Space

3:59pm

Fri May 18, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Let The Real Space Age Begin

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:14 pm

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
John Raoux AP

It was almost one year ago that the space shuttle Atlantis rose into the sky on a pillar of flame for the last time. The shuttle program ended forever with that mission. American astronauts were left to hitch rides on Russian space capsules, and American kids were left with no tangible direction forward for their dreams of a high-tech, space-happy future.

Tomorrow morning, the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral so that supplies can reach the space station.

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1:47pm

Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

The 'Ring Of Fire': A Spectacular Solar Eclipse Is Coming This Sunday

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:10 pm

An annular solar eclipse is seen over Myanmar on Jan. 15, 2010 as the moon crossed the sun's path, blocking everything but a narrow, blazing rim of light.
Khin Maung Win AP

You lucky West Coast folks! A stunning solar eclipse will occur late Sunday afternoon, and people in the western U.S. will get the best views. Live on the East Coast? It's already going to be dark, so the only way we'll get to experience this is via webcam.

The event starts about 5:30 PM Pacific time and the maximum effect will occur about 6:30 PM, according to NASA.

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1:13am

Fri May 18, 2012
Space

NASA, SpaceX Aim To Launch Private Era In Orbit

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm

NASA and SpaceX partnered closely to make the mission to the International Space Station possible. Above, the SpaceX control room.
SpaceX

A private spaceship owned by a company called SpaceX is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday morning.

If all goes well, the unmanned capsule will rocket up on a mission to deliver food and other supplies to the International Space Station, becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the outpost.

The highly anticipated mission could mark the beginning of what some say could be a new era in spaceflight, with private companies operating taxi services that could start taking people to orbit in just a few years.

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3:44pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Space

Photo: Overfed Black Holes Shut Down Galactic Star-making

A new study involving CU-Boulder indicates that when the universe was less than half its current age, massive black holes in the centers of galaxies were ejecting enough energy to quench nearby star formation.
Photo illustration courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

This photo illustration of a "massive black hole in the center of a galaxy ejecting massive jets of energy" is what caught our eye, but it comes with some amazing science involving the University of Colorado.

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12:51pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Dawn Mission Provides Evidence That Asteroid Vesta Is Indeed A Protoplanet

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:20 pm

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 3,200 miles.
NASA

Data from a mission to the second largest body in the asteroid belt that's between Mars and Jupiter seems to confirm that Vesta is indeed a protoplanet that dates back to the early days of our solar system.

Space.com reports that scientists theorized that Vesta had started down the path toward becoming a planet and data from the Dawn Mission confirms those suspicions. Space.com reports:

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