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Could This Be The First Airplane To Fly On Mars? NASA Thinks So

The drone will test later this year, and may be ready to fly on Mars by 2020.

NASA is preparing to test a new flying wing aircraft, and if all goes according to plan, the drone could be the first man-made object to take flight in the skies of Mars. Until now, all missions to Mars have taken place either in orbit or directly on the planet’s surface, yet an ambitious new… Read more »

NASA Astronaut Takes ‘Earthshine’ Selfies In Space

Kelly appears in the images, illuminated by a reflection from the planet below.

A NASA astronaut has shared several unusual selfies, which depict his face illuminated by “Earthshine” reflecting from the planet 220 miles below. On Saturday, astronaut Scott Kelly shared the two self portraits, taken from the International Space Station, as CNN reports. In the first selfie, Kelly’s face and arms appear illuminated by light reflected from… Read more »

NASA Releases First New Horizons ‘Near-True’ Color Videos Of Pluto [Video]

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NASA has released the first “near-true” color videos of Pluto and its largest natural satellite, Charon, captured by the New Horizons probe approaching the dwarf planet. The two newly released videos show the complex orbital interaction of the two bodies. According to New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern with the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), although… Read more »

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden: Area 51 And Alien Life Exist

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NASA administrator Charles Bolden has stated that he believes alien life exists and that mankind will encounter it soon. Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.), 12th Administrator of NASA since July 17, 2009, was responding to questions during a media event with a group of British schoolchildren organized by the children’s newspaper First News… Read more »

Venus And Jupiter: Planets Will Converge On July 1

Venus and Jupiter converge

Venus and Jupiter — two of the brightest stars in the sky — will converge, and the celestial event will be visible on the night of July 1. In what some astronomers are calling “the best backyard sky show of 2015,” Venus and Jupiter will converge at the end of this month, on the night… Read more »

Rosetta Mission: Philae Lander Wakes Up, Contacts Earth After Seven Months

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Over seven months after it lost contact with the Earth, the Philae Lander spacecraft that landed on a distance comet named 67P has awoken. According to a BBC News report, the Philae Lander “woke up” from its seven-month-long hibernation and contacted Earth. Signals from Philae Lander, which also happens to be the first spacecraft to… Read more »

Jack King, Iconic Voice Of NASA’s Apollo Missions, Dies At 84

Jack King

Jack King, the iconic voice behind the NASA’s launch countdowns and commentary during the space race, has died at the age of 84. Former astronauts and NASA officials remember the contributions King made to the golden age of space flight. Without Jack King, the manned NASA missions of the 1960s would have had a much… Read more »

Bill Nye’s LightSail Spacecraft Reboots, ‘Calls Home’

Launched on May 20, the LightSail fell silent just days after reaching orbit.

Over a week after it lost contact with Earth, the Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft has rebooted itself in orbit, re-establishing contact with controllers on the ground. LightSail, a cube satellite about the size of a shoebox that was designed by Bill Nye’s Planetary Society to develop Carl Sagan’s concept of a solar sail, was lifted… Read more »

Bill Nye’s LightSail Spacecraft Stranded In Orbit

Engineers must now wait for a charged particle to strike the spacecraft, rebooting its operations.

The LightSail, a tiny solar-sailing cube satellite, has gone silent in orbit, stranded by a glitch that has frozen the spacecraft’s software. The satellite was built by the Planetary Society in an effort to test solar sail technology, and it was carried into orbit atop an Atlas V rocket, which also launched the Air Force’s… Read more »

The Nine Things NASA Unveiled To Determine Europa’s Habitability

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NASA took one step closer to its trip to Europa, which is the best hope for finding life in our solar system (aside from Earth). The space agency revealed nine scientific instruments that will go along with a future spacecraft that will determine the planet’s habitability. According to Science, Europa, one of Jupiter’s (at least)… Read more »

Laser Cannon On ISS? Scientists Have Plan For Fighting Space Trash

ISS Space Laser

The International Space Station (ISS) might be used to clear away some of the Earth’s growing orbital space debris. How can the station help? By blasting materials out of orbit with a laser cannon. According to CBS News, around 3,000 tons of debris exist in low-Earth orbit, which has forced the ISS to duck and… Read more »

NASA — New Photos Of Epic Solar Flare

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NASA has released pictures and a video of the eruption of an epic solar flare. On Cinco de Mayo, the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory was watching the sun and caught epic images of the sun releasing a category X-2.7 solar flare. NASA classifies solar flares with a letter according to its size and strength. From… Read more »

Astronauts Bound For Mars Could Suffer Brain Damage From Cosmic Rays

By studying the effects of radiation on mice, researchers have concluded that asronauts may become cognitively impaired during their journey.

Astronauts traveling to Mars may face more dangers than previously realized, according to a new study which contends that long-term exposure to radiation from cosmic rays could result in brain damage among space explorers. Recent experiments on mice have shed light on the potential dangers that astronauts bound for Mars could face, the LA Times… Read more »