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What We're Really Looking at When We Look at Pluto

The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking. Towering mountains of ice, …

Watch: What our solar system would look like when traveling at the speed of light

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>This past week, NASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet. NASA described the planet, Kepler-452b, and its respective sun as the pair that “most closely resemble the Earth and our Sun.” The planet is five times the mass of Earth, but its orbit is …


Earth's orbiting observatories and their literally awesome images

While the Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, cruises into interstellar space (the farthest man-made object from Earth) and missions like New Horizons capture snaps from the outskirts of the solar system, we've been keeping the heavy hitters close to home. Massive space telescopes that scan the …

Here's the only way to destroy a black hole

I've suggested a bunch of crazy ideas, like blasting it with rockets, shooting lasers at it, smashing planets into it. Nothing would work, everything would just make it bigger and angrier.<p>Turns out the only way to defeat a black hole is to sit on your hands and wait for it to evaporate. That's not …


'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed<p>Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.<p>…

Space Travel

Around The Universe: New ISS Crew; Earth From Above; Pluto's Atmosphere; A Galactic Nursery

Taking a look back at the past seven days of breathtaking discoveries and images being gathered from space, this week’s Around The Universe features stories about new satellites, the space station’s new crewmembers, Earth’s twin, Pluto’s atmosphere and more.<p>Around The Universe highlights a few of …


Europe just invested over $380 million in an alien-hunting space mission to Jupiter

On July 17, the European Space Agency — Europe's version of NASA — announced that they were issuing a contract to award the U.S.-equivalent of $384 million to the European-based company Airbus Defense and Space.<p>Jupiter has become one of the most likely neighborhoods in our solar system with the …


This Pulsar Is Shotgunning Part Of Its Neighbor Out Into Space

Pulsars are kind of like the action stars (pun very much intended) of the universe, bringing crazy force and wild maneuvers to their galaxies and even sometimes hanging out with a blinged-out white dwarf sidekick. Take the star of the latest summer blockbuster featuring the double star system PSR …

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12 Of The Saddest Science Facts Of All Time

It's lonely spacecraft and abandoned animals all the way down. I'm so sorry.