Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:23 AM Aug 28 2015
Space // 

OMG NASA, SRSLY? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (aka, NASA) has fittingly named their latest mission OMG, or Oceans Melting Greenland. It's a funny name for a very serious project mapping the seafloor around the 27,000 miles of Greenland's coastline. The researchers hope to document ice loss and predict future sea level rise with the data from a repurposed fishing boat and airplane flyovers. OMG, indeed.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:23 AM Aug 28 2015

The brightest objects in the universe have massive black holes at their hearts.

Sarah Fecht
at 00:50 AM Aug 28 2015

What would happen if you fell into a black hole? This question is not only entertaining (you might turn into spaghetti, according to some theories), but it's also important to theoretical physicists. Unfortunately, they're not even sure what happens when a single particle falls in, and it's been a big problem in physics for 40 years.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:06 AM Aug 26 2015
Space // 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has moved in for a closer look at the dwarf planet Ceres. Since descending to an altitude of 900 miles in mid-August, its view has gotten three times sharper. That has allowed scientists to zoom in on a 4-mile-high mountain in Ceres' southern hemisphere.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 10:47 AM Aug 24 2015
Space // 

On August 17th, China successfully test fired the second stage of the Long March 5 space launch rocket. This was the last of pre systems integration testing and thus a key milestone to ensure the LM-5's timely maiden flight in 2016.

Ryan Bradley
at 16:40 PM Aug 21 2015

The day Ridley Scott called NASA was a great day for NASA. Scott, or Sir Ridley, or the dude who has directed several of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, plus Thelma and Louise, was in the early stages of his newest movie, The Martian, based on the mega-popular novel by Andy Weir.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 16:39 PM Aug 21 2015

The sight of a rocket standing tall on its launchpad ready to carry men to the Moon is an iconic and powerful image of the Apollo era. The sight of a rocket sitting on a stool on the same launchpad is maybe a little less powerful and almost awkward for the Apollo era, but no less iconic. The milkstool was unconventional, perhaps, but nevertheless an vital piece of technology that helped NASA close out its last vestiges of the Apollo program.

 
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