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ESA invites amateurs to produce portraits of comet 67P

After a pause of about a week in daily image releases from Rosetta, ESA has begun sharing four-image sets of photos of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and invited the public to help produce pretty pictures from them.

Hayabusa 2 complete, ready to begin its journey to asteroid 1999 JU3

The excitement is building for Hayabusa 2! The spacecraft is now complete and ready to be shipped to its launch site. JAXA unveiled its next interplanetary traveler to the media in a special event on August 31.

Debate: “Will the IBM/Apple partnership lead to a merger between the two companies?”

TGDaily and 1World have brought together Rob and Mary Enderle, two true Tech Gurus, to debate the possibility of a merger between the two tech giants. Watch the debate unfold below and make sure you vote for the debater you agree with most regarding the possibility of a merger. Show More Summary

The Pivotal Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Karl Battams highlights the historic discovery, by an Air Force satellite, of a sungrazing comet.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding

NASA has explored the solar system since the 1960s, but it has rarely been the top priority for the space agency. Jason Callahan breaks down how planetary science has been funded over the years within NASA's larger budget.

The Birth of the Modern Universe

Amir Alexander reviews Alan Hirshfeld's newest book, "Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe."

Coldest white dwarf found orbiting nearby neutron star

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice A binary system of two dead stars has revealed the coldest, dimmest white dwarf discovered to date. Coldest white dwarf found orbiting nearby neutron star is a post...Show More Summary

Back on the Rails with OSETI

The Planetary Society sponsored all-sky optical SETI search at Harvard University went off the rails, telescope roof rails that is, but it is back on track and hunting the sky for ET.

NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year.

House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending

A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In a letter released by the committee Thursday morning, [...]

Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2

Tanya Harrison wraps up the final week of Mars sample return analogue mission operations at the Canadian Space Agency.

With an SLS slip looming, one senator wants to keep NASA’s budget “on track”

An announcement Wednesday by NASA that the first launch of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket could slip by nearly a year has led one key senator to suggest the program needs some budgetary help. NASA announced Wednesday that the SLS passed its Key Decision Point C (KDP-C) review, an assessment of the [...]

Where does outreach funding go?

Over the past 8 years I've been based in Manchester and Cardiff. During my time in those places I was involved with a few public engagement grants from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). These grants are called "Small...Show More Summary

International Postcards from Space

A collection of pretty pictures by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who currently serves as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

The Competition for Dollars

We all know NASA needs more money to achieve its goals. But competition for money is intense within the U.S. federal government, and two trends have made it harder for NASA to get what it needs.

Europa: How Less Can Be More

Van Kane explains three factors that make exploring Europa hard—factors that can make a mission concept that seems like less actually be more.

Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement

Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the US Air Force is starting to lay the groundwork for development of [...]

Rosetta identifies five possible landing sites for Philae

The Rosetta team has announced the selection of five regions on Churyumov-Gerasimenko that they will study as possible landing sites for little Philae. Now, as Rosetta surveys the comet from its second triangular "orbit" at an average distance of 60 kilometers, the mission will target these spots for extra attention.

Cool animations of Phobos transits from Curiosity

Shooting video of a lumpy moon crossing the Sun and turning it into a giant googly eye is not a new activity for Curiosity, but I get a fresh thrill each time I see one of these sequences downlinked from the rover.

Forget the statistics and do what makes sense

Recent numbers indicate that the most successful apps are created by only a few companies and if you’re basing your app development strategies on numbers alone you are pretty much doomed from the start. Read more about Forget the statistics and do what makes sense

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