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Gliese 667 Cc: Musing the Possibilities of Another Earth

Gliese 667 Cc: Musing the Possibilities of Another Earth

Since the first extra-solar planet was found in 1992, we've made some decent progress in exploring other worlds out there, and may even be zeroing in on that "other Earth."

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The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

On February 8th, the rover Curiosity used its drill to bore a hole into a slab of flat bedrock, marking the first time we have probed deeply into the interior of a Martian rock in search of the secrets of Mars' past it may hold.

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Mars Mountain Climbing Mashup!

Mars Mountain Climbing Mashup!

The comparison between Earth-side mountain exploration and the planned expedition by the Mars rover Curiosity came to my mind as I read a book my family got me over the holidays: Last Climb, the story of the legendary Mount Everest expeditions of George Leigh Mallory.

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Still Curious About Mars in 2012

Still Curious About Mars in 2012

NASA is preparing to make a big announcement concerning Mars and a recent discovery by the SAM instrument on board the rover Curiosity, though has qualified the nature of the announcement to scientifically interesting, and not "earth-shaking" as the blogosphere has hyped it in speculation.

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Black Holes: Ultimate Trash Compactors of the Universe

Black Holes: Ultimate Trash Compactors of the Universe

As bizarre as black holes have been depicted in science fiction, the reality of black holes as described by science is far stranger.

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NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

Space exploration has caught up with science fiction (again): we have deployed laser-armed nuclear-powered robot on Mars, and nearly two weeks after landing, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the rover Curiosity, has fired that weapon on a Martian rock.

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Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

Last Sunday, NASA scored a long-distance touchdown…on Mars! The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed "Curiosity" is the largest, most complex spacecraft ever to have set down on the Red Planet.

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Stunning Solar Visualizations: The Sun's Van Gogh-like Artistry

Stunning Solar Visualizations: The Sun's Van Gogh-like Artistry

While nearly all eyes are focused on Mars, two astophysicists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have been quietly staring at the sun instead.

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Deep, Dark Waters of Titan

Deep, Dark Waters of Titan

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, NASA finds another ocean for us to worry about — this time on Saturn's moon, Titan.

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Voyager: Old Spacecraft, New Frontier?

Voyager: Old Spacecraft, New Frontier?

Thirty-five years after beginning a remarkable journey that started with encounters of Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 may once again be making a historic scientific encounter: the boundary between our Solar System and interstellar space!

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Phoebe: Quirky, Mystical, Magical Moon

Phoebe: Quirky, Mystical, Magical Moon

Phoebe, a quirky outlying moon of Saturn, was once thought to be a captured comet, but now is believed by some scientists to be something much rarer: a captured planetesimal.

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Solar FireworX: First X-Class Flare of the Year

Solar FireworX: First X-Class Flare of the Year

The first X-Class solar flare of the year went off yesterday, on March 7th, in spectacular fashion. Fortunately the flare went off where it's supposed to: on the Sun. Had this intense magneto-plasmic explosion gone off on Earth, we'd be toast; one of these releases an amount of energy on the order of 100 billion megatons of TNT.

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Operation Vesta: Pluto's Devious Plan to Regain Status?

Operation Vesta: Pluto's Devious Plan to Regain Status?

With the New Horizons spacecraft hurtling toward its 2014 encounter with Pluto, and with the Dawn spacecraft now at its most up-close and personal encounter with Vesta, we are in the process of learning scads of information about two objects that are among the least understood and most under-explored bodies in the Solar System.

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Kepler 22B: Exoplanet Dress-up Doll

Kepler 22B: Exoplanet Dress-up Doll

It's 600 light years from Earth, orbits a star very similar to our Sun in a period of about 290 days, and has a diameter about two and a half times that of Earth. What is it? It's the NASA Kepler mission's most recent exciting confirmed discovery, the extrasolar-planet Kepler 22B.

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Dumpster Diving on Mars

Dumpster Diving on Mars

Ready for another great adventure to that fabled world, Mars? How about an interplanetary dumpster dive? Curious? Come with us to Gale Crater.

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Opportunity's Endeavour

Opportunity's Endeavour

NASA's Opportunity rover has reached the goal of its three-year slog across the landscape of Mars!

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Armchair Astronomy Takes Off On The Web

Armchair Astronomy Takes Off On The Web

Take a look at some of the best resources on the Web for armchair astronomers.

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NASA’s WISE Spots Ys

NASA’s WISE Spots Ys

NASA’s WISE spacecraft has revealed something new lurking in the dark: Y Dwarfs.

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Dawn of A New Era

Dawn of A New Era

We have achieved orbit – that is, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting and studying the large asteroid Vesta.

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A Year in the Life of an Ice Giant

A Year in the Life of an Ice Giant

Would you believe we discovered the planet Neptune only one year ago?

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