NASA’s exoplanet-hunting space telescope has arrived two months ahead of its planned launch

NASA’s exoplanet-hunting space telescope has arrived two months ahead of its planned launch. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was delivered via truck to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Monday (Feb. 12), agency officials said. The spacecraft made the journey from the Dulles, Virginia, facilities of the aerospace company Orbital ATK, which had spent the last year building and testing TESS. TESS is scheduled to lift off atop a Space X Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than April 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next door to KSC.

The TWINS fifth anniversary

Earth is surrounded by the dynamic area carrying the name of a magnetosphere. This area is controlled the magnetic and electric forces, energy arriving from the Sun and a matter. Also it is controlled various waves and the processes different from what usually meet in terrestrial physics. In this constantly changing magnetic “bubble” lays the education from the loaded particles which plane coincides with the plane of the terrestrial equator.

NASA satellite observes the Kizimen volcano

The top of the Kizimen volcano is covered by ashes, lava and various volcanic emissions. The satellite of NASA Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) allowed to register eruption consequences, having made this picture on March 12. It is possible to notice that the smoke column still rises from top while snow covers a lava stream on East side of a volcano. Kizimen is a start volcano, which height makes 2376 m. The form of volcano reminds the Japanese mountain of Fuji before its eruption in 1980. The main crater of a volcano is expressed poorly. Kizimen’s slopes are covered with different volcanic outbursts.

People Voted for new Names for the Satellites of Pluto

In 2011 and 2012 the group of astronomers by leadership of Mark Showalter discovered twonew satellites of Pluto. These are the forth and fifth satellites of Pluto. The dimensions of P4 are from 13 up to 34 km, and the P5 are form 15 up to 24km. According to rules of the International astronomical union, the satellites have to receive the names from Greek-Roman mythology, which is connected with underground kingdom of Aida. The discovers offered 12 mythology names, and everyone can vote for the name, which likes to him. In the voting totally participated 450 people, from them 174,000 voted for Volcano (the Roman God of underground fire), and 99,400 voted for Cerberus (the three-headed dog guarding a gate of the underground world).

Nanosatellite Controlled by Google Nexus One

Scientists from the University of Surrey and the company Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) have created the first nanosatellite controlled by Google Nexus One. Very soon, on February 25, will be launched satellite STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator), the management of which will be controlled by Google Nexus One.The development of satellite STRaND-1 took about three months, it is the most compact satellite in the world, its weight is 4 kg, and height of a total of 30 cm. He belongs to a special class of satellites, known as nanosatellite, the mass of which varies from 1 to 10 kg. The idea is that the smartphone is already contains all that is necessary companion: a camera, a radio, an accelerometer, a processor.

NASA to Launch NuSTAR Spacecraft

NASA’s NuSTAR mission (a mission to search for black holes in the universe.) is scheduled to launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean on June 13, no earlier than 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT). The observatory, which will hunt for black holes and other exotic objects using specialized X-ray eyes, will be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by an Orbital Science Corporation L-1011 “Stargazer” plane. The plane will take off from Kwajalein Atoll an hour before launch, flying out over the Pacific Ocean.

Rare Transit of Venus

The transit of Venus across the sun is one of the rarest celestial sights visible from Earth, one that wowed scientists and amateur observers around the world Tuesday (June 5). The event, arguably the most anticipated skywatching display of the year, marked the last time Venus will cross the sun (as seen from Earth) for 105 years. Venus transits occur when Venus reaches a point in its orbit that brings the planet directly between the Earth and the sun.

China New Communications Satellite Chinasat

A Long March 3B rocket lifted off Saturday (May 26, 2012) and successfully deployed a Chinese military communications satellite bound for an orbit over the equator. The 185-foot-tall launch vehicle, weighing about one million pounds, blasted off at 1556 GMT (11:56 a.m. EDT) Saturday (May 26, 2012) from the Xichang space center in southwest China’s Sichuan province. Launch was at 11:56 p.m. Beijing time. The Long March 3B/E rocket flew with an enhanced first stage and liquid-fueled boosters.

Superflares of Sun-Like Stars

Astronomers have previously detected superflares from a variety of star types, which release bursts that have 10 to 10,000 times more energy than the largest solar flare ever detected from our sun. Scientists wanted to know how common these outbursts might be from stars like the sun, those with masses and temperatures similar to our star. Even normal solar flares can damage satellites, endanger astronauts and wreak havoc on electrical grids on Earth, suggesting that superflares might be catastrophic to life on Earth.

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