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Out There: Earth-Size Planets Among Final Tally of NASA’s Kepler Telescope

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:12 GMT

An artist’s conception of KOI-961, a star system detected by the Kepler space telescope. It has three of the smallest planets known so far to orbit a star other than our sun.Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list of objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.

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High Above Mars, a NASA Orbiter Spies the Curiosity Rover

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:58:57 GMT

In this false-color photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 5, the small blue dot in the center is NASA’s Curiosity rover.The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of the rover about every three months to monitor the surrounding area for changes.

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Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:29:57 GMT

Jerry Nelson peering into a mirror at the Lick Observatory. Mr. Nelson, an astronomer, helped design a telescope that has become a model for many advanced modern-day telescopes.Mr. Nelson’s design, made decades after the size limit was thought to have been reached, allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before.

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Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:00:16 GMT

An artist’s conception shows two merging black holes similar to those detected by LIGO. Astronomers said Thursday that they had felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes resulting in a pit of infinitely deep darkness.This is the third black-hole smashup that astronomers have detected since they started keeping watch on the cosmos back in September 2015.

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A Chicken Sandwich Hitches a Balloon Ride to the Stratosphere

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:01:31 GMT

In February, World View Enterprises collaborated with Ball Aerospace on a balloon test flight that collected images from the atmosphere. This month, the same vehicle is to carry a KFC chicken sandwich on a four-day demonstration flight.The first customer for a high-tech balloon that will be able to hover in the stratosphere for months at a time is KFC, as part of a marketing campaign.

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Fruit Flies and Mice to Get New Home on Space Station, at Least Temporarily

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:27:13 GMT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon cargo capsule on top, on a Kennedy Space Center launchpad on Thursday.The next SpaceX mission will carry insects and rodents to help scientists understand the effects of long-term life in space.

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NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:58:01 GMT

Multiple images combined show Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles. The oval features are cyclones.Observations taken from the first few orbits of the Juno spacecraft provide a glimpse of the interior, the poles and the equator of the solar system’s largest planet.

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NASA Denies Trump’s Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket

Fri, 12 May 2017 23:30:23 GMT

The inside of the Space Launch System’s liquid hydrogen tank.The agency announced that adding astronauts to the mission would have cost $600 million to $900 million and required significantly more work and time.

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A Photo From Space Shows Belgium Shining Bright, and Social Media Lights Up

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:54:48 GMT

A photograph taken by the astronaut Thomas Pesquet shows Warsaw at the bottom and Belgium at top left, with the aurora borealis at right. Belgium keeps most of its street lights on all night, even along country roads.Photos taken by a French astronaut sparked a discussion about their beauty — and also raised questions about energy use.

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Out There: Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:10:42 GMT

An image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.The spacecraft is set to venture into the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring 22 times until Sept. 15, then crash into the planet.

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Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:00:08 GMT

Vera Rubin in the 1970s, when she mapped the distribution of mass in spiral galaxies by measuring how fast they rotated.Dr. Rubin, who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1993, ushered in the cosmic realization that most of the universe is invisible.

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Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:24:46 GMT

Summer solstice at Stonehenge in 2004.The scientific start to summer in the Northern Hemisphere this week comes ahead of a total solar eclipse in August, when the moon will engulf the sun.

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