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'The Martian' Dust Storm Would Actually Be a Breeze

In the science fiction film “The Martian,” a powerful dust storm puts astronauts in danger on Mars. In reality, dust storms on Mars don’t pack such a huge punch, NASA says.Credit: 20th Century Fox Without giving away too many spoilers about “The Martian”, there’s an opening scene in the book (and upcoming movie) in which […]

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Something Strange Is Happening Inside Saturn

The movement of waves in Saturn’s rings offers clues to activity and conditions within the planet. This natural-color view of Saturn was taken from 764,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) away.Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Unusual ripples in Saturn’s rings are revealing the mysterious inner workings of the great gas giant. Planetary scientists and modelers are slowly […]

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Mars Gets More Habitable with Water Discovery, Scientists Say

Dark streaks painting the side of Martian hills were likely formed by saltwater, scientists announced today (Sept. 28). What does the presence of liquid water imply for life on the Red Planet?Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The discovery of liquid (albeit very salty) water on Mars may suggest that the Red Planet is more habitable than […]

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Will We Ever Colonize Mars? (Op-Ed)

Matt Damon appears as a stranded astronaut on Mars in ‘The Martian’ motion picture, coming to theaters in November 2015.Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Paul Sutter is a research fellow at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste and visiting scholar at the Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP ). Sutter is […]

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Blood Red Supermoon Stunning in Dark Skies of New U.S. Park (Photo)

The blood red 2015 “supermoon” eclipse was stunning in the night sky on September 27.Credit: Bob Wick, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Robert Wick, photographer for the BLM, contributed these images to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights . The 2015 “supermoon” eclipse was stunning from the dark skies of the Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument […]

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Strong Solar Flare Triggers Brief Radio Blackout | Video

Crackling with flares for several days, Sunspot AR2422, blew off its strongest to date on Sept. 28th, 2015. The M7-scale event “ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere,” according to Spaceweather.com, triggering a low frequency radio black out over South America and the Atlantic Ocean. (Full Story) Credit: NASA/SDO To source

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The AstroCritic: What 'The Martian' Gets Right About Astronauts

The Red Planet vehicle used by NASA astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) in the upcoming film “The Martian.”Credit: 20th Century FOX Leroy Chiao, AstroCritic, is a former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station. During his 15-year flying career, he performed six spacewalks and spent nearly 230 days in space. Chiao […]

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