Category SPACE

HPE, NASA are going to launch an awesome supercomputer into space

The year-long experiment will determine a supercomputer’s ability to function in space, with the idea of sending one to Mars.

(19 Feb. 2010) — Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member on space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010.

The Spaceborne Computer, a joint experiment between NASA and HPE, will travel to the International Space Station (seen here).

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is teaming up with NASA to launch a supercomputer into space on Monday, with the ultimate aim of building computing resources that could serve on board a mission t...

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Apocalyptic ‘UFO’ clouds form over Texas after weeks of heavy rain

Giant apocalyptic clouds akin to fluffy flying saucers have formed in the skies of central Texas, much to the astonishment of residents who have jokingly wondered if aliens had finally arrived.

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“Alien ships hiding in clouds,” wrote one Facebook user.

“Yep those are covers for spaceships!” wrote another.

“Those don’t even look real! They are kinda scary,” posted a third.

Altocumulus standing lenticular clouds, as they are known, are stationary clouds with flat, spherical layers shaped like lenses. Resembling alien spacecraft or a stack of pancakes, they typically form on the downwind side of mountains but can occasionally occur next to buildings or bridges.

Air travelling along the mountain is forced upwards by the obstruction, generating waves in the atmosphere, similar to those in the...

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Giant spider robots in space could change things forever

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Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of this nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister. The massive arachnid in question, actually called SpiderFab, is a multi-armed robot built with the idea that it’s “limbs” will allow it to assemble large items in space to cut down on manufacturing and transport costs on earth.

According to its creators, SpiderFab would use raw materials that had been deployed into space to assemble, or in some cases create, objects that are necessary for space exploration. Each arm of the robot has a different purpose...

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Earth from Space: NASA 15 Amazing Things in 15 Years. Enjoy this journey.

NASA and other space agencies had launched satellites to study Earth before. But the past 15 years have produced a more comprehensive look at Earth from space than any other period in history. At a time when our planet is undergoing critically important changes, this global view offers not only stunning imagery but also vitally important information about how Earth is changing.

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To celebrate 15 successful years of the Earth Observing System, we’ve collected 15 impressive, awe-inducing or simply just plain interesting images gathered by NASA’s three flagship Earth orbiters since the Terra launch.

Enjoy. And here’s to the next 15.

1. Blue Marble 2002

Taking a full photograph of Earth from space takes some doing...

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During his six-month “Blue Dot” mission on the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst would often leave his camera running while he worked and did experiments.

He shared many of the resulting images during his journey, which turned him into something of a social media celebrity – Twitter’s introduction to the awe-inspiring views of space travel.

Now back on Earth, Gerst has released a six-minute timelapse made up of some of the best shots from his ISS tenure. The video includes auroras, clouds, stars, oceans, lit-up cities, lightning and glimpses of both the ISS and other spacecraft.

This image shows the boot of Italy with Sicily at its toe, spread across this panorama taken on October 21 by astronaut Alexander Gerst aboard the International Space Station. Photo: N...

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Star Wars’ New Rolling Droid Is a Real Robot

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The over-reliance on computer generated effects was just one of the sorry aspects of the Star Wars prequels left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans. But here’s just cause for a new hope: BB-8, the cute little soccer ball droid featured in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, was a practical effect.

This news comes from the mouth of Luke Skywalker himself: In a recent interview, Mark Hamill said he even got a chance to play with the busy little droid. It appears that J.J. Abrams was serious about his promise to use practical effects in the new movie, even when his team has to build frenetic, high-speed droids buzzing across desert terrain.

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Mysterious green lights seen from space have a fishy explanation

A PHOTO taken by an astronaut in space has revealed a splattering of perplexing green lights seen glowing over a huge area near Thailand.

Reid Wiseman, one of the crew members on the International Space Station, noticed weird illuminations that shone as bright as cities out to sea in the Gulf of Thailand so, mystified, he immediately posted his discovery to Twitter.

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Thai green worry? These mysterious green lights spotted by an astronaut in space has been leaving people scratching their heads as to what it could be. Source: Twitter / @astro—reid

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So what are these lights that even have NASA men stumped? Being in the middle of the ocean, explanation of city pollution is ruled out (unless they’re secret underwater ones? Hmm…), so could it be blooms of bioluminescent algae, a trick ...

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TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds, grandparents, and those in wheelchairs – all from nearly 10,000 miles above sea level in the upper reaches of the exosphere.

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The MQ-7 Peeping Tom will monitor the population and annihilate dangerous substances that could pose an extreme threat to national security like baby formula and H20.

A TSA spokesman called the new program a “cost-effective way to keep tabs on the population”, and though details on the MQ-7 Peeping Tom are scarce, a few sni...

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Amateur astronomer Ivar Kooren captures incredible images of the sun from his backyard

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Close up photo of the sun. Photo: Ivar Kooren.

THE sun is 93 million miles away but one amateur astronomer hasn’t let that stop him capturing incredible close up photos from his back garden.

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Ivar Kooren, from The Netherlands, used off-the-shelf equipment to capture these stunning images.

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They include bursts of flames — known as prominences — flickering from the sun’s surface. These flames are only visible during solar maxima when the sun is most active.

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“My backyard lays north so I can see pretty good to the east where the sun rises in the morning — the best time to capture these types of images,” he said.

While the setting is straightforward, the images themselves are difficult to capture and Kooren uses specialist techniques to produce the final version.

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