Here's What a Volcano on Mars Looked Like to Mariner 9 in 1971

Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, arrived at Mars on Nov. 14, 1971, and returned remarkable images of the surface. This shield volcano on the Red Planet’s surface reveals a summit crater and grooves believed to be from subsurface magma flows. Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit a planet other than Earth, […]

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New Video Shows a Creepily Human-Like Robot Doing a Backflip

A new version of a humanoid disaster robot, called Atlas, can do half-turns in the air and even a backflip. A new video shows a robot performing amazing acrobatic feats, from backflips to half-turn jumps. The eerily humanoid robot, called Atlas, is 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) tall and weighs 165 pounds (75 kilograms), and uses […]

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First-of-Its-Kind Satellite Launches to Track Earth's Weather Like Never Before

The first in a series of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites launched to space on its third try early Saturday (Nov. 18), turning its watchful eye to improving the accuracy of weather forecasts and Earth observations. The new Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite , or JPSS-1, launched into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance-built Delta II rocket […]

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Stephen Hawking Biography

Professor Stephen Hawking speaks about “Why We Should Go into Space” for the NASA Lecture Series, April 21, 2008. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history. His work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes, has revolutionized the field, while […]

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'Star Wars' Black Friday Deals: Best of 2017

From a galaxy far, far away, we’re bringing you the best Black Friday deals on “Star Wars” merchandise.  With the Dec. 15 premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi ” nearly upon us, there are lots of new items that tie in with this latest entry to the franchise, as well as plenty of toys, […]

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