Close-up of Pluto's heart - Provided by Popular Science
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This July 14, 2015 photo from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows a new close-up image from the heart-shaped feature on the surface of Pluto that reveals a vast, craterless plain
PLUTO’S PLAINS A craterless plain etched by a network of shallow troughs lies within Pluto’s “heart,” as seen in this image taken July 14 when New Horizons was 77,000 kilometers from the dwarf planet. ~~ NASA, JHUAPL, SWRI
NASA's New Horizons space probe obtained this image of the frozen plains of Pluto, released during a press briefing held on July 17, 2015, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. [See our complete coverage.]
'Beautiful eye candy': Frozen plains in Pluto's heart
Image: The sun with visible flares (Screen capture)
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‘Mini Ice Age’ on the way in 15 years, say scientists
Image: The sun with visible flares (Screen capture). Mini Ice Age, on the horizon.
GLOBAL WARMING. Off again (again). Now we will freeze to death in 15 years just like in 1970. LOL. Ice caps advance, sea level drops. Oh My! The sky is falling (again). We are all going to die (again). It's called weather, stupid! Wait if you don't like it. It'll change (again).
Our universe may be one of many, according to numerous physics theories.
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At the 2015 World Science Festival, four prominent astrophysicists discussed one of the most troubling (and embarrassing) puzzles in modern physics, and whether a theory of multiple universes can hope to solve it.
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Theoretical physics! Science fiction reality? Every possibility is probable in an infinite universe.
Proof That We Live In A Multiverse? The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured this image of northern Ceres on April 14-15, 2015, about 14,000 miles (22,500 kilometers) above the dwarf planet's north pole: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
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Dawn Spacecraft Enters Science Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres
Dawn Images Ceres' Northern Terrain, April 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured this image of northern Ceres on April 14-15, 2015, about 14,000 miles (22,500 kilometers) above the dwarf planet's north pole: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA #ceres #dawn #nasa #DwarfPlanet #asteroid #space #science #astronomy
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Artist's rendering of Pluto and one of its moons, Charon. The Milky Way is seen in the background. - Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Corbis
Pluto and Charon. Artwork of the planet Pluto and its moon Charon (right) seen from space with some other Kuiper Belt objects. Pluto, the most distant planet from the Sun, has a diameter of less than a fifth of Earth's. Charon, at only half its size, makes this a double planet system. Little is known about these worlds, which are yet to be visited by spacecraft from Earth. Surface temperatures are below -200 degrees Celsius. Some astronomers consider Pluto as the largest object in the Kuiper Belt, rather than a true planet. The Kuiper Belt is a cloud of icy rocks orbiting beyond Pluto. The Milky Way is seen in the background.
Mystic Mountain Dust Pillars Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Copyright: David Forteza
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Mystic Mountain Dust Pillars (via APOD; Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Copyright: David Forteza ) It’s stars versus dust in the Carina Nebula and the stars are winning. More precisely, the energetic light and winds from massive newly formed stars are evaporating and dispersing the dusty stellar nurseries in which they formed. Located in the Carina Nebula and known informally as Mystic Mountain, these pillar’s appearance is dominated by the dark dust even though it is composed mostly of clear hydrogen gas. Dust pillars such as these are actually much thinner than air and only appear as mountains due to relatively small amounts of opaque interstellar dust. About 7,500 light-years distant, the featured image was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, digitally reprocessed by an industrious amateur, and highlights an interior region of Carina which spans about three light years. Within a few million years, the stars will likely win out completely and the entire dust mountain will be destroyed.
Watch April 16 telecon on MESSENGER’s crash into Mercury-After more than 10 years in space, the spacecraft will collide with Mercury, ending its mission, around late April. NASA telecon scheduled for April 16 at 1 p.m. EDT (17:00 UTC). Artist concept of the MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit around planet Mercury. Image credit: NASA
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Artist concept of #Messenger spacecraft in orbit around planet Mercury. Image Credit: NASA
On August 3, 2004, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft was launched on a mission to study Mercury. After traveling for more than 6 years, MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit the planet closest to the sun on March 17, 2011.
After three and a half years in orbit around Mercury --- the tiny shriveled and pockmarked orb that boasts temperatures in excess of 650 degrees --- NASA’s MESSENGER mission to our solar system’s innermost planet is headed for a controlled late March 2015 surface impact. “The spacecraft is getting closer to [...]
Phillip Riback - By using NASAs spacecraft Messenger, which is orbiting around Mercury, scientists have noticed that the bottoms of many craters are significantly inclined, says Phillip Riback. Bottom part of the Caloris basin is lifted above its edge, which indicates that the internal forces of the...
A list of active Solar System probes on missions right now. Pictured is the MESSENGER probe, which is orbiting Mercury as I type this. Also included in the list are probes that have been lost from contact and presumed lost. (Wikipedia, last updated 2012)
New Horizons on Pluto's Doorstep
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After hibernating for much of the past seven years, the New Horizons spacecraft awoke today on Pluto's doorstep. Near the margin of the observable solar system, the piano-size space probe is so far...
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Astronauts could farm water on Mars
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The Mars Rover took a selfie to celebrate its first Martian year (687 Earth days) spent exploring the Red Planet.
Happy Space Exploration Day July 20! NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover captures a selfie to mark a full Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- spent exploring the Red Planet.
SpaceX To Attempt Revolutionary Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Today | Popular Science
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites to a supersynchronous transfer orbit, launching from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:50pm ET. (Photo by SpaceX Photos)
After pressure from campaigners, SpaceX has published a first batch of more than 100 photos on Flickr under a Creative Commons license. The decision gives the public the ability to download and remix the images freely (as long as they're attributed properly) and has been welcomed as a success for both space fans and copyright advocates. Unlike images of space published by NASA, SpaceX's photos do have some rights reserved, meaning they can't be used for commercial purposes.
SpaceX follows NASA by publishing images without copyright restrictions | The Verge
SpaceX follows in Nasa’s footsteps launching its space-faring photography into the public domain using Flickr | The Drum
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Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-132) orbits high above the Andes mountains near the border of Argentina and Chile, May 16, 2010. As seen from the International Space Station (Expedition 23).
The High View: Explore the World's Mountains From Space | The Fix
Does gravity alone rule the cosmos? The Watcher 4/12/15
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Universe Documentary 2015 - NOVA DARK MATTER Full BBC Science Documentary
Enhanced Color Caloris-The sprawling Caloris basin on Mercury
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Spectacular photos from space - Caloris basin on Mercury - The sprawling Caloris basin on Mercury is one of the solar system's largest impact basins, created during the early history of the solar system by the impact of a large asteroid-sized body.
The sprawling Caloris basin on Mercury is one of the solar system's largest impact basins, created during the early history of the solar system by the impact of a large asteroid-sized body. The multi-featured, fractured basin spans about 1,500 kilometers in this enhanced color mosaic based on image data from the Mercury-orbiting MESSENGER spacecraft. Mercury's youngest large impact basin, Caloris was subsequently filled in by lavas that appear orange in the mosaic. Read more at http://www.redorb
NGC 2903: A Missing Jewel in Leo: Tony Hallas: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2903 is only some 20 million light-years distant.
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NGC 2903: A Missing Jewel in Leo (via APOD; Image Credit & Copyright: Tony Hallas ) Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2903 is only some 20 million light-years distant. Popular among amateur astronomers, it shines in the northern spring constellation Leo, near the top of the lion’s head. That part of the constellation is sometimes seen as a reversed question mark or sickle. One of the brighter galaxies visible from the northern hemisphere, NGC 2903 is surprisingly missing from Charles Messier’s catalog of lustrous celestial sights. This colorful image from a small ground-based telescope shows off the galaxy’s gorgeous spiral arms traced by young, blue star clusters and pinkish star forming regions. Included are intriguing details of NGC 2903’s bright core, a remarkable mix of old and young clusters with immense dust and gas clouds. In fact, NGC 2903 exhibits an exceptional rate of star formation activity near its center, also bright in radio, infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray bands. Just a little smaller than our own Milky Way, NGC 2903 is about 80,000 light-years across.
NASA: "The Milky Way and Universe is Awash in Water" 4/7/15
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Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say. Related Stories Top NASA Scientist: We're On The Brink Of Finding Alien Life Huffington Post Catalog of Earth Microbes Could Help Find Alien Life SPACE.com What Would It Be Like to Live on Jupiter's Moon Europa? SPACE.com Our Solar System and Beyond: NASA's Search for Water and Habitable Planets PR Newswire "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7) during a panel discussion that focused on the space agency's efforts to search for habitable worlds and alien life. "We know where to look. We know how to look," Stofan added during the event, which was webcast live. "In most cases we have the technology, and we're on a path to implementing it. And so I think we're definitely on the road." [5 Bold Claims of Alien Life] Former astronaut John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, shared Stofan's optimism, predicting that signs of life will be found relatively soon both in our own solar system and beyond. "I think we're one generation away in our solar system, whether it's on an icy moon or on Mars, and one generation [away] on a planet around a nearby star," Grunsfeld said during Tuesday's event. Many habitable environments Recent discoveries suggest that the solar system and broader Milky Way galaxy teem with environments that could support life as we know it, Grunsfeld said. For example, oceans of liquid water slosh beneath the icy shells of the Jupiter moons Europa and Ganymede, as well as that of the Saturn satellite Enceladus. Oceans covered much of Mars in the ancient past, and seasonal dark streaks observed on the Red Planet's surface today may be caused by salty flowing water. Further, NASA's Curiosity rover has found carbon-containing organic molecules and "fixed" nitrogen, basic ingredients necessary for Earth-like life, on the Martian surface. Farther afield, observations by NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest that nearly every star in the sky hosts planets — and many of these worlds may be habitable. Indeed, Kepler's work has shown that rocky worlds like Earth and Mars are probably more common throughout the galaxy than gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter. And just as the solar system is awash in water, so is the greater galaxy, said Paul Hertz, director of NASA's Astrophysics Division. The Milky Way is "a soggy place," Hertz said during Tuesday's event. "We can see water in the interstellar clouds from which planetary systems and stellar systems form. We can see water in the disks of debris that are going to become planetary systems around other stars, and we can even see comets being dissipated in other solar systems as [their] star evaporates them." [6 Most Likely Places for Alien Life in the Solar System] Looking for life Hunting for evidence of alien life is a much trickier proposition than identifying potentially habitable environments. But researchers are working steadily toward that more involved and ambitious goal, Stofan and others said. For example, the agency's next Mars rover, scheduled to launch in 2020, will search for signs of past life and cache samples for a possible return to Earth for analysis. NASA also aims to land astronauts on Mars in the 2030s — a step Stofan regards as key to the search for Mars life. "I'm a field geologist; I go out and break open rocks and look for fossils," Stofan said. "Those are hard to find. So I have a bias that it's eventually going to take humans on the surface of Mars — field geologists, astrobiologists, chemists — actually out there looking for that good evidence of life that we can bring back to Earth for all the scientists to argue about." NASA is also planning out a mission to Europa, which may launch as early as 2022. The main goal of this $2.1 billion mission will be to shed light on the icy moon's potential habitability, but it could also search for signs of alien life: Agency officials are considering ways to sample and study the plumes of water vapor that apparently erupt from Europa's south polar region. In the exoplanet realm, the agency's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), an $8.8 billion instrument scheduled to launch in 2018, will scope out the atmospheres of nearby "super-Earth" alien planets, looking for gases that may have been produced by life. JWST will scan the starlight that passes through the air of super-Earths, which are more massive than our own planet but significantly less so than gaseous worlds such as Uranus and Neptune. This method, called transit spectroscopy, will likely not work for potentially habitable Earth-size worlds, Hertz said. Searching for biosignature gases on small, rocky exoplanets will instead probably require direct imaging of these worlds, using a "coronagraph" to block out the overwhelming glare of their parent stars, Hertz added. NASA's potential Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, which may launch in the mid-2020s if given the official go-ahead, would include a coronagraph for exoplanet observations. Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com. 10 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life The Search for Life on Mars (A Photo Timeline) Alien Planet Quiz: Are You an Exoplanet Expert? 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Leo Triplet M65, M66, NGC 3628 Galaxies LRGB | Flickr - Terry Hancock
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Leo Triplet: Galaxies M65/ M66/ NGC 3628, LRGB
A new view of the moon’s formation 4/9/15
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Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon's origin. The Moon may have been formed by a collision between Earth and an object that was strikingly similar in composition to our own planet. This could help resolve why Earth and Moon rocks are much more similar than we would expect from this "giant impact hypothesis". The study is one of three published in the prestigious journal Nature. Two further research papers in the issue report subtle, previously unseen differences in lunar rocks. Scientists say they paint a consistent - and much clearer - picture of our satellite's history. #Moon #lunar #NASA #space #astronomy #Apollo #lunar #MoonRocks #science #LunarRocks
A new view of the moon’s formation | A crucial difference in the ‘fingerprints’ of Earth and the moon confirms an explosive, interconnected past
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Great shot of the April 4, 2015 eclipse from Andrew Walters in South Australia.
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April 4, 2015 blood moon (total lunar eclipse)
April 4, 2015 eclipse from Andrew Walters in South Australia.
Blood Moon Photos from April 4th 2015