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NASA Satellite Shows Hurricane Irene Lashing Bahamas

Want to see what a major hurricane looks like chewing through a nation of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets? NASA’s TRMM satellite has the goods, displaying Hurricane Irene—white tendrils of tropical fury stretching hundreds of miles north and south of the island chain—as it whips over Crooked Island in the Bahamas.

TRMM, …

Final Space Shuttle Launch Threatened by Bad Weather

Could the final launch of a space shuttle be derailed by rain and thunderstorms? It’s looking like it.

We’re heading into the space shuttle program’s final lap, the last NASA-based launch of a shuttle in history via the Kennedy Space Center this Friday, so it’s somehow poetic that the weather—a frequent cause of prior shuttle launch …

Open Mouth, Insert Star: Black Hole Devours Celestial Body

When it comes to interstellar smackdowns, I’d generally say bet on stars. But when it comes to stars versus black holes, you’ll probably want to bet on the infinitely dense singularity from which nothing—not even light—can escape.

Such an event apparently occurred on or around March 28th, when NASA’s Swift satellite captured a …

NASA: Supermassive Black Holes at Heart of Ancient Galaxies

Occasionally supermassive and always super-ominous, light-devouring black holes may be the most spectacular byproduct of our Newtonian universe, and now we know a little more about how long they’ve been out there and what they’re up to, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Astronomers pointed Chandra at a strip of sky for over …

Watch: NASA Captures Video of ‘Vesta’ Asteroid

This big asteroid, called Vesta, doesn’t look THAT scary. Then again, it’s 300,000 miles away from the camera. I’m sure it’d look a whole lot scarier from, say, 30,000 miles away. And 3,000 miles away? No thanks.

As a tech guy that doesn’t normally cover space stuff, though, I’d say Vista was a hell of a lot scarier than Vesta, but …

Incredible Photo of Space Shuttle Endeavour Docked in Space

It’s one of those shots that makes you go “holy word-I-can’t-say-here”: A space shuttle hanging from the International Space Station like a bird caught midflight, or a high diver reaching around about to leap backwards off a diving board. It’s also the first photograph of a shuttle—the very vehicle that helped assemble the space …

That’s It Folks: Space Shuttle Endeavour Sings Swan Song

Clear eyes, full hearts. It might as well be a NASA catchphrase, as the space shuttle Endeavour touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning, completing its 25th and final mission (dubbed “STS-134″) and heralding the beginning of the end for over three decades of shuttle flight. Space shuttle Atlantis will carry the …

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