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Mars Rover Curiosity Doesn’t Find Methane in Martian Air Mars Rover Curiosity Doesn’t Find Methane in Martian Air

Mars rover Curiosity was sent to Mars with a primary mission to discover if the red planet’s environment was ever suitable for life as we known it. As part of that mission, the rover has been analyzing Martian materials, searching …

Orbital Sciences Sends its First Commercial Cargo Ship to ISS Orbital Sciences Sends its First Commercial Cargo Ship to ISS

The AP reported yesterday that the Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched a rocket from the eastern shore of Virginia. The occasion was marked, as most occasions are, by a tweet: We have #Cygnus separation! Look out ISS, here we come. …

Robot Snakes May Soon be Sent to Mars Robot Snakes May Soon be Sent to Mars

The Mars Curiosity Rover has been on Mars for a little over one year now, and much has been learned during this time. One of the main things that has been learned is that maneuvering on the rocky, red planet …

NASA Still Trying to Contact Lost Deep Impact Spacecraft NASA Still Trying to Contact Lost Deep Impact Spacecraft

NASA today provided a brief update about the Deep Impact spacecraft, which the agency has lost contact with. NASA scientists and engineers are still attempting to contact the probe, but have had no success. Just over one month ago, on …

NASA’s Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space NASA’s Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has left our solar system, to become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. New data shows that the craft is presently traveling through plasma, the ionized gas that makes up the …

Frog Photobomb During NASA Launch Frog Photobomb During NASA Launch
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One would think that after NASA launched LADEE on Saturday, most of the talk would be about the potential this exploratory mission has. While that’s true to a degree, the thing getting the bulk of the attention from the launch …

Voyager 1 Officially Left The Solar System One Year Ago Voyager 1 Officially Left The Solar System One Year Ago

Last year, the Voyager 1 spacecraft entered a new region at the edge of our solar system. The stellar winds around the probe changed dramatically, though the magnetic field surrounding it was left unchanged. NASA researchers referred to this region …

Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches ‘Panorama Point’ Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches ‘Panorama Point’

For around two months now, Mars rover Curiosity has been on a months-long journey to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. There, NASA researchers hope the mountain’s multiple exposed layers will shed light on the red planet’s past. Today, NASA …

Moon Mission Launch: NASA’s LADEE, A Success Moon Mission Launch: NASA’s LADEE, A Success
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Yesterday, NASA launched a new moon probe, which has the technical name of Lunar Atmospheric Environment Explorer (LADEE). It was launched late on Friday night, September 6, and lived up to all of the hype and then more. The probe …

NASA’s NuSTAR Finds Its First 10 Supermassive Black Holes NASA’s NuSTAR Finds Its First 10 Supermassive Black Holes

Astronomers this week announced that NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted its first 10 supermassive black holes. NuSTAR, an X-ray space telescope, was launched in June 2012 on a mission to conduct surveys for supermassive black holes (those …

Massive Storm Kicked Up Water Ice On Saturn Massive Storm Kicked Up Water Ice On Saturn

Saturn has been known to erupt in storms from time to time. Though not as active as Jupiter, the weather in Saturn’s atmosphere has been known to form large swirling vortexes. Now, in one of the largest storms ever observed …

Hubble Shows Planetary Nebulae Alignment Hubble Shows Planetary Nebulae Alignment
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According to a new study done by astronomers at the University of Manchester, UK, a remarkable number of planetary nebulae appear to be somehow aligned with one another, at least from our galactic vantage. Research was conducted using the NASA/ESA …

Huge Canyon Found Under Greenland Ice Huge Canyon Found Under Greenland Ice

A team of scientists this week announced the discovery of a massive canyon that has been hidden underneath Greenland‘s ice sheet for millions of years. The canyon is longer (460 miles) than the Grand Canyon and is nearly 2,600 feet …

Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been cruising along the surface of Mars on its way to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. The rover’s journey will take several months, and it has been setting driving records …

Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Solid Ice Shell Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Solid Ice Shell

Saturn’s Moon Titan has consistently been one of the most fascinating objects in our solar system. In just the past two years, astronomers have found large bodies of water on the moon, seen the satellite’s weather form a seasonal vortex, …

NASA Continues To Test That 3D Printed Rocket Injector NASA Continues To Test That 3D Printed Rocket Injector

Earlier this month, NASA impressed the lot of us with a test firing of a 3D printed rocket injector. The test went swimmingly and compelled the agency to take it up a notch in future tests. NASA’s latest test saw …

Mars Rover Curiosity Still Cruising Along Mars Rover Curiosity Still Cruising Along
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Not much has been seen about Mars rover Curiosity since the rover’s one-year anniversary (Earth year, that is) was celebrated by NASA early this month. That could be because Curiosity is currently cruising along on a months long journey across …

Spitzer Telescope Now a Decade Old Spitzer Telescope Now a Decade Old

Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA today commemorated the milestone by taking a look back at all the discoveries Spitzer has been integral in this past decade. “I always knew Spitzer would …

NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids
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NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope ran out of coolant in the fall of 2010. Though the telescope was used for a few more months (the NEOWISE mission), it was officially retired from service in February 2011. Now, …

Voyager Spacecraft Actually Has Left the Solar System, Argues New Study Voyager Spacecraft Actually Has Left the Solar System, Argues New Study

For over six months now, scientists have holding their breath, waiting for confirmation that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system. In December 2012 NASA announced that the probe had entered a new region of space they dubbed …

Kepler Space Telescope Broken, NASA Gives Up on Restoration Kepler Space Telescope Broken, NASA Gives Up on Restoration

Sometimes the best physicists, engineers, and mathematicians in the world can’t save a failing satellite. NASA announced today that it has given up attempts to restore the malfunctioning Kepler Space Telescope. One of the Kepler’s four reaction wheels failed back …