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NASA Releases Incredible Visual Simulating 2017's Hurricanes2m12s

NASA Releases Incredible Visual Simulating 2017's Hurricanes

You can see the atmosphere by tracking what the wind carries. Tiny particles known as aerosols are carried by the air around the globe, such as smoke, dust, and sea salt which are transported by the air across the globe, making visible weather patterns and other normally invisible physical processes. This visualization uses data from NASA satellites, combined with mathematical models in a computer simulation allow scientists to study the physical processes in our atmosphere. By following the sea salt that is evaporated from the ocean, you can see the storms of the 2017 hurricane season. One of the most noticeable things about the simulation is how far the particles can travel. For example, smoke from fires in the Pacific Northwest gets caught in a weather pattern and pulled all the way across the US and over to Europe. The visualization also shows dust from the Sahara blow into the Gulf of Mexico. To understand the impacts of aerosols, scientists need to study the process as a global system. During the hurricane season in 2017, tropical storms and hurricanes were visible in the visualization because of the sea salt that is captured by the storms. Strong winds at the surface lift the sea salt into the atmosphere and the particles are incorporated into the storm. Computer simulations using NASA's Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS), a family of mathematical models, allow researchers to see how different processes fit together and evolve as a system. Combined with data from NASA's Earth observing satellites, the supercomputer simulations enhance scientific understanding of specific chemical, physical and biological processes. Credit to 'NASA Goddard'.

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Published: November 16, 201785 viewsVirality: 6%
Fireball Streaking Across Phoenix Lights Up The Sky29s

Fireball Streaking Across Phoenix Lights Up The Sky

The city government of Phoenix caught something rather extraterrestrial on its city camera which turned the night sky into daylight. A mysterious bright flash tore across the Phoenix sky sparking fresh fears of UFOs and alien invaders. Watch what the Phoenix City Cam captured on November 14th, 2017 at 8:30pm. Definitely a meteor? Astronomers say that this fireball was a tiny chunk of space rock burning up in our atmosphere. The remarkable object was spotted by numerous people in the area, with reports streaming in from Arizona and the surrounding states, including California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. Something brilliant flew across the Phoenix sky and was captured on camera. The stunning video, captured with a Nest security camera, shows the moment an object appears over the city. At first appears a tiny orb in the night sky, before quickly blossoming to become a massive flash that illuminates the clouds. Astronomers say the bright light that streaked across the night sky Tuesday was "almost certainly" a meteor. A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of Earth or another planet. When the object enters the atmosphere, various factors like friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate that energy. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting star or falling star.

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Published: November 15, 2017234 viewsVirality: 10%
Super Zoom Captures Incredible Details On The Moon's Surface1m25s

Super Zoom Captures Incredible Details On The Moon's Surface

Ah, the Moon. The only natural satellite our Earth has and the subject of great controversy. The Moon is in a synchronous rotation with our planet, which means the same side is always facing the Earth. The first unmanned mission to the Moon was in 1959 by the Soviet Lunar Program with the first manned landing being Apollo 11 in 1969. The dark side of the Moon has been known to spark lots of controversial topics, because we can never see it. Could aliens set up base there? Or is it just dark and desolate? The Moon landing has also been subjected to divided opinions, and there are lots of people out there that believe that the landing never occurred and everything was filmed in a movie studio. Scientists, of course, don't agree with this because, well, it's just not true. Then there are the "flat earthers" that think the Moon is just an illusion, much like the rest of the universe, but this beautiful celestial body is real and it is very interesting to study. We can see the Moon with our bare eye, but if we want to take a closer look we have to use some equipment. In this case, the man filming the Moon is using the super zoom of a Nikon P900, and we have to admit, it captures the Moon's beauty in a magnificent way.

Extreme closeup of the moon is slightly disturbing 2m28s

Extreme closeup of the moon is slightly disturbing

For us mere mortals, the moon is just a round of cheese that glows super bright in the night sky (and sometimes during dusk hours). But technology goes forward and right now, if you have the cash, you can purchase a super awesome digital camera that can pass over the 239,000 miles between us and the Moon, so that you can take a selfie with it! Telescopes are so overrated. Nikon just released its COOLPIX P900 camera with a zoom so powerful, you can see craters on the moon's surface. Let us remind you that the moon is close to 239,000 miles from Earth. You can see the actual holes on the moon's surface where it's been hit by asteroids and comets thanks to the cameras 83x zoom. It's so powerful you can even watch the moon move across the sky as Earth rotates. The second most awesome feature about that camera is that image is surprisingly stable for such an extreme zoom. If you don’t feel uncomfortable enough just yet, how about checking out this clip of the Moon zoomed in and passing in front of super tiny Saturn. The clip has been recorded just as the Moon passes right in front of the ringed planet, eventually covering the sight of it! So cool!

Insider Exclusive: The People and the Parts of NASA's EM-1 mission6m48s

Insider Exclusive: The People and the Parts of NASA's EM-1 mission

PROMONTORY, Utah -- Orbital ATK is deep into the production of the solid rocket boosters that will be used for NASA’s Space Launch System. SpaceFlight Insider was granted an exclusive tour of the processes and personnel making the giant rockets that NASA hopes will help take astronauts deeper into space than has ever been attempted before.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 sends CRS-12 Dragon into space3m15s

SpaceX's Falcon 9 sends CRS-12 Dragon into space

SpaceX CRS-12 was a Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. The mission was contracted by NASA and was flown by SpaceX using a new Dragon capsule from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

Someone Managed To Zoom In On The Moon And We All Feel Slightly Uncomfortable1m57s

Someone Managed To Zoom In On The Moon And We All Feel Slightly Uncomfortable

To us, mere mortals, the moon is just a round of cheese that glows super bright in the night sky (and sometimes during dusk hours). But technology goes forward and right now, if you have the cash, you can purchase a super awesome digital camera that can pass over the 239,000 miles between us and the Moon, so that you can take a selfie with it! Telescopes are so overrated. Nikon just released its COOLPIX P900 camera with a zoom so powerful, you can see craters on the moon's surface. Let us remind you that the moon is close to 239,000 miles from Earth. You can see the actual holes on the moon's surface where it's been hit by asteroids and comets thanks to the cameras 83x zoom. It's so powerful you can even watch the moon move across the sky as Earth rotates. The second most awesome feature about that camera is that image is surprisingly stable for such an extreme zoom. If you don’t feel uncomfortable enough just yet, how about checking out this clip of the Moon zoomed in and passing in front of super tiny Saturn. The clip has been recorded just as the Moon passes right in front of the ringed planet, eventually covering the sight of it.

SpaceX Unveils Cheap Travel Anywhere On Earth Within An Hour1m57s

SpaceX Unveils Cheap Travel Anywhere On Earth Within An Hour

While unveiling recent plans for Moon and Mars travel, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk ended his showcase talk with more promising news. Using the same interplanetary rocket system for long-distance travel on Earth - meaning you could theatrically travel to any city within an hour! The BFR, as it’s called, which is variously said to stand for either Big Falcon Rocket or Big F*cking Rocket, would travel at speeds approaching 17,000 mph. In theory, the rocket could reach any destination on Earth within an hour. Most trips would take less than half an hour, the head of Tesla and SpaceX said during his presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia. “Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft,” Musk wrote on Instagram after the event. “Forgot to mention that.” That being said, this means that a trip from New York to Los Angeles, which currently takes between 5 and 6 hours, would be reduced to 25 minutes. The 15-hour flight from New York to Shanghai would take just 39 minutes. The clip you see here is an animation released by SpaceX, showing the rockets leaving from and arriving on offshore platforms just outside of each city. Credit to 'SpaceX'.

What The Betelgeuse Explosion Would Look Like From Earth22s

What The Betelgeuse Explosion Would Look Like From Earth

Orion, the massive star Betelgeuse is dying. It reached the end of its life and currently in the terminal throes of shedding vast bubbles of gas into space. Betelgeuse lies some 430 light-years from Earth. Note that determining distances, especially to red supergiant stars, is an unnerving problem in Astronomy. Estimates vary and are often revised, with some as high as 650 light-years, yet it’s already one of the brightest stars in Earth’s sky. The reason is that Betelgeuse is a supergiant star. However, such brilliance comes at a price. Betelgeuse is one of the most famous stars in the sky because it’s due to explode someday. Its enormous energy requires that the fuel be expended quickly, and in fact Betelgeuse is now near the end of its lifetime. In astronomical terms, someday soon it will run out of fuel, collapse under its own weight, and then rebound in a spectacular supernova explosion. When this happens, Betelgeuse will brighten enormously for a few weeks or months, perhaps as bright as the full moon and visible in broad daylight. When will it happen? Probably not in our lifetimes. But, in fact, no one really knows. It could be tomorrow or a million years in the future.

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Published: September 18, 2017Updated: September 19, 20171,114,871 viewsVirality: 4%
Betelgeuse: The impending Supernova you need to know about1m51s

Betelgeuse: The impending Supernova you need to know about

Check out this incredible video of the Betelgeuse 'killer' star - 1,400 times larger than our Sun that would swallow up Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and even Jupiter. The Betelgeuse star is a famous one among amateur astronomers not only for its size and brightness, but also because it is part of Orion, a bright winter constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Published: September 9, 2017Updated: September 14, 20171,352,670 views
Space Station Cosmonauts take a Walk in Space6m02s

Space Station Cosmonauts take a Walk in Space

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy conducted a spacewalk Aug. 17 to assess the condition of the exterior of the Russian segment of the complex and to install struts and handrails to facilitate future excursions. During the outing, Ryazanskiy manually deployed five small nanosatellites to collect data on a variety of scientific investigations. The spacewalk, which was the 202nd in support of space station assembly and maintenance, was the ninth in Yurchikhin’s career and the fourth for Ryazanskiy. Credit: NASA

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Across America Promo30s

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Across America Promo

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. Credit: NASA

NASA Conducts RS-25 Rocket Engine Test8m52s

NASA Conducts RS-25 Rocket Engine Test

The 8.5-minute test conducted at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is part of a series of tests designed to put the upgraded former space shuttle engines through the rigorous temperature and pressure conditions they will experience during a launch. The tests also support the development of a new controller, or “brain,” for the engine, which monitors engine status and communicates between the rocket and the engine, relaying commands to the engine and transmitting data back to the rocket. Credit: NASA

NASA's First 100 Days Of President Trump's Term1m17s

NASA's First 100 Days Of President Trump's Term

From a presidential call from the Oval Office with a record-breaking American Astronaut to announcing the discovery of Earth-sized planets outside our solar system, NASA's been busy during the first 100 days of President Trump’s term. Among the key moments was March 21 when President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years. This bill helps ensure NASA remains at the forefront of exploration and discovery. NASA appreciates the strong support of the President, as well as our citizens in America and friends around the world. Credit: NASA

NASA Celebrates Mars New Year In Mars, Pennsylvania2m02s

NASA Celebrates Mars New Year In Mars, Pennsylvania

NASA helped the town of Mars, Pennsylvania ring in the Martian New Year, May 5-6. Citizens of the town, just north of Pittsburgh, invited the agency to help celebrate Mars New Year, which happens about every two Earth years. Activities included two days of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics or (STEAM) activities, to encourage young people to pursue careers in these fields of study, which are critical to NASA's journey to Mars. Credit: NASA

Earth-like atmosphere unlikely to survive exoplanet's orbit 3m01s

Earth-like atmosphere unlikely to survive exoplanet's orbit

Scientists are studying our closest Earth-size exoplanet neighbor – Proxima b – to determine if it’s habitable. A recent computer simulation has provided good data on the question. Using Earth as a model – the simulation placed a planet with an Earth-like atmosphere into Proxima b’s orbit around its host star, Proxima Centauri. The simulation determined that the planet would likely lose its atmosphere from the effects of Proxima Centauri’s intense radiation and frequent flaring. Observations from our Chandra X-ray Observatory and other data were used for the simulation. Also, Getting a Feel for Eclipses, SOHO Reveals Rapidly Rotating Solar Core, Curiosity’s Five-Year Anniversary on Mars, and Putting NASA Earth Science to Work! Credit: NASA

This Week @NASA: Media View Barge Pegasus and SLS Hardware2m56s

This Week @NASA: Media View Barge Pegasus and SLS Hardware

On May 16, NASA held a media event at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to highlight the recent arrival of the barge Pegasus with the first core stage test article for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. NASA modified Pegasus to accommodate the massive SLS core stage, increasing the barge's length and weight-carrying capacity. The core stage test article – manufactured at the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility, in New Orleans – is the first of four core stage test articles scheduled to be delivered to Marshall for testing. This delivery marks a critical milestone toward Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft. It also brings the agency a step closer to sending humans to deep space destinations – including Mars. Also, Lightfoot Discusses Future Exploration Goals, Ochoa, Foale Inducted into Hall of Fame, and Virtual Tour of Meteorite Lab! Credit: NASA

NASA conducts first mission into sun's atmosphere2m14s

NASA conducts first mission into sun's atmosphere

The first mission designed to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere – Solar Probe Plus has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, in honor of University of Chicago physicist, Eugene Parker. Parker is best known for developing the concept of solar wind, which is the stream of electrically charged particles emitted by the sun. This is the first time a NASA spacecraft has been named after a living person. Targeted for launch in 2018, the mission will help answer questions about the physics of how stars work. Also, Webb Space Telescope Showcased at JSC, Space Station Crew Safely Returns to Earth, and Centennial of JFK’s Birth! Credit: NASA

NASA suborbital sounding rocket payload successfully launched1m47s

NASA suborbital sounding rocket payload successfully launched

A NASA suborbital sounding rocket carrying multiple student experiments was successfully launched at 5:30 a.m. EDT, Thursday, June 22, from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission carried experiments built by undergraduate students from universities and community colleges across the country through the RockOn! and RockSat-C programs. The experiments, launch on a 36-foot long Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket, flew to an altitude of 72 miles and landed, via parachute, in the Atlantic Ocean. The payload has been recovered and the students are expected to receive their experiments this afternoon to begin their data analysis. RockOn! and RockSat-C are part of Rocket Week at Wallops. Nearly 130 students and instructors participated in the two programs this week conducted in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Credit: NASA

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Published: August 2, 2017Updated: August 3, 2017
New Crew Launches To The Space Station2m31s

New Crew Launches To The Space Station

Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot was in Kazakhstan on July 28 to observe the launch to the International Space Station of our astronaut Randy Bresnik with his crewmates – Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency. The trio is scheduled to spend more than four months on the station working on hundreds of science and technology experiments. Also, New 4K Footage of Spacewalk, NASA Technologies Showcased at AirVenture Event, Preparing to Chase the Total Solar Eclipse from the Sky, and Another Successful RS-25 Engine Test! Credit: NASA

Expedition 52-53 Crew Docks To The Space Station6m23s

Expedition 52-53 Crew Docks To The Space Station

After launching earlier in the day in their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency arrived at the International Space Station on July 28. Credit: NASA

U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Departs Space Station For Earth3m11s

U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Departs Space Station For Earth

The unpiloted SpaceX/Dragon cargo craft departed the International Space Station July 2 bound for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Long Beach, California. Loaded with valuable science samples and other hardware, Dragon was robotically released by Expedition 52 Flight Engineers Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, who operated the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from the cupola work station. The Dragon, which was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket June 3, delivered more than three tons of scientific investigations and supplies for the station’s residents. Credit: NASA

NASA's Langley Research Center celebrates 100th anniversary2m56s

NASA's Langley Research Center celebrates 100th anniversary

Our Langley Research Center officially celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 17. Groundbreaking took place on that date in 1917, for what is now known as Building 587 – the first aeronautical research laboratory erected in 1918 for NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The establishment of Langley – NASA’s first field center – marked the start of our quest to achieve aerospace excellence through the scientific study of flight. Also, ISS Research & Development Conference, Next Station Crew Heads to Launch Site, Electrons Whistle in Space, and Mars Day! Credit: NASA

NASA's RS-25 Rocket Engine Fires Up Again8m47s

NASA's RS-25 Rocket Engine Fires Up Again

Engineers conduct the third in a series of RS-25 flight controller tests on July 25, 2017, for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The more than 8 1/2 minute test on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi signaled another step toward launch of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS rocket, powered by four RS-25 engines, along with the Orion spacecraft will take astronauts on a new era of exploration beyond Earth’s orbit into deep space. Credit: NASA