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July 13, 2010

 

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Could You Connect A Rope From A Geostationary Satellite To Earth?

Say you want to bring some supplies up to your satellite... could you just lower a rope down to earth and haul it up?

June 17, 2010

 

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Geostationary Satellites: Speed And Orbit

Why can't we place satellites directly above houses that are using the signal? Why does speed determine the placement of satellites? Find out now!

June 16, 2010

 

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Arthur C. Clarke And Stationary Satellites

Did you know that Arthur C. Clark proposed the idea that satellites could remain motionless in the air?

June 5, 2009

 

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Why Doesn’t the Moon Fall Down?

Contrary to what fairy tales tell us, there is nothing holding the moon up in the sky. So why doesn't it fall down? Find out on this Moment of Science.

March 20, 2009

 

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How’s Your Fastball?

No matter HOW fast the "fast" ball is moving, it will still fall at the same speed as the ball that just meanders over the edge.

February 18, 2009

 

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Rocky Weather Forecasting

During a "meteor shower" bits of rocky material that enter our atmosphere from space burn up because of friction.

March 25, 2008

 

The Sun exploding while setting over the Pacific Ocean in California

The Sun Just Blew Up!

How do you know the sun didn't just explode? We aren't talking about the everyday, run-of-the-mill controlled explosion the sun is always doing, but a big boom.

April 17, 2007

 

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Mars Attack

It was a great moment in the history of NASA, especially since people had been working so long at trying to get a probe to Mars

April 15, 2007

 

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Swift’s Comet

What happens to a comet after it's exciting entrance into our orbit?

April 9, 2007

 

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The Heliosphere

Solar winds create a bubble that cover our entire solar system! Scientists call this the sun's heliosphere.

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