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British physicist Stephen Hawking praises Nasa's 'pioneering, decade-long mission' after the New Horizons spacecraft completed a dramatic flyby of Pluto, considered the last unexplored world in our solar system. The probe's journey to reach the dwarf planet spanned nine years and a distance of …

Stephen Hawking

New Horizons Buzzes Pluto 50 Years to the Day After First Mars Encounter

How's this for timing? NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was winging past Pluto Tuesday, exactly 50 years after the first robotic visit to Mars.<p>On July 14, 1965, NASA's Mariner 4 probe flew by the Red Planet, becoming the first spacecraft ever to capture up-close looks at another planet.<p>"You couldn't …

Solar System

What We've Learned From Pluto So Far

So. Many. Things.<p>When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, scientists had no idea what it would find when it arrived at Pluto nine years later. “We might have seen a cloud-enshrouded nitrogen haze that we'd zip by and say, 'Well, that was fun,'” says John Grunsfeld of NASA's Science …

Wonderful image! Saturn and moon Titan

Titan may be a large moon – its name even implies it – but it’s still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. Beautiful image from the Cassini …

Astronomy

Astronomers find Jupiter and sun twins

The most accurate analog ever found for our sun and and its largest planet, Jupiter. Could there be another Earth in this system, too?<p>The quest for a …

Spacecraft Sails By Pluto, Phones Home

Laurel, Md.<p>Scientists rejoiced when New Horizons sent a signal confirming its safe passage past Pluto, setting the stage for amazing photos expected from the flyby.<p>It was just a trickle of 1s and 0s, but the string of numbers had sped across the solar system at the speed of light for 4.5 hours. …

We Made It To Pluto! What's Next For New Horizons?

Stranger worlds to come<p>Nine years ago, a piano-sized spacecraft left the cradle of Earth to visit a strange world on the edge of the solar system. It traveled past the orbits of the familiar rocky planets and swooped through the region of the gas giants. After getting a speed boost from Jupiter, it …

The internet’s dwarf planet-watchers gaze into Pluto’s newly revealed landscape and see everything from the Death Star to a Wrecking Ball<p>It took Nasa’s New Horizons probe nine years to reach Pluto and complete its historic flyby, but it only took the internet about nine minutes to transform the …

Solar System

26 ancient ruins you should visit in your lifetime

Seeing these sites is like stepping back in time and witnessing what life was like in a place that ceased to exist years ago.<p>From the Roman baths in England to the Ajanta caves in India, we found 26 ancient ruins that everyone should visit in their lifetime.

If Earth Were Swallowed By A Black Hole, We Might Not Even Notice

That's the latest theory, at least<p>Black holes get a bad rap. Sure, they're the dark, unknown, unforgiving vacuum cleaners of space. But a new study suggests they may not be all doom and gloom after all.<p>There are several theories as to what would happen if you fell into a black hole: that you would …

Why Does Time Exist?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Shifting Time<p><b>About Sean Carroll's TED Talk</b><p>Cosmologist Sean Carroll tackles a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.<p><b>About Sean Carroll</b><p>Sean …

16 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent thread on Quora discussed some of the best destinations in Europe that remain unknown.<p>The answers hit on a number of hidden gems, which we included in this list, along with some others that came from our own research.<p>From Denmark's Faroe Islands to one of Armenia's oldest monasteries, here …

Israeli group says Palestinians failing to get justice

A leading Israeli human rights group has said the vast majority of police investigations into violence against Palestinians by Israeli citizens living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank result in no convictions. <br>The Yesh Din organisation said 85 percent of all cases are closed because …