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Hubble’s awesome look at a black dot of nothingness in the sky

Hubble’s awesome look at a black dot of nothingness in the sky

Here’s an excellent high definition video on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field images, with a 3D simulation that flies you through Hubble’s most awe-inspiring photographs. The Deep Field images were created by pointing the Hubble Space Telescope for several days at a tiny patch of apparently empty sky — “empty” sky that turned out to […]

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Recounts Apollo 11 UFO Encounter

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Semper fly: Suborbital space transport could put boots on the ground anywhere in 2 hours or less

Semper fly: Suborbital space transport could put boots on the ground anywhere in 2 hours or less

Getting troops to the fight can be as difficult as winning it. And for modern-day soldiers, the sites of conflict are so far-flung, and the political considerations of even flying over another country so complicated, that rapid entry has become nearly impossible. If a group of Marine Corps visionaries have their way, however, 30 years […]

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European space telescope to search for exoplanets of other stars

European space telescope to search for exoplanets of other stars

On 27 December, COROT is to be launched into space on a unique astronomy mission: its twin goals are to detect exoplanets orbiting around other stars and to probe the mysteries of stellar interiors as never before. . . . While CNES is completing preparations for the launch from Baikonur/Kazakhstan, ESA and a large number […]

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The top-secret warplanes of Area 51

The top-secret warplanes of Area 51

Stealth jets? Hypersonic bombers? What’s really being developed at the military’s most famous classified base? On a trip to las vegas in 2004, observing from my east-facing hotel room in the pyramidal Luxor Hotel at daybreak, I watched a fleet of six unmarked 737s make commuter flights to nowhere. These aircraft depart every weekday morning from […]

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An ancient building block of life

Astronomers have long assumed that organic molecules — compounds fundamental to life — were among the primary components available to build the solar system. Now they have physical evidence to support this idea.  The smoking gun comes from measurements of the famed Tagish Lake meteorite. The bolide, whose fragments fell to Earth on January 18, […]

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Astronomers still wondering about the ‘Star of Wonder’

Astronomers have proposed a variety of sources over the years for the Christmas star — comets, a supernova or a grouping of planets. The actual astronomical events of the time suggest a solution, according to Griffith Observatory astronomer John Mosley. Mosley’s 1987 book “The Christmas Star” examines the sky during the time frame that historians […]

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