space stories

What do you get when edge-on galaxy, VV 340 North collides with face-on galaxy, VV 340 South? Well, something that looks a heck of a lot like an exclamation point…about 450 million light years from Earth.
"Ever wonder how Hubble's [Space Telescope] color images are made?" Actually, no, I've never really given it much thought. I always imagined that the Hubble's camera has some kind of brilliant billion-dollar sensor on it that can capture photos in ultra high-resolution. Turns out, Photoshop is also NASA's best friend.
Not too long ago it was feared that the SETI project's Allen Telescope Array, which is made up of 42 networked radio telescopes, was destined to switch off forever. While the array is currently down, it's scheduled to be reactivated — and soon.
In the late 1960s, NASA's Lunar Orbiter 2 spacecraft was circling the moon, spotting potential landing sites for the Apollo missions. In 1969, the probe was commanded to crash into the moon's far side, and we don't know for sure what happened after that. This new picture may be the answer.
In a rare moment of thinkingaheadedness, scientists have deployed a ring of antiprotons in an effort to stave off sneak attacks by spaceships equipped with cloaking devices. Actually, that's not at all true. Except for the bit about the ring of antiprotons surrounding the Earth. 'Cause we've got one of those.