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Video Gives Astronaut’s-Eye View Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

20 Dec 2014 at 10:26am
New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft and the astronauts it carries will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars. Among the first data to be removed... Read more...

Apollo 11 Landing Site Panorama

20 Dec 2014 at 9:52am
Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar... Read more...

Antarctic science archive unlocked

20 Dec 2014 at 1:19am
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. Read more...

Inside the February 2015 Issue

19 Dec 2014 at 9:57pm

Challenge yourself to observe the solar system's minor moons, find out how the science of nothing is teaching us the fate of the universe, and discover how astronomy influenced the work of H. P. Lovecraft in the February 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 19 – 27

19 Dec 2014 at 9:25pm

Some daily sky sights among the ever-changing Moon, planets, and stars. Friday, December 19 Have you ever tried to catch Sirius actually rising? If you can find a good view down to the east-southeast horizon, watch for Sirius emerging about two fists at arm's length below Orion's Belt. It now ris...


Horsehead of a Different Color

19 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

Horsehead Nebula Disappears in Infrared Light

The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.


Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight

19 Dec 2014 at 8:12pm

This is an image of a gecko foot.

Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.


NASA Glenn Research Center Completes Stirling Generator

19 Dec 2014 at 5:41pm
Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center recently assembled an engineering model Stirling power system using valuable assets that became available after the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) flight project was cancelled in late 2013. This second engineering unit, called the EU2,... Read more...

SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

19 Dec 2014 at 5:39pm
NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX ... Read more...

Hubble Sweeps a Messy Star Factory

19 Dec 2014 at 5:37pm
This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar to those thought to exist i... Read more...

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

19 Dec 2014 at 4:27pm
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists. Read more...

Sky & Telescope’s Telescope-Tutorial Videos

19 Dec 2014 at 3:16pm

In a quartet of high-quality videos, Sky & Telescope editors offer newcomers solid, objective tips on how to buy, use, equip, and care for new telescopes.

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Week In Images

19 Dec 2014 at 1:00pm

Our week through the lens:
15-19 December 2014

Satellites guide sailor from treacherous waters

19 Dec 2014 at 1:00pm

While sailing south of Africa on an around-the-world voyage, Matteo Miceli was suddenly alerted to a massive iceberg in his path.


Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

19 Dec 2014 at 12:27pm
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned. Read more...

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