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Wonderful potentially habitable worlds around TRAPPIST-1

Posted by Franck Marchis on 2017/02/22 12:00 CST | 11 comments

Scientists have found seven, Earth-size planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away. Three lie in the habitable zone and could have water on their surfaces.

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NASA's audacious Europa missions are getting closer to reality

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/02/21 03:43 CST | 4 comments

Today, NASA announced progress on a spacecraft that would assess whether Jupiter's Moon Europa is habitable, and earlier this month, an agency-sponsored science team released a report on a separate lander mission that would directly search for signs of life.

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Did Voyager 1 capture an image of Enceladus' plumes erupting?

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2017/02/21 01:38 CST | 2 comments

Amateur image processor Ted Stryk revisited Voyager 1 data of Enceladus and came across a surprise.

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Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Posted by Phil Stooke on 2017/02/20 06:00 CST | 2 comments

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.

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Everything you need to know about tomorrow's historic SpaceX launch

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/02/17 06:00 CST | 3 comments

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from a former space shuttle launch pad tomorrow morning. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the historic event.

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Solar sailing in Japan: 10 questions for LightSail engineer Barbara Plante

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/02/13 06:01 CST | 1 comment

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and LightSail systems engineer Barbara Plante recently traveled to Japan for a solar sailing symposium. Our Q&A with Plante discusses everything from CubeSat attitude control systems to robotic giraffes in Tokyo.

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Space, Science, and Technology Take Center Stage

Posted by Sara Jennings and Hannah Kerner on 2017/02/10 09:01 CST

The Science Line—a non-profit working to bridge the gap between science, technology and fashion by inspiring youth through STEM fashion shows, competitions, educational kits and hands-on workshops—hosted the first STEM Fashion Show in partnership with the Challenger Space Center of Arizona.

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Want NASA to pick your space mission proposal? Two winning scientists share some tips

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/02/09 06:00 CST | 2 comments

NASA is currently accepting proposals for its next New Frontiers-class planetary science mission. What does the agency look for in a winning proposal? The two scientists behind the ORISIS-REx and Psyche missions share some tips.

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See LightSail at the London Science Museum

Posted by Erin Greeson on 2017/02/07 06:00 CST

The London Science Museum, one of the world’s leading science centers, has welcomed our citizen-funded spacecraft into its halls.

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Microbes exist deep inside Earth’s craters. Could this be the secret to finding life on other worlds?

Posted by Bryan J. Rodriguez-Colon on 2017/02/06 06:04 CST | 3 comments

Earth possesses amazing biological diversity. Every corner of this planet—no matter how bizarre the place—is inhabited by microorganisms. This includes impact craters.

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