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Winking exoplanets could reveal interplanetary comet strikes

Shoemaker-Levy 9, a comet that smacked into Jupiter in 1994, could help us detect similar collisions in other solar systems

The Making of 2001: How Kubrick and Clarke designed the future

2001: A Space Odyssey threw up not one vision of the future, but dozens, now preserved as candid photographs, artworks and conceptual designs

CubeSats to the Moon

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

Solar Photobomber

So you’re taking telescopic photographs of the Sun, watching the solar disk seethe under intense forces while blasting huge, towering prominences tens of thousands of kilometers into space, when your photo is completely ruined by a rude...Show More Summary

A Series of Bright ISS passes Wednesday 2 September - Monday 8 September 2015

The ISS passes between Arcturus and Vega, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Wednesday September 2 at 19:22 ACST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes near Spica and Mercury, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Thursday September 4 at 19:14 ACST. Show More Summary

Ten-day Taxi Trip to International Space Station Underway

A ten-day International Space Station taxi flight is underway following the Wednesday liftoff of a three-person crew from Kazahkstan.

New Horizons extended mission target selected

The New Horizons mission has formally selected its next target after Pluto: a tiny, dim, frozen world currently named 2014 MU69. The spacecraft will perform a series of four rocket firings in October and November to angle its trajectory to pass close by 2014 MU69 in early January 2019. Show More Summary

Populating the OSIRIS-REx Science Deck

The assembly of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues, with many elements integrated onto the spacecraft ahead of schedule. Last month both OTES and OVIRS were delivered to Lockheed Martin and installed on the science deck.

The Sky This Week - Thursday September 3 to Thursday September 10

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday September 5. Mercury is at its highest in the evening twilight. Saturn is near the head of the Scorpion. Mars is visible low in the morning twilight. Venus climbs higher in the morning twilight and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 10th. Show More Summary

Satellite Re-Entry Surprises Hawaii

Folks in Hawaii got a shock — or a thrill, depending on how much they knew about what they were seeing — when a very bright and dramatic “shooting star” blew across their skies on Aug. 31, 2015. Here’s video: That’s one example of many...Show More Summary

$79 for an Out-of-Date Book About a Modern NASA Logo

A Kickstarter campaign by two designers aims to bring back a space agency graphics standard book, published in 1976, that reflects “modernist design thinking.”

Inundated By Global Warming

Do you think global warming is something that only affects us sometime in the future, decades or centuries from now? Think again. Our planet heating up is affecting us now, and has been for decades. We’re already seeing a lot of serious...Show More Summary

Space Is Cold, But We Are Not

If you have five minutes — and I think you do — then I urge you to go take a look at this lovely and wonderful comic by French artist Boulet. Yes, there are a few typos in the translation, but it’s charming and sweet, and expresses quite a few points I strongly believe in myself. Science is not cold, nor scientists unemotional. Show More Summary

Crash Course Astronomy: White Dwarfs and Planetary Nebulae

I’ll be honest: Every episode of Crash Course Astronomy has been fun to write, edit, and shoot. They all really have. But the past few episodes, and the next few to come, deal with one of my favorite topics in astronomy: What happens...Show More Summary

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Has Next Mission After Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.

NASA picks post-Pluto destination for New Horizons spacecraft

Fresh off its July flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is bound for a tiny object even further from the sun

Cyber Wars, watch them live

Watch a real time map of cyber attacks around the world Web Cyber wars security Tallin Manual

Force Friday, the (merchandising) Empire strikes back

It's all about the stuff Web Entertainment marketing Star Wars Disney George Lucas 20th Century Fox

Make Me Dream, Under the Stars

One of the things I love best is when someone looks through a telescope for the first time. Even better when it’s a kid; a simple glance through the eyepiece, a single moment, and a lifetime of joy and wonder is theirs. During the week...Show More Summary

Knotty network could have powered universe’s early growth spurt

The theory behind why cables get tangled could explain both cosmic inflation and why we experience only three dimensions of space

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