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NASA's Virtual Planetary Laboratory --A New "Systems" Approach to the Search for Alien Life

Since 2001 the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory, based at the University of Washington, has brought an interdisciplinary approach to the study of planets and search for life outside our solar system. The NASA initiative inspired by the UW...

How good is the NASA GISS global temperature dataset?

Guest essay by Rud Istvan It is generally accepted that there are two major land temperature record issues: microsite problems, and urban heat island (UHI) effects. Both introduce warming biases. The SurfaceStations.org project manually...Show More Summary

NASA's Latest Image Of The International Space Station Is Breathtaking

11 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

I spy with my little eye... Continuing an epic summer of celestial photography, NASA released a stunning image of the International Space Station on Sunday. The shot, captured by agency photographer Bill Ingalls, shows the ISS flying...Show More Summary

Algal Bloom is Turning the Great Lakes Green

11 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The algal bloom in Lake Erie is particularly bad this year, thanks to a combination of agricultural runoff, sunlight, and warm water. The result, as seen by NASA’s Landsat 8, is the Great Lakes turning slowly green. Read more...

Nichelle Nichols Will Fly on a NASA Mission

11 hours agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Image: CBS) Actress Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek television series. Now, at the age of 82, she's leaving Starfleet for service with NASA. The tabloid The Mirror reports that Nichols will fly on NASA's SOFIA space telescope. Show More Summary

This gif is an awesome illustration of how astronomy has...

This gif is an awesome illustration of how astronomy has advanced over the last 85 years. NASA assembled a 17-frame chronological sequence of observations of Pluto, starting with its discovery by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in...Show More Summary

Challenger Wreckage Hidden From View Is Finally Shown

The remnants of two tragic space shuttle disasters are finally seeing the light of day. Hidden away for decades, Columbia and Challenger debris is on display at a new NASA exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., the AP reports. Among the remnants are a large body...

Why This Nearby Rocky Exoplanet Is Worth Its ‘Weight in Gold’

This week, NASA announced the discovery of the nearest rocky exoplanet ever found, located about 21 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Dubbed HD 219134b, the alien world is about 1.6 times the size of Earth, and is already shaping up to become an invaluable research tool for scientists. Show More Summary

These Long Exposure Photos Show the Space Station Streaking Across the Night Sky

NASA images show the International Space Station as it circumnavigates the planet at 4.76 miles per second

Challenger, Columbia wreckage goes on public display for 1st time

NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.

Gigantic ‘Angel-Like’ UFO Spotted In NASA’s SOHO Image Flying Out Of The Sun’s Atmosphere

A YouTube UFO hunter, Myunhauzen74, has reported sighting in a NASA image of our Sun a massive “angel-like” UFO with widespread wings. The UFO leaves a trail behind it that suggests it was blasting out of the Sun’s atmosphere, according to the UFOlogist. Show More Summary

Why Did NASA End The Space Shuttle Program?

At the time the space shuttle program ended, the three remaining shuttles had flown 25, 33, and 39 times respectively. They were designed for a lifetime of 100 flights each. More »      

Go Ask an ISS Astronaut All Your Questions 

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Astronaut Scott Kelly is spending a year on the International Space Station as the hamster in NASA’s giant research wheel. While he’s up there, he’s been busy getting some stunning photos, and right now, doing a live Q&A on Twitter. Read more...

NASA Satellites Reveal That U.S. Rainfall In 2015 Has A Split Personality

From space, the U.S. looks like Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to rainfall this year.

A Tale of Two Extremes: Rainfall Across the US

From NASA Goddard: The United States has seen a tale of two extremes this year, with drenching rains in the eastern half of the country and persistent drought in the west. A new visualization of rainfall data collected from space shows the stark contrast between east and west for the first half of 2015. The…

"A Universe of Planets" --A Short History of NASA's Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

Geoff Marcy remembers the hair standing up on the back of his neck. Paul Butler remembers being dead tired. The two men had just made history: the first confirmation of a planet orbiting another star. The groundbreaking discovery had been...

The Hera Saturn Entry Probe Mission

The hera saturn entry probe missionAuthors:Mousis et alAbstract:The Hera Saturn entry probe mission is proposed as an M–class mission led by ESA with a contribution from NASA. It consists of one atmospheric probe to be sent into the atmosphere of Saturn, and a Carrier–Relay spacecraft. Show More Summary

I Talked With the Astronauts Living in NASA’s Underwater Lair

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, NASA has built an underwater lab—and there are astronauts living there. I joined them (sadly, in a digital format) to see what they’re up to down there and just what kinds of things they might be bringing back from the depths. Read more...

A Time Lapse View of the Drought Collected From Satellites

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been. Read more...

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