In Photos: Hurricane Maria Seen from Space

Stormy Seas Credit: Newscom At a Category 1 storm, Hurricane Maria trekked across the Caribbean Sea toward the Leeward Islands in this GOES satellite image taken on Sept. 18. A View from GOES-13 Credit: NOAA Hurricane Maria is seen by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite (also known as GOES East) as the storm was located about 60 […]

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Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

OSIRIS clear filter image taken during the flyby of the Rosetta spacecraft at asteroid Lutetia on July 10, 2010. Asteroids are rocky worlds revolving around the sun that are too small to be called planets. They are also known as planetoids or minor planets. There are millions of asteroids, ranging in size from hundreds of […]

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Space Lung Tissue Experiment Returns to Earth

A lung tissue experiment returned aboard SpaceX’s CRS-12 cargo capsule this week. Lung-tissue samples grown on the International Space Station, which have just arrived back on Earth, could help researchers understand how space travel affects breathing.  Little is known about how conditions in space affect astronauts’ lungs, according to Joaquin Cortiella, director of the Lab […]

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Flat land

Technology image of the week: Proba-V captures the world’s largest salt plain, so flat that it is used to check satellite instruments To source

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Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory

This visible-light image of Hurricane Maria was captured by the GOES East satellite on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) as the then-Category 4 hurricane swept across Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico Wednesday (Sept. 20), battering the U.S. territory with heavy winds and torrential rainfall. Now that the worst of […]

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Arecibo Observatory: Watching for Asteroids, Waiting for E.T.

Astronomers use the huge Arecibo Observatory, a radio telescope in Puerto Rico, to study the close flyby of Earth by asteroids. Credit: Arecibo Observatory/NSF Arecibo Observatory, which is in Puerto Rico, is the location of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. Because radio telescopes can work at all times of day and in all kinds […]

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