Category: earth

Blue Origin’s Powerful New Glenn Rocket to Launch Telesat’s Advanced LEO Satellite From Cape Canaveral

Telesat and Blue Origin have signed a multi-launch agreement that paves the way for the powerful New Glenn rocket to play a key role in Telesat’s deployment of its global LEO satellite constellation that will deliver fiber-like broadband services anywhere on Earth.

NASA-Supported Nine Payloads to Get Lift From Blue Origin’s Suborbital Launch Complex in West Texas

Before a NASA technology makes it to orbit or lands on another planet, researchers test – and retest – it in space-like conditions. These tests often take place on Earth, but some payloads take a trip to suborbital space for a few minutes of valuable microgravity testing.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash Haunted Skies Over Island of Kvaløya

Some night skies are serene and passive — others shimmer and flash. The later, in the form of auroras and meteors, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on 2009 December 13. This 30 second long exposure records a shimmering auroral glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene.

HOW TO WATCH: The Geminid Meteor Shower, Among the Year’s Most Spectacular, Peaks This Week

One of the most spectacular meteor showers is making its annual return on Thursday night. The Geminid meteor shower occurs every December, when the Earth passes through the tail of debris from a 3-mile-wide rocky object in space named 3200 Phaethon.

NASA’s InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars, Sending Signals to Earth Indicating That its Solar Panels Are Open

NASA’s InSight has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals, which were received on Earth at about 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST).

DEEP SPACE IMAGE: NASA Hubble Space Telescope Reveals Giant Cosmic ‘Bat Shadow’

Shadows on Earth can be mysterious and foreboding, but when they occur in space, they can convey information we otherwise could not know. In a stellar nursery called the Serpens Nebula, nearly 1,300 light-years away, a young star’s game of shadow play is revealing secrets of its unseen planet-forming disk.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat’s Paw Nebula

This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat’s Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region in the Milky Way galaxy, located in the constellation Scorpius. Estimates of its distance from Earth range from about 4,200 to about 5,500 light-years.