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Party Rock: NASA Discovers Comet Emitting Large Amounts of Alcohol and Sugar

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If you ask around the cosmos, you’ll quickly learn that Comet Lovejoy is the life of the intergalactic party — how else could you describe a comet that’s giving out free shots to the universe? The comet, first discovered by NASA scientists back in 2011, is currently releasing massive amounts of alcohol into space. “We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,” said Nicolas Biver, an astronomer from

Armageddon Practice: Scientists Plan to Knock An Asteroid Off Course By Hitting It With A Probe (Video)

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In the 1998 blockbuster film “Armageddon“, NASA scientists have to figure out how to redirect a Texas-sized asteroid after discovering that it is less than a month away from a catastrophic collision with Earth. The plot is not that farfetched. Luckily for us, however, real-life scientists have decided that it’s probably a good idea to prepare for the possibility of an incoming asteroid well ahead of time. Not long ago, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) put the final touches on a joint

NASA’s Big News: There’s Definitely Liquid Water Flowing On Mars

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It’s official! In a special press conference this morning, NASA scientists confirmed that liquid water is still flowing on Mars today. “Mars is not the dry arid planet that we thought of in the past. Today, we’re going to announce that under certain circumtances, liquid water has been found on Mars,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters. The press conference focused on a surface feature known as “recurring slope lineae”, or RSL. These dark, thin streaks appear on

Video: This Scale Model of the Solar System Stretches 7 Miles Across the Desert

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Space is big. REALLY big. And our solar system is no exception. If you don’t include Pluto (which was demoted from planet status a few years back), one would have to travel approximately 2.8 billion miles to get from the Sun to the outermost limits of our solar system — the equivalent of traveling all the way around the Earth 112,440 times. Because of its massive size, it’s extremely difficult to show all the features of our solar system together on an accurate scale. Luckily for us, filmmakers Alex Gorosh and

Astronauts Consume Lettuce Grown On the International Space Station (Video)

Earlier this month astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) tried space-grown lettuce, marking the first time NASA astronauts have been cleared to eat something they grew while in orbit. “Astronauts have been growing crops in space for years for research, but this is the first time they have been allowed to eat their produce,” reports BBC. The crop was eaten by Expedition 44 crew members Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, along with Kimiya Yui of the Japan

Curiosity Rover Celebrates 3 Years On Mars — Here’s What It’s Done In That Time (Video)

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Today (Thursday, August 6) officially marks three years since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars. Since then, Curiosity has collected a wealth of information about the Red Planet, from the discovery of organic compounds like methane to the finding that liquid water may exist just below the Martian surface. To commemorate today’s anniversary, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory put together a short video highlighting Curiosity’s first three years on Mars and explaining what’s in store for the rover in the future.

NASA Announces Discovery of Earth’s “Older, Bigger Cousin”

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Since its launch in March of 2009, NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft has been scouring the cosmos in search of planets that share similar attributes to our Earth. Over those six years, Kepler has discovered a total of 1,030 Earth-like planets, but their latest discovery might just be the best on yet. John Grunsfeld is associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate: “On the 20th anniversary year of the discovery that proved other suns host planets, the Kepler exoplanet explorer has discovered a planet

The Man Who Discovered Pluto Finally Gets to Visit It 19 Years After His Death

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NASA’s New Horizons’ spacecraft whizzed by Pluto earlier this morning, completing a nine-year, 3 billion-mile journey to the dwarf planet. The probe came within 8,000 miles of Pluto during its fly-by, capturing images of the planet’s surface and collecting data about its atmosphere and composition using a multitude of high-tech instruments. But alongside all of those gizmos and gadgets, New Horizons is also carrying a small, inconspicuous canister. The canister contains some of the ashes of Clyde W. Tombaugh, the American astronomer who discovered Pluto

Watch: SpaceX Rocket Explodes and Disintegrates Minutes After Launch

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This morning, SpaceX geared up for its third attempt at recycling one of its Falcon 9 fuel rockets by landing it on a floating barge in the ocean. The first attempt was on target, but lacking in control; the second attempt was extremely close, but still failed. SpaceX’s engineers were hoping that the third time would be the charm with today’s launch. But as it turns out, they never even got a chance to try the barge landing. About two minutes after launch, SpaceX’s Dragon supply rocket

The New Apollo Program: Raising $150 Billion to Make Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

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On May 25, 1961, in front of a special joint Congress in Washington, President John F. Kennedy announced the daring and ambitious goal of sending a man to the Moon: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” Kennedy said. “No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the

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