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Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power

Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 hours

This Cool Video Shows You All ~600,000 Asteroids Discovered In Our Solar System Since 1980

Scott Manley is a self-described “astronomer, hacker, gamer, DJ” from Scotland. He is also an avid YouTuber. A few years back, Manley created an awesome visualization showing the discovery of new asteroids in our solar system since the year 1980. Originally posted back in 2010, Manley updated the video this past June to include all of the approximately 600,000 asteroids that have been found over the past 34 years. Check it out! Even compared to Mercury (the smallest planet in our solar system),

Three ISS Crewmen Returned Safely To Earth Landing In Kazakhstan (Video)

Credit: NASA/BILL INGALLS

Three International Space Station (ISS) crewmen returned safely to Earth yesterday, landing just northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. Recovery teams were standing by in the 23-degree temperature as the Russian Soyuz capsule, the same spacecraft the crew rode in to reach the space station on May 28, landed safely back on Earth. The crew included veteran Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, and German flight engineer Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency. From leaving the ISS to landing safely by parachute

Elon Musk Teams Up With Former Google Exec to Build Satellites for Global Internet Access

Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading innovators. At just 43 years old, he has already founded a number of impressive businesses, including electric car maker Tesla Motors and private space exploration company SpaceX. Now, Musk has another big idea: using satellites to make internet access available everywhere in the world. This past Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has teamed up with former Google executive Greg Wyler to look into designing small, cheap satellites that could be used to deliver

Will the Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Crash Affect the Future of Space Tourism?

On September 17, 1908, Orville Wright took to the air for a demonstration flight at Fort Myer, Virginia, with Army Signal Corps Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as a passenger. Just a few minutes into the flight, the propeller suddenly disintegrated. The aircraft spiraled out of control and smashed into the ground. Rescuers pulled an unconscious Selfridge from the wreckage. The lieutenant died hours later. Orville himself was hospitalized for six weeks after. He suffered a broken leg, four broken ribs, and a back

Google VP Breaks World Record For Highest Altitude Skydive (Video)

Photo Credit: TIME

Google’s senior vice president Alan Eustace has just broken the world record for highest altitude skydive, as well as multiple other world records. As if executive duties at Google weren’t enough to occupy Mr. Eustace, he and the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team at the Paragon Space Development Corporation teamed up to beat the memorable record set by Austrian Felix Baumgartner during his Red Bull featured “Space Jump”. The jump took place on October 24th. Check out video of the amazing feat below…

Moon Mining: NASA’s Plans to Harvest Water from the Moon

There’s a lot of water on the moon, and NASA wants to learn how to get to it. In July 2008, water was found conclusively for the first time inside ancient moon samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. In 2009, observations from three spacecraft showed signals of water across the moon’s surface, bolstering the idea that the moon might actually contain significant amount of water. Then, in October 2010, scientists reported that a frigid crater called Cabeus at the moon’s south pole is

Explore the Story of Your Life On Earth Like Never Before, Courtesy of the BBC

I was going through my daily ritual of internet surfing this morning when I stumbled upon something that I thought was really cool. The BBC has put together an interactive page that tells the story of your life in a creative new way that’s both intriguing and informative. You start out by entering your date of birth: Once you’ve done that, BBC gives you access to a wealth of awesome information. The first section shows how you have changed. In this section, you

The “BioSuit” – MIT Scientists Making A Skintight Spacesuit For Better Motion

MIT Professor Dava Newman

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want to replace the bulky spacesuits astronauts currently wear with a pressurized but skintight suit that would give them a better range of motion. According to MIT professor Dava Newman… “With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space.”   The solution… “We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical

The U.S. and India Just Agreed on A Joint Space Mission to Study Climate Change

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Mikaela Cannizzo. The long sought after human exploration of Mars has recently made progress. In the last month, both India and the U.S. have had satellites reach the Red Planet’s orbit to carry out research

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