Redorbit Space
13 Nov 2016
  • Nat Geo prepares launch of ‘Mars’ miniseries on Monday
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:18:53 +0000

    While it will be quite a while before any of us actually sees the first astronaut step foot on Mars, a new six-part miniseries debuting Monday night on the National Geographic Channel will offer a sneak-preview of what it will take to send a manned mission to the Red Planet. “Mars,” which the network is […]

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  • What does NASA look like under Trump?
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:04:36 +0000

    As a life-long Democrat, recently flipped to Republican who often held multiple positions on issue after issue, Donald Trump has been notoriously hard to pin down when it comes to policy plans. However, we should be able to glean some details about the president-elect’s space policy from a recent op-ed in Space News by Robert […]

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  • Here’s how to see the spectacular Leonid meteor shower next week
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:01:25 +0000

    Next week, “shooting stars” will streak across the evening sky as the Leonid meteor shower reaches Earth once more. This once-a-year meteor shower is known to be responsible for many of the most intense displays in history, with meteors dropping at rates as high as 50,000 per hour. However, this year’s event probably won’t rank […]

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  • Life on land took hold 300 million years earlier than we thought
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:14:27 +0000

    Newly discovered evidence of microbial activity in tiny grains of the iron sulfide mineral pyrite indicate that life took hold on land as early as 3.2 billion years ago, a team of German researchers reported this week in Geology, the official journal of the Geological Society of America. Sami Nabhan of the Free University of […]

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  • SpaceX discovers cause of Falcon 9 rocket explosion
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:28:15 +0000

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said his company has finally solved the mystery of what caused their Falcon 9 rocket to explode back in September, and that he anticipates returning to flight by the middle of next month, according to CNBC and The Verge reports late last week. Calling the incident the “toughest puzzle” his […]

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  • Strange ‘Egg Rock’ discovered on Martian surface
    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:43:02 +0000

    While staring at images of Mars’ surface, researchers with NASA’s Curiosity rover recently noticed something strange– a small, round metallic-looking rock – which they dubbed “Egg Rock”. Using its on-board scientific laser, Curiosity was able to test the golf ball-sized rock and determine that it is a metallic meteorite that successfully made it through Mars’ […]

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  • NASA announces the James Webb telescope is finished
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:44:59 +0000

    After over two decades of construction, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is finished and ready for in-depth evaluations, NASA announced Wednesday. Containing 18 hexagonal mirrors that will collect light from the farthest reached of the universe, the largest-ever space telescope is projected to launch within two years. “Today, we’re celebrating the fact that our […]

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  • This prototype experiment could “sniff” for life on other planets
    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:20:09 +0000

    NASA researchers are currently working on a new laser-based tool, based on existing military technology, that could one day be used to “sniff” out life on Mars or other planets by detecting the signatures of oxygen, methane or other atmospheric gasses from the surface. According to Mashable and Washington Post reports, the prototype device is […]

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  • NASA details planet complete with sideways glass rain
    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:45:09 +0000

    To celebrate Halloween, NASA recently featured a terror-inducing planet from its Exoplanet Exploration site: HD 189733 b. Located just 63 light-years from Earth, HD 189733 b is a brilliant blue, much like our own plant. It was discovered in 2005, and scientists determined its color in 2013 with the help of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope […]

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  • Multinational astronaut crew returns safely from the ISS
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:03:05 +0000

    Late Saturday night, three astronauts landed safely in the Kazakhstan countryside after a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. One of the safely returned astronauts was American Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space. Rubins, Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency landed southeast of Zhezkazgan […]

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