NASA releases new video showing the globe age one year

 Last year around this time, NASA released the first image of Earth taken by the EPIC camera on the DSCOVR satellite. Since then, that camera has captured a full year … Continue Reading →


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Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxies Got a Warped POV

Space photos of the week, July 17—23, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxies Got a Warped POV appeared first on WIRED.


Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

 The future is small in space: picture Cubesats the size of toasters and Femtosats an inch across crowding the skies. A newly invented motor that’s both tiny and powerful goes … Continue Reading →


NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

 Curiosity may be an older dog (the rover landed on Mars in 2012), but it’s still picking up new tricks. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed (via Verge) that the … Continue Reading →


Atmospheres of Earth-like planets studied for the first time

 Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to conduct the first atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets and found evidence to suggest that two could be habitable. The planets have astronomers excited … Continue Reading →


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So, Space Shuttle Pilot Eileen Collins Speaking at the RNC. That Was Interesting

Collins has been critical of the Obama administration and NASA’s current mission for a few years now. The post So, Space Shuttle Pilot Eileen Collins Speaking at the RNC. That … Continue Reading →


40 years after the first landing on Mars, this NASA scientist looks to resurrect Viking 1’s analog data

 It’s been four decades since the Viking 1 lander touched down on Martian soil, the first lasting human presence on the surface of the Red Planet. It beamed its unprecedented … Continue Reading →


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Inside K2, NASA’s Mission that Just Discovered More than 100 New Exoplanets

Kepler’s K2 mission confirms 104 new exoplanets. The post Inside K2, NASA’s Mission that Just Discovered More than 100 New Exoplanets appeared first on WIRED.


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Buying Space Memorabilia Can Be Cheaper Than You’d Think

What kind of person pays thousands of dollars for the right to own a piece of space history? The post Buying Space Memorabilia Can Be Cheaper Than You’d Think appeared … Continue Reading →


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Inside Kepler, NASA’s Mission to Discover Habitable Exoplanets

Kepler’s K2 mission confirms 104 new exoplanets. The post Inside Kepler, NASA’s Mission to Discover Habitable Exoplanets appeared first on WIRED.


NASA Shapes the Future of Space Design and Exploration with its Mixed Reality Program

Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab gives us a peek into the future of space exploration with their mixed reality tools. Read more on MAKE The post NASA Shapes the Future of … Continue Reading →


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These Physicists Want to Send Your DNA Into Space With Lasers

A pair of physicists want to turn outer space into a cloud for humanity’s most prized data. The post These Physicists Want to Send Your DNA Into Space With Lasers … Continue Reading →


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SpaceX Just Nailed Its Second Falcon 9 Ground Landing

After launching its payload into low Earth orbit, the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket landed back at Cape Canaveral. The post SpaceX Just Nailed Its Second Falcon 9 … Continue Reading →


SpaceX successfully brings a rocket back to land for the second time

 Tonight SpaceX successfully recovered yet another rocket, making it their fifth one in total. Elon Musk’s rocket company launched their two-stage Falcon 9 vehicle from Cape Canaveral at 9:45 pm … Continue Reading →


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Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Second Falcon 9 Ground Landing

After delivering a resupply capsule to low Earth orbit, SpaceX will try to non-crash land its Falcon 9 first stage on a landing pad at Cape Canaveral. The post Watch … Continue Reading →


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Space Photos of the Week: The Orion Nebula Is Getting Pretty Deep, Man

Space photos of the week, July 10—16, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: The Orion Nebula Is Getting Pretty Deep, Man appeared first on WIRED.


NASA shows off the design for its Mars 2020 rover

 The rover NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020 is taking shape, and today its near-final design was revealed, along with details on several of its cool new instruments. … Continue Reading →


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Meet the Guy Who Left the SETI Institute to Talk to Aliens

Some scientists don’t think it’s worth sending messages out to alien life. Douglas Vakoch isn’t one of them. The post Meet the Guy Who Left the SETI Institute to Talk … Continue Reading →


One year since the New Horizons Pluto flyby, here’s what we learned

 One year ago today, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto and forever changed how we think about this frozen world. After more than nine years and three billion miles … Continue Reading →


DigitalGlobe unveils next-generation imaging satellite

 It’s really frustrating when that super-fly Snapchat you took at 55 mph of the unreleased Tesla Model 3 you caught in the wild turns out blurry. DigitalGlobe will be able to snap … Continue Reading →


Made In Space plans to create a superior optical fiber in microgravity

 Made in Space, the company that owns and operates a 3D printer on the International Space Station, has announced their next big project: growing optical fiber in microgravity. The company … Continue Reading →


Juno probe’s tiny sensors to perform big science around Jupiter

 One of the striking things about the Juno probe, I remarked to one of its creators, is its simple and streamlined design — compared to other spacecraft, at least. The … Continue Reading →


Moon photobombs the Earth in rare images captured by NASA

 A NASA camera on board the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a rare lunar transit across the face of a sunlit Earth. The images, which feature a fully … Continue Reading →


Gaze Across the Solar System with a 3D-Printed, Raspberry Pi Telescope

The PiKon telescope is an open source, 3D printed, raspberry pi telescope suppoted by a growing community of amateur scientists. Read more on MAKE The post Gaze Across the Solar … Continue Reading →


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Space Photos of the Week: Crab Nebula’s Got An Exploding Heart

Space photos of the week, July 3—9, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: Crab Nebula’s Got An Exploding Heart appeared first on WIRED.


Step aside, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with three suns

 Move over, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with not one, not two, but three suns. Known as HD 131399Ab, the newly discovered planet is located 320 light-years from Earth … Continue Reading →


NASA’s newly upgraded Pleiades supercomputer delves into the mysteries of star formation

 NASA scientists are bringing one of the most powerful computers in the world — just recently given a tune-up — to bear on the question “Where do stars come from?” … Continue Reading →


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Watch Three Astronauts Rocket to the International Space Station

Tonight, astronauts Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin are launching to the International Space Station. The post Watch Three Astronauts Rocket to the International Space Station appeared … Continue Reading →


Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

 NASA believes the children are our future. Why else would it ask them for ideas about how to feed astronauts in 2050? The nationwide “Star Trek Replicator” contest that began … Continue Reading →


China invests in the hunt for aliens with world’s largest radio telescope

 The last of 4,450 triangular panels was installed to complete the world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope, located in China’s Guizhou Province. A monument of China’s dedication to the field of … Continue Reading →


Juno lead Scott Bolton talks up the tech of NASA’s Jupiter orbiter

 The Juno probe has just made its long-awaited rendezvous with Jupiter, kicking off 20 months of unprecedented planetary science. We cornered the mission’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, during a briefing … Continue Reading →


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No One Nerds Out Over Space Science Quite Like NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins

Kate Rubins is a biologist-turned-astronaut who’s studied infectious disease in a biosafety level 4 facility and on the ground in Congo. The post No One Nerds Out Over Space Science … Continue Reading →


After five years, Juno arrives in orbit around Jupiter

 After traveling five years through the solar system, Juno has finally reached its destination and is currently in orbit around Jupiter, traveling nearly 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 mph). Read … Continue Reading →


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NASA’s Juno Probe Just Made It Safely Into Jupiter’s Orbit

At 11:54 pm Eastern tonight, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California erupted into cheers. No ooohs and aaaahs at fireworks displays here: The team of engineers had just received confirmation … Continue Reading →


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Watch Live as Juno Enters Jupiter’s Orbit

After five years in space, the NASA spacecraft is finally arriving at Jupiter. The post Watch Live as Juno Enters Jupiter’s Orbit appeared first on WIRED.


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NASA Swears It Didn’t Mean to Interrupt Your July 4 Cookout

The space agency insists that the timing of Juno’s insertion into Jupiter’s orbit is just a matter of solar conjunctions and conflicting launch schedules. The post NASA Swears It Didn’t … Continue Reading →


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NASA Confirms New Horizons Is Hurtling Towards Some Barren Space Rock Named 2014 MU69

NASA has greenlit New Horizons’ next target: a lump of rock out in the Kuiper Belt called 2014 MU69. The post NASA Confirms New Horizons Is Hurtling Towards Some Barren … Continue Reading →


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NASA’s Dawn Mission Is Over, Except Maybe Not

Though its official mission is complete, Dawn may even have a few firsts left under its belt. The post NASA’s Dawn Mission Is Over, Except Maybe Not appeared first on … Continue Reading →


Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

 In an email to Blue Origin fans this morning, founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company broke ground on their orbital vehicle manufacturing site in Florida. At 750,000 square feet, … Continue Reading →


NASA fires enormous booster designed for world’s most powerful rocket

 Today, NASA successfully completed a full-duration qualification ground test of the booster that is designed to lift the most powerful rocket in the world. This particular test was a cold … Continue Reading →