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How a pilot error caused Virgin spaceship crash

An investigation has revealed the cause behind the deadly Virgin Galactic spaceship crash that took place ten months ago: a structural failure caused by the co-pilot prematurely unlocking the braking system. The investigation, conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), determined the aerodynamic forces that resulted from the brakes being deployed ultimately resulted in Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo being torn apart over the Mojave Desert. The accident caused the death of the co-pilot, but the...

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Unusual asteroid spins unexpectedly fast, researchers find

New video footage of an irregularly-shaped asteroid that passed within 1.5 million miles of the Earth earlier this month shows that the object has an unusually fast spin, suggesting it possesses greater mechanical strength than other asteroids that are of similar size. According to Space.com, images obtained using the Deep Space Network antenna in California and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Green Bank Telescope have been combined to create a one-hour, 45-minute time-lapse video showing Asteroid...

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Pulsar tears hole in companion’s gas disk

A fast-moving, super-dense pulsar has torn a hole in the disk of gas surrounding its stellar companion, launching a fragment of the disk outwards at a speed of nearly 4 million mph (6.4 million km/h), or roughly 15 percent the speed of light, according to various reports. As Space.com and Astronomy Magazine explain, the rapidly-spinning neutron star is part of a double star system called PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 (B1259) that is located about 7,500 light...

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Brown dwarfs are more like stars than we thought

Brown dwarfs are not-quite stars capable of sustaining hydrogen fusion reactions within their cores, and with a mass heavier than a gas giant like Jupiter, but lighter than a proper star. But according to a new report in the Astrophysical Journal, brown dwarfs are formed by the same process that forms stars. The report’s conclusion is based on the investigation of a clutch of still-forming brown dwarfs in a star-forming region some 450 light-years from Earth...

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Ceres’ bright spots appear to be producing haze

With all of the attention Pluto has been getting over the past week or so, one might forget that NASA is also studying a dwarf planet closer to home, and they may have moved one step closer to determining exactly what those mysterious bright spots of Ceres are made of. According to Discovery News, the US space agency’s Dawn spacecraft has discovered that the bright spots, which are located in a region known as Occator...

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Dawn spacecraft is back in action around Ceres

On Friday, NASA announced it had recovered control of its Dawn probe – saving the $466 million mission from disaster. On June 30, Dawn had just started spinning down to its third Ceres orbit when it experienced a glitch that forced it into a protective "safe mode" – which included halting all activities and sending a radio signal to ask for further instructions. After an analysis, the mission team was able to establish just what...

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Remembering the Moon Walk on its 46th anniversary

Forty-six years ago today, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made an iconic “giant leap for mankind” as they disembarked from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, stepped onto the surface and embarked upon the first moonwalk in the history of space travel. Armstrong and Aldrin, along with Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, departed from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 on a mission that would last a total of just over eight...

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Browse through 100,000 space images with NASA’s new gallery

Do you like space? Do you like pictures of space? Well now NASA has both for you in one place. NASA has a wealth of celestial photos from various telescopes, manned missions, and probes. The agency recently made it easier for the public to access NASA’s photography catalog by creating a centralized image gallery. This website combines over 70 NASA image galleries into a searchable database. There’s just about everything: Hubble images, images from the Apollo mission, and even...

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Carl Sagan, The Cosmos, Colonization– Space resources from Matt Bodnar

This post was taken from Matt Bodnar's Blog, with his permission. Check out his blog here. ---------- I have long been a proponent of opening the space frontier, space colonization, Carl Sagan, and space exploration. I often find myself sending out lists of my favorite space related YouTube videos, short stories, and articles. Eventually I realized that I could  simply compile a blog post about these topics in order to share space-related content and reach an even broader audience....