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New Photo of Europa Shows the Ice-Covered Moon’s Surface in Stunning Detail (Video)

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since the late 1990’s. Since then, NASA has recorded data, producing stellar imaging of one of Jupiter’s largest moons, Europa. Thanks to many years of observation, astronomers have garnered enough data to depict the Jovian moon (Jovian refers to anything related to Jupiter) in its fullest, most breathtaking form yet! NASA added the photo to its extensive Photo Journal on November 21st. Innovations in optical technology have allowed astronomers to observe Europa in much

Wanderers: An Awe-Inspiring Short Film About Exploring the Universe (Video)

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A thirst for exploration is hard-wired into the human species. Whether its Ferdinand Magellan becoming the first to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, Jacques Cousteau exploring the mysteries of the underwater world, or Steve Fossett circling the globe in 15 days aboard a hot air balloon, humans have, for generations, pushed the limits of exploration. And in just the last 50 years or so, we have begun to explore a new frontier: outer space. In his recent short film

Three ISS Crewmen Returned Safely To Earth Landing In Kazakhstan (Video)

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Three International Space Station (ISS) crewmen returned safely to Earth yesterday, landing just northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. Recovery teams were standing by in the 23-degree temperature as the Russian Soyuz capsule, the same spacecraft the crew rode in to reach the space station on May 28, landed safely back on Earth. The crew included veteran Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, and German flight engineer Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency. From leaving the ISS to landing safely by parachute

Breaking News: NASA’s Unmanned Rocket Explodes During Takeoff (Video)

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Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation’s “Antares” rocket and “Cygnus” cargo spacecraft exploded upon launch at around 6:22 p.m. ET today (Oct. 28). The crafts were being launched from the Wallops Flight Facility, which is locates on Virginia’s Atlantic coast. The rocket (which was fortunately unmanned) was contracted by NASA to deliver roughly 5,000 pounds of gear to the International Space Station. Below is a video of the incident… Orbital Sciences and California-based aerospace company SpaceX have helped keep the ISS supplied with cargo since

Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating

The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any situation.” In following with that tradition, MoS has created a line

Moon Mining: NASA’s Plans to Harvest Water from the Moon

There’s a lot of water on the moon, and NASA wants to learn how to get to it. In July 2008, water was found conclusively for the first time inside ancient moon samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. In 2009, observations from three spacecraft showed signals of water across the moon’s surface, bolstering the idea that the moon might actually contain significant amount of water. Then, in October 2010, scientists reported that a frigid crater called Cabeus at the moon’s south pole is

NASA Confirms That Huge Methane Cloud In U.S. Southwest Is the Real Deal

Years ago, a cloud of methane gas about the size of Delaware was detected over the Four Corners region (where the borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet). At the time, the methane readings were so high that scientists at NASA dismissed the cloud as a data collection issue. “We didn’t focus on it because we weren’t sure if it was a true signal or an instrument error,”   said Christian Frankenberg, a scientist who does research at NASA’s Jet

The U.S. and India Just Agreed on A Joint Space Mission to Study Climate Change

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Mikaela Cannizzo. The long sought after human exploration of Mars has recently made progress. In the last month, both India and the U.S. have had satellites reach the Red Planet’s orbit to carry out research

Antarctica Is Melting So Fast That It’s Altering Earth’s Gravity (Animation)

The strength of Earth’s gravity varies depending on where you are, mostly because of differences in the composition (ie. densities) of different regions on Earth. In 2009, the European Space Agency launched a satellite called the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE), with the purpose of mapping these variations and seeing how they changed over time. During its four year period, the satellite gathered a lot of interesting and useful data, including this “gravity scar” left behind by the

This Picture of the Moon Is the First Photo Taken By A New 3-D Printed Telescope

3-D printing technology has been improving in leaps and bounds lately, and now it can add yet another cool accomplishment to its resumé: taking a picture of the moon. It all started with a team of astronomers at the University of Sheffield in England who wanted to see if they could design their own high-powered telescope rather than paying thousands of dollars for one. Using only 3-D printer and a Raspberry Pi camera module, the team was able to create a telescope capable

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