Cosmic Hourglass Reveals Tricky Birth of Giant Stars

An artist’s depiction of the distribution of the gas surrounding IRAS 16547-4247. The center is thought to host multiple young, high-mass stars. Outflows of gas push outward from the center vertically and horizontally, creating an hourglass structure.Credit: Alma Observatory While probing the heart of a massive-star-forming region, researchers found an intricate surprise: an unusual hourglass-shaped […]

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Enormous Moon Hangs Over Medieval Castle in Epic Photo

Photographer Miguel Claro snapped this photograph of a full moon over Monsaraz from Portugal’s Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve Aug. 29.Credit: Miguel Claro Night Sky Photography/ www.miguelclaro.com An epic moon hangs over the medieval Portuguese village of Monsaraz in a new twilight photograph. Miguel Claro, an astrophotographer, snapped the picture at around 8 p.m. local time […]

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Science beyond fiction

The first TEDxESA conference will take place on 11 November, hosted at ESA’s technical heart, with the theme ‘Science Beyond Fiction’ To source

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Slam dunk for Andreas in space controlling rover on ground

Putting a round peg in a round hole is not hard to do by someone standing next to it. But yesterday ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen did this while orbiting 400 km up aboard the International Space Station, remotely operating a rover and its robotic arm on the ground. To source

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Live: driving from ISS

Follow ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen operating the Interact rover from space – initial force feedback test now at 1600 CEST, with rover on move at 1800 To source

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Cosmic billows

Space Science Image of the Week: Planck reveals an interstellar filament and our galactic neighbours, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds To source

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Labor Day in Space Has Full House, No Barbecue

One-year-mission crewmember NASA astronaut Scott Kelly corrals the supply of fresh fruit that arrived on the Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) the day before, Aug. 24. Visiting cargo ships often carry a small cache of fresh food for crewmembers aboard the International Space Station.Credit: NASA That’s a negative on the fire: There will be […]

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Cassini View of Enceladus

Best Space Stories of the Week – Sept. 5, 2015

This image of the geyser-spewing Saturn moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 5, 2008 by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute The Star Wars toys awaken, a looming ‘supermoon’ eclipse overshadows a solar eclipse, and hoverboard technology aims for the stars in Space.com’s best stories for this week. Total eclipse of the supermoon Observers can […]

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Best Space Photos of the Week – Sept. 05, 2015

Astrophotographer Stefan Muckenhuber sent in a photo of galaxies M81 (left) and M82, obtained in mid-2015 from Tirol, Austria. M81 (AKA Bode’s Galaxy),…Read More » a spiral galaxy, lies about 12 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Ursa Major. M82 is also known as the Cigar Galaxy. Muckenhuber writes in an email […]

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SpaceX's 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Set for Spring 2016

An illustration of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.Credit: SpaceX PASADENA, Calif. — The long-delayed first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle is now scheduled for April or May of 2016, a company official said Sept. 1. Speaking at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space […]

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Boeing Opens Renovated Shuttle Facility for 'Starliner' Crewed Space Capsule

Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, or the C3PF, will ready the CST-100 “Starliner” for flight.Credit: collectSPACE.com CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Boeing rolled open the doors to its new commercial spacecraft processing facility on Friday (Sept. 4), celebrating the grand opening of the re-purposed space shuttle-era building and revealing the name of the crewed capsule […]

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May the Toys Be with You! 5 Cool 'Force Friday' Finds

One of the new “Star Wars” toys that become available today (Sept. 4) is the adorable robot BB-8.Credit: Getty for Toys“R”Us The new line of “Star Wars” toys was revealed today (Sept. 4), aka Force Friday, and we’re already picking out our favorites. The toys feature a mixture of elements from the upcoming movie “Star […]

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