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45 Years Ago Today: Relive the Historic Apollo 11 Launch

by Nancy Atkinson July 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 45 years ago today — on July 16th, 1969 — the Apollo 11 crew left Earth for the first human mission to land on the Moon. Launching on at Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy, the mission sent Commander Neil Armstrong, […]

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Why Einstein Will Never Be Wrong

by Brian Koberlein January 13, 2014

One of the benefits of being an astrophysicist is your weekly email from someone who claims to have “proven Einstein wrong”. These either contain no mathematical equations and use phrases such as “it is obvious that..”, or they are page after page of complex equations with dozens of scientific terms used in non-traditional ways. They […]

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55 Years of NASA

by Nancy Atkinson October 1, 2013

Today is NASA’s 55th birthday. Unfortunately, the celebration is muted due to the government shutdown, forcing much of NASA to shut down as well for the time being (see our overview of what’s still running at NASA and what’s not). Before having to close the door (temporarily) today, NASA put together this nice graphic of […]

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Apollo 15: “Stand by for a Hard Impact”

by Nancy Atkinson August 7, 2013

On this day in history, the crew of Apollo 15 returned home from their mission to the Moon. But the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean wasn’t without a little drama. One of the three parachutes failed to open fully, but astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin didn’t know it until they were almost […]

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Are Our Textbooks Wrong? Astronomers Clash Over Hubble’s Legacy

by Dan Majaess April 4, 2013

“No scientific discovery is named after its discoverer,” - Stigler/Merton. Edwin Hubble’s contributions to astronomy earned him the honor of having his name bestowed upon arguably the most famous space telescope (the Hubble Space Telescope, HST).  Contributions that are often attributed to him include the discovery of the extragalactic scale (there exist countless other galaxies beyond […]

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