That Was The Week that Was, January 10-14, 2011. . . A Digest of Goddard People, Science, & Media, PLUS Historical Tidbits and Our Best Stuff in the Blogpodcastotwitterverse
On January 10, the Solar Dynamics Observatory snapped this image of the sun in extreme ultraviolet light, capturing a dark coronal hole.
MONDAY January 10: Observations of distant galaxies help solve a centuries-old molecular mystery.
Gateway to space: Goddard scientist Harley Thronson, University of Texas partner Dan Lester, and aerospace industry colleague Ted Talay explain today in the Space Review how the United States can maintain a presence in space after the Shuttle and the ISS programs conclude.
Hanny’s what? You probably can’t pronounce it correctly, but the Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a picture of Hanny’s Voorwerp.
Hubble says: Tiny red dwarf stars, smaller than our sun, can unleash powerful eruptions that may release the energy of more than 100 million atomic bombs.
Fermi surprise: Thunderstorms spew antimatter into space!
TUESDAY January 11: The latest Earth-observing satellite developed by NASA, Glory, arrived Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a Feb. 23 launch.
Tropical storm warning: NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over the low pressure area known as System 93P in the Southern Pacific Ocean early today and saw rainfall already occurring over Vanuatu.
WEDNESDAY January 12: Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record. And also get the science behind the news: Do annual temperature rankings matter?
Inconstant Crab: X-ray emission from the Crab Nebula is weakening.
Magnificent magnification: As many as 20 percent of the most distant galaxies currently detected appear brighter than they actually are because of the magnifying effect of gravity from other galaxies.
Comet rendezvous: On this day in 2005, NASA launched Deep Impact, the first space mission to probe beneath the surface of a comet. Six months later, on July 3, the spacecraft jettisoned an impactor that crashed into comet Tempel 1. The crash provided the most up-close data and images of a comet in the history of space exploration.
The white stuff: Goddard gets a light dusting of the white stuff. It was no Snowpocalypse, but it was pretty.
THURSDAY January 13: On this day in 1997, NASA scientists announced the discovery of three black holes in three normal galaxies, suggesting that nearly all galaxies may harbor supermassive black holes.
La Nina: A new Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite image of the Pacific Ocean captures stronger La Nina cooling in the Pacific.
Two-faced: Hubble Space Telescope captures two radically different views of the Whirlpool Galaxy.
Not-so-heavy metal video: Learn about beryllium, the wonder metal at the heart of the Webb Telescope.
ICESat away: On this day in 2003, NASA launched the ICESat mission. It was the first mission specifically designed to study Earth’s polar regions with a space-based laser altimeter. The mission led to advances in measuring changes in the mass of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, polar sea ice thickness, vegetation-canopy heights, and the heights of clouds and aerosol particles. The ICESat mission ended in February 2010 with the failure of the last of its three lasers. After a controlled maneuver to bring the craft out of orbit, ICESat entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Barents Sea on August 30, 2010. A follow-on mission, ICESat-2, is slated for launch in 2015.
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