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2017 December 19 - The Spiral North Pole of Mars

<b>The Spiral North Pole of Mars</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> ESA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team<p><b>Explanation:</b> Why is there a spiral around the North Pole of …

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As World Turns it Drags Time and Space

An international team of NASA and university researchers has dramatically improved the accuracy of the first direct evidence that the Earth drags …

Curiosity’s Drill Hole and Location are Picture Perfect

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover drilled its eighth hole on Mars, and its fifth since reaching Mount Sharp one year ago. The …

Water Is Flowing on Mars

In a major scientific finding, researchers confirm briny water flows seasonally on the Red Planet.<p>Right now, 140 million miles away, somewhere on the frigid surface of Mars, there is water forming. Scientists announced they have strong evidence that briny water flows on the planet, a critical step …

Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life

For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might …

Universe

Astronomers may have found the first-ever exomoon seen by humans

We’re living in an age where astronomers can find exoplanets that we can’t actually see. What we haven’t seen yet though, is an exoplanet’s moon, as …

Lagrange Points: Parking Places in Space

A Lagrange point is a location in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and the sun or Earth and the moon, …

NASA’s New Horizons Team Reveals New Scientific Findings on Pluto

New Pluto Photos Contain Multitude of Mysteries

Scientists are stunned at the incredible new images of the surface of Pluto, its largest moon Charon and its farthest-flung moon Hydra, which are …

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 …

This Is What The Sun Might Look Like In A Few Billion Years

The ghost of stars past<p>This giant blob of star stuff looks like it floated off the end of a bubble wand, or at least out of Gene Roddenberry's imagination. But the picture above is actually the ghost of a dead star.<p>The object, known officially as ESO 378-1 and unofficially as the Southern Owl …

Mystery Solved? Why Pluto's Big Moon Charon Has a Red Pole

The dark red pole on Pluto's largest moon Charon may be some of the dwarf planet's own siphoned-off atmosphere. Images and data captured by NASA's …

Solar System

Take a walk on the surface of ‘Earth’s cousin’ - Kepler 452b

What would it be like to walk on Kepler 452b? We don’t know much — but what we know is enticing. This strange new word may be Earth-like, but it’s …

Universe

NASA 'On The Cusp' Of Discovering If Life Exists Beyond Earth, Says Top Scientist

No big deal.<p>WASHINGTON -- There's evidence of an interior ocean on Pluto. One of Jupiter's moons has a global ocean beneath its crust that could contain more than twice as much water as Earth. There are at least half a dozen of these ocean worlds in our solar system alone -- and where there's …

Astronomy

Europe just invested over $380 million in an alien-hunting space mission to Jupiter

On July 17, the European Space Agency — Europe's version of NASA — announced that they were issuing a contract to award the U.S.-equivalent of $384 million to the European-based company Airbus Defense and Space.<p>Jupiter has become one of the most likely neighborhoods in our solar system with the …

Astronomy

Pluto Has An Atmosphere, Moons, And Maybe Geological Activity. Can We Call It A Planet Now?

Short answer: It depends who you ask<p>Mike Brown doesn’t hate Pluto. The Caltech astronomer is a self-professed Pluto killer—by discovering Eris, an icy world similar in size to Pluto, Brown's work led to both worlds getting classified as 'dwarf planets' in 2006. Nevertheless, he’s avidly following …

Solar System

NASA's Curiosity rover eyes weird rock on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity went out of its way to investigate a rock the likes of which it has never seen before on the Red Planet.<p>Measurements by Curiosity's rock-zapping ChemCam laser and another instrument revealed that the target, a chunk of bedrock dubbed Elk, contains high levels of silica …

Pluto: ten things we now know about the dwarf planet

• <b>Pluto is larger than we thought</b> Pluto’s diameter is larger than expected at 2,370 kilometres across. This is about two-thirds the size of Earth’s moon, giving Pluto a surface area comparable to Russia. The finding is significant because it means the world is less dense than previously thought, …

Solar System

'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed<p>Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.<p>…

Space Travel

This Pulsar Is Shotgunning Part Of Its Neighbor Out Into Space

Pulsars are kind of like the action stars (pun very much intended) of the universe, bringing crazy force and wild maneuvers to their galaxies and even sometimes hanging out with a blinged-out white dwarf sidekick. Take the star of the latest summer blockbuster featuring the double star system PSR …

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Earth's orbiting observatories and their literally awesome images

While the Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, cruises into interstellar space (the farthest man-made object from Earth) and missions like New Horizons capture snaps from the outskirts of the solar system, we've been keeping the heavy hitters close to home. Massive space telescopes that scan the …

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, …

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy

NASA Scientists Make Incredible Discovery in Pluto’s ‘Heart’: ‘We’re Still Trying to Understand’

NASA scientists on Tuesday announced that they had made a new discovery in Pluto’s “heart”: a large mountain range.<p>Located next to Pluto’s Tombaugh Regio, a bright, heart-shaped region, experts said the icy mountains appear to be “less lofty” than the peaks discovered last week.<p>Image source: …

Pluto's weird moons come into focus after New Horizons flyby

Pluto's moons are weird as hell.<p>Three of the dwarf planet's five moons — named Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx — are coming into better focus …

New Horizons craft sends new photos of Pluto's surface, including 'tail'

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- NASA's New Horizons space probe has transmitted new images that depict the surface of Pluto in great detail -- and …

Solar System

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 …

Relive First Glimpses of the Planets With These 9 Pictures

From Mercury to Pluto, flip through history's first looks at our celestial neighborhood.<p>Pluto may not be officially in the same category as the other planets, but it's still family. In fact, judging from our first close-ups sent back from New Horizons on Wednesday, this dwarf planet could be called …

Astronomy