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What Do We Know So Far About Kepler-452b?

Artist concept of Kepler-452b. (Photo via NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle.)

The discovery of a possibly Earth-like planet in the Milky Way, Kepler-452b, has been big news. The exoplanet (planet outside the solar system) has a great chance of being very similar to Earth. The most compelling thing about it is the possibility for alien life on it. There’s plenty of other things that can get… Read more »

Bigger Earth Found: Kepler-452b Might Be Capable Of Supporting Life

Kepler-452b is a bigger Earth-like planet that was found recently.

Scientists have found a bigger versions of Earth circling a star that is very similar to our own sun. A live teleconference explained the discovery Thursday afternoon, hosted by NASA. “Today we’re announcing the closest twin, so to speak, to Earth 2.0, that we’ve found so far in the data set,” associate admin for NASA’s… Read more »

United Launch Alliance Launches Delta IV Rocket

Delta IV Rocket Launched

A Delta IV rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on Thursday evening. Launched by the United Launch Alliance, the Delta IV rocket is carrying the seventh of 10 United States Air Force satellites into orbit. The 217-foot rocket was launched at 8:07 p.m. EDT. United Launch… Read more »

New Horizons: Second Mountain Range Discovered In Pluto’s Heart

Pluto

Ever since the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, or LORRI, did its recent Pluto fly-by, new discoveries have been made by the astronomers at New Horizons. The latest is a newly discovered mountain range, comparable to peaks in the U.S. Appalachian range. These frozen peaks were found close to the southwestern margin of Pluto’s Tombaugh Regio… Read more »

New Horizons: Pluto Set For Closeup As Probe Prepares For Flyby

New Horizons Set For Pluto Encounter

Pluto may not be a planet, but it’s still a cause for excitement, with the New Horizons probe set to take our closest look yet at the dwarf planet in just over a week’s time. The New Horizons’ Pluto flyby is scheduled for July 14, just 10 days away, or, as The Planetary Society reports,… Read more »

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]

Pluto

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

Charles Bolden

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

Philae Lander wakes up

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 »