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It's been all about oceans on moons lately! Plans for a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter famous for having global ocean, are being considered by NASA (http://goo.gl/ZuJzfy). Encleadus, a moon of Saturn, most likely has hydrothermal activity in its small ocean which warms the water (http://goo.gl/yZWVtH). Now we have observations that the largest moon in the solar system (it's even larger than the planet Mercury) may have an ocean as well!
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.
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BLOG: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Normally, I’m pretty good with words. At the moment, I’m not at my best, for reasons I hope are self evident. However, I’m going to do my best to remember someone who gave more to my life than he ever knew. I never got to know Leonard Nimoy the way my…
Mister Spock made it okay for me to be the weird kid who eventually grew into a slightly-less weird adult, but it was Leonard Nimoy who made Mister Spock live, and who made Star Trek possible.
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Welcome home +NASA Orion​!
 
Welcome home! After traveling more than 3,600 miles above Earth and 600 miles over sea, +NASA Orion spacecraft completed the final leg of its journey by land Thursday, arriving home at +NASAKennedy in Florida. The spacecraft’s cross-country return, a 2,700 mile road trip from Naval Base San Diego to Kennedy, sets the stage for in-depth analysis of data obtained during Orion’s trip to space and will provide engineers detailed information on how the spacecraft fared during its two-orbit, 4.5-hour flight test, completed on Dec. 5. More: http://go.nasa.gov/1x54loN #Orion 
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While still nowhere near the funding levels of the space race, there are a lot of great things out of this! Planetary Science is getting $1.44 billion which allows for continued funding for +Mars Rover Opportunity  Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the new (still unnamed) 2020 Mars rover that will join Opportunity and Curiosity. And the really big news: We're going to Europa!!! This mission has been the front runner for a long time and with the extra money serious planning can go into the mission. Europa is one of the largest moons of Jupiter and is the most likely location to harbor life in our solar system outside of Earth!
The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.
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I'm very excited for these capsules to start going on manned missions!
 
The natural shape of spaceships. Apollo vs NASA's current fleet under construction.

The Hershey's Kiss shape makes the spaceships inherently stable, and the broad flat bottom helps spread the blistering heat of re-entry.

By moving the centre of gravity we can alter how the ships fly, and thus roll and steer them to both reduce g-load and land precisely.
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We will resume countdown in five minutes.
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Thursday Orion will make her maiden flight! We'll be hosting a viewing party at UNO during the mission!
 
Orion Spacecraft at the Launch Pad: With access doors at Space Launch Complex 37 opened on Nov. 24, 2014, the Orion spacecraft and Delta IV Heavy stack is visible in its entirety inside the Mobile Service Tower where the vehicle is undergoing launch preparations. Orion will make its first flight test on Dec. 4 with a morning launch atop the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. Orion’s crew module is underneath the Launch Abort System and nose fairing, both of which will jettison about six minutes, 20 seconds after launch. The tower will be rolled away from the rocket and spacecraft 8 hours, 15 minutes before launch to allow the rocket to be fueled and for other launch operations to proceed.

The spacecraft will orbit the Earth twice, including one loop that will reach 3,600 miles above Earth. No one will be aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is being designed and built to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space. Launch is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:05 a.m. EST, the opening of a 2 hour, 39-minute window for the day. The L-3 Day launch weather forecast 60 percent "go."

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

#nasa #orion #space #nasaorion @exploreNASA #deltaiv #launch #ula

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It's finally happened!
Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued his ruling Monday morning.
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Yay! Too bad this crooked ass state will fight tooth and nail for the ban to be reinstated. Fucking Ricketts' comments were detestable. Good on the judge to do what is right.
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Like the Up Goer Five, except not as big and a lot newer!
 
This is great! Someone described a Falcon 9 using the most common 1,000 words people use. It also makes me lose faith in humanity slightly
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A new hold has been set due to a fuel and drain valve not closing.
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Thanks PSY for forcing +YouTube to upgrade to using 64-bit integers for the view counters.
 
We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!

Hover over the counter in PSY's video to see a little math magic and stay tuned for bigger and bigger numbers on YouTube. 
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    Mathematics, 2012 - 2014
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    Mathematics, 2007 - 2012
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