JUPITER: Dramatic images show Earth-sized cyclones on solar system's largest planet

JUPITER'S atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system's largest planet, researchers said when publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant.
GETTY/AFPNew pictures show Jupiter's atmosphere with Earth-sized cyclones and rivers of ammonia
The cyclones were discovered as the Juno spacecraft made the first of at
least 12 planned close encounters with Jupiter, which scientists believe set the stage for the development of Earth and other planets in the solar system.

Rocket Lab launches first rocket into space from New Zealand site в─" will Australia follow?

The World Today By David Coady
Photo: The test launch was Rocket Lab's initial attempt, they have plans for a second test to be run near the end of May. (Credit: Rocket Lab)
New Zealand have entered the space market в─" launching a rocket partly made of carbon fibre, with engines made from a 3D printer, into space.
American-New Zealand company Rocket Lab, which was behind the launch, want to take a slice of the booming market for getting small satellites into orbit.
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In His Words: Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard Class of '17

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Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass., (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday, 12 years after dropping out to focus on what's now the world's biggest social network.

Here's his prepared remarks, as provided by Facebook:

Jupiter: First data from Juno mission reveals massive cyclones and aurorae

By Genelle Weule and Dani Cooper
Jupiter's atmosphere features massive cyclonic storms в─" some as large as 1,400 kilometres in diameter в─"and powerful aurorae, NASA scientists say, publishing the first findings of the Juno spacecraft hurtling around the gas giant.
The Juno spacecraft provided a bird's eye view of Jupiter's poles for the first time. (Credit: ABC licensed)
The first close-up glimpse of Jupiter's poles reveals massive cyclonic storms в─" some as large as 1,400 kilometres in diameter в─" and powerful aurorae.

Black Hole Birth May Have Been Witnessed by Space Telescopes (Video)

By Steve Spaleta | May 25, 2017 03:00pm ET
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New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) have revealed what may be a black hole born from a collapsing star 22 light-years from Earth, NASA officials said. The star was 25 times as massive as Earth's sun and should have exploded in a brilliant supernova. But that apparently didn't happen. The star, called N6946-BH1, began brightening in 2009, but appeared to fizzled out by 2015, leaving a black hole behind, NASA officials said in a statement.

Extreme Space Cuisine! Astronaut Whips Up 'Bite-Size Yumiosities'

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | May 25, 2017 05:00pm ET
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Tasty little boats of yum! Like bean & cheese tacos-only they float! #onlyinspace pic.twitter.com/r2Sv4GaiSO - Jack Fischer (@Astro2fish) April 29, 2017
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer has taken space cuisine to new heights.
Ever since the first-time space traveler blasted off to the International Space Station on April 20, the space-food connoisseur has been tweeting
photos of his zero-G culinary masterpieces.

Saturn Solstice: Cassini Gets 'Ringside Seat' to Dramatic Seasonal Changes

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer | May 25, 2017 05:00pm ET
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The hexagonal vortex at Saturn's north pole changed color significantly between June 2013 (left) and April 2017 (right), as seen in views from the Cassini spacecraft. For the left image, each frame occurs approximately 130 minutes after the previous one, and for the right, each frame follows after an average of 230 minutes. Researchers combined images taken with the spacecraft's red, green and blue filters for the natural-color views. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University

Mysteries at Jupiter: NASA's Juno Probe Reveals Cyclones, Auroras & Surprises

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 25, 2017 02:01pm ET
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Huge cyclones rage near Jupiter's mysterious poles, and the giant planet's powerful auroras are fundamentally different from Earth's northern and southern lights.
Those are just two of the discoveries made by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first few close passes over Jupiter's poles, mission scientists report in two studies published online today (May 25) in the journal Science.

Rocket Lab Electron Booster Falls Short in Debut Test Launch

By Irene Klotz, Space.com Contributor | May 25, 2017 04:45pm ET
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The debut flight of Rocket Lab's miniature satellite launcher wasn't perfect, but the company is confident enough to proceed with plans for a second test launch this summer, founder and CEO Peter Beck said today (May 25).
Speaking to reporters less than 12 hours after the first Electron rocket bolted off its seaside launchpad in New Zealand, Beck said the booster's

'Star Wars'! 40 Surprising Facts from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Jasmin Malik Chua, Space.com Contributor | May 25, 2017 07:46am ET
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On May 25, 1977, a director named George Lucas gave the world its first glimpse of a galaxy far, far away. Who knew that a space opera about a farm boy who befriends a wizard and a smuggler pirate, frees a princess and liberates a galaxy would spawn a multibillion-dollar franchise and cultural touchstone? Not 20th Century Fox, and certainly not Lucas, who was convinced it would flop.

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