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Scientists just discovered a mysterious feature that's 4x larger than the Grand Canyon on this distant moon

Pluto is not the only enigmatic object racing through space at the edge of our solar system. It turns out, Pluto's moon Charon is equally mysterious and beautiful: On Thursday, NASA released the sharpest, most-detailed photos yet of Pluto's largest moon, which were taken last July by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew by Pluto and Charon. Show More Summary

NASA thinks it knows what Ceres' mysterious bright spots are made of

For most of 2015, the dwarf planet has been beaming a mystery back at us. Now NASA has an educated guess at an explanation that might surprise you.

3D-printed ice shelter wins NASA's Mars habitat design competition

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA has announced the winners of its 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition. The contest sought architectural concepts for how 3D printing might be used to create shelters on the Red Planet. The overall winner, Ice House,Show More Summary

You Salty Dog! Ceres' Bright Spots are Probably SALT!

After months of probing ever-sharper images of dwarf planet Ceres sent back by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the space agency thinks it has a pretty good guess about the source of a series of mysterious bright spots reflecting back from the...Show More Summary

NASA Loves Sending Spacecraft Into Wild Tumbles in This Spin Tunnel

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

September 11, 1959: The Mercury Capsule dropped in free-flight within Langley’s Spin Tunnel so researchers could observe how it gyrated and tumbled during descent. The Spin Tunnel remains in use today to study aerodynamics during unconventional maneuvers. Read more...

Gorgeous new images of Charon reveal a violent past for Pluto’s moon

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Pluto's largest moon Charon is proving to be a magnificent world in its own right. The latest images from NASA's New Horizons flyby mission -- the highest resolution color images of Charon to date -- show a moon much more alive than our own.Read full article >>

Maps show dwarf planet Ceres in unprecedented detail

3 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA has released a series of maps that showcase the planet's topography and artfully named features

NASA thinks it knows what Ceres' mysterious bright spots are made of

The head scientist behind the Dawn spacecraft has ruled out one source of the dwarf planet's "headlights" and shares his best guest at what's lighting up Ceres.

Studio KCA Designs A Comet For NASA

As it just smashed into Earth, Comet is a 1:1000 model to celebrate NASA's Rosetta landing. To celebrate the Rosetta landing, NASA wanted to put a comet on display, but despite its plans to someday tow a comet into orbit, the only way to get one to land on Earth is via a chance collision. Show More Summary


Kochs Hope to Be First to Pollute Water on Mars Andy Borowitz, September 29, 2015 (The New Yorker) “Just hours after NASA revealed the discovery of water on the surface of Mars, a spokesman for Koch Industries said that the company would...Show More Summary

The Martian Screenwriter Says It's a Religious Movie, But the Religion Is Science

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It’s Drew Goddard’s fault everyone is talking about The Martian. No, he didn’t know NASA would announce there’s water on the Moon just days before the film’s release, but he was definitely there at the beginning. Read more...

With some pluck, anyone can live on Mars

3 days agoArts : Prospero

RIDLEY SCOTT'S “The Martian” is one of those rare science-fiction films that puts an emphasis on science, so its release date is awkward. Just when the film was due to come out, NASA announced that it had found water on the surface of Mars. Show More Summary

Saving Astronaut Watney

A few dozen days (or, as a rotation of the planet is referred to in NASA jargon, “sols”) into his lonely survival ordeal on Mars, the stranded astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) delivers a kind of mission statement into the video log he’s recording for posterity. Show More Summary

NASA Says There’s Water on Mars. So When Do We Move There?

Mars has water. This ought to make it easier for us to actually do what humanity — in the form of science-fiction nerds, but also actual scientists, two categories of earthling that significantly overlap — has been dreaming of for more than a century: visiting our red neighbor. So how... More »

How NASA's Announcement of Water on Mars Changes 'The Martian'

3 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

This article has massive science spoilers to the novel (and presumably the film) The Martian. Pssh. As if science could spoil anything. On Monday, NASA scientists announced that they are almost certain that there is water on Mars. I couch...

NASA releases new maps of the mysterious dwarf planet Ceres

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

NASA's Dawn mission, which is currently orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, has released a set of intriguing new maps of the tiny world.Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — rose to fame last year when NASA scientists spotted mysterious bright dots on its surface. Show More Summary

Budget NASA missions will head for asteroids or hellish Venus

Targets for a 2020 space mission include our hellishly hot neighbour or a heavy metal asteroid called Psyche

Finding Life on Mars Might Change Christians' Perception of God, Vatican Astronomer Says About NASA Discovery

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, has commented on the recent NASA discovery that suggests there might be flowing water on Mars, by stating that finding alien life could paint a different picture to who God is for Christians.

4 Easter eggs in 'The Martian' inspired by real NASA events

The Martian, which opens wide this Friday, is a movie made for space nerds. Not only does the film take place in a future where humans have landed on Mars, but it's also a future in which NASA has enough funding to continue sending people...Show More Summary

NASA Cares About the Water Here On Earth, Too, Okay? - NASA has been helping California manage drought for years. So. There.

3 days agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

I've heard more than a few jokes from comedians this week about how it's too bad NASA can't ship the water on Mars to California. Turns out NASA has been helping California manage their droughts for years.

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