astronomy

A Bird’s Eye View Aboard an Aborted SpaceX Test Mission

SpaceX is one step closer to being the first privately-owned company to send astronauts to space. And one of the most important aspects of any mission is protecting the lives of the crew. So they recently tested an abort system that would propel astronauts to safety in the event of an emergency. And a point-of-view camera let us come along for the ride.
Finding the Most Luminous Stars In the Sky

Finding the Most Luminous Stars In the Sky

NASA has seen the most luminous galaxy ever discovered using its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope. The remote galaxy glows with enough light to rival 300 trillion suns.

SpaceX Dragon Departs International Space Station

SpaceX confirmed yesterday that their Dragon capsule successfully departed the International Space Station and successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean both on time and on target.
Nasty Star

Hubble Observes Unique Star Dubbed "Nasty"

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found surprising new clues about a large, fast aging star that has never been seen before in the Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so different that astronomers have nicknamed it "Nasty 1," a play on its catalog name of NaSt1. This strange star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution of extremely massive stars.

Reasons Why Some Scientists Believe There is Life on Mars

While Mars is no Earth, many scientists believe that there could still could be life on the surface of the Red Planet just waiting for us to discover, despite the differences between the two planets. So why do scientists believe there could still be life on Mars?
CubeSat

NASA's New Cheap Spacecraft To Explore New Worlds

Today, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar affair. However, NASA is working on a way to make the exploration of space much more affordable by using cheap, lightweight crafts known as CubeSats.
Mars Surface

Hang Gliders Could Allow Us to Land Probes on Mars

A truly innovative new idea could one day allow us to attach small robotic probes to hand gliders and land them in potentially intricate and difficult to reach locations on the surface of Mars.

The Earth Now Has a Flag to Plant on Mars

Does the Earth need a flag? Right now, maybe not, at least not until we have actually land on another planet such as Mars or meet an alien civilization for the first time. But that doesn’t mean that designing one is pointless, and a new project has proven exactly that.
Mars

Travel to Mars Focus of Toronto Conference

Traveling to Mars and beyond will be one of the top subjects that are discussed at a five-day international space development conference held in Toronto this week.
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