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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:00:13 GMTA bow-shape feature stretched across much of Venus’s atmosphere in December 2015. Scientists from Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft mission called it a gravity wave.Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft detected what scientists called a gravity wave above the solar system’s second planet, but it hasn’t been seen since.
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:40:55 GMTEugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December 1972.A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:59:32 GMTA video frame of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday.The return to business for Elon Musk’s company was successful, despite being overshadowed by questions about the viability of his long-range plans.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:07:42 GMTA composite photograph of Earth and its moon, as seen from Mars.The camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter needed to be calibrated, so it made this image of the moon and Earth, which NASA released on Friday.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:26:30 GMTA composite image of FRB 121102, which astronomers identified as the source of bursts of radio waves.Researchers say the bursts could be caused by reactions between a neutron star and debris, or perhaps from some unexpected quirk of a supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:35:31 GMTAn artist’s rendition of Psyche, the asteroid that is the target of a NASA mission in the next decade. Planetary scientists speculate it was once the nickel-iron core of a small planet.Launching in 2023, the spacecraft Psyche will reach the asteroid of the same name in 2030, and could reveal clues about the center of the Earth.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:00:13 GMTA composite image of the sky visible over Hawaii made over four years from a half-million exposures by the Pan-Starrs1 Observatory. If printed at full resolution, the researchers say, this photograph would be one and a half miles long.The Pan-Starrs telescope on the island of Maui released an astronomical survey that includes two petabytes of data, roughly equivalent to a billion selfies.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:00:08 GMTVera Rubin in the 1970s, when she mapped the distribution of mass in spiral galaxies by measuring how fast they rotated.Dr. Rubin, who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1993, ushered in the cosmic realization that most of the universe is invisible.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:00:23 GMTSara SeagerThe star-crossed life of Sara Seager, an astrophysicist obsessed with discovering distant worlds.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:07 GMTA panorama of the Milky Way from Mauna Kea, Hawaii. From left, University of Hawaii 2.2 Meter Telescope, Mauna Kea Summit, Kilauea Volcano under cloud cover and Mauna Loa.The effort to build the Thirty Meter Telescope has been held up by Hawaiians who say it desecrates Mauna Kea, one of their most beloved mountains.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:04:36 GMTThe Milky Way as seen from a mountain in western Switzerland in August 2016.With novel mathematical methods, scientists have come up with a new estimate for the mass of the Milky Way.