Hubble’s Megamaser Galaxy

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MCG+01-38-005 (below) is a special kind of megamaser; the galaxy’s active galactic nucleus pumps out huge amounts of energy, stimulating clouds of surrounding water.

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NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing Aug. 30 for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including Mars.

NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing Aug. 30 for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including Mars. The space agency capped off summer testing with a 500-second hot fire of a fifth RS-25 engine flight controller unit on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The controller serves as the “brain” of the engine, communicating with SLS flight computers to ensure engines are performing at needed levels. The test marked another step toward the nation’s return to human deep-space exploration missions

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At the center of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, there is a large elliptical galaxy called NGC 4696. Deeper still, there is a supermassive black hole buried within the core of this galaxy. New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes has revealed details about this giant black hole.

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Dublin at Night

 


Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA shared this nighttime image of Dublin on March 17, 2017, writing, “Happy #StPatricksDay Spectacular #Dublin, Ireland captured by @thom_astro from @Space_Station. Enjoy the #StPatricksFest Parade down there!”

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In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 crewmembers Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA sit for pictures April 6, 2017, in front of their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft as part of pre-launch preparations. Credits: NASA

In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA sit for pictures April 6, 2017, in front of their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft as part of pre-launch preparations. Credits: NASA

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NASA astronaut Jack Fischer is poised for a journey of exploration and research on the International Space Station. Extensive coverage of upcoming prelaunch activities, launch and arrival will air on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

Coverage begins Thursday, April 13, with video of prelaunch activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, which will air on NASA TV through Wednesday, April 19.

Fischer and his Expedition 51-52 crewmate Fyodor Yurchikhin, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are scheduled to launch at 3:13 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 20 (1:13 p.m. Baikonur time), from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 2:15 a.m.

The pair will travel on a fast-track, six-hour course to the space station and dock to the Poisk module at 9:23 a.m. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 8:30 a.m. Once at the station, they will be welcomed by Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency). Hatches between the Soyuz and space station will open at 11:05 a.m. NASA TV coverage of hatch opening and welcome ceremonies will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Expedition 51 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station, humanity’s only microgravity laboratory.

Fischer, a first-time space flier, and Yurchikhin, a veteran of four spaceflights, will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth in early September.

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 A rocket launch off the coast of Virginia that officials said might be visible from New Jersey has been postponed from Sunday to Monday night, NASA announced. The Cygnus cargo spacecraft, intended to resupply the International Space Station, was to be deployed from an Antares rocket set to launch shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday.…
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Shortly after the Doctor visits NASA in 1969 the microbes from the moon are now said to be harmless earth bacteria.  Coincidence? I don't think so.

Shortly after the Doctor visits NASA in 1969 the case of the mysterious microbes from the moon is solved. They are now harmless earth bacteria. Coincidence? I don't think so.

On Nov. 19, 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean landed on the lunar surface in Oceanus Procellarum, .  They retrieved the equipment that had landed there in 1967.

The device was put into a sterile bag, returned to earth and removed in a sterile room. What they found was a small colony of common bacteria — Streptococcus Mitis — INSIDE  the camera. The obvious conclusion was that the bacteria was a living organism from the moon.

Official explanation, “50 to 100 of the microbes appeared to have survived launch, the harsh vacuum of space, three years of exposure to the moon’s radiation environment, the lunar deep-freeze at an average temperature of minus 253 degrees Celsius, not to mention no access to nutrients, water or an energy source.”

After a review NASA’s archived Apollo-era 16 millimeter film – 2011 the explanation is that the equipment was contaminated in the clean room.

The Doctor or contamination? You decide.

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BRING ME THE HORIZONdiamonds aren’t forever
CORROSION OF CONFORMITYvote with a bullet
FALL FROM GRACEhated youth
INSANE CLOWN POSSEchicken huntin’
NASAgifted
MOTLEY CRUEgirls girls girls
NEW FOUND GLORYlisten to your friends
RED TAPEel salvador
SAMAELslavocracy
SPINESHANKsynthetic
STEMMawake
TESTAMENT the haunting
THE CHARIOTdaggers
THE MOOGyou raised a vampire
UNDEROATHtoo bright too see, too loud to hear

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