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New Estimate: Billions of Earth-like Planets in our Galaxy

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced a new estimate for the number of planets similar to Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy: tens of billions. “Our new observations with HARPS mean that about 40% of all red dwarf stars …

Angry Birds Space Tops 10 Million Downloads

Angry Birds Space has achieved 10 million downloads over the weekend. The company Tweeted the news this morning. They have not said how many of those downloads reflect the free version, which is available for Android devices. The game has …

NASA To Start Blowing Up Stars, Creating Supernovas
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Hah, made ya look! While we probably won’t be including “star blowing up” on our list of things to do on Spring Break, NASA did announce that, thanks to new studies using X-ray and ultraviolet observations from the agency’s Swift …

Intel, NASA and Others Join Forces to Support Students Intel, NASA and Others Join Forces to Support Students

The Administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden blogged recently about his recent trip to Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech’s “Day of Engineering.” Bolden attended a Facebook pep rally that was the kick off to President Obama’s new “Stay with it” campaign, …

Russia Is Sending A Man To The Moon Russia Is Sending A Man To The Moon

Russia is sending a man to the moon after it has been fairly non-existent in the space program. They have taken a back seat ever since the United States sent a man to the moon in July of 1969. When …

Space Settlement Will Be Funded by Corporations and Private Individuals, Not NASA! Space Settlement Will Be Funded by Corporations and Private Individuals, Not NASA!
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Head of NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. S. Pete Worden, has said that he expects any colonization of Mars, the Moon, or asteroids to be done by private companies. Dr. Worden has been very valuable to NASA: “In the past …

Asteroid DA14 Misses Earth In Animated, Data-Backed Video Asteroid DA14 Misses Earth In Animated, Data-Backed Video
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For those of you still fretting that Earth will get smacked with a 40 meter-wide asteroid next year even though reliable experts have said that these fears are overstated, here’s a computer-animated rendering of how exactly Earth won’t be in …

Angry Birds Space to Launch: NASA, Rovio Partner Up

The three-year enmity between birds and pigs will soon be played out on a cosmic battleground. In cooperation with NASA, Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise, formally announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space,” on Thursday. NASA …

NASA Tweetups Is Now NASA Social NASA Tweetups Is Now NASA Social
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NASA is expanding its social media efforts and changing the name of its successful Tweetup program. Now called NASA Social, the program will utilize a variety of social media platforms, broadening the agency’s ability to engage audiences about the its …

LEGOs In Space: Astronaut Builds LEGO Model Of ISS While Aboard ISS LEGOs In Space: Astronaut Builds LEGO Model Of ISS While Aboard ISS

LEGO has carved out a pretty capacious corner for itself in the heart of nerd culture. There’s the endless selection of video games based on nerd-adored franchises like Batman and Star Wars. Recently, an engineer constructed a fully flexible prosthetic …

NASA: Goodbye To Mainframe Computer NASA: Goodbye To Mainframe Computer

NASA is saying goodbye to their last mainframe computer. Marshall Space Flight Center powered down their IBM Z9 last week and ushered in a new era where advanced calculation would no longer rely on the supercomputer. NASA CIO Linda Cureton …

New Next Generation Spacesuits: Skintight And Tech Abundant New Next Generation Spacesuits: Skintight And Tech Abundant
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Space is a dangerous place with its airless vacuum personality, extreme unsurvivable cold, ionizing radiation and warp speed micro-meteoroids. However, less well known are the dangers of over-exposure to zero-g conditions. Over time, zero-g conditions can severely zap the strength …

NASA To Host ‘Tweetup’ With Astronaut Ron Garan NASA To Host ‘Tweetup’ With Astronaut Ron Garan
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You will probably never go to outer space, so the next best thing is to get to know somebody who has been to outer space. That’s essentially what NASA is offering Twitter users next month when it will host a …

Twitter Drama: Comet Lovejoy & The Sun Twitter Drama: Comet Lovejoy & The Sun
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Last night astronomers and space enthusiasts alike had the opportunity to witness the rare and dramatic collision of a comet with our biggest star, the sun. In case you didn’t know, a recently discovered comet, christened Lovejoy, was on a …

Paul Allen Wants to Revolutionize Space Travel Paul Allen Wants to Revolutionize Space Travel

In 2004 SpaceShipOne made a historic flight when it entered suborbital space, becoming the first manned, privately funded spacecraft to do so. The flight earned the $10 million Ansari X prize for Mojave Aerospace Ventures, an aerospace company run by …

This Time Lapse Video Of Earth From Space Is Amazing This Time Lapse Video Of Earth From Space Is Amazing
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Seriously, I don’t want to put your entire week on a downhill trajectory, but in terms of the sheer scope of this video – it’s probably the best thing you’ll see on the internet all week. Edited by Michael König, …

An Asteroid Almost Ended Your Life Yesterday An Asteroid Almost Ended Your Life Yesterday
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While you were going about your daily business, maybe sitting in traffic or making dinner, a giant asteroid whizzed by your head, and you narrowly escaped the cold bite of death. Ok, when I say “whizzed by your head” I …

NASA Tweetup Wants To Give You Access To The Mars Curiosity Rover Launch NASA Tweetup Wants To Give You Access To The Mars Curiosity Rover Launch

Do you follow @NASA on Twitter? If you don’t, you should, because followers of NASA are about to get the chance to hang around Kennedy Space Center and hobnob with all the awesome NASA people on November 23rd-25th. Oh, and …

9/11 Attacks, Ground Zero As Captured From Space 9/11 Attacks, Ground Zero As Captured From Space
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On September 11th, 2001, Astronaut Frank Culbertson was the only American not on the planet Earth. He was aboard the International Space Station, the only American on the crew. He happened to be flying over the New York City area …

WATCH: Space Shuttle Atlantis’ Final Flight WATCH: Space Shuttle Atlantis’ Final Flight
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Earlier today, 11:26 A.M. EST Friday to be exact, space shuttle Atlantis launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center headed toward the International Space Station. Today’s launch signified the end of an era, as it was the final of Atlantis’ career. …

NASA Endeavour Shuttle Launch To Be Followed By YouTube / Google Moderator Interview with Crew NASA Endeavour Shuttle Launch To Be Followed By YouTube / Google Moderator Interview with Crew
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The space shuttle Endeavour launched today, beginning a 16-day mission that will see it heading to the International Space Station. In attendance was U.S. Reprsentative Gabrielle Giffords, whose husband Mark Kelly is commanding the mission. For the event, Google partnered …