cosmic rays

Something In Big Dipper ‘Blob’ Is Sending Out Cosmic Rays, Study Says

by Elizabeth Howell July 9, 2014

Behind the Big Dipper is something pumping out a lot of extremely high-energy cosmic rays, a new study says. And as astronomers try to learn more about the nature of these emanations — maybe black holes, maybe supernovas — newer work hints that it could be related to how the universe is structured. Elizabeth Howell […]

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Plastic Protection Against Cosmic Rays?

by Jason Major June 12, 2013

It could work, say researchers from the University of New Hampshire and┬áthe Southwest Research Institute. One of the inherent dangers of space travel and long-term exploration missions beyond Earth is the constant barrage of radiation, both from our own Sun and in the form of high-energy particles originating from outside the Solar System called cosmic […]

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NASA’s Particle-Hunting ISS-CREAM Will Be Anything But Vanilla

by Jason Major May 30, 2013

Balloon-based research on cosmic particles that began over a century ago will get a big boost next year — all the way up to low-Earth orbit, when NASA’s┬áCosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) will be sent to the Space Station thus becoming (are you ready for this?) ISS-CREAM, specifically designed to detect super-high-energy cosmic rays […]

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Curiosity Rover Recovering From Computer Glitch

by Nancy Atkinson March 5, 2013

The Curiosity rover is now out of “safe mode” following a memory problem with its main computer, and the Mars Science Laboratory team expects the rover to resume full operations next week. Controllers switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer, the rover’s “B-side” computer, on Feb. 28 when the “A-side” computer that the rover […]

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Super Good at Collecting Data, Massive Science Balloon Breaks Records

by John Williams February 5, 2013

Super-TIGER prepares for launch from Antarctica. NASA’s Super-TIGER science balloon landed Friday at a frigid and remote base in Antarctica after setting two duration records while gathering data about cosmic rays. There’s so much data that it will take scientists about two years to analyze, according to NASA.

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