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NASA Made A Robot Monkey Because It Could NASA Made A Robot Monkey Because It Could
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NASA has one of the most advanced robotics labs on the planet where the agency builds the next-generation of space faring robots. It’s latest – RoboSimian – is a robot monkey that can get around like the animal it’s based …

‘Hand of God’, Other Wonders Inspire From Space ‘Hand of God’, Other Wonders Inspire From Space
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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Right you are Shakespeare. The famous words from his play “Hamlet” has never been more true as people gaze with wonder on the image …

NASA Discovers “Hand of God” Via Telescope NASA Discovers “Hand of God” Via Telescope
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Space — the final frontier. In space, there are lots of phenomena and many things that not even the best-educated scientists can even answer nor identify; however, space does bring us a lot of interesting images from the various telescopes …

Hubble Spots Cloudy Atmospheres on Two Nearby Exoplanets Hubble Spots Cloudy Atmospheres on Two Nearby Exoplanets

On the eve of a new year, astronomers have just revealed that two nearby exoplanets are covered in an atmosphere thick with clouds. Two new papers, both to be published in the journal Nature, examine the planets GJ 436b and …

Mars Rover Curiosity Got a Software Upgrade For Christmas Mars Rover Curiosity Got a Software Upgrade For Christmas
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While people on Earth were finishing up their Christmas shopping last week, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity was receiving its own Christmas gift in the form of new software. According to NASA, Curiosity has now received its third software upgrade since …

NASA Spacewalk Finishes 1.5 Hours Early NASA Spacewalk Finishes 1.5 Hours Early

Without a doubt, the most awe-inspiring and visually stunning movie of 2013 was Gravity, a movie concerning space starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. In Alfonso Cuarón’s film, both Clooney’s and Bullock’s characters are sent hurtling through space after their …

China Moon Landing: Jade Rabbit Reaches Moon’s Surface China Moon Landing: Jade Rabbit Reaches Moon’s Surface
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China made history on Saturday by successfully landing its first unmanned spacecraft on the moon. The Chang’e-3  reached the moon at about 9.12 p.m Saturday and delivered “Yutu”, nicknamed “Jade Rabbit”. Yutu is a solar powered, six-wheeled robotic rover, equipped with …

Water Vapor Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Water Vapor Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

New research published this week in the journal Science Express has revealed that there is water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter‘s moon Europa. The vapor was detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope over the moon’s south pole. Though the …

6-Year-Old Tries to Save NASA with White House Petition 6-Year-Old Tries to Save NASA with White House Petition
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With NASA budget cuts looming, one 6-year-old kid is taking as direct a route as he can to ask President Obama to save the nation’s space program. Connor Johnson of Denver, Colorado loves space and hopes to be an astronaut …

Satellites Help Pinpoint the Coldest Spot on Earth Satellites Help Pinpoint the Coldest Spot on Earth

With temperatures in the U.S. plunging this week, researchers have found a way to make the snow-packed streets of the east coast seem like a tropical paradise. Scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting this week in San Francisco unveiled …

Mars Rover Curiosity Dates a Rock, Makes Other Discoveries Mars Rover Curiosity Dates a Rock, Makes Other Discoveries
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Mars rover Curiosity has been on Mars now for over one year. In that time the rover has performed a variety of science observations, revealing to scientists even more about the surface of the red planet. Today, NASA announced that …

Fate of Comet ISON Still Undetermined Fate of Comet ISON Still Undetermined

More than one week on from comet ISON‘s close approach to the sun, astronomers are still working hard to determine what exactly happened to the object. The comet approached the sun on November 28 after traveling for millions of years …

Bill Nye Urges Obama to Up Planetary Science Budget Bill Nye Urges Obama to Up Planetary Science Budget
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Bill Nye is urging President Obama to make sure the Planetary Science Division of NASA receives as much funding as Americans spend on dog toys per year. His magic number is $1.5 billion. As of right now, the White House’s …

Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot

NASA today officially announced that Mars rover Curiosity has fired its infrared laser more than 102,000 times. The 100,000th blast came back near the end of October, when the rover shot over 300 blasts at a rock named “Ithaca” from …

New Saturn North Pole Storm Images Released New Saturn North Pole Storm Images Released

NASA today released new images of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. The images are the highest-ever resolution photos of the planet’s north pole. The images depict the so-called “hexagon” jet stream located near the north pole of Saturn. The …

Astronomers May Have Spotted a Double Black Hole Astronomers May Have Spotted a Double Black Hole
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Astronomers this week revealed that a double black hole system may have been found. An object known as WISE J233237.05-505643.5 was spotted at the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from our solar system. The jet shooting up out …

Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity resumed its exploration of Mars this weekend. The rover’s exploration had been suspended last week following an unexpected electrical issue. This is the second time in November that Curiosity has been reactivated following …

Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa
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CNN reports a mysterious meteorite has been discovered in the northern part of Africa, and scientists are dating it at 4.4 billion years. The study was published in the journal Nature. Nicknamed “Black Beauty,” the authors of the study believe …

Astronomers Confirm Milky Way Particle Jet Astronomers Confirm Milky Way Particle Jet

Astronomers this week have revealed the confirmation that the black hole at the center of our galaxy is ejecting a stream of high-energy particles. The new findings have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. Researchers for some time have assumed …

Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity‘s planned research has been suspended temporarily. The rover is still functional, but has been put on hold while researchers examine an electricity issue that has been detected. This news comes just a week …

NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars
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On Monday afternoon NASA successfully launched its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The probe’s solar arrays were deployed soon after it’s final rocket stage, sending it on its months-long journey to the planet …