the Earth’s radiation belts, and during solar energetic particle (SEP) events. With the growing reliance on satellite services, new vulnerabilities to space weather […]

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Asteroid Exploration

U. S., European Space Observatories Identify Stars with Asteroid Belts

January 9th, 2013

  Observations with NASA’s Spitzer space telescope and the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory have detected  familiar looking asteroid/cometary belts around Vega, a young star and one of the brightest objects in the northern night sky. The band of small objects near Vega, separated by a gap, then followed by a second band of […]

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