Category: Space

Mosaic of high-resolution images of Pluto, sent back from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft from Sept. 5 to 7, 2015. The image is dominated by the informally-named icy plain Sputnik Planum, the smooth, bright region across the center. This image also features a tremendous variety of other landscapes surrounding Sputnik. The smallest visible features are 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) in size, and the mosaic covers a region roughly 1,000 miles (1600 kilometers) wide. The image was taken as New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, from a distance of 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers). Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute 0

NASA’s New Horizons Reveals Exciting New Pluto Images

New Features Spotted on Pluto Leave Researchers Puzzled NASA’s New Horizons team started a year-long download of images from the spacecraft over this past Labor Day weekend, returning to find incredible new details along the surface of the dwarf planet. These new images have left researchers quite puzzled about the planet’s mysterious topology. According to a press release, “Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. “If an artist had painted this Pluto before...

"This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA" 1

Breaking: New Photos & 3D Map of ‘Bright Spot’ on Ceres

Bright Spot on Ceres Seen in High Resolution For First Time (NASA JPL) NASA just released striking new images depicting the Dwarf Planet Ceres’ ‘bright spots’ within the landmark dubbed “Occator Crater” this Wednesday. The super-high-resolution images (three times better than the last ones we received in June) give the world a 450 foot per pixel view of topographical features feeding both mystery and imagination. NASA’s Dawn Mission reveals that Occator’s rim is ‘almost vertical’ in some areas though we still don’t know the chemical composition of this bright spot on Ceres’ surface. Could it be a salt deposit? Ice?...

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Astronauts Drink Coffee Made From…WHAT?

Astronauts Drink Coffee Made From…WHAT? The cost to transport drinking water to space used to cost around $15,000 per pint, so engineers got to work. In an effort to reduce excess waste and weight, NASA started a recycling program aboard the International Space Station. A purification system was implemented, and by 2009, Astronauts were recycling their own waste, turning it into potable drinking water. Earlier this year, ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brought on-board the ISSpresso machine, a promising new contraption that would bring ‘real coffee’ to station crew members. How is it made? According to NASA and Italian Space Agency operational...

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Early Universe Plasma created by Physicists

A team of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider working with researchers from the University of Kansas has created a small amount of plasma similar to the plasma thought to have been at the beginning of the universe. This plasma was created by colliding a lead nucleus and a proton particle inside the Compact Muon Solenoid detector at CERN. The quark-gluon based particle is the absolute highest temperature particle that has ever been formed in a lab and scientists are still trying to understand how physics work at these extreme temperatures. Lead scientists for the CMS detector expect the discovery...

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NASA plans to help create a Tractor Beam

NASA plans to help create a Tractor Beam. A start up company called Arx Pax is expecting to utilize hover engine technology to create a tractor beam using by using micro-satellites. Last year, the company debuted their near 90 pound hover board. The Magnetic Field Architecture technology (or MFA) has proved itself for magnetic levitation capabilities. Their ideas for the MFA including levitating houses and buildings to protect them from certain natural disasters. They are also considering its uses for attracting satellites towards one another. The News is breaking that NASA’s interest lies in using hover engine technology and Arx...

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Chevron UFO Captured During Atlas-V Shuttle Launch?

Did Someone Really Capture A UFO After-all? Earlier we had reported on the mis-identification of the launch of NASA’s Atlas V Shuttle Launch this morning over Cape Canaveral in South Florida. Thanks to others recording this phenomenon, one user was able to capture what appears to be a CHEVRON SHAPED UFO travelling upward at enormous speeds during the same time frame that the NASA event took place. Watch: While the user seems that he is unaware of the Atlas V launch taking place, he still manages to capture this spectacular video. Keep watching the skies! What do you think of this interesting aerial...

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UFO Reports: What did eyewitnesses see over South Florida?

This morning, spectacular photographs, videos and eyewitness testimonies streamed into Dark Matter News and the internet at large, depicting what some users would describe as fire balls, lasers, plasma force fields, and even ‘crazy looking clouds’ over South Florida. It would be one of the biggest mass UFO sightings on record with viral images sweeping across social media, until witnesses were disappointed to learn that their accounts were related to none-other than the NASA Atlas V rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. Atlas V Mission According to a press release by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Atlas V’s payload was the MUOS-4 satellite....

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Denmark Sending First Astronaut Into Space

First Dane In Space Today, Denmark is preparing to send their first astronaut into space on Wednesday. Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. Mogensen will be bringing with him a Danish-engineered exercise bike equipped with heart rate monitors and force testing pedals. This new biotechnology will give us feedback about the direct effects of exercise in the International Space Station’s microgravity environments. His mission will be short and is scheduled to last for approximately 10 days. According to the European Space Agency, this has been...

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September’s ‘Blood Moon’: What You Need To Know

Save the Date! September 27th at around 7 PM Central Time will mark the appearance of this year’s 4th in the last of a tetrad of four consecutive lunar eclipses spanning 2014-2015. The ‘blood moon’ eclipse should be visible in western Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America for approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Unlike the last eclipse of April 4th (third tetrad) with totality lasting only around 5 minutes, totality with this eclipse will be visible for an estimated whopping 1 hour and 12 minutes in several parts of the world. Supermoon: Myths and Lunacy By now, we’re sure you’ve seen lots...

Researchers at NASA Langley have created a type of autonomously self-healing material that will repair itself rapidly from bullet holes. 0

NASA Self-Healing Material Can Repair Bullet Holes

Space and military technology just got creepy this week, with an announcement that NASA Langley’s Advanced Materials and Processing Branch has now created a type of self-healing material that can autonomously repair itself. When tri-layered materials are punctured, a type of ‘ thiol–ene–trialkylborane’ resin polymer is released upon atmospheric oxygen exposure. The ballistics tests carried out by Langley reveal that while similar methods of self-healing materials have been implemented in the past, this new material reacts and responds much more rapidly to surface breach trauma. This specific type of resin was selected due to its reaction to compounds reliably present in human-occupied environments....

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Did NASA Just Reveal New Faces on Mars?

At 15:45:01 UTC on August 17th (Mars Sol 1077), NASA’s Curiosity Rover captured super-high-resolution images of the surface of Mars, appearing to contain what might look like numerous faces. These photographs were then stitched together and uploaded to Gigapan, giving users a closer look at the rover’s panorama. This screenshot was released by a user last week, sighting what has been described on social media as a “massive alien grave site.” According to NASA, “Curiosity sends back raw images for current and prior Sols based on commands sent by the mission team. The rover uses orbiters to relay back a lot of its data,...

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Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy Could Be Visible By 2017

During a Reddit AmA last week, scientists and researchers working on the Event Horizon Telescope Project (EHT) revealed that Earthlings could finally get a glimpse at the elusive black hole at the center of our own mysterious Milky Way Galaxy as early as 2017. A group of approximately 75 researchers and 9 confirmed radio telescope arrays are being employed around the world for this event. They aim to confirm or deny major theories about Black Holes, including one recently revised by Dr. Stephen Hawking, who now thinks that it may be possible to actually pass particles and wave-forms through the black hole...