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Mars, here we come: Breaking down the most advanced spacecraft in human history

If the idea of deep space travel conjures up mental images of a winged shuttle — or simply a dusted-off Apollo capsule — your imagination could use a …

The wonders of Pluto revealed: NASA’s latest findings are a sight to behold

<b>(Sabino Parente, via Shutterstock)</b><p>New Horizons fly-by captures dwarf planet’s haunting beauty and offers new clues of a possible sub-surface ocean<p>Lee Billings<p>March 20, 2016 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Last July, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by …

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As If Pluto Wasn't Weird Enough, We've Discovered Clouds Too

Stop messing with us, Pluto.<p>Pluto seems like the dwarf planet that, at this point, is messing with us. Ice volcanoes? Icebergs? Liquid nitrogen seas? Oh, and now clouds.<p>Clouds may not seem weird. You can look up and see them now. But Pluto has an atmosphere that is 100,000 times less thick than …

NASA just released an incredible photo of Pluto’s frozen canyons

This time around, we get to see in detail some canyons on the surface, further evidence of tectonic activity on the dwarf planet billions of years ago.<p>The image, taken from a distance of 33,900 kilometers (21,100 miles), shows the north polar region of Pluto, with the North Pole labeled in the …

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2015 December 14 - Pluto: From Mountains to Plains

<b>Pluto: From Mountains to Plains</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, Johns Hopkins U. APL, SwRI<p><b>Explanation:</b> What do the sharpest views ever of Pluto show? As the …

New images of Pluto's snakeskin surface revealed

Nasa's New Horizons reveals snakeskin-like patterns on the surface of Pluto<p>The latest images of Pluto reveal that the dwarf planet has a much more varied landscape than anticipated.<p>Nasa's New Horizons probe has captured the latest high-resolution images of the dwarf planet, which show what appears …

Sunday's Lunar Eclipse Has Got It All

Maybe you've become inured to all the superlatives that get attached to sky-watching events. But the one on Sunday really is worth a look — it's the first total eclipse that's also a supermoon and a blood moon in more than three decades.<p>As Space.com explains: "Supermoons occur when the moon reaches …

Pluto’s ‘Dragon Scales’ Revealed In Latest New Horizons Images

Latest New Horizons images show an alien landscape, and highest-resolution color map yet<p>We’ve seen Pluto’s ice mountains, its glacier-carved plains, its mysterious dark spots. But the dwarf planet still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Today, the New Horizons team released images that reveal a …

When and where can I see the 'Supermoon' 2015 and 'Blood Moon'?

Tonight's 'Supermoon' is the first of three spectacular lunar shows this year<p>Tonight, sky watchers across Britain will be able to see the first of three Supermoons this year.<p>That means the moon will be very full and bright in the sky, because it has come very close to earth.<p>Tonight's full moon will …

Face the facts people, there is no life on Mars

The Universe is big. Huge. But we're so alone. Get used to it<p>Suddenly, space is getting interesting again. After decades of going boldly nowhere in low Earth orbit, Man, or rather his robotic emissaries, have made some startling discoveries in our Solar System.<p>Cold, distant Pluto is – who would …

This Saddle-Shaped School Chair Encourages Kids to Sit Up Straight and Pay Attention

In case you weren’t already over the moon about NASA getting up-close and personal with what was once our most distant planet (now the largest dwarf …

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Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

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Giant heart spotted on Pluto in closest ever pictures of dwarf planet

Next week the probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet carrying the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh<p>It has been a labour of love for scientists who have waited nine years for Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft to get close enough to Pluto to take these pictures.<p>And it appears that the dwarf-planet shares their …

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