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ISS Astronaut Captures Stunning Time Lapse of East Coast, Blizzard of 2015: VIDEO

NASA Astronaut Terry Virts, currently aboard the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 42 crew, shot some incredible images of the U.S. east coast last night including a time-lapse video from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the winter storm that wreaked havoc on New England over the past few days.

Check out the time lapse that goes up the entire east coast (might take a second to load), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Imagine Yourself on Exotic Exoplanets With These Stunning Travel Posters from NASA: PHOTOS


Those of you into collectible travel items and/or space travel will probably enjoy these stunning posters NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory created in honor of a few of the exoplanets they've discovered with the Kepler space telescope.

An exoplanet, of course, is a planet orbiting a star other than our own.

NASA's description of the destination featured in the image at the top of this post:

Experience the Gravity of a Super Earth

Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between "Super-Earth" and "mini-Neptune" and scientists aren't sure if it has a rocky surface or one that's buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth's mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger.

And here's another, for the image below:

Where the Grass is Always Redder on the Other Side

Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially 'habitable zone' around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun. If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler-186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star's red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette that's very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA's planet hunting telescope.

All of the posters are available for download in high-res.

For the third and final poster in the series, click AFTER THE JUMP...


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NASA's Hubble Telescope Captures Stunning Image of Galaxy 60 Million Light Years Away


Earlier this week NASA posted on Facebook the above photo of IC 335 - a lenticular galaxy located in the Fornax Galaxy Cluster some 60 million light-years away. 

Via the post:

As seen in this image, the disk of IC 335 appears edge-on from the vantage point of Earth. This makes it harder for astronomers to classify it, as most of the characteristics of a galaxy’s morphology — the arms of a spiral or the bar across the center — are only visible on its face. Still, the 45 000 light-year-long galaxy could be classified as an S0 type.

These lenticular galaxies are an intermediate state in galaxy morphological classification schemes between true spiral and elliptical galaxies. They have a thin stellar disk and a bulge, like spiral galaxies, but in contrast to typical spiral galaxies they have used up most of the interstellar medium. Only a few new stars can be created out of the material that is left and the star formation rate is very low. Hence, the population of stars in S0 galaxies consists mainly of aging stars, very similar to the star population in elliptical galaxies.

No word yet on if Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey were spotted attempting to repopulate the human race on a nearby planet. 

NASA's 'All About That Space' Parody Is Out of this World: VIDEO


Who else really wants to work at NASA now?

via the video's description:

“All About That Space” is a volunteer outreach video project created by the Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as a parody (to raise interest and excitement for Orion's first flight) of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

Last week, NASA's Orion spacecraft launched a sucessful test flight from Cape Canaveral marking an important first step on the road to deep space and Mars.  



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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launches from Cape Canaveral: VIDEO


NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully rocketed from Cape Canaveral this morning at 7:05 am on a 4.5 hour uncrewed mission to test whether certain instruments - the craft's heat shield, parachutes, and other systems, can withstand the forces necessary to send astronauts to an asteroid, the Moon, and even Mars.


The launch was scrubbed yesterday due to high winds but made a beautiful sight this morning just as the sun was rising.

Watch the always exciting launch video, AFTER THE JUMP...


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WATCH: NASA's Orion Test Flight Marks the First Step on the Long Road to Mars


NASA's Orion spacecraft is set to have its first test flight this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If the test flight proves successful, the next-gen space capsule is expected to one day carry astronauts to the moon, asteroids, and Mars. 

NBC News reports:

The planned 4.5-hour mission — known as Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1 — isn't carrying people. It's an uncrewed flight, meant to check critical systems that can't be fully tested on Earth, including the craft's heat shield and parachutes.

The data gathered from more than 1,200 sensors will be factored into the construction of more flightworthy Orion spaceships, with the aim of flying astronauts for the first time in 2021. If NASA holds to its schedule, the cone-shaped spacecraft would send crews to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025, and to Mars and its moons starting in the 2030s.

"We're now on the way to Mars, and that's what's most important," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told NBC News in advance of liftoff.

The launch was scheduled a little after 7 am (ET) but has been delayed due to high ground winds.

Watch the launch, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: NASA has scrubed the launch for today and will try again on Friday morning. More at NPR here

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