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E se, invece di espandersi, l’universo stesse… ingrassando?

La teoria di un fisico tedesco spiega l’apparente espansione dell’universo come il prodotto di un aumento delle masse subatomiche nel …

Il Sistema Solare invaso da una stella aliena nella preistoria

E' accaduto 70.000 anni fa, al tempo dei Neanderthal<p>Nella preistoria una stella ha 'invaso' il Sistema Solare: è accaduto <b>70.000 anni fa</b> e <b>il suo</b> …

14 Reasons to Fall in Love with Hubble this Valentine’s Day

Bring out the bubbly! Hubble is celebrating 25 years of science this April. Here's why you should be in love with Hubble, if you weren't already.<p>Our Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating 25 years of science this April. Here's why you should be in love with Hubble, if you weren't already.<p><i>Below:</i> …

Watch how a NASA sub could explore Titan's biggest methane sea

NASA has long announced that it wants to create a tough-as-nails submarine that can withstand <i>extreme</i> conditions, because it's going to explore the largest liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's biggest moon Titan. Now, the agency has released a concept video of the robotic submersible and also …

DSCOVR satellite to offer Earth a much-needed selfie

A new space mission will provide a unique picture of the whole Earth<p>The DSCOVR satellite, launched this week on the private rocket Falcon 9, will …

Where To Look For Life In Space

A tour of places in our solar system where life could persevere<p><i>This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>to accompany the feature "Have We Found Alien Life?"</i>

2015 February 12 - Exploring the Antennae

<b>Exploring the Antennae</b> <b><br>Image Data:</b> Subaru, NAOJ, NASA/ESA/Hubble, R.W. Olsen - <i>Processing:</i> Federico Pelliccia and Rolf Wahl Olsen<p><b>Explanation:</b> Some 60 …

Astronomy

Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

These are the contents of a mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet: Weird looking lamps, wrenches, utility brackets, sights, …

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

Though the sun lies 93 million miles (149 million kilometers) from Earth, its unceasing activity assures an impact on our planet far beyond the …

Land On The Moon For Sale By US Government For Business Purposes

The United States government has already put in motion plans to sell commercial space to American businesses on the moon, it has emerged.<p>In documents …

Weekend Diversion: the Moon as no one’s seen it

You won’t believe this view of the far side — and the Earth — until you see it.<p><i>“When I look at the moon I do not see a hostile, empty world. I see</i> …

NASA Video Shows Off The Dark Side Of The Moon

The first grainy partial photo of Earth from space was taken on October 24, 1946, using a 35mm camera attached to a German V-2 missile. The first <i>full</i> view of our planet was taken 26 years later, on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft. Jump forward another 43 years and we now …

Earth's Moon May Not Be Critical to Life

The moon has long been viewed as a crucial component in creating an environment suitable for the evolution of complex life on Earth, but a number of …

The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize

The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system. Scientists have been trying for years to kickstart a mission to …

Astronomy

Moon Express Continues Lander Flight Tests at NASA Kennedy

<b>KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 6, 2015 (MoonEx PR) —</b> Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space …

Exploration

Making Music From NASA's Sound Archives

Support the news<p>NASA has taken years of sound from its historic space flights and probe missions and put it online. All the sound is free on …

Hubble Sees Evidence of Water Vapor at Jupiter Moon

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong …

You've Never Seen the Phases of the Moon from This Perspective: The Far Side

Sometimes, it seems to be a cosmic misfortune that we only get to view the universe from a singular vantage point.<p>Take the example of our single …

Titan: Facts About Saturn's Largest Moon

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest in the solar system (after Ganymede of Jupiter). It is the only moon in the solar system with …

NASA catches an exploding nova on tape

Talk about a once in a blue moon opportunity. Actually, it’s more like once in a white binary star system. NASA has managed to capture footage of a …

Closer view of Ceres shows multiple white spots

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of the mysterious dwarf planet world Ceres. These latest images, taken on …

Ceres

The Other Side Of The Moon, Revealed By NASA

We all know what the Moon looks like - what we're not so used to seeing is the same view, from the other side.<p>This NASA clip reveals what our largest …

Space

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 …

Which Planets Have Rings?

Planetary rings are an interesting phenomena. The mere mention of these two words tends to conjure up images of Saturn, with its large and colorful …

Crave Ep. 191: Plans get rolling for mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa

Scientists suspect that Jupiter's icy moon Europa contains a vast ocean that may help support alien life forms. The only way to find out is to go there. NASA looks ahead to a Europa mission by 2020.<p><b>Subscribe to Crave:</b><p>iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD)<p>RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ) | RSS (SD)<p>Crave has a …

From Mercury to Pluto: the year ahead in planetary exploration

By Donna Burton<i>, University of Southern Queensland</i><p>2015 is already shaping up to be a big year in astronomy and planetary exploration, with the best …

Missions

We are NASA's Planetary Science Division. Our hardworking robots explore the planets and more on the wild frontiers of our solar system.

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