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Moving violations in Outer Space? Only a matter of time…

Moving violations in Outer Space? Only a matter of time…

Right now, the roughly 20,000 man-made objects orbiting the Earth are less regulated than the cars on a morning commute. Satellites are usually on a fixed path, so the traffic control comes prelaunch.  … The International Telecom Union, a United Nations agency, assigns satellites slots in a geosynchronous orbit 22,000 miles above Earth. Operators must […]

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Our Andromeda: Next door neighbor in local galaxy group

Our Andromeda: Next door neighbor in local galaxy group

A mere 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda Galaxy really is just next door as large galaxies go. So close, and spanning some 260,000 light-years, it took 11 different image fields from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite’s telescope to produce this gorgeous portrait of the spiral galaxy in ultraviolet light. While its spiral arms […]

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Cassini offers glimpse of Saturn’s Dione, rings and 2 small moons

Cassini offers glimpse of Saturn’s Dione, rings and 2 small moons

When making its closest pass yet of Saturn’s moon Dione late last year, the robotic Cassini spacecraft snapped this far-ranging picture featuring Dione, Saturn’s rings, and the two small moons Epimetheus and Prometheus. The above image captures part of the heavily cratered snow-white surface of the 1,100 kilometer wide Dione, the thinness of Saturn’s rings, […]

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The search for alien life is on

The search for alien life is on

By Jennifer Abbasi: New missions and discoveries on Earth, within our solar system and beyond are bringing us closer than ever to finding alien life on other planets “The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms,” is how Andrei Finkelstein, the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’s Applied Astronomy Institute, explained his […]

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Russian Soyuz spacecraft lands safely in Kazakhstan, three astronauts in tow

Russian Soyuz spacecraft lands safely in Kazakhstan, three astronauts in tow

By Dan Nosowitz The Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts (Commander Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev, both Russian, and American Ron Garan) safely landed this morning in Kazakhstan, bringing them home after five months on the International Space Station. The landing, about 94 miles southeast of the smallish Kazakh city Zhezkazgan, wasn’t entirely flawless–mission control […]

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Kepler spots a planet orbiting two suns, just like Star Wars’ Tatooine

Kepler spots a planet orbiting two suns, just like Star Wars’ Tatooine

A mournful French horn blows. An angsty Luke Skywalker stomps out of his aunt and uncle’s sand hut and peers up at Tatooine’s double sunset, his hair blowing in the breeze. It’s a memorable scene from Star Wars—but now, a precedent for such a sky with two suns has been found in our universe. Using […]

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Supernova erupts in Whirlpool Galaxy

Supernova erupts in Whirlpool Galaxy

French observer Stéphane Lamotte Bailey created this animation of the Whirlpool galaxy’s new supernova using images he took with his 8-inch telescope on May 30 and June 2, 2011. / Stéphane Lamotte Bailey For the second time in six years, a star has exploded in the iconic Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51), and — good news! […]

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Did Google geek discover ‘space station’ on Mars surface?

Did Google geek discover ‘space station’ on Mars surface?

An American ‘armchair astronaut’ claims to have discovered a mysterious structure on the surface of the red planet – by looking on Google earth. David Martines, whose YouTube video of the ‘station’ has racked up over 200,000 hits so far, claims to have randomly uncovered the picture while scanning the surface of the planet one […]

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Whatever happened to American goodness?

Whatever happened to American goodness?

By Hal McKenzie   As readers of this column know, I was delighted that exopolitics finally got its due in the X-Conference [2003]. It was disheartening, however, to hear from so many speakers how a secretive elite has led America to discard its founding principles by hogging extraterrestrial technology in a quest for national power at […]

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Brits ahead of U.S. in UFO secret document disclosure

Brits ahead of U.S. in UFO secret document disclosure

By Hal McKenzie   Imagine: A former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, say Colin Powell, publicly pressures the government to come clean about UFOs. Imagine further that the U.S. Defense Department releases hundreds of pages of documents revealing the truth about the legendary Roswell saucer crash in 1947.   A UFOlogist’s pipe dream? In […]