Two Years Ago Today: It Was a Clear Day on Pluto When New Horizons Flew By

It was two years ago this morning that we awoke to see the now iconic image of Pluto that the New Horizons spacecraft had sent to Earth during the night. You, of course, know the picture I’m talking about – the one with a clear view of the giant heart-shaped region on the distant, little […]
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Even Though Red Dwarfs Have Long Lasting Habitable Zones, They’d be Brutal to Life

Two new studies from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have thrown some cold water on the notion that planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system might be habitable.
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This is the Strangest Idea Ever for a Spacecraft Propulsion System: Ferrofluids

A new study from Michigan Tech presents a new concept for small satellite propulsion, one which relies on magnetically-activated fluids to generate thrust.
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The Dark Energy Survey: About More Than Just Dark Energy (Video)

The Dark Energy Survey is looking at 5000 square degrees of sky in the southern hemisphere for 525 nights in an attempt to understand mysterious Dark Energy. But that’s not all the collaboration is doing. …

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NASA to Use Converted Bombers to Chase Totality

In a classic swords to plowshares move, two converted WB-57 aircraft flown by NASA’s Airborne Science Program and scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado will greet the shadow of the Moon as it rushes across the contiguous United States on Monday, August 21st on a daring mission of science.
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Satellite Images Show a Trillion Ton Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica

For several months, scientists have been keeping an eye on a piece of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, waiting for the inevitable. And now it has happened. Sometime between July 10 and July 12, 2017 a trillion ton iceberg split off, “changing the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever,” said one scientist. The new iceberg […]
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Turns Out, Mars Sucks Even Worse Than We Knew

One of the most significant finds to come from our ongoing exploration and research efforts of Mars is the fact that the planet once had a warmer, wetter environment. Between 4.2 and 3.7 billion years ago, the planet had a thicker atmosphere and was able to maintain liquid water on its surface. As such, it […]
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Here They are! New Juno Pictures of the Great Red Spot

Juno made history the other day when it conducted the closest pass in history to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and the photos are already coming in!
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Why Are Planets Round?

Why are the planets round? For that matter, why are all the big objects in the Universe this shape? The answer has to do with how gravity works and how star systems are formed.
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How Fast is Mach One?

While we tend to think of Mach One as being the speed it takes to break the sound barrier, its a bit more complicated than that, and requires a little math!
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We’re About to Get Our Closest Look at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Days after celebrating the 1st anniversary of its arrival around Jupiter, the Juno probe will give us our most detailed look at Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot.
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