On July 23rd, America's Space Sweetheart lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. Sally Ride was known for being the first American female in space, but she was also the youngest American to travel in space (at 32).
While most people knew her as the astronaut, she also had a passion for education. In 2001, Dr. Ride (did I mention she had her Ph.D. in physics from Stanford?) launched Sally Ride Science, a company...
Last year, in the grand tradition of families around the globe, NASA was given two spy satellite hand-me-downs from the National Reconnaissance Office. Never launched into orbit, these satellites' Hubble-rivaling optics had been peering into nothing but the dark recesses of their upstate New York storage facility. In the year since NRO offered them up,...
After a few delays, the launch of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station is scheduled for 3:55 a.m. CDT tomorrow morning. This mission is designed to verify that the Dragon capsule, built by the private firm SpaceX, can interface with the docking systems of the ISS in a safe and reliable way, and that the capsule is up to the task of maneuvering in
I’ve always suspected that the sun was up to something. Have you ever noticed that you can’t look directly at it? It hurts. Which means that it can get away with whatever it wants! For now. Soon we’ll be able to see what that sneaky old star is up to, thanks to a joint mission between NASA and the European Space Agency launching in 2017.
The mission will send a Solar Orbiter,...
What if I told you that researchers have found another star, in our galaxy, that was the same size as our sun? You would say “Big deal. We’ve found, like, ten billion of those.” But this star may be special! It’s called HP 56948, and a recent paper called it "the best solar twin known to date." HP 56948 has the same unusual chemical makeup as our...
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