Elizabeth Howell

About Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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Rosetta’s Comet Looms In The Dark In Close-Up Spacecraft Shot

by Elizabeth Howell August 27, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Wow! Rosetta is getting ever-closer to its target comet by the day. This navigation camera shot from Aug. 23 shows that the spacecraft is so close to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that it’s difficult to fit the entire 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) comet in a […]

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Weird X-Rays: What Happens When Eta Carinae’s Massive Stars Get Close?

by Elizabeth Howell August 27, 2014

While the stars appear unchanging when you take a quick look at the night sky, there is so much variability out there that astronomers will be busy forever. One prominent example is Eta Carinae, a star system that erupted in the 19th century for about 20 years, becoming one of the brightest stars you could […]

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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts: Study

by Elizabeth Howell August 27, 2014

How does microgravity affect your health? One of the chief concerns of NASA astronauts these days is changes to eyesight. Some people come back from long-duration stays in space with what appears to be permanent changes, such as requiring glasses when previously they did not. And the numbers are interesting. A few months after NASA […]

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Australian Astronomy Envy: This Video Is Like A Telescope Brochure

by Elizabeth Howell August 26, 2014

Performing observations in Australia is on many astronomers’ bucket lists, and this video timelapse shows you precisely why. Famous, world-class observatories, dark sky and the beautiful desolation of the desert combine in this award-winning sequence shot by Alex Cherney and posted on Vimeo. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Rocket ‘Anomaly’ Blamed For Putting European Navigation Satellites Into Wrong Orbits

by Elizabeth Howell August 26, 2014

An independent investigation committee is looking at why two European navigation satellites are in the wrong orbits following their launch from French Guiana last week. While the first part of the launch went well, officials said telemetry from the satellites showed that the satellites were not where they were supposed to be. The probe is […]

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