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November 22, 2010 12:34 by scibuff

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Delta IV Heavy Roars Off Launch Pad on Secret NRO Mission – United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending a classified surveillance satellite to space. Liftoff occurred on Nov. 21 at 5:58 p.m. EDT. The enormous rocket thundered to life, and as almost to underscore the secretive nature of the mission, the fiery exhaust was only visible for a short while before disappearing into thick clouds. However, long after the rocket was out of view, it made its journey known through its roar. The vibration was so visceral that vehicles and windows of buildings in the immediate area began to rattle with the raw power that was unleashed. -Jason Rhian / Universe Today

Students Develop Space Station Experiment – Everyone has to check out the five star incredible ***video*** from Valley Christrian High School in San Jose, California, as both students and adult mentors show the enthusiasm, passion and expertise that has gone into this first high school research project aboard the U.S. National Laboratory of the International Space Station. –Spaceports

NASA Study Brings Advanced Visualization to Hospitals – Guest contributor Matthew Hibbard investigates a down-to-Earth application for software intended to analyze space imagery. –Discovery News

The Strange Black Holes in Andromeda and Milky Way Galaxies – Chandra X-Ray Observatory took the first x-ray picture of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) on October 13, 1999. The blue dot in the center of the image is a “cool” million-degree x-ray source where a supermassive black hole with the mass of 30-million suns is located. – Daily Galaxy

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Videos

This video is an animation showing light coming from a distant astronomical object and reaching the Earth. - Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

Photos

Delta-4 launch

Delta-4 launch

Sunrise from the ISS

Sunrise from the ISS

Perth at night

Perth at night

Full Moon

Full Moon

Gallery Pick of the Day

MACSJ1423.8+2404

Smaller, dimmer galaxies appear to flit like moths around a radiant street light in this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The brilliant central object is a supergiant elliptical galaxy, the dominant member of a galaxy cluster with the mouthful of a name MACSJ1423.8+2404. This great swarm of galaxies is located about five billion light-years away in the constellation Bo├Âtes (the Herdsman) - Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

The photo above is “Pick of the Day” from one of the three galleries: Astronomy Gallery, Space Shuttle Gallery and Space Station Gallery.-