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NASA’s Terra Satellite finds Subtropical Storm Leslie drifting in Central Atlantic

IMAGE: At 9:50 a.m. EDT (1350 UTC) on Sept. 24, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible-light image of Subtropical Storm Leslie in the North Central Atlantic.... view more  Credit: Credit: NASA/NRL NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Subtropical Storm Leslie as it was meandering around the North Central Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 24, 2018. At 9:50 a.m. EDT (1350 UTC)…

Martian moon may have come from impact on home planet, new...

WASHINGTON--The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins. The dark faces of the moons resemble the primitive asteroids of the outer solar system, suggesting the moons might be asteroids caught long ago in Mars' gravitational pull. But the shapes and angles of the moons' orbits do not fit this capture scenario. A…

Four extremely young asteroid families identified

Four families of extremely young asteroids have been identified by researchers affiliated with São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. An article on the discovery has been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. "We identified the new families by means of numerical simulation using the backward integration method (BIM), which is much more precise than other methods for dating asteroid families.…

SwRI’s Alan Stern awarded 2018 Lowell Thomas Award in Engineering Exploration

SAN ANTONIO -- Sept. 24, 2018 -- The Explorers Club has selected Dr. Alan Stern to receive the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award in Engineering Exploration. Stern, associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute, serves as principal investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission, which made headlines worldwide when the spacecraft made the first exploration of the Pluto system and…

Satellite sees short-lived Tropical Cyclone Kirk

IMAGE: On Sept. 23, 2018 at 10:42 a.m. EDT (1442) NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite captured this visible image of the remnants of Tropical Depression Kirk. view more  Credit: Credit: NOAA/NRL Tropical Storm Kirk formed on Saturday, Sept. 22. By Monday, Sept. 24, Kirk lacked the closed circulation that is a prerequisite for tropical cyclone status. The NOAA-20 satellite provided a visible image of the storm at its…

Space-related start-up technology companies create synergistic innovation

IMAGE: New Space is the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to facilitating and supporting the efforts of researchers, engineers, analysts, investors, business leaders, and policymakers to capitalize on the opportunities of commercial... view more  Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, September 21, 2018--Researchers have developed innovative business models underlying the successful launch of space-related start-up technology companies in Costa Rica. A fascinating article describes…

Three NASA missions return first-light data

IMAGE: These are the first images from WISPR, short for the Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe. Researchers studied the images to determine the instrument was pointed as expected, using celestial... view more  Credit: NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar Probe NASA's continued quest to explore our solar system and beyond received a boost of new information this week with three key missions proving not only that they…

NASA sees areas of strength in Tropical Storm Trami

IMAGE: At 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 UTC) on Sept. 21, 2018, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite looked at Tropical Storm Trami (28W) in infrared light. MODIS found coldest cloud... view more  Credit: NASA/NRL NASA's Terra satellite provided an infrared look at Tropical Storm Trami, located just over 100 miles from Guam on Sept. 21. Infrared data provides temperature information that showed two areas of…

Houston Medical Students to Speak Live with NASA Astronaut on Space...

Medical students from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UTHealth) in Houston will speak with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station next week.

NASA balloon mission captures electric blue clouds

On the cusp of our atmosphere live a thin group of seasonal electric blue clouds. Forming 50 miles above the poles in summer, these clouds are known as noctilucent clouds or polar mesospheric clouds -- PMCs. A recent NASA long-duration balloon mission observed these clouds over the course of five days at their home in the mesosphere. The resulting photos, which scientists have just begun…
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