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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

Swedish Brothers Launch Donut to the Edge of Space (Video)

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Earlier this month, Swedish brothers Alexander and Benjamin Jönsson and a few of their friends launched a donut to the edge of space for the first time ever. After months of planning the group used a weather balloon to launch the donut from Askim, Norway on April 9th. According to Popular Science… “Like other weather-balloon-powered launches we’ve seen, it didn’t technically reach outer space – an altitude of 32 kilometers is still within the stratosphere. That’s still pretty high for a pastry, though.” In

Hyundai Helps A Girl Write A Note That Her Astronaut Father Can See From Space (Video)

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Being the child of an astronaut can be tough. Just ask 13-year-old Stephanie, whose father, Terry W. Virts, has been aboard the International Space Station since November. When Hyundai heard about Stephanie, they came up with a creative idea to help her connect with her father in space while also getting some promo for their new Genesis sedans. Using a fleet of 11 cars, Hyundai wrote a giant message of love from Stephanie to her father in the sands of Nevada’s

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Just Beamed Back The First Color Portrait of Pluto

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It may not look like much, but this photo of two fuzzy orbs — Pluto and its moon Charon — represents a monumental achievement for space exploration. The New Horizons probe was launched on January 9, 2006 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The probe left Earth’s orbit at a velocity of 36,373 mph (58,536 km/h) — roughly 100 times faster than a jetliner — making it the fastest spacecraft to ever leave Earth’s orbit. In the nine years since then, New Horizons

Astronauts Capture Epic Footage During Spacewalk Using A GoPro (Video)

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GoPro cameras are known for being used by extreme athletes all over the world, but rarely do they find their way outside of the atmosphere. According to Yahoo News… “Back in February and March, astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts brought GoPro cameras with them on space walks to reconfigure the space station. They captured some pretty breathtaking footage, which NASA uploaded to YouTube.”   The video gives the viewer a first-hand view of what it would be like

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Has Discovered Liquid Water Below the Surface of Mars

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For years, scientists thought that the freezing temperatures and extremely dry climate on Mars made it impossible for liquid water to exist there. Now, all that has changed. New measurements taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover indicate that there is actually liquid water just below the Martian surface. “The evidence so far is that any water would be in the form of permafrost. It’s the first time we’ve had evidence of liquid water there now,” says Andrew Coates, head of planetary science at

NASA’s New Prototype for Space Travel: The Super Ball Bot (Video)

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Engineers from NASA are getting creative with robotics. Their new prototype, the “Super Ball Bot”, is made up of a series of metallic rods and cables. This futuristic design makes the robot extremely flexible and gives it the ability to absorb intense impacts while sustaining little to no damage. The Super Ball Bot is modeled off a concept called tensegrity, which allows the robot to change the level of tension in the wire depending on the circumstances. From Wired.com: “It can expand and compress to

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