Space

5:00am

Thu September 18, 2014
Outer Space

NASA Mars Mission, Led By CU-Boulder, Readies For Orbit

Artist rendition of the MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Four billion years ago, Mars may have looked completely different. Water could have flowed across the planet's surface. There might have been life. To support these conditions, the planet's atmosphere must have been very different.

A NASA mission to investigate that atmosphere – and why it changed – is about to enter orbit around the Red Planet. Led by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, the mission, called MAVEN (short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN), consists of a satellite that will orbit the planet.

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5:00am

Fri May 23, 2014
Space

What's A 'Camelopardalis' And Where Can I See It?

The May Camelopardalid radiant is in the constellation Camelopardalis.
Credit D. Moser using Starry Night Pro / NASA

Look up Colorado, and you may witness the birth of a new meteor shower late Friday night. That’s when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet named Linear.

The shower’s name is a tongue twister: Camelopardalids. It’s named after the giraffe constellation.

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10:36am

Mon April 14, 2014
Eclipse

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:30 pm

This combination of 10 separate images shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse in 2011 from the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.
Desiree Martin AFP/Getty Images

It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.

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9:23am

Wed April 2, 2014
Shots - Health News

Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:55 am

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide makes a space walk outside the International Space Station in 2012.
NASA Getty Images

NASA is hoping to soon venture out farther into space than ever before. But these long journeys mean astronauts could face greater risks to their physical and mental health than the space agency currently allows.

Now, an independent group of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has weighed in on how NASA should make decisions about the kinds of risks that are acceptable for missions that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days.

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5:10am

Tue March 18, 2014
Space

Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:56 pm

Early days: NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer C (also known as ISEE-3 and ICE) was undergoing testing and evaluation inside the Goddard Space Flight Center's dynamic test chamber when this photo was snapped in 1976.
NASA

More than 30 years ago, Robert Farquhar stole a spacecraft.

Now he's trying to give it back.

The green satellite, covered with solar panels, is hurtling back toward the general vicinity of Earth, after nearly three decades of traveling in a large, looping orbit around the sun.

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