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Let This Spectacular Video Take You On A Virtual Flight Over Mars

Too bad Trivago doesn’t list hotels on the Red Planet ... yet.<p>Although Donald Trump has signed a bill authorizing money to fund future exploration of Mars, tourism to the Red Planet is still a long way away.<p>Still, a person can dream, and one Finnish filmmaker is making that dream look like …

Mars Spacesuits: Designing a Blue-Collar Suit for the Red Planet

The first explorers on Mars will need a new kind of spacesuit, and a university-based team has taken a novel approach to design the …

New definition of planet would make Pluto, 100 celestial bodies into planets

Will Pluto have the last laugh? A group of NASA scientists hopes so.<p>A group of members of the New Horizons mission to Pluto are making the case to redefine what constitutes as a planet to be more inclusive. The proposed definition would reinstate Pluto as a planet, and grant planetary status to the …

Mars' Dark Streaks May Be Caused by Dry Landslides, Not Water

Mars' intriguing dark streaks may not be evidence of liquid water after all.<p>These long and narrow features, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), …

Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from …

Astronomy

Busted moon could put rings around Mars

Early Mars may have had rings like Saturn, and might have them again, according to a new model. The research suggests that debris, pushed into space …

The Fight For Pluto's Fate As A Planet Continues

About a decade ago Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet. Now scientists are arguing that because of shape and surface features, Pluto and 110 bodies in our solar system deserve to be planets.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. You remember about a decade ago when Pluto was …

A new definition would add 102 planets to the solar system – including Pluto

Is Pluto a planet?<p>It’s not a question scientists ask in polite company.<p>“It’s like religion and politics,” says Kirby Runyon, a planetary scientist at …

Astronomy

SpaceX & NASA Studying 2020 Landing Sites For Dragon

As part of their effort to kick-start the eventual colonization of Mars, SpaceX is sending an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars. Initially, that …

Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars, check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s …

Pluto may be a planet again if these astronomers get their way — and Earth's moon, too

Pluto's status as a non-planet may be coming to an end.<p>Professor Mike Brown of Caltech ended Pluto's planetary status in 2006. But now, Kirby Runyon, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, thinks it's time to cancel that demotion and restore it as our Solar System's ninth planet.<p>Pluto's …

Solar System

Missouri will be prime viewing spot for summer's solar eclipse

“It is the most spectacular thing you will ever see. Once you see it, you will never forget it,” Astronomy magazine senior editor Michael Bakich promises viewers of the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in 38 years.<p>To celebrate, Bakich is planning “the biggest event on Earth” in …

SpaceX is Looking at Four Different Landing Sites on Mars

SpaceX’s trip to Mars is still years away, but the company doesn’t think that means it’s too early to look for a landing zone.<p>Jeff Foust at SpaceNews …

Mars May Once Have Had Rings, And It Will Again ... Eventually

Mars may once have had a ring and would probably have them again sometime in the future, according to a theory put forward by two scientists from …

WATCH: NASA discovers seven Earth-like planets revolving around a single star

Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising …

The first ever picture of the Milky Way’s black hole is expected to be a bright crescent shape rather than a disk

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, …

Hubble Finds Runaway Star In Orion Nebula That Left Its Broken System 540 Years Ago

The Hubble Space Telescope has allowed scientists to create a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula complex, the large and famous star formation …

WATCH: NASA discovers seven Earth-like planets revolving around a single star

Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising …

Scientist says there are over 100 planets in our solar system

Most of us grew up learning that there are nine planets in our solar system. Back in 2006 that all changed, when Pluto was demoted from being labeled …

Astronomy

Saturn's moon Titan may have fizzy lakes

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is not only one of the oddest bodies in the Solar System, but may also be the fizziest. Through laboratory experiments …

Ask Ethan: How Bright Is The Earth As Seen From The Moon?

When the Apollo astronauts made their trips to the Moon, they were treated to a view that no human had ever seen before: a view of the Earth from our nearest neighboring world. While practically every one of us has seen the reverse view — that of the Moon from the Earth’s surface — only a few dozen …

Are Aliens Real? Researchers Discover Life Forms Can Travel Across Planets In ‘Goldilocks Zone’

Intelligent life forms may be able to travel across three reportedly habitable planets in a "Goldilocks zone" orbiting a newly discovered dwarf star, …

These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make “The Martian” | Backchannel

<b>On November 5, 2013,</b> a rocket launched toward Mars. It was India’s first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan, and a terrific gamble. Only 40 percent …

Where Is The Cosmic Microwave Background?

When you look out at the distant Universe, you’re also looking back in time, thanks to the fact that the speed of light — although huge — is finite. So if you look back at the farthest thing you can see, at the very first light visible to our equipment, you’re bound to reach something. In our …

NASA Looking To Create the Coldest Place in the Universe

The cosmos, in general, has a temperature of around -270 degrees Celsius (almost 3 degrees Celsius above 0 Kelvin) thanks to the cosmic microwave …

The Big Bang – or the Big Bounce? | Financial Times

It’s hard to decide what is more existentially challenging — the idea that the universe has lasted for ever, or the alternative that it had a …

Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Be Using Giant Radio Beams To Travel The Cosmos

Thousands of civilizations could be flying on interstellar sails.<p>Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the cosmos.<p>FRBs are extremely bright flashes of radio waves that last for …

Giant Planet In Baby Stellar System Hints At Unusual Planet Formation

HD 106906b is a remarkable and puzzling exoplanet. New observations suggest it formed where it couldn't, farther from its star than one would …

SpaceX schedule first flight to send private citizens around the moon

239shares<p>California’s SpaceX private space exploration program, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, has set a date for its first commercial flight around …

Apparently Our Future Diet on Mars Will Consist Entirely of Potatoes and Beer

Are you reading this, Matt Damon?<p>People have been talking about living on Mars for about as long as we can remember. Longer, actually, if you count …