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Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life

In the search for life beyond Earth, false alarms abound. Researchers have generally considered, and rejected, claims ranging from a 1970s report of …

Here's what it would take to colonize the largest planet in the solar system

Just a few videos ago, I blew minds with a "How to" on terraforming the Moon. Once we've developed a Solar System spanning civilization and have claimed mastery over the laws of physics, and have common-place technology which staggers and dwarf our current comprehension of what's possible it should …

Why 'Earth 2.0' is actually nothing like Earth

Nasa's discovery of Kepler-452b, a planet orbiting around a distant star in deep space, has predictably caused waves of excitement on the internet, …

This Is What Pluto and the Universe May Sound Like

Fans of astronomy who also have a musical bent may have experienced a “what if” moment this week. With NASA’s New Horizons currently thrilling the …

10 Hypothetical Forms Of Life

In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, some have been accused of harboring a sense of “carbon chauvinism,” expecting other life-forms in …

Mysterious Mountain On Pluto's Moon Has Scientists 'Stumped'

“It looks like somebody just dropped a giant boulder on Charon."<p>A new close-up photo of Charon, one of Pluto's moons, revealed a mysterious feature that has scientists puzzled.<p>The image taken by the New Horizons spacecraft shows what appears to be a massive depression or pit with a mountain rising …

Solar System

New Horizons probe sends revealing new images of Pluto's surface

Remarkable new images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are drastically rewriting scientists' understanding of Pluto and its large moon Charon and bolstering the case for the exploration of a host of other small worlds that lie at the shadowy edge of the solar system.<p>The images, beamed to Earth …

Pluto? I still call it a planet, says head of Nasa

The head of Nasa said he still viewed Pluto as a planet as astronomers questioned whether it should be restored to its former status<p>Pluto was unofficially upgraded on Tuesday as Nasa announced that it had completed its mission to visit every planet in the Solar System.<p>Although the icy world was …

Pluto flyby - as it happened: First pictures show dwarf planet is red like Mars

New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto marking the 'end of an era' in Solar System exploration<p>Summary of New Horizon's extraordinary flypast:<p><i>Incredible images taken from Nasa's New Horizon's spacecraft have shown for the first time that Pluto is red like Mars.</i><p><i>Scientists were expecting</i> …

This 'tediously accurate' map of the Solar System puts the space into space

In the words of Douglas Adams, space is big. How big? "Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." Peanuts indeed, but peanuts worth considering — especially …

Pluto’s discoverer is almost home

The ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930, will reach the dwarf planet this Tuesday<p>NASA's New Horizons probe officially entered Pluto's sphere of gravitational influence last week, and this Tuesday, more than nine years after leaving Earth, the spacecraft will perform a flyby of the …

Starwatch: Of Pluto and planets

Astronomers of all stripes are poised for a face-to-face meeting with Pluto – a mere point of light in a large telescope, but a familiar mark on our star charts for 85 years. It’s like meeting a lifelong pen-pal for the first time. A concoction of nerves, expectations and raw excitement has swept …

Solar System

Canadian map of the stars guides the way for NASA’s Pluto probe

The evening of July 8, 2013, was especially clear and calm on the summit of Mauna Kea when astronomers turned the Canada France Hawaii Telescope toward a star-speckled patch of sky that is about to be at the focal point of world attention.<p>The razor-sharp image they captured that night was in answer …

When We Discovered Pluto, It Changed How We Saw The Solar System

On the 23rd and 24th of January, 1930, a young astronomer working in Flagstaff, Arizona, scanned a small patch of the night sky. He was taking …

Here's your closest look yet at Pluto's largest moon, Charon

Sure, Pluto may be hogging the spotlight (if deservedly so), but what about its largest moon, Charon? Don't worry, NASA hasn't forgotten about checking in on this celestial neighbor. The New Horizons probe has delivered one of the first true close-ups of Charon, and it's clear that this is much …

New Horizons Probe Focuses on Pluto’s Moon Charon … and Vader Crater?

LAUREL, Md. — Pluto is the star of the show for NASA's New Horizons mission — but its biggest moon, Charon, is a close second. The two icy worlds are sometimes characterized as the first known double dwarf planets because they orbit a common center of gravity in a complex gravitational dance.<p>So …

Solar System

New contact with intractable comet lander

2002 July 6 - Io: Moon Over Jupiter

<b>Io: Moon Over Jupiter</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> Cassini Imaging Team, Cassini Project, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> How big is the Jovian moon Io? The most volcanic body in the …

Astronomy

Sunita Williams part of Nasa project to put man on Mars by 2030

Indian origin Sunita Williams is among the four astronauts picked by Nasa on Friday to train for a programme which will one day land an American on …

Space Science

Explore the Red Planet with Nasa's Mars Trek

Gallery: Explore the Red Planet with Nasa's Mars Trek<p>Gallery: Explore the Red Planet with Nasa's Mars Trek<p>+ 6<p>+ 5<p>+ 4<p>Nasa has created its very own …

Nasa's New Horizons probe in final countdown to Pluto flyby

Next Tuesday, more than nine years after leaving Earth, Nasa’s probe will make history as the first spacecraft ever to reach the distant dwarf planet<p>Nine years after it left Earth, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft will on Tuesday become the first probe to reach Pluto, the mysterious icy world at the …

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RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

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New Horizons: Latest Pluto image offers glimpses of geology

At last! After spending 9.5 years traveling 3 billion miles to reach Pluto,<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has snapped an image of the dwarf planet that bears tantalizing hints of geologic features that will become clearer in the coming days.<p>Until now, little has been known about what the …

Solar System

New Horizons: Pluto's surface sharpens for Nasa probe

<b>As New Horizons bears down on Pluto, its images just get sharper and sharper.</b><p>The probe's latest picture released on Saturday has started to give scientists some real indications of the geology on the dwarf world.<p>The new black-and-white view reveals a vast band of patterned terrain stretching around …