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A beautiful death
When a star like our sun uses up all of the hydrogen in its core, it becomes what is called a “planetary nebula.” The star sheds its outer layers of gas, leaving behind a hot core.
This composite image of NGC 2392 includes data from NASA’s Chandra Space Telescope, showing the location of million-degree gas near the center of the planetary nebula in pink. Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope - colored red, green, and blue - show the intricate pattern of the outer layers of the star that have been ejected.

bobbycaputo:

A beautiful death

When a star like our sun uses up all of the hydrogen in its core, it becomes what is called a “planetary nebula.” The star sheds its outer layers of gas, leaving behind a hot core.

This composite image of NGC 2392 includes data from NASA’s Chandra Space Telescope, showing the location of million-degree gas near the center of the planetary nebula in pink. Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope - colored red, green, and blue - show the intricate pattern of the outer layers of the star that have been ejected.

(Source: photoblog.nbcnews.com)

Happy Birthday NASA! 
pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 29, 1958: NASA is Created
On this day in 1958, the United States Congress passed legislation creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Since its creation, NASA has played a vital role in coordinating all of the US’ activity in space. The agency spearheads and sponsors space exhibitions and has launched numerous orbiting satellites that have produced information about the solar system and universe.
In recent years, many feel that NASA has experienced numerous setbacks. The most significant being the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
Celebrate NASA’s birthday with PBS NewsHour’s video of the agency’s newest vehicle “Curiosity.”
photo:Astronaut Edward H. White II’s Space Walk on Gemini IV ca.1965, (NASA)

Happy Birthday NASA! 

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 29, 1958: NASA is Created

On this day in 1958, the United States Congress passed legislation creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Since its creation, NASA has played a vital role in coordinating all of the US’ activity in space. The agency spearheads and sponsors space exhibitions and has launched numerous orbiting satellites that have produced information about the solar system and universe.

In recent years, many feel that NASA has experienced numerous setbacks. The most significant being the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

Celebrate NASA’s birthday with PBS NewsHour’s video of the agency’s newest vehicle “Curiosity.”

photo:Astronaut Edward H. White II’s Space Walk on Gemini IV ca.1965, (NASA)

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Boldly 3-D printing where no one has 3-D printed before.

Planetary Resources, the innovative, bold company with plans to strip-mine asteroids for their valuable resources, has revealed it will use advanced 3-D printing techniques to produce its line of Arkyd space telescopes.

And NASA just successfully test-fired a rocket engine that uses a 3-D printed injector component. The advantage of 3-D printing this part is the speed and precision of the process, which NASA notes would otherwise have required a year of careful machining to makeIt doesn’t hurt that it also cost 70% less to produce…

laboratoryequipment:

Rare Explosion Created Galaxy’s Youngest Black HoleNew data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star.The remnant, called W49B, is about a thousand years old as seen from Earth and located about 26,000 light-years away.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/rare-explosion-created-galaxys-youngest-black-hole

laboratoryequipment:

Rare Explosion Created Galaxy’s Youngest Black Hole

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star.

The remnant, called W49B, is about a thousand years old as seen from Earth and located about 26,000 light-years away.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/rare-explosion-created-galaxys-youngest-black-hole

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fastcodesign:

The Dark Side Of The Moon
Russia’s Luna 3 spacecraft returned the first views ever of the far side of the Moon. The first image was taken at 03:30 UT on 7 October at a distance of 63,500 km after Luna 3 had passed the Moon and looked back at the sunlit far side. The last image was taken 40 minutes later from 66,700 km. A total of 29 photographs were taken, covering 70% of the far side. The photographs were very noisy and of low resolution, but many features could be recognized. This is the first image returned by Luna 3.

fastcodesign:

The Dark Side Of The Moon

Russia’s Luna 3 spacecraft returned the first views ever of the far side of the Moon. The first image was taken at 03:30 UT on 7 October at a distance of 63,500 km after Luna 3 had passed the Moon and looked back at the sunlit far side. The last image was taken 40 minutes later from 66,700 km. A total of 29 photographs were taken, covering 70% of the far side. The photographs were very noisy and of low resolution, but many features could be recognized. This is the first image returned by Luna 3.

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