The Soap Bubble Nebula : Adrift in the rich star fields of the constellation Cygnus, this lovely, symmetric nebula was only recognized a few years ago and does not yet appear in some astronomical catalogs. In fact, amateur astronomer Dave Jurasevich identified it as a nebula on 2008 July 6 in his images of the complex Cygnus region that included the Crescent Nebula . He subsequently notified the International Astronomical Union. Only eleven days later the same object was independently identified by Mel Helm at Sierra Remote Observatories, imaged by Keith Quattrocchi and Helm, and also submitted to the IAU as a potentially unknown nebula. The nebula, appearing on the left of the featured image, is now known as the Soap Bubble Nebula. What is the newly recognized nebula? Most probably it is a planetary nebula, a final phase in the life of a sun-like star. via NASA


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The Apollo astronauts’ footprints on the moon will probably stay there for at least 100 million years.

Since the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere, there’s no wind or water to erode or wash away the Apollo astronauts’ mark on the moon. That means their footprints, roverprints, spaceship prints, and discarded materials will stay preserved on the moon for a very long time.

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Join Paul Hildebrandt (Director, ‘Fight for Space’) and Rich Evans (PR, Outreach Coordinator) at George Washington University on May 4, 2015 to kick off the Humans 2 Mars Summit! 

Sponsored by and presented by Explore Mars, Inc., this event is free and open to the public, where we’ll be premiering exclusive footage from the film, and discussing key themes ‘Fight for Space’ expands upon. 

Register here and sign up for #h2m2015 from May 5-7, 2015 to participate in speaking engagements featuring, for example:

  • Charles Bolden (NASA Administrator, Astronaut)
  • Kent Rominger (VP - Orbital ATK, Astronaut)

  • John Grunsfeld (NASA Associate Administrator - Science Mission Directorate, Astronaut)

  • James Garvin (NASA Chief Scientist, GSFC)

  • Pamela Conrad (NASA Deputy PI for Mars Curiosity, GSFC)

  • Joe Cassady (Executive Director - Aerojet Rocketdyne)

  • Emily Briere (Founder/Mission Director - Time Capsule to Mars)

#h2m2015 is a comprehensive Mars exploration conference that addresses the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges of getting humans to Mars, as well as how such missions can have positive impacts on STEM education, American Competitiveness and other important collateral issues.

‘Fight for Space’ is a documentary film that explains the economic and cultural benefits of human space exploration by examining the historical political events that have led to the decline of NASA’s budget since 1968, its struggle to return to the Moon, and their long-term effort to send humans to Mars. With a notable cast of interviewees ‘Fight for Space’ presents viewpoints from astronauts, space policy legislators, space entrepreneurs, industry leaders, scientists, and science communicators, the film addresses where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how we’re getting there. View all press here, and the trailer below:

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The idea of the Hubble, which is named after Edwin Hubble, has been around for quite some time. In 1923, Hermann Oberth came up with the idea of setting a telescope in space. In 1946, Lyman Spitzer Jr. proposed a space observatory nearly a decade before the first satellite went into orbit!

Congress approved funding for the telescope in 1977 and, in 1981, the Space Telescope Science Institute was established to evaluate proposals for the telescope and manage the science program. 

Finally, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Telescope was launched into space to help astronomers and astrophysicists look out into the depths of the universe, farther than they’ve ever been able to see before. 

There were a couple hiccups with the telescope that required astronauts to go into space and repair the problems. Once such issue was that the first pictures the telescope was sending back were blurry. This was due to errors with the 2.4-meter mirror, which were fixed and Hubble began to send absolutely stunning photos back to Earth.

Fun facts about the Hubble:

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Meteor in the Milky Way

Image Credit & Copyright: Marko Korosec

Explanation: Earth’s April showers include the Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet’s dust, moving 48 kilometers per second at an altitude of 100 kilometers or so, is swept up in this night sky view from the early hours of April 21. Flashing toward the southeastern horizon, the meteor’s brilliant streak crosses the central region of the rising Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the shower’s radiant in the constellation Lyra, high in the northern springtime sky and off the top of the frame. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the right of the Milky Way’s bulge. Higher still is bright planet Saturn, near the right edge. Seen from Istra, Croatia, the Lyrid meteor’s greenish glow reflects in the waters of the Adriatic Sea.

The Week Amalgamation.

The Hubble telescope’s 25th anniversary photograph released by NASA.

1 .Vegas Baby!

2. A Happy Realization.

3. Meet Galle- The happy face crater from mars.

4. Do light bulbs twinkle?

5. Einstein explains his famous equation E=mc2.

6. And you thought Physics was boring?

7.Other places in the universe and their surfaces.

Blue Tears and the Milky Way

Lapping at rocks along the shore of the Island of Nangan, Taiwan, planet Earth, waves are infused with a subtle blue light in this sea and night skyscape. Composed of a series of long exposures made on April 16 the image captures the faint glow from Noctiluca scintillans. Also known as sea sparkles or blue tears, the marine plankton’s bioluminescence is stimulated by wave motion. City lights along the coast of mainland China shine beneath low clouds in the west but stars and the faint Milky Way still fill the night above. Over the horizon the galaxy’s central bulge and dark rifts seem to echo the rocks and luminous waves.

Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)


Apollo 16: Today (April 25, 1972), Ken Mattingly performed a Trans-Earth EVA. The procedure that a lot of people forget about. The last three Apollo missions were Type J-Extended Missions. Not only did the moonwalkers get a car to drive around in, but a Scientific Instrument Module (SIM) chock full of experiments was put into section 1 of the Service Module. This gave the Command Module Pilot lots to do while his buddies were down on the moon playing in the dirt! Some of the experiments involved photography (as shown) and data recorders. Well, you needed to get the films back, so while on their way home from the moon, Mattingly (CMP) went outside and back to the SM to retrieve the canisters. Ken’s TE EVA took place today (in 1972) at 3:34PM and lasted 1hr, 23mins. Shown is TK working his way back to the SIM as Charlie Duke stands as spotter. Next are four pictures taken during the CSM orbits (Leonov Crater, Konstantinov Crater, Herigonius I rile, Sea of Crises). The last photo in the set shows the Apollo 16 CSM, with the SIM facing up.

Apollo Lunar Flight Journal