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This week @ NASA, July 31, 2015

Closest rocky exoplanet confirmed, Exoplanet found far from its central star and more... Video provided by NASA        

NASA has discovered the closest super-Earth exoplanet yet

It's still too far away to visit, but HD 219134b is in a prime location for further study.

NASA’s upcoming SLS could launch missions to Europa — if Congress ever lets it get off the ground

NASA met with Congress this week to pitch a major mission to Europa, but long-term funding for the project and the future of the next-generation Space Launch System remains in doubt.

NASA just found the closest super-Earth ever

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

A newly discovered planet called HD 219134b isn't quite what we'd call Earth-like. But like Earth, it's a rocky planet -- and it's the closest planet of that type we've ever spotted outside of our own solar system.Read full article ...

NASA: Searching for Alien Planets Far From Their Host Star

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing. This finding opens a new piece...

NASA space telescope discovers Earth's closest rocky neighbor

NASA researchers working with the Spitzer Space Telescope announced on Thursday that they had indeed found the closest rocky exoplanet to our own. It's a tiny burg called HD 219134b that's just 21 light years from Earth in the Cassiopeia constellation, near the North Star. Show More Summary

Pluto Has An Atmosphere, Moons, And Maybe Geological Activity. Can We Call It A Planet Now?

4 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

image credit NASA The New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of Pluto on July 14 is making the former planet come alive. High-resolution images have put a face on this once-mysterious world. We've probed its atmosphere and imaged its moonsShow More Summary

Lost in Space

NASA released this beautiful photo of the sunlit Earth which was taken by a satellite one million miles into space. Now that's a long way away, but a million miles is mere grain of sand across the almost unimaginable vastness of the Universe

NASA Scared of Traffic Jams Around Mars

With a growing number of spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, NASA is beginning to worry about celestial collisions. To avoid satellite fender benders, the agency is looking to boost its Deep Space Network traffic monitoring system.

There's a Rocky Exoplanet Just 21 Light-Years Away

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA has proven itself to be quite adept at finding planets lately, and this week is no exception: using the Spitzer Space Telescoe, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab have found HD 219134b, a rocky exoplanet ‘just’ 21 light-years away. Read more...

Let's Talk About NASA's Mission to Europa

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The search for life in the Solar System is about the hunt for water. Wherever we find liquid water on Earth, we find life. I’m talking everywhere. In the most briny, salty pools in Antarctica, in the hottest hot springs in Yellowstone, under glaciers, and kilometers deep underground. Read more...

California ‘rain debt’ equal to average full year of precipitation

From NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 — the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific…

Lockheed tests Orion fairing design changes

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Lockheed Martin announced that it's completed tests of design changes for NASA's Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. Based on information from Orion's unmanned maiden flight on December 5 last year, the alterations are meant...Show More Summary

NASA: "The Rosetta Stone for Super-Earths?"

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data. Dubbed HD 219134b, this exoplanet, which orbits too close to...

Self-Replicating Alien Probe On Mars? Levitating Sphere Photographed On Mars By NASA’s Curiosity Rover

A NASA Curiosity rover image of the Martian surface reveals a curious anomaly that has sparked discussion in online UFO and Mars anomaly forums. The image, captured on Mars by the Curiosity rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) near Mount Sharp,...Show More Summary

Stormy seas in Sagittarius

Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae -- hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. Show More Summary

NASA gives you a flyover view of Pluto's icy mountains

Hey NASA, stop blowing our minds, okay? Actually, no, please continue. Comments Source: NASA (YouTube) Tags: Ice Mountains, Icy Mountains, NASA, NationalAeronauticsAndSpaceAdministration, Planet, Planets, Pluto

NASA scientist: ‘It’s bulls–t’ that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore

People get very, very emotional about Pluto being designated as a mere “dwarf planet” and not a proper planet like the other eight that inhabit our solar system. Tech Insider has scored an interview with Alan Stern, the head scientist...Show More Summary

Comet Probe Detects Several Key Ingredients For Life

Is there life out there, beyond that of planet Earth? Some might say yes, others are not too sure, while even others claim that there is no chance of life being supported outside of our planet. In fact, a NASA scientist has claimed that...Show More Summary

Why NASA crash testing small planes could someday save lives

4 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Researchers are working on building a better, smarter, emergency locator transmitter that can sense when a crash is imminent

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