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NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are now busily unloading nearly four tons of science experiments, research gear, station equipment and crew supplies - following the spectacular launch of the Orbital ATK Antares rocket earlier this week on Sunday Nov. 12 from Virginia’s eastern shore that propelled the Cygnus cargo freighter to an on time arrival two days later on Tuesday Nov. 14.

The post Station Astronauts Unload Cygnus Science; Antares Launch Gallery appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:20 am

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Liftoff of the clandestine spy satellite codenamed ‘Zuma’ on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has been postponed indefinitely to resolve a lingering issue with the testing of a payload fairing for another customer.

The post Clandestine Zuma SpySat’s SpaceX Liftoff Postponed Indefinitely to Resolve Payload Fairing Issue appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: November 18, 2017, 4:59 am

A new study by scientists at NASA JPL has revealed that 55 Cancri e is not a lava planet after all, but actually has a thick, Earth-like atmosphere.

The post Planet With Lava Oceans Also has an Atmosphere, Says New Study appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: November 17, 2017, 10:24 pm

In a recent announcement, the STScI announced the first targets that the James Webb Space Telescope will be studying once its deployed

The post When James Webb Finally Reaches Space, Here’s What it’ll be Hunting appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: November 17, 2017, 6:22 pm

A new study led by researchers from NASA JPL has provided compelling evidence for the existence of a mantle plume beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.

The post Antarctica has a Huge Mantle Plume Beneath it, Which Might Explain Why its Ice Sheet is so Unstable appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: November 16, 2017, 8:55 pm

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Gadi Eidelheit at his The Venus Transit blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #535. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email […]

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Author: Susie Murph
Posted: November 16, 2017, 5:59 pm

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The super secret ‘Zuma’ spysat claimed by no U.S. government entity – not even the elusive NRO spy agency ! - and whose goals are veiled in virtually complete darkness– is poised for a dark of night blastoff on a SpaceX Falcon rocket Thursday evening, Nov. 16, from the Florida Space Coast. Update: Delayed to Friday 8 PM

The post Ownerless Super Secret Zuma Spysat Set for Dark Veiled Dark Night SpaceX Blastoff and Land Landing Nov. 16: Watch Live appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:58 am

The ESO has announced the discovery of an exoplanet around a nearby "quiet" red dwarf star, which makes it more likely to be habitable

The post Closest Potentially-Habitable World Found Around “Quiet” Star appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:55 pm

The S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus spacecraft named in honor of the Apollo 17 lunar landing commander and launched by Orbital ATK from the eastern shore of Virgina at breakfast time Sunday, Nov. 12, arrived at the International Space Station early Tuesday morning, Nov 14, carrying over 3.7 tons of research equipment and supplies for the six person resident crew.

The post S.S Gene Cernan Honoring Last Moonwalker Arrives at International Space Station Carrying Tons of Research Gear and Supplies appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: November 15, 2017, 5:30 pm

NASA's next-generation spaceplane - the Dream Chaser - recently passed a flight test, which consisted of a glide test and automated landing.

The post NASA’s Next-Generation Spaceplane Passes Free Flight Test appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: November 14, 2017, 11:46 pm