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New Horizons photographs Pluto's moons together for the first time

As we count down the days to its historic flyby of Pluto, NASA's New Horizons probe has moved within sight of all members of the dwarf planet's system. This has enabled it to return the first images of its smallest moons Kerberos and Styx, and signals the beginning of the spacecraft's hunt for unknown moons and rings in the region... Show More Summary

NASA finds Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

Hubble Telescope Captures First Images of Migrating White Dwarf Stars

NASA’s Hubble Telescope has captured the first snapshots of migrating white dwarf stars, allowing scientists to see for the first time how and when these stars move away from their clusters.

US Military Contractor Develops Aircraft for Flights to Hover Over Venus

The New Frontiers program was launched by NASA with the aim of exploring every planet in our solar system. Next on the list? Sulphurous Venus. To do that, contracting companies are designing an autonomous, inflatable aircraft which would patrol the planet’s dense atmosphere.

Thinking About Brains

Image: NASA In the highly-anticipated and very adorable-looking Pixar movie "Inside Out," due out later this year, the brain looks like a spaceship cockpit, memories look like glowing multicolored orbs, and the subconscious looks like a psychedelic server farm. Show More Summary

The Webcam Pulse Detector Shows Your Life Signs Using Your PC's Camera

Windows/OS X: Your computer’s webcam can be useful for more than just quick photos and video calls. The Webcam Pulse Detector is a fun, open source application originally designed at NASA to use your connected camera to take your heart rate. Now you can try it out at home. Read more...

NASA selects concepts for phase I of the 2015 NIAC program

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC program has announced 15 phase I winners in its quest to make science fiction science fact. The aim of the program is to encourage the innovation of ideas with the potential to transform future...Show More Summary

Bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres

The mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are better resolved in a image recently taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The images were taken from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).

XKCD's Randall Munroe Is Publishing A Book Inspired by 'Up-Goer-Five'

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In his comic “Up Goer Five,” Randall Munroe labels a blueprint of NASA’s Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most common English words. Today, Munroe announced he’s giving the Up-Goer-Five treatment to a range of interesting objects—like the Mars Curiosity Rover—in a new book called Thing Explainer. Read more...


Climate Denialists In Congress Acting As NASA's Kryptonite Adam Frank, May 12 2015 (NPR) “…[The mention of NASA creates thoughts of astronauts, moon landings, space telescopes, Mars probes and other] superhero stuff in the eyes of most...Show More Summary

How spending a year in space affects your mind

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On March 27, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko were launched into space, embarking on a mission at the International Space Station that will assess how a year in zero-gravity affects the human body. Scientists have already established that spending four to six...

NASA: "X-Rays Light Up Sun-Like Coronas of Black Holes"

A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light. "Our work traces the complex motions, particle interactions and turbulent magnetic fields...

Solid fuel boosters, not liquid, will likely launch NASA’s giant SLS rocket

Planned heavy lift vehicle will probably forego F-1-based boosters—for now, at least.

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all plants are equally effective, however, when it comes to filtering harmful air-borne toxins and pollutants. NASA conducted a Clean

NASA Sending Robot Sea Serpent to Europa Seeking Sea Salt

If aliens find a strange, long, squiggly creature swimming in one of Europa’s lakes, will they call it the Loch NASA monster? That could happen if a) there are aliens on one of Jupiter’s moons and b) if NASA sends an amphibious robot shaped like a giant...

NASA’s New Horizons probe snaps first images of Pluto’s faintest moons

NASA’s New Horizons probe has been traveling through space for almost a decade en route to Pluto. When the mission was launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet. That doesn’t make the […]

Laboratory tests shed light on Europa's dark material

The results from a new NASA experiment suggest that the dark material seen coating geological features on Europa may well be sea salt. Originating from a subsurface ocean, the material is thought to have been discolored by exposure to radiation... Show More Summary

Living in Space Will Mean Recycling Everything

NASA is trying to get us to increasingly distant areas of space with increasingly intriguing technologies (like flinging spacecraft around using space tethers). But once we’re there—or even while we’re on the way—we need to be able to live. Show More Summary

Cargo spacecraft loss delays astronaut return

Following the recent loss of the Russian Progress 59 cargo ship, NASA and its partners in the station have agreed to reshuffle future launches based on preliminary investigations by the Russian Federal Space Agency... Continue Reading...Show More Summary

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