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NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

by William W.on April 17, 2014
Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone [...]
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SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

by William W.on April 17, 2014
NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX’s third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. The company’s April 14 launch to the orbiting laboratory was scrubbed due to a helium leak in the [...]

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NASA detects ocean inside Saturn Moon, potential home for extraterrestrial microbes

by William W.on April 3, 2014
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from [...]
This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system. Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface.

NASA Solicits Proposals for Asteroid Redirect Mission

by Chrison March 24, 2014
Much like NASA did for ideas about how to best make use of the Kepler spacecraft after its reaction wheel failure earlier last year, NASA is now asking for proposals for advanced technology concepts development for the Asteroid Redirect Mission. The Asteroid Redirect Mission would use a small unmanned spacecraft to capture a near-Earth asteroid [...]

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Birth of the Universe detected by scientists

by William W.on March 17, 2014
Astronomers are announcing today that they have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. This is the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an [...]

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Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

by William W.on March 11, 2014
Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth Mondayafter 166 days in space, during which they made 2,656 orbits around the planet and traveled almost 70.5 million miles Expedition 38 crew members Michael Hopkins of NASA, and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) touched down southeast of [...]
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NASA’s WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No ‘Planet X’

by William W.on March 7, 2014
After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit [...]

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NASA: Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt

by William W.on March 6, 2014
The heat from warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer, a new NASA study finds. A research team led by Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used satellite data to measure the surface temperature of the waters discharging from [...]

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Asteroid will barely miss Earth today at 4PM EST WATCH LIVE VIDEO

by William W.on March 5, 2014
Asteroid 2014 DX110 will swing by Earth at 4 p.m. EST today,  NASA officials say there is no immediate threat to Earth. The asteroid was discovered just days ago on February 28th, 2014. “This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 217,000 [...]
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Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving ‘Doughnut’ Riddle

by William W.on February 15, 2014
Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January. Only about 1.5 inches wide (4 centimeters), the white-rimmed, red-centered rock caused a stir last month when it appeared [...]

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Hubble space telescope helps solve mystery of how the most massive galaxies were formed

by William W.on January 29, 2014
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe. Enabled by Hubble’s infrared imaging capabilities, astronomers have assembled for the first time a representative spectroscopic sampling of ultra-compact, burned-out elliptical galaxies [...]
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James Webb Space Telescope Passes a Mission Milestone

by William W.on January 24, 2014
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has passed its first significant mission milestone for 2014 — a Spacecraft Critical Design Review (SCDR) that examined the telescope’s power, communications and pointing control systems. “This is the last major element-level critical design review of the program,” said Richard Lynch, NASA Spacecraft Bus Manager for the James Webb Space [...]

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Massive water geysers spotted on Jupiter’s moon Europa, possibly from subsurface ocean.

by William W.on December 12, 2013
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet fully [...]
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NASA finds water on planets 1000 light years from Earth that orbit star, could be prime candidates for life

by William W.on December 3, 2013
Using the powerful eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare [...]

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NASA Confirms Evidence of Jet in Milky Way’s Black Hole

by William W.on November 21, 2013
Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope. Previous studies, [...]