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Mars Rover Curiosity Tidies Up a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Tidies Up a Rock

Though most of Mars rover Curiosity‘s on-board tools have already been used successfully, a few specific instruments remain to be tested. One of those instruments is the rover’s hammering drill, which it is preparing to test on a rock in …

Ice May Float on Titan’s Seas, Finds New Study Ice May Float on Titan’s Seas, Finds New Study
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Scientists have published a new study that concludes Saturn’s moon Titan might have ice floating in its seas. The presence of hydrocarbon ice in Titan’s methane lakes and seas could explain the mixed readings NASA‘s Cassini probe has seen while …

461 New Planet Candidates Discovered by NASA’s Kepler, Including Four Earth-Like Ones 461 New Planet Candidates Discovered by NASA’s Kepler, Including Four Earth-Like Ones

Astronomers last week announced that they estimate there to be 100 billion planets throughout the Milky Way Galaxy. This week, Astronomers announced 461 new candidates for extra-solar planets have been discovered. NASA‘s Kepler mission has been discovering exoplanets for years …

Solar Eruption Rang in the New Year, Shows NASA Video Solar Eruption Rang in the New Year, Shows NASA Video

While people across the world were celebrating or preparing to celebrate the arrival of the year 2013, the sun was putting on a New Year’s show of its own. On December 31, a massive solar eruption twisted up from the …

Giant Asteroid “Speckles” Analyzed by NASA’s Dawn Giant Asteroid “Speckles” Analyzed by NASA’s Dawn

New images released by NASA have provided scientists their best view yet of the black spots seen on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. The new research suggests that the protoplanet may have received the carbon-rich material through large …

100 Billion Planets Populate the Milky Way Galaxy, Say Astronomers 100 Billion Planets Populate the Milky Way Galaxy, Say Astronomers

For years now, NASA‘s Kepler mission has been confirming the existence of planets outside our solar system. Now, a new review of Kepler data suggests that there are billions upon billions of planets just in the Milky Way galaxy. “There …

Gyroscope Failure Signals the End For Landsat 5 Satellite Gyroscope Failure Signals the End For Landsat 5 Satellite
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In case you missed it during the end-of-the-year holiday madness, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have announced the end of the longest-running Earth observing satellite mission in history. The Landsat 5 mission has been orbiting Earth and recording …

Asteroid in 2040 Will Miss the Earth, Just Barely Asteroid in 2040 Will Miss the Earth, Just Barely
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An asteroid discovered just last year and given tentative 1 in 500 odds of hitting the Earth in February 2040 is now no longer a danger to the planet, according to astronomers. Data gathered using the Gemini North telescope in …

NASA Releases New Cassini, Spitzer Photos For the Holidays NASA Releases New Cassini, Spitzer Photos For the Holidays
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Just in time for the holidays, NASA has released two new space photos filled with festive greens and reds. The photo seen above (a larger version of which can be seen here) was taken using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. the …

NASA tests Orion Space Capsule Parachutes NASA tests Orion Space Capsule Parachutes

This week, NASA completed tests on the Orion spacecraft’s parachutes. The capsule is being designed as part of a project to send humans into deep space. The tests were conducted at the U.S. Army Yuma proving Ground in Arizona. The …

Cassini to Track Venus Transit, Study Exoplanets Cassini to Track Venus Transit, Study Exoplanets

NASA announced today that it will begin using the Cassini probe’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) for uses other than studying Saturn and its moons. On Friday, from its vantage point in orbit around Saturn, the VIMS will be …

NASA Releases a “Game” to Crowd-Source Cloud Classification NASA Releases a “Game” to Crowd-Source Cloud Classification

NASA this week has launched a “game” that allows anyone to identify galactic clouds in a series of photos. The game, called Clouds, is part of the Milky Way Project, which helps astronomers crowd source data sorting. It can be …

Globular Cluster Aging Revealed in New Study Globular Cluster Aging Revealed in New Study

Globular clusters are spherical groupings of stars tightly bound by gravity. While these objects are usually 12 to 13 billion years old, a new study has found that clusters can appear to be vastly different ages, depending on the behavior …

Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares to Drill a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares to Drill a Rock

Nearly all of the instruments packed into Mars rover Curiosity‘s frame have been utilized, but once crucial test has yet to be performed. NASA scientists will soon use Curiosity’s percussive drill to powder the interior of a rock for analysis, …

Mayan Calendar Doomsday Prophecies a Hoax, Says NASA Mayan Calendar Doomsday Prophecies a Hoax, Says NASA
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Predictions about the end of the world on Friday, December 21 are reaching a fever pitch. From rogue planets to shifting poles, the crazy ideas put forth for how humanity will soon perish resemble countless past doomsday prophecies that haven’t …

New Crew Lifts Off to the International Space Station [VIDEO] New Crew Lifts Off to the International Space Station [VIDEO]
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The next crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has left the Earth. The Expedition 34 crew today lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 am EST. The crew consists of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian Federal Space …

NASA Looks Back on a Historic Year in Space [VIDEO] NASA Looks Back on a Historic Year in Space [VIDEO]

This year, as usual, was a historic year for NASA, spaceflight, astronomy, and space exploration. Though NASA’s share of the U.S. federal budget has been falling for years now, the agency has an uncanny knack for stretching its budget and …

NASA Probes Smash Into Moon Mountain as Planned NASA Probes Smash Into Moon Mountain as Planned
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NASA’s GRAIL project spacecrafts, Ebb and Flow, crash-landed on the surface of the moon yesterday afternoon. The impact had been pre-planned, and occurred as predicted at 5:28 pm December 17, 2012. The landing site has been named in honor of …

NASA Probes Prepare to Slam Into the Moon NASA Probes Prepare to Slam Into the Moon
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NASA‘s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes today completed a burn that irreversibly altered their orbit and have begun skimming the surface of the moon. Over the weekend, the probes, named Ebb and Flow, will orbit ever closer to …

NASA Video Shows Three-Mile-Long Asteroid Swing By Earth NASA Video Shows Three-Mile-Long Asteroid Swing By Earth
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On Wednesday, December 12, the three-mile-long asteroid named “Toutatis” made its closest approach to earth. NASA scientists working at the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California were able to capture radar images of the object as it swung by. …

NASA Tests Liquid Hydrogen/Oxygen Engine For Upcoming Heavy Rocket NASA Tests Liquid Hydrogen/Oxygen Engine For Upcoming Heavy Rocket

NASA on Thursday tested the powerpack assembly for the J-2X engine, an important component of NASA’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X powerpack assembly was test-fired at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The engine will power the upper stage of …