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Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole. The Hinode spacecraft was in the right place at the right time to catch the solar eclipse. What's more, because of its vantage point Hinode witnessed a 'ring of fire' or annular eclipse.

NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

Satellite catches lingering remnants of Tropical Depression 9
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-East satellite has been keeping an eye on the remnants of Tropical Depression 9.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Ana still vigorous
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's TRMM satellite saw that Tropical Storm Ana was still generating moderate rainfall is it pulled away from Hawaii. The next day, NASA's Aqua satellite saw that wind shear was having an effect on the storm as it moved over open ocean.

NASA HS3 mission Global Hawk's bullseye in Hurricane Edouard
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Hurricane Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission flew the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft on two missions between Sept. 11 and 15 into Hurricane Edouard and scored a bullseye by gathering information in the eye of the strengthening storm. Scientists saw how upper-level wind shear was affecting Edouard on the HS3's Global Hawk flight of the 2014 campaign over Sept. 11 and 12, and saw the hurricane strengthen during the sixth flight on Sept. 15 and 16.

UTSA Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science Student Chapter honored with Outstanding Mentoring Award at SACNAS National Conference
(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio Student Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science was recently honored with the Outstanding Mentoring Award at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles.

NASA's Terra satellite shows a more organized Tropical Storm Ana
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The strong southwesterly wind shear that has been battering Tropical Storm Ana has abated and has given the storm a chance to re-organize. Ana appeared more rounded on imagery from NASA's Terra satellite as thunderstorms again circled the low-level center.

Lucky star escapes black hole with minor damage
(Ohio State University) Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star -- and the star lives to tell the tale.

Intelligent materials that work in space
(Carlos III University of Madrid) ARQUIMEA, a company that began in the Business Incubator in the Science Park of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, will be testing technology it has developed in the International Space Station. The technology is based on intelligent materials that allow objects to be sent into orbit without the use of explosives.

Researchers highlight acousto-optic tunable filter technology for balloon-borne platforms
(World Scientific) A balloon-borne acousto-optic tunable filter hyperspectral imager is ideally suited to address numerous outstanding questions in planetary science. Their spectral agility, narrowband wavelength selection, tolerance to the near-space environment, and spectral coverage would enable investigations not feasible from the ground. Example use cases include synoptic observations of clouds on Venus and the giant planets, studies of molecular emissions from cometary comae, the mapping of surface ices on small bodies, and polarimetry.

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