Space

Kepler-452b (NASA)

Earth 2.0? NASA’s Kepler Mission Finds New World In Habitable Zone 1,400 Light Years Away

NASA’s Kepler Mission may have found our cousin with the confirmation of the first Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.

07/23/2015

Gamma Ray Bursts

SETI Search For Alien Life To Get Boost From $100 Million Exploration Project Backed By Russian Billionaire

A Russian Billionaire is jump-starting the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence with a massive grant.

07/20/2015

In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a close-up image of a region near Pluto's equator shows a range of mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it passed within 7,800 feet of the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. (Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI via Getty Images)

Dazzling Photos Reveal Giant Peaks On Pluto, Canyons On Charon

Mankind’s first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and canyons on its big moon Charon that appear deeper than those on Earth.

07/15/2015

Pluto sent a love note back to Earth via NASA's New Horizons. This is the last image taken before today's #PlutoFlyby. (NASA)

Pluto Flyby: Spacecraft Reaches Icy, Mysterious World 9.5 Years Later

We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

07/14/2015

Image of Pluto only from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), July 8, 2015. Most of the bright features around Pluto’s edge are a result of image processing, but the bright sliver below the dark “whale,” which is also visible in unprocessed images, is real.
Credits: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI

NASA Releases First Clear Photos Of Pluto With Its Largest Moon

As NASA’s unmanned New Horizons spacecraft closes in on a nine-year journey to Pluto, the first clear picture of the icy dwarf planet with its largest moon has made it back to earth.

07/10/2015

NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe, seen here in an artist's impression, went into "safe mode" Saturday after experiencing an on-board anomaly of some sort. The spacecraft's autopilot switched to a backup flight computer, as programmed, and began sending telemetry back to Earth for analysis. (NASA)

Glitch Briefly Shuts Down NASA’s Pluto-Bound New Horizons Probe

NASA’s New Horizon remains on track for it’s historic flyby of Pluto next week after recovering from a subtle timing glitch that knocked the probe out of contact with Earth on Saturday.

07/06/2015

ISS flying in front of the moon. (Dylan O’Donnell)

Incredible Photo Captures ISS Gliding Across Full Moon

A photo of the International Space Station passing in front of a dazzling full moon could put Lucas Films’ special effects to shame.

07/03/2015

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon space craft are readied on October 7, 2012 for an evening launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station. (BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/GettyImages)

SpaceX Capsule To Deliver New Parking Spot For Space Station

SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia.

06/26/2015

The Washington Fire south of Lake Tahoe is now clearly visible from space. (NASA)

Fire South Of Lake Tahoe Grows To 26 Square Miles; Now Clearly Visible From Space

No buildings have been damaged, but the mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby Wednesday for possible evacuations, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Several campgrounds have been evacuated, and two highways have been closed.

06/24/2015

(Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

New NASA Photo Captures 3 Moons Of Saturn In 1 Stunning Photo

The moon can appear almost haunting when just a sliver clings above us here on Earth. But if we could watch the night sky above Saturn we would often be able to see several of the semi-dark orbs reminding us of our tiny place in the solar system.

06/23/2015

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