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Astronomy Cast Ep. 375: The Search For Life in the Solar System

With the discovery of water ice in so many locations in the Solar System, scientists are hopeful in the search for life on other worlds.

Weekly Space Hangout – April 26, 2015: Special Cosmoquest Hangoutathon Edition

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg ) Nicole Gugliucci ( / @noisyastronomer) Nancy Atkinson ( / @Nancy_A) (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – April 26, 2015: Special Cosmoquest Hangoutathon Edition (507 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015.

Weekly Space Hangout – April 24, 2015:

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Bas Lansdorp, CEO of Mars One Guests: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg ) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / This Week’s Stories: 25 years of Hubble Rosetta spots a jet form on 67P Japan to attempt lunar landing in 2018 (maybe!

13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13, part 9: Avoiding Gimbal Lock

The Display & Keyboard (DSKY) mounted in the Main Display Console of the Apollo 13 spacecraft, Odyssey.

13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13, part 8: The Indestructible S-Band/Hi-Gain Antenna

This view of the severely damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) was photographed from the Lunar Module/Command Module (LM/CM) following SM jettisoning.

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years in Space With Spectacular New Image

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster Westerlund 2 and its surroundings has been released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th year in orbit and a quarter of a century of new discoveries, stunning images and outstanding science.

13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13, part 7: Isolating the Surge Tank

Schematics of the Apollo command module interior. The surge tank was located in the left hand intermediate equipment bay.

Carnival of Space #402

Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog.

10 Facts About Planet Earth You May Not Have Known

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is good time to think about the beauty of our home planet and reflect on our stewardship of environmental resources like air and water.

The 2015 Lyrid Meteors Peak Tomorrow Night!

A lucky capture of a 2013 Lyrid meteor. Image credit and copyright: John Chumack April showers bring May flowers, and this month also brings a shower of the celestial variety, as the Lyrid meteors peak this week.

13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13, part 6: The Mysterious Longer-Than-Expected Communications Blackout

The jettisoning of elements during the critical last hours of the Apollo 13 mission is shown in this sequence drawing.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 374: Stern-Gerlach Experiment

In the world of quantum mechanics, particles behave in discreet ways. One breakthrough experiment was the Stern-Gerlach Experiment, performed in 1922.

Close Encounter of the Asteroid Kind – 2015 HD1 Skims By Earth Tonight

Newly found asteroid 2015 HD1 will pay a close visit to Earth overnight, zipping by at just 45,600 miles at 3:11 a.m.

100,000 Galaxies, and No Obvious Signs of Life

False-color image of the mid-infrared emission from the Great Galaxy in Andromeda, as seen by Nasa’s WISE space telescope.

Dragon Snared by Stations ‘Star Trek’ Crewmate, Delivers Science for 1 Year Mission

“There’s coffee in that nebula”… ehm, I mean… in that #Dragon. ISS Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency in Star Trek uniform as Dragon arrives at the International Space Station on April 17, 2015.

Weekly Space Hangout – April 17, 2015:

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Amy Shira Teitel (@astVintageSpace) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg ) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – April 17, 2015: (455 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015.

Lunar ‘Fountain of Youth’ Challenge / Mercury Returns with Gusto

A day-old Moon filled out with earthshine floats over the Spirit Mountain ski hill in Duluth, Minn. this past January.

Scientists Map the Dark Matter Around Millions of Galaxies

The first Dark Energy Survey map to trace the dark matter distribution across a large area of sky. The colors indicate projected mass density.

High Resolution Video Reveals Dramatic SpaceX Falcon Rocket Barge Landing and Launch

Video caption: High resolution and color corrected SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage landing video of CRS-6 first stage landing following launch on April 14, 2015.

The End is Near: NASA’s MESSENGER Now Running on Fumes

The MESSENGER spacecraft has been in orbit around Mercury since March 2011 – but its days are now numbered.