Nancy Atkinson

About Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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SpaceX Dragon Captured on Film in Orbit Over Paris 25 Minutes After Launch

by Nancy Atkinson April 18, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter We need to say it: astrophotographer Thierry Legault has done it again! Here’s an absolutely fantastic capture of the SpaceX Dragon capsule just 25 minutes after it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, as it passed over Europe. Here, Legault […]

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Watch Live Webcast: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light

by Nancy Atkinson April 18, 2014

Just a month ago came the news of the first direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the Universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang. This almost unimaginably fast expansion when the Universe was only a trillionth […]

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New Hubble View Shows Objects a Billion Times Fainter Than Your Eyes Can See

by Nancy Atkinson April 17, 2014

While this image isn’t as deep as the Hubble Deep Field, this 14-hour exposure by the Hubble Space Telescope shows objects around a billion times fainter than what can be seen with the human eyes alone. Astronomers say this image also offers a remarkable depth of field that lets us see more than halfway to […]

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Um, You Can See a Car on Mars

by Nancy Atkinson April 16, 2014

First of all, I completely stole this headline from NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowski (AKA The Mohawk Guy) on Twitter. Second, this is just a great image of the Curiosity rover sitting on Mars, including views of its tracks and where it did a wheelie or two. Plus, where the rover now sits is a very […]

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The Search for Gravitational Waves: New Documentary About LIGO Premieres Soon

by Nancy Atkinson April 14, 2014

What happens when stars or black holes collide? Scientists have theorized that the energy released would disturb the very fabric of the space-time continuum, much like ripples in a pond. These ripples are called gravitational waves, and while proving the existence of these waves has been difficult, their detection would open a brand new window […]

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