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NASA reveals the X-57, its electric plane project

By on June 20, 2016 at 6:10 PM.

NASA reveals the X-57, its electric plane project

An electric plane project is in the works at NASA, and the new aircraft is called the X-57. It’s an initiative the space agency hopes will demonstrate that electric-powered aviation can be environmentally friendly, quiet, and quick.

Made out of a modified Italian-designed plane, the X-57 will have a skinny wing with a total of 14 battery-powered motors, and because it won’t run on gas, it won’t produce exhaust from burnt fossil fuels. NASA said that having multiple small engines means the X-57 will need less energy to cruise at a speed of 175 mph.

And while traditional fuel-burning airplanes need to cruise slower than their maximum speed to be the most fuel-efficient, the space agency says that that isn’t the case with an electric-powered plane. More →

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Alien contact could be 1,500 years away, say Cornell astronomers

By on June 16, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Alien contact could be 1,500 years away, say Cornell astronomers

If you are hoping to meet an alien then you may be in for a very long wait, according to astronomers at Cornell University.

The experts say that it could be 1,500 years before alien contact with Earth and will present their research at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in San Diego Thursday.

“We haven’t heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place – but that doesn’t mean no one is out there,” said Cornell student Evan Solomonides, who will present the research paper, in a statement. More →

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Scientists find rare ‘Tatooine’ double-star planet

By on June 15, 2016 at 1:49 PM.

Scientists find rare ‘Tatooine’ double-star planet

A team of astronomers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and San Diego State University has announced the exciting discovery of a planet with two suns within the Cygnus Constellation, using the Kepler Space Telescope.

Named Kepler-1647 b, the planet is located 3,700 light years from Earth, and thought to be similar in age to our planet, around 4.4 billion years old.

The planet’s double-star system contains one star that is slightly larger than the Earth’s sun, and one that is slightly smaller, according to the team. More →

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Mars Close Approach 2016

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

By on May 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM.

How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in years tonight

If you’re looking for a fun activity to add to your Memorial Day plans, here’s an easy one: look up. According to NASA, Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth since 2005 on May 30th, coming within 46.8 million miles of our planet. More →

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Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

By on May 27, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

Facebook will be getting social with astronauts next week.

The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will be chatting live with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, and viewers will be able to both watch and submit questions for him to ask, NASA announced Friday.

Interested parties on Earth can tune into NASA’s Facebook page for the 20-minute video call, which will begin at 12:55 p.m. EDT on June 2. Zuckerberg will be speaking with two NASA astronauts on the ISS, Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra, as well as Tim Peake of the European Space Agency. More →

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Alien hunters claim Venus has buildings

By on April 26, 2016 at 8:12 PM.

Alien hunters claim Venus has buildings

Space might very well be considered the “final frontier,” but according to alien hunters, intelligent life on Venus includes cities for its inhabitants.

A 20-minute Spanish-language video posted to YouTube by mundodesconocido magnifies and examines images of the planet taken by NASA’s Magellan probe. More →

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NASA 4K Aurora Borealis Video

NASA’s Ultra HD footage of Aurora Borealis from space will improve your Monday

By on April 18, 2016 at 4:20 PM.

NASA’s Ultra HD footage of Aurora Borealis from space will improve your Monday

Late last year, NASA partnered with video delivery infrastructure company Harmonic to launch a non-commercial Ultra HD TV channel. NASA’s goal was to utilize the clarity and resolution of UHD to “showcase the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of space,” which is exactly what it has done in a new feature.

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Planet X Earth Theory

Have you heard about the gigantic mystery planet that could kill us all?

By on April 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Have you heard about the gigantic mystery planet that could kill us all?

Conspiracy theorists keep finding proof of alien life on Earth, but if you’re going to be worried about deadly aliens causing a commotion on our planet then you’d have to look elsewhere – if only you could see that far. A huge alien force is believed to be so far out in our solar system that its presence can’t be confirmed yet. But a new theory suggests it regularly kills life on our beloved planet and the dinosaur extinction may have been its best work yet. More →

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Project Apollo 17

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

By on March 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM.

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

44 years. That’s how long it’s been since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth. With all of the technological advancements that have come about in the past four decades, you might think that a trip to the Moon would be a walk in the park, but NASA’s priorities lie elsewhere.

Thankfully, those same advancements have made it possible for us to relive the Apollo 17 mission without ever leaving our homes. More →

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NASA releases stunning Mars gravity map

By on March 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

NASA releases stunning Mars gravity map

NASA has released an incredible Mars gravity map, based on data collected from three spacecraft.

“Gravity maps allow us to see inside a planet, just as a doctor uses an X-ray to see inside a patient,” said Antonio Genova of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a statement released by NASA. “The new gravity map will be helpful for future Mars exploration, because better knowledge of the planet’s gravity anomalies helps mission controllers insert spacecraft more precisely into orbit about Mars.”

Genova, who is based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is lead author of a paper on the Mars Gravity research published in the Journal Icarus.  “The improved resolution of our gravity map will help us understand the still-mysterious formation of specific regions of the planet,” he added, in the NASA statement. More →

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Saturn Rings Dione Moon NASA Photo

Stunning NASA photo shows moon cut in half by Saturn’s rings

By on February 17, 2016 at 3:51 PM.

Stunning NASA photo shows moon cut in half by Saturn’s rings

Saturn and its rings may be a long way from Earth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t snap lots of photos of the distant planet. In fact, taking pictures of Saturn is part of the job for NASA researchers, who have captured a stunning shot of several objects in the planet’s orbit.

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