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Habitable Planets: Rack ‘em and Stack ‘em Worlds

June 30th, 2014

So close, yet so far…Gliese 832 c is the nearest best habitable world candidate to date. An international team of astronomers, led by Robert Wittenmyer from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have reported the discovery of a new potentially habitable Super-Earth around the nearby red-dwarf star Gliese 832 – a mere hop, skip […]

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Titan – Odiferous Outer Moon of Saturn

June 20th, 2014

How hard to get a tantalizing whiff of Titan? Data from the NASA Cassini spacecraft’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer has been used to simulate Titan’s chemistry. A research team has been able to classify a previously unidentified material discovered by the Cassini spacecraft in the moon’s smoggy haze. Titan’s dirty orange color comes from a mixture of […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

Viewing Earth in High Definition

May 3rd, 2014

A new treat for the eye is available via NASA’s High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment. Recently activated, the HD cameras are situated on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). The HDEV experiment yields live streaming video of Earth for viewing online. High school students helped design some of the cameras’ components, through […]

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Earth Day: Asteroid Impacts on our Home Planet

April 22nd, 2014

Prominent astronauts are taking part in a B612 Foundation event today at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash. They are spotlighting data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The findings are based on newly released information from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which operates a network of […]

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Asteroid Exploration

First U.S. Asteroid Sample Mission Moves Forward

April 11th, 2014

NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is taking shape. This return sample mission to asteroid Bennu is to launch in the fall of 2016. The spacecraft will then rendezvous with the space rock in 2018. Following a year of reconnaissance of the object, OSIRIS-REx will snag a sample of the asteroid […]

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Super Planet Crash: Educational Game for World Builders

April 9th, 2014

Let the games begin! A new online educational resource allows the user to build their own planetary system, putting planets into orbit around a star and racking up points until they add a planet that destabilizes the whole system. The game is an offshoot of the open-source software package – Systemic Console — astronomers use […]

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