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Breaking News – Controversial North Korean Rocket Launch Apparently Fails in Flight

North Korean Unha-3 three stage rocket erected at seaside launch pad days ago. The Unha-3 rocket was launched on April 13 and failed shortly after liftoff
See launch animation below
Story Updated - Read Official NORAD statement below


North Korea has just gone ahead with their announced intentions to defy international warnings and launched the highly controversial Unha-3 long range missile a short while ago at 7:39 AM local time on Friday the 13th (2239 GMT, 6:39 PM EDT Thursday), as reported by CNN, NBC, Fox and other news media on live TV broadcasts at 7 PM EDT, some 2 hours ago. [Story Updated]

The 3 stage rocket apparently failed in flight quickly and broke apart within the first 90 seconds to 2 minutes and never reached orbit, according to US, Japanese and South Korean officials who have been closely monitoring the developing situation the past few weeks.(...)
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© Ken Kremer for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 2 comments |
Post tags: Breaking News, Kim Jong Un, North Korea, unha 3, Unha-3 rocket

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A Galaxy’s Bulge Divulges Its Spin

Hubble image of "deformed" spiral galaxy NGC 4980

Although somewhat blobby and deformed, this is in fact a spiral galaxy, located in the southern constellation Hydra. Imaged by Hubble as part of a survey of galactic bulges, NGC 4980 exhibits what’s called a “pseudobulge” — an inline central concentration of stars whose similar spiral motion extends right down into its core.

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© Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |
Post tags: bulge, esa, galaxy, Hubble, NGC 4980

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Asteroid Lutetia Flyby Animation

In today’s Weekly Space Hangout, Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society mentioned an animation of recently released images from the Rosetta mission’s flyby of asteroid Lutetia. It was put together and processed by Ian Regan, and Emily suggested you play this on a hand-held device (like a smart phone) in a dark room and move it around like you yourself are maneuvering the flyby! Try it — it is a very cool effect!

And while you’re at it, you also need to check out Emily’s montage poster of asteroids and comets, below:

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© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |
Post tags: Asteroid Lutetia, Asteroids, Comets, Missions

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The Heavens are Ablaze With Blazars

This image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows a blazar -- a voracious supermassive black hole inside a galaxy with a jet that happens to be pointed right toward Earth. These objects are rare and hard to find, but astronomers have discovered that they can use the WISE all-sky infrared images to uncover new ones. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Kavli

From a JPL press release:

Astronomers are actively hunting a class of supermassive black holes throughout the universe called blazars thanks to data collected by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The mission has revealed more than 200 blazars and has the potential to find thousands more.
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© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 2 comments |
Post tags: blazars, WISE

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Letter to NASA is Common Ploy in Climate Change Denial

Credit: Climate Change Encyclopedia

A group of 49 former NASA employees from Johnson Space Center have written a letter to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, requesting that the space agency refrain from “unproven and unsubstantiated remarks” regarding how human activities are causing global climate change.

“As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position … is inappropriate,” says the letter. “We believe the claims by NASA and GISS(Goddard Institute for Space Studies) that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated.”

The letter was reportedly supported by Leighton Steward from the Heartland Institute, an organization known for its stance of trying to cast doubt on global warming science.

“NASA has always been about looking out to the skies and beyond, not burying our heads in the sand,” climate scientist Michael Mann told Universe Today in an email “This is an old ploy, trying to cobble together a small group of individuals and make it sound like they speak with authority on a matter that they have really not studied closely. In this case, the effort was led by a fossil fuel industry-funded (climate change) denier who works for the Heartland Institute, and sadly he managed to manipulate this group of former NASA employees into signing on to this misguided statement.”
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© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 8 comments |
Post tags: Climate, Michael Mann, NASA

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Is This Proof of Life on Mars?

View of Mars from Viking 2 lander, September 1976. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The Curiosity rover is currently on its way to Mars, scheduled to make a dramatic landing within Gale Crater in mid-August and begin its hunt for the geologic signatures of a watery, life-friendly past. Solid evidence that large volumes of water existed on Mars at some point would be a major step forward in the search for life on the Red Planet.

But… has it already been found? Some scientists say yes.

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© Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 9 comments |
Post tags: alien, Astrobiology, biology, Curiosity, ET, life, life on mars, NASA, research, Viking

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What’s the Moon Made Of? Earth, Most Likely.

An impact between a Mars-sized protoplanet and early Earth is the most widely-accepted origin of the Moon. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Recent research on lunar samples has shown that the Moon may be made of more Earth than green cheese — if by “green cheese” you mean the protoplanet impactor that was instrumental in its creation.

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© Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 17 comments |
Post tags: Earth, impact, Moon, Nature, origin of the Moon, Theia, titanium, University of Chicago

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