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Kepler-444: 'Astro-archaeological' discovery from the dawn of time

Scientists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy. Thanks to the NASA Kepler mission, the scientists announced today (Tuesday 27 January 2015) in The Astrophysical Journal theShow More Summary

Asteroid that whizzed by Earth has its own moon

25 minutes agoTechnology : Tech Talk

As it made its closest approach to Earth Monday, NASA scientists realized the asteroid wasn't traveling alone

The 10 Warmest Years: Not Exactly Forever Ago

Last week NASA and NOAA announced that 2014 topped the list of hottest years ever recorded. Yikes! What's worse, the ten warmest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998. Yikes again! I fear this news story might turn into a blip that gets tons of attention and is then forgotten after a few days. Show More Summary

Astronomers discover ancient star with 5 Earth-size planets

Astronomers poring over four years of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft have discovered a star that's 11.2 billion years old and has at least five Earth-size planets. read more

Boeing and SpaceX schedule crucial safety tests ahead of ISS trips

SpaceX and Boeing spoke together in public for the first time with NASA and unveiled their plans to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. NASA selected the companies last September to build manned spacecraft for its Comme...

Boeing will be first private company to carry US astronauts to space

3 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Boeing will be the first commercial company to carry a NASA astronaut to space in July 2017 under a contract with the US space agency, followed by its competitor SpaceX, officials said Monday. NASA is funneling billions of dollars to both companies so that they can replace American access to the...

NASA developing robotic helicopter scout for Mars rovers

9 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The next big discovery is always beyond the next hill, but what if you can't see over it? That's the problem facing NASA with its Mars rovers, so the space agency is looking into how robotic helicopters could help scout the land ahead and give engineers back on Earth data to help plot the best route... Show More Summary

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism

A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record. And this past year is not an anomaly -- the previous 10 hottest years on the books have all occurred since 1998. Show More Summary

Mars Opportunity rover celebrates 11 years on the Red Planet with impressive panorama

13 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover recently celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface, marking the milestone with a stunning panorama that doubles as a moving tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Over...Show More Summary

2014: hottest year on record

14 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Don't be fooled by a winter blizzard this week! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rated 2014 as the hottest year in the global temperature record and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) promptly chimed in with the same finding. Show More Summary

Mapping Greenland's ice layers in 3D

20 hours agoOdd : Kottke.org

Using ice-penetrating radar and ice cores, NASA has been able to map the layers in the Greenland ice sheet. This new map allows scientists to determine the age of large swaths of Greenland's ice, extending ice core data for a better picture of the ice sheet's history. Show More Summary

Zoom in on 100 Million Stars with the Hubble Telescope’s Largest Released Image

21 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released the largest ever image of the Andromeda galaxy, opening up 100 million stars and star clusters to public exploration.

Ep. 364: The COROT Mission

Before NASA’s Kepler mission searched for exoplanets using the transit method, there was the European COROT mission, launched in 2006. It was sent to search for planets with short orbital periods and find solar oscillations in stars. It was an incredibly productive mission, and the focus of today’s show.

Hilltop panorama marks Mars rover's 11th anniversary

A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit.

Helicopter could be 'scout' for Mars rovers

Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover's vision is limited by the view of onboard cameras, and images from spacecraft orbiting Mars are the only other clues to where to drive it. Show More Summary

CES Over the Years: A Look at Three Key Technology and Product Trends

Above: Viewing 3-D IMAX clips (Image by NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, CC BY 2.0) Hype can be a fickle thing. This is especially evident at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where perceptions around certain technologies and products can shift in the blink of an eye. Show More Summary

NASA might put a drone on Mars

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

Drones, and autonomous helicopters in particular, seem to be quite the buzzing technology these days. But could they be headed to Mars, too?Engineers have gotten pretty good at putting rovers on Mars -- and making them so they last a long, long time. Show More Summary

Happy 11th birthday to the Opportunity rover, which had a life expectancy of three months

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

Happy anniversary to the baddest of the bots, NASA's Opportunity rover. It's been 11 years since the explorer touched down on Mars to look for signs of water and life.Eleven years is a long time for a space robot, but especially for Opportunity. Its original mission was only meant to last three months.Read full article >>

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