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  • Juno and the Great Red Spot: First NASA images from fly-by of solar system's biggest storm

    July 12, 2017 11:15 PM 23

    The first ever close-up images of Jupiter's gargantuan hurricane, the Great Red Spot, are beginning to trickle through from NASA's Juno spacecraft after it completed its historic fly-by a few days ago. Travelling at about 50 kilometres per second, Juno flew within 9,000 kilometres of the billowing brick-red cloud tops of the hurricane, which has been raging

  • One of the biggest icebergs in recorded history just broke loose from Antarctica

    July 12, 2017 6:36 PM 19

    Scientists announced Wednesday that a much anticipated break at the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has occurred, unleashing a massive iceberg that is more than 2,200 square miles in area and weighs a trillion tons. In other words, the iceberg – among the largest in recorded history to splinter off the Antarctic continent – is close to the size of Delaware

  • Who needs film when you can store a movie in bacteria DNA?

    July 12, 2017 6:02 PM 19

    This week, a team of scientists report that they have successfully embedded a short film into the DNA of living bacteria cells. The mini-movie, really a GIF, is a five-frame animation of a galloping thoroughbred mare named Annie G. The iconic images were taken by the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge in the late 1800s for his photo series titled

  • A trillion-ton iceberg four times the size of London has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf

    July 12, 2017 2:43 PM 27

    After months of anticipation, one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded has finally broken off the Larsen C ice sheet in the West Antarctic. The iceberg weighs a staggering trillion tons and has an area of 2,239 sq miles (5,800 sq km), making roughly the size of Delaware or four times the size of London. It was found to have split off from the ice sheet

  • Ghana: 1st Sub-Saharan Country to Launch Satellite into Orbit

    July 9, 2017 7:51 AM 40

    The satellite is equipped with cameras and a device which will facilitate the broadcast of the country's national anthem and other independence songs from space. | Photo: NASA Ghana is the first Sub-Saharan African country to send a satellite into orbit around the earth, as the Ghanasat-1 was released from the International Space Station Friday, nearly

  • Ghana launches its first satellite into space

    July 7, 2017 5:28 PM 15

    GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is the culmination of a two-year

  • Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

    July 6, 2017 5:12 AM 15

    The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and computer simulations to demonstrate that these stellar sprinters originated in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a dwarf galaxy in orbit around the Milky Way. These fast-moving stars, known as hypervelocity stars, were able to escape their original home when the explosion

  • Fastest stars in the Milky Way that travel at speeds of up to 630 miles per second may come from other galaxies

    July 4, 2017 11:02 PM 20

    Scientists have discovered that the fastest stars in the Milky Way may come from other galaxies. The speedy stars, known as hypervelocity stars, move at up to 630 miles per second (1,000km per second), and have only been spotted a handful of times. The findings could pave the way for scientists to measure the mass of neighbouring galaxies within the next 20 years

  • Record-breaking SpaceX Dragon returns from ISS with huge NASA cargo (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

    July 4, 2017 6:41 PM 16

    The unmanned Dragon capsule lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on June 3, bringing with it about 6,000lb of supplies and scientific cargo to the ISS, in what was the company’s 11th such supply mission. It splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and into the record books on Monday, July 3, returning to Earth with more than 4,100lb of NASA cargo, science

  • Cassini Sends Stunning Pictures of Saturnian Dawn

    June 27, 2017 10:47 AM 21

    NASA’s Cassini probe has sent some breath-taking pictures of Saturnian dawn. The images were captured on March 31, 2017 by Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera, while the spacecraft was about one million kilometres away from Saturn. The new images are in green light, and show Saturn’s sunlit atmosphere with icy rings. “This view looks toward the unilluminated