Pluto True Color Images NASA

See Pluto up close in the highest quality NASA pics yet

By on July 24, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

See Pluto up close in the highest quality NASA pics yet

Seeing Pluto up close and personal has certainly been one of the highlights of 2015, but as NASA noted earlier this month, the initial images were just the beginning. More photos from New Horizons have continued to make their way back to Earth over the past several days, including the first true color images of the dwarf planet. More →

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NASA Earth 2.0 Planet Discovered

NASA: This planet could be ‘Earth 2.0′

By on July 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM.

NASA: This planet could be ‘Earth 2.0′

Wow. NASA on Thursday announced the discovery of a planet that could be the first found outside our solar system capable of sustaining human life. The planet, which is officially named Kepler-452b, is being described by NASA’s Jon Jenkins as Earth’s “older, bigger cousin” and it is the smallest planet discovered so far in the so-called “habitable” zone in a solar system in which a planet is capable of sustaining pools of water on its surface. More →

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NASA Epic Earth Photo

You’ve never seen the Earth like this before

By on July 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

You’ve never seen the Earth like this before

Over the past few weeks, Pluto has dominated the headlines. It took nearly a decade, but the New Horizons probe finally reached Pluto on July 14th, giving us our closest look yet at what used to be the ninth planet in our solar system. It has been incredible to see the dwarf planet in detail for the first time in history, but today we’re taking a break from Pluto and returning to Earth. More →

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NASA GRACE Aquifer Water Supply

We’re Running out of Water

By on June 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

We’re Running out of Water

It’s not happening today or tomorrow, but we’re slowly running out of water, new NASA data shows. Looking down at the planet using its GRACE satellites over a period of ten years, the researchers at NASA discovered that more than half of Earth’s 37 largest aquifers are being depleted at an alarming rate, far faster than they can be replenished. More →

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NASA Cinco de Mayo Solar Flare

This solar flare captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is positively stunning

By on May 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

This solar flare captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is positively stunning

If you weren’t aware, NASA likes to keep a close eye on everything that’s happening in our solar system. Occasionally, the phenomena they observe are too incredible not to share, such as the huge solar flare that erupted from the surface of the sun on May 5th, an event that NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is calling the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Solar Flare. More →

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NASA Orbiter

How to watch live as NASA’s orbiter approaches dwarf planet Ceres at 1PM EST

By on March 6, 2015 at 12:05 PM.

How to watch live as NASA’s orbiter approaches dwarf planet Ceres at 1PM EST

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Why not watch history be made as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft approaches the dwarf planet Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. More →

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NASA Satellite Video Earth Infrared Light

Watch this mesmerizing timelapse video of Earth in infrared light

By on January 30, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

Watch this mesmerizing timelapse video of Earth in infrared light

We can’t get enough awesome footage of Earth taken from space. Now James Tyrwhitt-Drake has given us yet another jewel in the form of NASA footage that’s been edited into a timelapse movie that shows the Earth in infrared light and really gives you a good view of how water vapor moves in its atmosphere. More →

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NASA Venus Atmosphere Project

NASA is launching a wild project to make Venus’s atmosphere habitable

By on December 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

NASA is launching a wild project to make Venus’s atmosphere habitable

The surface of Venus is not anything close to habitable, since its average surface temperature is around 864 degrees Fahrenheit. But what if we never bothered trying to walk on Venus and instead built a floating city in the clouds that would make Lando Calrissian feel right at home? More →

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NASA Orion Launch Video

Watch this incredible footage of NASA’s Orion spacecraft launch

By on December 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Watch this incredible footage of NASA’s Orion spacecraft launch

NASA took a big step toward bringing people to Mars this week, although it will still likely be at least another 20 years before we can actually make such a journey. NASA launched its Orion spacecraft on Friday, an event that the organization describes as “the first flight test for NASA’s new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars.” Orion is set to be airborne for about four-and-a-half hours on Friday before it lands back in the Pacific Ocean. More →

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Antares Rocket Explosion Video

Watch the jaw-dropping, unseen video of the Antares rocket explosion

By on November 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM.

Watch the jaw-dropping, unseen video of the Antares rocket explosion

Late last month, NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket, filled with 5,000 pounds of cargo intended for the International Space Station, exploded seconds after liftoff. At the time, news sources only had access to amateur footage, but now that the proverbial smoke has cleared, professional photojournalists have finally had a chance to collect their equipment from the launch site. More →

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What Is Jupiter's Red Spot

Mystery solved? Scientists think they know why Juptier’s giant spot is so red

By on November 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Mystery solved? Scientists think they know why Juptier’s giant spot is so red

One of the more enduring questions that kids ask when they learn about astronomy for the first time is why Jupiter has such a gigantic red spot on its surface. Now ScienceDaily brings us word that researchers may have discovered exactly why Jupiter’s big red spot is so red: For lack of a better term, it seems that our solar system’s largest planet has a sunburn. More →

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NASA Sun Timelapse Video

This gorgeous 4K timelapse video of the sun will take your breath away

By on November 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This gorgeous 4K timelapse video of the sun will take your breath away

It’s been an exciting year for incredible videos shot from outer space, as just this week we’re being treated to a live video of scientists’ first attempt at landing a probe on a comet. YouTube user James Tyrwhitt-Drake has put together a beautiful 4K timelapse video of the sun that uses over 72,000 images take from NASA’s solar dynamics observatory to show us what the sun looks like as it makes its rotation. More →

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