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Video: Flying over an extraterrestrial land of lakes

Saturn’s moon Titan … we’re talking about you! These lakes aren’t water, by the way. They’re liquid hydrocarbons.<p>Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the …

Gaia spacecraft set for launch on mission to map a billion stars

European Space Agency's €740m craft will spend five years orbiting sun to create most detailed 3D map of stars produced<p>The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft is poised to begin its mission to map a billion stars in our galaxy to an unprecedented level of detail, with its scheduled launch on …

Supervolcano Beneath Yellowstone Far Bigger Than Previously Thought

The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is far bigger than thought.<p>A new study shows that the magma chamber is about 2.5 times …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Starwatch: Taurus

Many of us had hoped that Comet ISON would be conspicuous by now, but its breakup near perihelion on 28 November appears to have been terminal after all. A dispersing cloud of debris was viewed by solar-observing spacecraft for a few days, but I have seen no credible report of any further …

APOD: Yutu Rover Rolls onto the Moon (2013 Dec 16) Image Credit: Chinese National Space Administration, Xinhuanet http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131216.html Explanation: A new desk-sized rover has begun exploring the Moon. Launched two weeks ago by the Chinese National Space Administration, the Chang'e 3 spacecraft landed on the Moon yesterday and deployed the robotic rover. Yutu, named for a folklore lunar Jade Rabbit, has a scheduled three-month mission to explore several kilometers inside the Sinus Iridum (Latin for "Bay of Rainbows") impact crater. Yutu's cameras and spectrometers will investigate surface features and composition while ground penetrating radar will investigate deep soil structure. Chang'e 3 achieved the first soft Moon landing since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, and Yutu is the first lunar rover deployed since the USSR's Lunokhod 2 in 1973. Pictured above, Yutu was imaged from its lander yesterday soon after rolling onto the Moon. http://www.cnsa.gov.cn/ http://www.news.cn/english/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131216 #APOD