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Clean Snowmobile Challenge to Feature New Fuel

Houghton, MI – Michigan Technological University is gearing up for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, set for March 3-8. Twenty teams have registered for the competition, which challenges students to design quieter, cleaner sleds that retain all the driving excitement demanded by snowmobile afficionados. The full story is available here: Bookmark It Hide Sites

Expedition 37 Crew, Olympic Torch Land in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft backs away from the International Space Station shortly after undocking at 6:26 p.m. EST Sunday. Image Credit: NASA TV Three Expedition 37 crew members have landed after 166 days in space, completing a 70.3 million mile mission spanning more than 2,600 orbits of the Earth since their launch to the International […]

Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks

This July Fourth the solar system is showing off some fireworks of its own. Superficially resembling a skyrocket, comet ISON is hurtling toward the sun presently at a whopping 48,000 mph. Its swift motion is captured in this time-lapse movie made from a sequence of pictures taken May 8, 2013, by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. […]

NASA’s Swift Produces Best Ultraviolet Maps of the Nearest Galaxies

Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University have used NASA’s Swift satellite to create the most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies. “We took thousands of images and assembled them into seamless portraits of the main body of each galaxy, resulting in the highest-resolution […]

Hubble Peers Through a Spacetime Magnifying Glass

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA – Acknowledgement: N. Rose › Larger image This Hubble image shows the galaxy cluster Abell S1077. Galaxy clusters are large groupings of galaxies, each of them including millions of stars. They are the largest existing structures in the Universe to be held together by their gravity. The amount of matter condensed […]

Hubble Reveals the Ring Nebula’s True Shape

In this composite image, visible-light observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are combined with infrared data from the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona to assemble a dramatic view of the well-known Ring Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, C.R. Robert O’Dell (Vanderbilt University), G.J. Ferland (University of Kentucky), W.J. Henney and M. Peimbert (National Autonomous University […]

Hubble Sees a Swirl of Star Formation

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Hayes › Larger image This beautiful, glittering swirl is named, rather un-poetically, J125013.50+073441.5. A glowing haze of material seems to engulf the galaxy, stretching out into space in different directions and forming a fuzzy streak in this image. It is a starburst galaxy — a name given to galaxies that […]

Rare Stellar Alignment Offers Opportunity To Hunt For Planets

This plot shows the projected motion of the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri (green line) over the next decade, as plotted from Hubble Space Telescope observations. Because of parallax due to Earth’s motion around the sun, the path appears scalloped. Because Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our sun (distance, 4.2 light-years), its angular […]

Over 3000 K-12 Students Connected with NASA Airborne Science Program Missions During the 2012-2013 School Year

One hundred and sixty-four K-12 classrooms from across the United States and Chile with 3030 total students participated in online chats with Airborne Science Program mission personnel in the field during the 2012/2013 school year. Mission Tools Suite for Education is a unique website that allows students and teachers to connect directly with ongoing Airborne […]

Hubble Sees the Messy Result of a Galactic Collision

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Luca Limatola › Larger image This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures an ongoing cosmic collision between two galaxies — a spiral galaxy is in the process of colliding with a lenticular galaxy. The collision looks almost as if it is popping out of the screen in […]

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