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Fungi Survive Mars-Like Conditions On Space Station

An astronaut attaches the EXPOSE-E experiment platform onto the International Space Station. Credit: ESA Some hardy Earth organisms may be able to survive on Mars, a new study suggests. Two species of tiny fungi from Antarctica survived an 18-month exposure to Mars-like conditions aboard the International Space Station , according to the study, which was […]

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NASA's New Planetary Defense Office Gets to Work Protecting Earth

NASA’s newly created Planetary Defense Coordination Office aims to deal with Earth-menacing space rocks. Credit: ESA/P.Carril A new NASA organization dedicated to protecting Earth from dangerous asteroids has hit the ground running. In early January, NASA announced the establishment of a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), which will synchronize U.S. efforts to deal with threatening […]

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Pluto's Surface Has a Surprising Amount of Water Ice (Photo)

These maps of water ice on Pluto’s surface were created using data captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. The map at left is an early effort; the one at right used modeling techniques to achieve greater sensitivity. Credit: NASA/JHUIAPL/SwRI Water ice is surprisingly abundant […]

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Join the Starfleet Academy for a Day: 'Star Trek' Exhibit Goes on Tour This Year

“Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience” is coming to museums in North American in 2016. Credit: Starfleet cadets unite! This summer, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City will host a new exhibit entitled “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience.” The exhibit, which will fill a 10,000-square-foot (930 square meters) […]

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Mesmerizing Satellite Video Captures Magical View of Earth

A still shot from the website shows a snippet of the looping video that shows one day on Earth. The image was captured by the Himawari-8 Japanese weather satellite. Credit: Please direct your attention to the absolutely magical video of planet Earth from space. Like cats with a sparkly toy, we here at […]

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Sirius, the Dog Star, Reigns Supreme in Dazzling Photo

The brightest star in Earth’s night sky, Sirius, hovers over a burial mound, called the Leeburg tumulus, in a new image by project nightflight. Credit: project nightflight The bright star Sirius presides over an ancient burial mound in a dazzling new photo by project nightflight, taken at the Grossmugl Star Walk in Austria. Project nightflight […]

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30 Years After Uranus Flyby, Voyager 2 Sails On

Arriving at Uranus in 1986, Voyager 2 observed a bluish orb with extremely subtle features. A haze layer hid most of the planet’s cloud features from view. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Humanity got its first up-close look at an exotic, pale-blue world 30 years ago this week. On Jan. 24, 1986 — just four days before the space […]

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Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago Shocked the World, Changed NASA

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger’s STS-51L mission, which ended in tragedy 73 seconds after launch on Jan. 28, 1986. From left to right: Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith and Ellison Onizuka. Credit: NASA Thirty years ago today, NASA suffered a spaceflight tragedy that stunned the world […]

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