Twin NASA Probes Find “Zebra Stripes” in Earth’s Radiation Belt

by Jason Major March 19, 2014

Earth’s inner radiation belt displays a curiously zebra-esque striped pattern, according to the latest findings from NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes. What’s more, the cause of the striping seems to be the rotation of the Earth itself — something that was previously thought to be impossible. “…it is truly humbling, as a theoretician, to see […]

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Jupiter Bound Juno snaps Dazzling Gallery of Planet Earth Portraits

by Ken Kremer October 26, 2013

During a crucial speed boosting slingshot maneuver around Earth on Oct. 9, NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno probe snapped a dazzling gallery of portraits of our Home Planet over the South American coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. See our mosaics of land, sea and swirling clouds above and below, including several shown in false color. But an […]

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Jupiter-bound Juno Probe Back in Full Operation After Earth Flyby Glitch

by Ken Kremer October 12, 2013

Engineers have deftly managed to successfully restore NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno probe back to full operation following an unexpected glitch that placed the ship into ‘safe mode’ during the speed boosting swing-by of Earth on Wednesday, Oct. 9 – the mission’s top scientist told Universe Today late Friday. “Juno came out of safe mode today!” Juno […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – October 11, 2013: Government Shutdown, Juno Flyby, ISON Update

by Fraser Cain October 11, 2013

After last week’s non-episode, the Weekly Space Hangout roared back to life. We had big news on the Government Shutdown, the Earth flyby from the Juno spacecraft, and a big update on Comet ISON. We also had a special guest, author and journalist Lee Billings, who was here to talk about his newest book, Five […]

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Returns 1st Flyby images of Earth while Sailing On to Jupiter

by Ken Kremer October 11, 2013

Following the speed boosting slingshot of Earth on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that sent NASA’s Juno orbiter hurtling towards Jupiter, the probe has successfully transmitted back data and the very first flyby images despite unexpectedly going into ‘safe mode’ during the critical maneuver. “Juno is transmitting telemetry today,” spokesman Guy Webster, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab […]

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