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Mysterious dwarf planet gets NASA and space geeks buzzing

The dwarf planet named after the Roman goddess of motherly relationships will soon have a new friend. And scientists and space-exploration geeks here on Earth can’t wait for that friend, the space probe Dawn, to start dishing. Dawn, launched in … Read more ›

Asteroid that zoomed past Earth has own moon

An asteroid that traveled unusually close to the Earth Monday was orbited by a smaller asteroid moon, NASA has discovered. The small natural satellite was spotted in radar images taken by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna located in California. Show More Summary

As Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, things start to look 'rough'

Eat your heart out, Hubble! NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres and has snapped the best images yet of the dwarf planet. Grainy as they are, the new views of the 590-mile-wide world are already turning up unexpected features on the surface.

NASA will keep using Russian Soyuz ferry craft

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA plans to launch "mixed crews" of U.S. and Russian members on each flight as a contingency in case of emergencies

Why Colonize Mars With Weak Humans When We Can Use Drones?

5 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Since using a remote controlled helicopter with video goggles strapped to your face and spying on your neighbors is now a thing, why not populate the surface of mars with buzzing drones? Now NASA wants to supplement the Mars rover with a whirly bird to triple its daily operating range. Read more...

NASA Just Released The Best Images Of A Dwarf Planet We've Ever Seen

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft will be the first time that humans visit a dwarf planet in the outer solar system — the spacecraft is set to arrive in early March. On its journey Dawn is snapping pictures of the distant object — and NASA has just released the sharpest images yet. Show More Summary

Citizen scientists lead astronomers to mystery objects in space

Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled upon a new class of curiosities that had gone largely unrecognized before: yellow balls. Show More Summary

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures clearest-ever image of “dwarf planet” Ceres

5 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

The new images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 km) from Ceres, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become our first probe to visit a dwarf planet. Read the rest

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.

Asteroid that flew past Earth has moon

Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images show the asteroid, which made its closest approach on Jan. Show More Summary

What Will You Make with NASA’s Big, Free, Collection of Space Sounds?

image via (cc) flickr user howardignatius To be honest, I’m not sure what’s cooler: The fact that NASA has collected, and published some of best audio in the history of space exploration, or that it’s all free to download, use, mix,Show More Summary

? Listen: Uncommon Nasa - “KUNDUZ”

Fun in the Kunduz: This laid-back soundtrack, laid-back like Lateef’s Eastern Sounds, is centered around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Maybe the liner notes would help align the sounds with the historical context / concept, but “KUNDUZ,” as a stand-alone piece, is giving off nothing but good and weird vibrations rich with vitamin D. Show More Summary

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

5 days 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

5 days 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

5 days 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

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