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Rare 2012 ATV, Low Mileage: Calculating Curiosity Rover’s Blue Book Value

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.06.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>If you’ve paid close attention to NASA’s …

All Of The Asteroids That Could Potentially End The World

Here's the path of the nearly 1,400 asteroids that would cause "major devastation" if they hit our planet.<p>It's no surprise that NASA is keeping track of all potentially hazardous objects, or PHOs, that surround our planet. If it's closer than 4.6 million miles away and larger than about 350 feet in …

New sharp image of Whirlpool Galaxy

A new camera on a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson has given us this beautiful view of the Whirlpool, which is also called M51.<p>…

12 Insanely Ambitious Ideas For Improving Space Exploration

NASA has awarded $100,000 to each of these sci-fi projects, which cover everything from suspended animation to Mars kites to 3-D printed food.<p>NASA has announced the award-winners of its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, in which the agency gives funding to projects that are a little …

The Week In Numbers: An Asteroid-Zapping Space Laser, The Worst Planets In The Universe, And More

<b>4,580 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the surface temperature on exoplanet COROT-7b, one of the 10 worst places to live in the universe, according to NASA scientists<p><b>600 miles</b>: the diameter of the largest known asteroid, Ceres (could an asteroid impact knock the moon into Earth?)<p><b>70 gigawatts</b>: the power of a …

New For Space Tourists: A Light, Comfy Space Suit

Private space company Final Frontier Design shows off the latest orbital fashion.<p>Final Frontier Design, a Brooklyn, NY-based space company, unveiled their new "3G" space suit yesterday on Capitol Hill. The company's previous suit won a 2013 <i>Popular Science</i> invention award, and this third-generation …

APOD: The Beautiful Trifid (2013 Jul 25) Image Credit & Copyright: Máximo Ruiz http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130725.html Explanation: The beautiful Trifid Nebula is a cosmic study in contrasts. Also known as M20, it lies about 5,000 light-years away toward the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. A star forming region in the plane of our galaxy, the Trifid illustrates three different types of astronomical nebulae; red emission nebulae dominated by light emitted by hydrogen atoms, blue reflection nebulae produced by dust reflecting starlight, and dark nebulae where dense dust clouds appear in silhouette. The bright red emission region, roughly separated into three parts by obscuring dust lanes, lends the Trifid its popular name. But in this sharp, colorful scene, the red emission is also surrounded by the the telltale blue haze of reflection nebulae. Pillars and jets sculpted by newborn stars, below and left of the emission nebula's center, appear in Hubble Space Telescope close-up images of the region. The Trifid Nebula is about 40 light-years across. http://www.astromodelismo.es/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130725 #APOD

Want to find distant planets? Our own sun offers clues

A new study teaches us about the formation of our own solar system, and might also aid in the search for other stars orbited by habitable …

Comets

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

How Close Could I Get To The Sun And Survive?

Of all the bodies in our solar system, the sun is probably the one we want to give the widest berth. It gushes radiation, and even though its surface is the coolest part of the star, it burns at about 9,940°F, hot enough to incinerate just about any material. As such, there are no plans to send a …

The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

How Big is the Solar System?

Two Alien Planets With 'Endless Oceans' --"Unlike anything in our Solar System"

These two "Water World" planets orbit the star Kepler-62. This five-planet system has two worlds in the habitable zone — the distance from their star …

Don’t miss this photo of Phobos

ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft captured this photo of Phobos – the larger of Mars two moons – orbiting in front of its planet.<p>Phobos and Deimos – <i>Fear</i> …

Astronomy

Raw image Earth and moon from Saturn

On Friday, the Cassini spacecraft, Saturn and the sun were aligned so that Cassini could capture Earth’s picture from distant space. Cassini got the …

Astronomy

Smile! Nasa to attempt long-distance portrait of Earth from Saturn | Stuart Clark

It may sound like a terrible sequel to The Day the Earth Stood Still, but The Day the Earth Smiled is an attempt to take a new picture of our home …

Today in science: 1st footsteps on moon

Today is the 49th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. The story in pictures, here.<p><b>July 20, 1969.</b> On this date, Apollo 11 …

The Best Space Images Ever Were Taken by Apollo Astronauts With Hasselblad Cameras

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Lunar Park For The U.S.?

Can astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's "giant leap for mankind" be permanently preserved? Two House Democrats want to do just that: They proposed a bill to create a national historic park for the Apollo 11 mission — on the moon. The legislation would designate a park on the moon to honor …

This is Saturn

Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which …