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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 Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights NASA Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights

NASA today announced that it has awarded three different companies contracts to develop technology that will enable commercial manned spaceflight from U.S. soil. The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space System, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) were all contracted for …

NASA Finds Mysterious Gullies on Asteroid Vesta’s Surface NASA Finds Mysterious Gullies on Asteroid Vesta’s Surface
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NASA’s Dawn mission has returned images from the giant asteroid Vesta that scientists say include long, narrow gullies along the walls of relatively young craters. The discovery has revealed a mystery that scientists are now trying to solve. The images …

Voyager Discovers New Region at the Edge of the Solar System Voyager Discovers New Region at the Edge of the Solar System
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Excited NASA researchers today announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a new, unexpected region on its way out of the solar system. The scientists believe that the region is the final hurdle before Voyager enters interstellar space. The …

Rocky Planets Could Be More Common Than Previously Thought Rocky Planets Could Be More Common Than Previously Thought

Astronomers have now observed that the dust disc orbiting a brown dwarf contains millimeter-sized solid particles – the same “grains” found in the denser discs surrounding new stars.The new data suggests that rocky planets, such as Earth, may be more …

YouTube Space Lab’s Space-Traveling Jumping Spider Is Back On Earth YouTube Space Lab’s Space-Traveling Jumping Spider Is Back On Earth

Last year, YouTube and Lenovo kicked off the YouTube Space Lab experiment, inviting teenagers around the world to have an experiment performed in space. There were over 2,000 entries. Two experiments got to go to space. One of them, was …

Titan’s Atmosphere Shifts Abruptly, South Pole Vortex Forms Titan’s Atmosphere Shifts Abruptly, South Pole Vortex Forms
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New data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows that a shift in seasonal sunlight has resulted in an abrupt, wholesale reversal in the circulation of the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. According to researchers, the data shows “definitive” evidence for sinking …

Astronomers Spot Massive Comet Belts in Nearby Systems Astronomers Spot Massive Comet Belts in Nearby Systems

Astronomers using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel space observatory have discovered massive comet belts orbiting two nearby planetary systems. The systems, named GJ 581 and 61 Vir, are known to host planets that range in mass from Earth-sized to …

Massive Solar Eruption Spotted by NASA Observatory Massive Solar Eruption Spotted by NASA Observatory

NASA announced this week that a coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted on the sun early Tuesday morning. The phenomenon can send solar particles flying into space, some of which can affect electronic systems in satellites orbiting Earth. The particles can …

New NASA Spray Paint Protects Spacecraft From New Car Smell New NASA Spray Paint Protects Spacecraft From New Car Smell

It turns out that the appealing new car smell that comes with new toys isn’t very healthy. The smell is called outgas, and comes from the chemicals and residual solvents used to manufacture dashboards, car seats, and carpeting. In addition …

Space Station Astronauts Safely Return To Earth Space Station Astronauts Safely Return To Earth

Three members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 33 crew safely touched down on the surface of Earth this weekend. They landed just north of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, in the first pre-dawn landing in darkness for an ISS crew since …

ESA Releases New Supernova Remnant Photo ESA Releases New Supernova Remnant Photo

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a new image of the aftershock of a supernova remnant named W44. The image, seen above, combines infrared and X-ray light captured by the ESA’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. W44 is located …

New Chrome Experiment Is Pretty Stellar New Chrome Experiment Is Pretty Stellar

Google likes to flex the power of Chrome from time to time, and the resulting Chrome Experiments are generally delightful and/or informative. Besides being fun to look at, the experiments serve a secondary purpose. Chrome gets put through its HTML5 …

New “Super Earth” Planet Discovered in Six-Planet System New “Super Earth” Planet Discovered in Six-Planet System
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U.K. and German Astronomers announced this week that they have discovered a new “super Earth” planet that could, conceivably, have an Earth-like climate. The planet exists in the habitable zone of a nearby star called HD 40307 and is part …

Jupiter’s Atmosphere is Seeing Big Changes Jupiter’s Atmosphere is Seeing Big Changes
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The results of a paper on Jupiter’s atmosphere were released by NASA today, and it appears that big changes are happening for the solar system’s biggest planet. Among the roiling clouds covering Jupiter, belts of the atmosphere are changing color, …

Planet With Two Suns Is Part Of A Newly Discovered Type Of Solar System Planet With Two Suns Is Part Of A Newly Discovered Type Of Solar System
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A new planet has been discovered by a team of amateur astronomers from the Planet Hunters project. It’s called PH1, but may remind some Star Wars fans of Tatooine thanks to the two suns it orbits. On top of that, …

Felix Baumgartner’s Freefall Video And Its Lego Counterpart Felix Baumgartner’s Freefall Video And Its Lego Counterpart

On Sunday, Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier, and set world records as he jumped from outer space to the Earth below. The event was the result of five years of preparation, and Baumgartner now holds the records for highest …

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks With the International Space Station SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks With the International Space Station

The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. The docking represents another as-planned step in what is NASA’s first privatized cargo and resupply mission under its Commercial Resupply Services contract, after …

Mars Rover Curiosity Scoops Martian Soil for the First Time [VIDEO] Mars Rover Curiosity Scoops Martian Soil for the First Time [VIDEO]
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Last week, NASA announced that they were in preparations to begin the surface testing phase of the Curiosity mission, meaning that they were about to start scooping up Martian soil. And now, NASA has revealed the first photo and video …

SpaceX Launch a Success, to Dock With Space Station on Wednesday SpaceX Launch a Success, to Dock With Space Station on Wednesday

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) yesterday evening launched its Dragon spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral. The Dragon was lifted by a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:35 am, right on schedule. The vehicle carries cargo and supplies bound for the International …

Mars Rover Joins Foursquare, Checks-in at Gale Crater Mars Rover Joins Foursquare, Checks-in at Gale Crater

Having checked-in at nearly every place on Earth, it’s about time Foursquare users have moved on to another planet. But in order to do this, the social network needed a brand new member. Luckily, the Mars rover Curiosity has obliged. …