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The First Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Docked With The ISS

David Smothers September 29, 2013

The Cygnus spacecraft, which launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning after astronauts aboard the ISS nabbed it with the station’s robotic arm. Built by private aerospace group Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus was carrying 1,300 pounds of supplies. The spacecraft was supposed… Continue Reading »

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil

David Smothers September 26, 2013

Just when you thought ol’ Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the experiments that led to the discovery. That’s right. There’s water on Mars. Impressive as it is, though, the… Continue Reading »

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Watch A Livestream of the Equinox Right Now

David Smothers September 22, 2013

Summer is really over. For real. Today. No. Stop making cutoffs. Actually, if you’re in the southern hemisphere summer is just beginning. You may proceed. The Earth will reach the equinox at 4:44 EST and the Slooh Space Camera is livestreaming now. If you haven’t started talking about nutmeg and using words like “autumnal” you’re… Continue Reading »

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Researchers planning a real life version of The Europa Report

David Smothers September 20, 2013

In a move that trumps the Mars One colony in just about every way, a team of researchers has begun to look into the concept of a manned mission to Europa. Just like Mars One, Objective Europa means to send a human crew out into the solar system, never to return. The only differences, really,… Continue Reading »

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NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

David Smothers September 12, 2013

    Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago. The environment inside our solar bubble is dominated… Continue Reading »

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The Moon Shows New Evidence Of Subsurface Water

David Smothers August 29, 2013

When it comes to space science, finding water on the moon has been something of a holy grail to astronomers and scientists for decades. While it would of course be more informative to stumble across a fully formed civilization that could just communicate all of the satellite’s secrets, nothing is so easy, and discoveries have… Continue Reading »

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There’s a Blue Moon Tonight But Not Because of What You Think

David Smothers August 20, 2013

The moon you see up in the night sky tonight is a Blue Moon. But no, it’s not actually the color blue. Duh, everybody knows a Blue Moon isn’t actually blue. A Blue Moon means the second full moon in the same month! But, um, that’s not the reason why tonight’s moon is considered a… Continue Reading »

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How Star Wars Just Inspired a Real-Life Scientific Discovery

David Smothers July 23, 2013

The real-life Tatooine may not have two suns—but it has unlocked the secrets of a geomorphic mystery. Close to Tozeur, Tunisia—George Lucas’s stand-in for the barren planet—there’s a wilderness of sand that’s permanently changing. When wind whistles across the dunes, it pushes that sand into huge, crescent-shaped structures known as barchans. These things are huge,… Continue Reading »

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Gaze Upon All Of Mercury For The First Time Ever

David Smothers June 17, 2013

The existence of our solar system’s innermost planet has been common knowledge since ancient times, but that doesn’t actually mean we’ve always know much about it. Mercury’s proximity to the Sun has allowed it to jealously guard its secrets, and so this NASA video offers an unprecedentedly detailed view of the planet’s surface. This video… Continue Reading »

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Massive Explosion Visible To Naked Eye Seen On Moon

David Smothers May 20, 2013

‘Equivalent to 5 TONNES of TNT going off’, says NASA Sensational news today from the Moon, as skywatchers say a huge explosion – as bright as a star, and visible from Earth with the naked eye – has been seen on the lunar surface. “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as… Continue Reading »

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