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United Arab Emirates to Launch Mars Mission by 2021

The United Arab Emirates’ Space Agency has unveiled its official strategy and operational plan, and it takes bold aim at Mars with a planned robotic mission to the Red Planet by 2021. This graphic details the proposed UAE Space Agency Mars mission.Credit: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre The UAE Mars probe, called Hope, is slated […]

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Milky Way Glows Over Covered Bridge in Spectacular Stargazer Photo

Astrophotographer Jatin Thakkar sent in a photo of the Milky Way over the A. M. Foster Covered Bridge in Cabot, Vermont, taken May 23, 2015.Credit: Jatin Thakkar The Milky Way glows over a covered bridge in this amazing photo by a veteran astrophotographer in Vermont. Night sky photographer and reader Jatin Thakkar captured the […]

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Hubble Image Inspires White House to Ponder Our Cosmos

The Arches Cluster is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is, like its neighbor the Quintuplet Cluster, a fairly young astronomical object at between two and four million years old.Credit: NASA/ESA On Wednesday, President Barack Obama mentioned […]

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How to Build a Smarter Mars Rover

Scientists tested TextureCam in the Mars-like environment of the Mojave Desert.Credit: Kiri Wagstaff The next mission to Mars could carry a smarter rover that is able to make better decisions absent instructions from Earth. Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by Mars rovers and orbiters, which could dramatically improve […]

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7 Wild Myths About Pluto

Faraway Pluto is difficult to study from Earth, so the dwarf planet has remained largely mysterious to scientists and laypeople alike since its discovery in 1930. But Pluto is about to get its first close-up. On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zoom just 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, capturing supersharp […]

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NASA Mars Spacecraft Enter Communications Blackout Sunday

This diagram depicts the relative positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during a period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from the perspective of Earth.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech An alignment of Mars, Earth and the sun will force NASA’s fleet of Red Planet spacecraft to fend for themselves […]

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Talking Spaceships & Sci-Fi Awesomeness Rule in 2 New SyFy Channel Shows

The “Space Station,” featured in SyFy’s new show “Dark Matter,” is about spaceship crewmembers who wake up with no recollection of who they are or where they came from.Credit: SyFy Spaceships, alien planets, deadly assassins, computers with personalities, and the backdrop of space: the staples of science-fiction drama will be plentiful on the SyFy channel […]

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Leonard Nimoy's Son Launches Kickstarter to Make Spock Documentary

Leonard Nimoy, who played the Vulcan Spock in the “Star Trek” franchise, died in February 2015 at the age of 83.Credit: Star Trek (via Facebook ) The son of Leonard Nimoy is planning a new documentary film that would chronicle the evolution of Spock, the “Star Trek” character his late father made famous. Adam Nimoy […]

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