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To Start a New Life at Proxima Centauri, This Is How Many People We Need to Send

Multiple generations will live and die on the ship.<p>Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight …

Space Travel

Watch Live: InSight Mission To Mars To Make History Saturday

That light show across the California sky will be the launch of NASA's Mars lander, the first ever effort to study the interior of Mars.<p>LOS ANGELES, …

A cosmic sense of scale

NASA launches satellite 'TESS' in hunt for exoplanets

Previous generations have looked up at the stars in the night sky and wondered whether they are also orbited by planets. Our generation is the first …

Elon Musk just unveiled a giant tool SpaceX will use to build the biggest and most powerful spaceship in history

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, just showed off a huge development in his quest to build the largest and most powerful spaceship in history.<p>Musk posted a photo of a giant cylinder (below) to Instagram early Monday morning. It reveals a hollow metal spindle with spokes next to a Tesla Model 3 …

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

Read Elon Musk's bold Mars colony plan for free online

Elon Musk's latest plan to colonize Mars is now officially part of the academic literature.<p>A summary of the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO's presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia last September has been published in the peer-reviewed journal New Space. The journal is …

Elon Musk

Curiosity rover: 2,000 days on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is celebrating 2,000 martian days (sols) investigating Gale Crater on the Red Planet. In that time, the robot has made some remarkable observations. Here are just a few of them, chosen by the Curiosity science team.</b><p><b>Looking</b> …

NASA's Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures

NASA’s Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

The vehicle was only supposed to last 90<p>On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only …

New Data Shows TRAPPIST-1 Planets Are More Habitable Than We Ever Thought

There could be water! And air!<p>You've probably been on the edge of your seat wondering what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system has been up to. Now we …

Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say

Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have habitable conditions, with probable water and a source of heat, attributes thought necessary for life beyond Earth.<p>Since their discovery last year, the seven planets and their star, called …

Universe

Saturn's Fascinating Moon Titan Has Yet Another Thing In Common With Earth

Titan - Saturn's largest moon - is remarkable in that it features a dense atmosphere and stable liquid at the surface. The only other place in the …

Gallery: A tour of the Solar System in spectacular new detail

Trailblazing spacecraft have not only returned stunning images for us to fawn over recently, they've returned important observations with great …

Saturn's Fascinating Moon Titan Has Yet Another Thing in Common With Earth

Titan—Saturn’s largest moon—is remarkable in that it features a dense atmosphere and stable liquid at the surface. The only other place in the solar …

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Lake Superior

NASA's Curiosity Rover spotted mysterious 'stick-like formations' on Mars

The images of these stick-like formations were taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.<p>NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover has made a …

The Most Mind-Blowing Space Pictures of 2017

Gaze upon them. GAZE.<p>In many ways, this year was pretty <i>turbulent</i> here on Earth. One could argue it was objectively terrible. But at the very least, …

Epic Mars portrait turns the planet on its head

Up and down can seem subjective when you're talking about objects in space, but most images you see of Mars are oriented so the planet's north pole is up and the south pole is down. The European Space Agency turned things around with a newly released image from its Mars Express spacecraft.<p>The full …

North Pole

These Closeup Photos of Jupiter Look Like Works of Art

NASA’s Juno space probe has been orbiting Jupiter and dazzling us with photos of the giant gas planet for over a year now. In recent days, Juno has …

Astronomy

NASA Finds The ‘Holy Grail’ Of Alien Life: Kepler Mission Discovers Three Exoplanets That Could Support Life

NASA's Kepler mission has found a star with seven planets orbiting it, three of which could potentially support life.<p>NASA has found what they are …

K2-18b: 'Super-Earth' that could host alien life is discovered

A little-known planet 111 light years away could be a ‘scaled-up version of Earth’ which is able to host alien life, according to new research.<p>The …

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Watched the Sun Set and It Will Take Your Breath Away

NASA's Curiosity rover has spent 1,890 Martian days on the red planet since it landed there early in the morning of August 6, 2012. That's 1,890 …

Research Shows That Earthworms Can Thrive Even in Mars Soil

Space worms FTW!<p>Good news, aspiring Martian farmers! The soil composition of Mars oughtn't hinder earthworm reproduction, if experiments here on …

Gardening

Compact Planetary System An 'Amazing New Laboratory'

Surely this is one of the most congested spots in space.<p>About 232 trillion miles from Earth, a tiny star—TRAPPIST-1a—clinches seven cramped worlds.<p>The innermost planet—TRAPPIST-1b—orbits in only a day-and-a-half. The furthermost planet—TRAPPIST-1h—is only six million miles out.<p>Says Lisa …

We just sent a signal to make contact with aliens on a distant 'Super Earth' — here's what we said

Humanity's first contact with aliens could be a breezy 24 years away. We sent a signal to an Earth-like planet that may host life - and we sent them a mixtape.<p>The project, called "Sónar Calling GJ 273b," is a team effort led by the Sónar music festival in collaboration with METI (Messaging to …

More than 2.4 million names to be sent to Mars in 2018: NASA

"Thanks for submitting your name to travel on our InSight lander! 2.4+ million names will land on Mars in Nov. 2018," NASA said in a tweet.<p>By: | New …

InSight Lander

NASA Releases Treasure Trove of Incredible New Images of Jupiter From Its Juno Mission

On October 24, NASA's Juno spacecraft completed its ninth close pass over the gas giant. That's exciting news for scientists, of course, but their …

There’s so much going on in this breathtaking new Hubble photo you could stare at it for years

NASA has lots and lots of hardware floating around in space, orbiting planets, and cruising around Mars, and when it wants to show off its …

Scientists make massive discovery of 20 new, possibly life-supporting planets

The Kepler space telescope has already made an absolutely incredible number of discoveries during its eight-or-so years spying the skies, and it just …