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NASA NEWS October 17 2011

Strange Stuff

The last flight of the Endeavour Space Shuttle was filmed by NASA and there is some strange stuff shown. One thing that I couldn't help but notice is the fact that the flames from the solid rocket boosters seem to hit the rear wing section of the shuttle the whole time, until the boosters are released. The left aft camera gives a great picture of how the tiles seem to be patched. The incredible amount of fuel that is burned had to cost a fortune. We are talking about several million pounds of fuel. Surely launching from a craft that was already at altitude would have saved a fortune. Notice all the stuff flying off the external tanks, as they are returning to earth. Below is the video link:

One of the questions being asked about NASA is why do they take so long to process some of the photos that they take. Conspiracy theorists state that this happens because they have to take out anything in the photos that might show that UFOs are real, or that show that we have a secret fleet in space. Others say that it is just the bureaucracy and that government agencies are not know for speed, when it comes to doing anything.

The world's first 3D photos were taken in space. You can see them at: but you will need a pair of old fashioned 3D glasses.

Space stations blow fuses too. If you think that blowing a fuse or tripping a breaker in your home is a nuisance, imagine if you were out in space and this happened. That is exactly what happened on the International Space Station on 24 May 2011. It took almost 6 hours to correct the problem and affected a 2 billion dollar detector. The cabling had to be rerouted. The space station has about 180 power routers and the failed box has to be replaced with a spare.

Scientists at NASA are wondering what is going on with the Crab Nebula. This nebula has been sending radiation our way for a long time, but recently a gamma-ray flare that was 5 times more powerful than any known before was sent our way. The radiation from this area has pulsed at the rate of 30 time per second. The scientists are wondering why suddenly the radiation increased by a factor of 30?

NASA has gotten back some interesting data from the Galileo space probe and it reveals that there is an ocean of magma under the surface of one of Jupiter's moons. The moon is Io and is know for its volcanic activity. "Scientists are excited we finally understand where Io's magma is coming from and have an explanation for some of the mysterious signatures we saw in some of the Galileo's magnetic field data," said the lead scientist of the project.

NASA announced the results of its Space-Time experiment. They have found that there is a space-time vortex around the Earth and it is exactly like the one that was predicted by Einstein. Scientists say that it is distorted, just as was predicted. So what did they do? A gyroscope was launched into space and aimed at a star. Theoretically the gyroscope should remain pointing at that target forever since there is no gravity. However if space is twisting because of the vortex, then the gyroscope should move off target about 0.41 arcseconds per year and that is what happened. I hope that several years from now science doesn't discover another cause for this effect.

NASA scientists were scratching their heads as an asteroid they were observing became brighter. There didn't seem to be any reason for this to happen. The asteroid (596) Schella had become brighter and no one knew why. Scientists believe today that the brightness was cause by dust created by a collision. Below is a link to a video demonstrating this:

Remember the twin Voyager probes that were launched over 30 years ago? They have now reached the edge of the solar system and are about to enter interstellar space. Guess what? They both still work. One of the strange things is that no one knows how much further the probes must go to enter interstellar space, because scientists are not sure where it begins.

NASA has discovered that there is an electrical connection between Saturn and one of its moons named Enchiladas. The planet and moon form an electrical circuit even though the moon is 150,000 miles from the planet. You can hear the connection by clicking on the audio link below:

NASA has been stumped by an object that astronomers have seen. The video link is below:

An astronomer at the University of Alberta claims to have discovered a strange, frictionless, gravity-defying super-liquid at the center of a neutron star. The neutron star is Cassiopeia A and is located about 11,000 light years from Earth. He also states that inside this star is a superconductor and that the electrical current never loses energy and could keep circulating forever.