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  • Remembering Neil Armstrong and co.: The first manned mission to the moon

    22 July 2017 6:32 PM 77

    The Saturn V rocket that propelled the crew to the moon still remains the tallest and heaviest ever built. It measured in at 363 ft and had to be assembled in what was the largest building (by volume) at the Vehicle Assembly Building in the Kennedy Space Centre. While three men left Earth, only mission commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot

  • Armstrong moon bag NASA lost sells for $1.8 million

    21 July 2017 4:28 AM 30

    The savvy owner of Neil Armstrong's moon dust bag has made a profit of $1.8 million on the canvas pouch. The bag, which was used by Armstrong to collect samples during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, sold for just over $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday. That was less than the $2 million to $4 million auctioneer Sotheby's thought it would

  • The Street View From Space

    20 July 2017 5:39 PM 5

    The newest images on Google Maps were taken by an astronaut as he floated from module to module. The images reveal a tangled world of technical equipment and everyday objects pressed against walls with cables and tape. They show the areas astronauts and cosmonauts use to conduct research, eat, exercise, and yes, even go to the bathroom. NASA usually

  • Auckland's volcanic eruptions surprisingly recent, study reveals

    17 July 2017 11:19 PM 3

    Researchers have found at least half of all the volcanic eruptions in Auckland have occurred in the last 60,000 years, with the most recent eruption only 500 years ago. Two new studies have revealed Auckland's temperamental and surprisingly young volcanic past is making it hard for scientists and authorities to pinpoint when the city of sails may be struck

  • NASA Discovers Sunspot That Has A Core Larger Than The Earth

    14 July 2017 1:00 AM 45

    NASA has discovered a massive sunspot that is larger than the Earth itself. While not dangerous, sunspots can cause solar flares which could damage satellites. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured footage of a massive sunspot whose core is larger than the Earth. This particular sunspot, classified as Active Region 12665, is the only sunspot

  • Kīlauea Volcano Update: July 13, 2017

    13 July 2017 10:23 PM 7

    Spattering is common in the summit lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u Crater. This afternoon, spattering was active at a site along the east lake margin. Spatter deposits have built a small ledge extending out from the crater walls (lower right of photo), onto which fluid spatter often falls. For scale, the lake surface is 92 feet below the floor of Halema‘uma‘u

  • Are people and apes the only ones that can plan ahead? Quoth the raven ‘nevermore.’

    13 July 2017 6:05 PM 8

    For centuries, we told ourselves that we are special — that what separates humans from animals is our ability to reason. But that belief has been increasingly undermined given evidence showing apes also have the intelligence to use tools, solve complex problems and even plan for the future. On a rural research farm in Sweden, working with birds he raised

  • Nasa captures STUNNING images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    13 July 2017 4:26 PM 30

    NASA boffins have taken the most detailed images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in stunning detail. Since the discovery of the Great Red Spot 1665, astronomers have been desperate to learn more about the swirling vortex of the gas giant Jupiter. Now, thanks to the historic Juno probe, Nasa has taken the most detailed imaged of the Great Red Spot. The images

  • Experts says calving of Larsen C Ice Shelf could be a positive sign

    13 July 2017 8:02 AM 6

    The vast iceberg, measuring 5800 square kilometres and weighing roughly a trillion tonnes, that broke off Antarctica this week can be read as a sign that the ice shelf is actually in fairly good health, scientists say. The huge berg calved away from Larsen C Ice Shelf sometime between July 10 and 12. The approaching event has been monitored by scientists

  • Trillion-tonne iceberg finally snaps off West Antarctic ice shelf, scientists confirm

    13 July 2017 2:48 AM 17

    A TRILLION-ton iceberg which has broken free from Antarctica will do nothing to raise the world’s sea levels. But it has changed the face of the southern continent forever. “The iceberg weighs more than a trillion tonnes, but it was already floating before it calved away so has no immediate impact on sea level,” a Swansea research team said. It will likely