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Mars-Bound NASA Orbiter MAVEN Set to Launch Mars-Bound NASA Orbiter MAVEN Set to Launch

Mars has been quite the hot spot lately. First, discussions about cultivating a human population on the planet have circulated. Now, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is being prepared for the Monday, November 18th launch that is set for 1:28 p.m. EST. …

Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies

Astronomers this week detailed findings showing how our own galaxy, the Milky Way, may have looked when it was first forming. The research, published recently in The Astrophysical Journal, shows that the Milky Way was likely once a blue-hued, gas-filled, …

NASA Declares Commercial Space Program a Success NASA Declares Commercial Space Program a Success
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Over one year on from the first successful commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA today declared its commercial space program a complete success. This comes as NASA is ending its Comercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative, …

Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action
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NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity is now out of safe mode and operating normally. The rover had rebooted into safe mode unexpectedly last week while transferring data between the rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Curiosity is expected …

Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas

NASA today unveiled a new image of the stellar object known as HH 46/47. The picture shows that the object is a newly-formed star that is shedding some of the gasses from which it formed. The new observations have been …

Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid

Astronomers today announced that an asteroid with six “comet-like” tails has been discovered. The asteroid, currently named P/2013 P5, was imaged twice in September by the Hubble Space Telescope. Its strange tails were seen changing position over the course of …

New Bacteria Found in NASA, ESA Clean Rooms New Bacteria Found in NASA, ESA Clean Rooms

Researchers this week revealed that a new genus of bacteria has been discovered in some of the cleanest places on Earth. A paper published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology names the new bacteria “Tersicoccus phoenicis.” The …

8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way 8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way
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The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks …

India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds

India seeks to join the United States and the former Soviet Union in a singular space exploration achievement: sending an unmanned probe to Mars successfully. India’s space agency (ISRO) hopes to demonstrate their nation’s capacity to reach the orbit of …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days This Weekend Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days This Weekend
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NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity this weekend drove itself over the surface of Mars for two days. The rover used its autonomous driving mode to scope out driving routes on its own, traveling 262 feet closer to …

LADEE’s Laser Sets Space Download Record LADEE’s Laser Sets Space Download Record

NASA has revealed that its Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) set a record for transmitting data from the moon to Earth. The record was set on October 18, when the device transmitted data to Earth at 622 Mbps – six …

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Goes into Safe Mode NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Goes into Safe Mode

While being monitored by NASA’s shutdown-inhibited skeleton crew, the Jupiter-bound spacecraft Juno emerged from Earth’s shadow in safe mode on Wednesday, which indicates that there’s a problem. The issue presented itself as the craft used Earth as a gravity slingshot, …

Here’s Some Footage Of That NASA-Funded 3D Pizza Printer Here’s Some Footage Of That NASA-Funded 3D Pizza Printer

Back in May, NASA announced that it was working with Systems & Materials Research on a 3D printer that could make food. The idea was that astronauts on long trips could print their food instead of having to eat from …

LADEE Set In Lunar Orbit, Regardless of Shutdown LADEE Set In Lunar Orbit, Regardless of Shutdown

Regardless of the government shutdown keeping a lot of NASA’s workers at home, the agency was still able to put its LADEE moon probe into lunar orbit. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, took off from Cape …

Saturn Moon Titan Has Something Earth Needs Saturn Moon Titan Has Something Earth Needs
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Our solar system seems to be shrinking. Planning on moving to Mars? The idea sounded crazy in the past; however, recent strides show that this may become a reality within the near future. Now evidence has surfaced that a moon …

Clouds Mapped on Jupiter-Like Exoplanet Clouds Mapped on Jupiter-Like Exoplanet

Though much of the agency is preparing to shut down, NASA this week announced that astronomers have mapped the clouds of a planet outside our own solar system. Using the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, astronomers have created a cloud …

NASA 3D Printer Flying to ISS in 2014 NASA 3D Printer Flying to ISS in 2014

Despite vast cuts to NASA’s budget over the past several years, the space agency still seems to be able to push beyond the boundaries of reality and make science fiction science fact. Just last week, the Mars Curiosity rover was …

Government Shutdown: What to Expect Government Shutdown: What to Expect
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Since Congress was unable to agree on the fiscal near-future, it’s looking likely that the government will grind to a screeching halt. As complex as the process is, and as unpredictable as it may be (Congress may reach a last-minute …

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Sandstone Pebbles Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Sandstone Pebbles

Two weeks ago, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had reached the first of five waypoints along its months-long drive to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. Researchers were hoping to investigate rocks in the area for comparison to those …

NASA: Deep Impact Spacecraft Officially Dead NASA: Deep Impact Spacecraft Officially Dead

Earlier this month, NASA revealed that its scientists and engineers were still attempting to contact the Deep Impact spacecraft. Contact with the probe was lost in early August, and researchers now believe Deep Impact suffered a software glitch, causing its …

Mars Has No Methane, Reports Curiosity Rover Mars Has No Methane, Reports Curiosity Rover

Based on recent reports sent back by the Curiosity rover on Mars, scientists have come to the conclusion that Mars most certainly does not have any martian cows, or any other organic organisms for that matter. The Curiosity rover landed …