Mars simulation

NASA-sponsored year-long Mars simulation begins

  Six scientists entered a small dome near an old volcano in Hawaii over the weekend, where they will spend the next year living in isolation as part of a NASA-sponsored experiment designed to simulate what life will be like...

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Buzz Aldrin wants to build his own colony on Mars

A former NASA astronaut and one of the first men on the moon wants to colonize Mars within the next 25 years, and he’s joining forces with scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology in an attempt to make...

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Kuiper Belt object chosen as next target for New Horizons

Following its successful mission to the Pluto system last month, NASA’s New Horizons probe will now head to a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69, officials from the US space agency officially announced on Friday. 2014 MU69...

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Would alien life spread like a virus?

It’s probably just a matter of time before scientists have the technology to detect signs of life on extraterrestrial planets, but where did that life come from to begin with? Did it just pop up out of nowhere, or...

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Lonely supernova is exiled by black holes

  Supernovae typically occur within galaxies, where stars with the potential to explode number in the billions. However, a supernova will occasionally take place in the space between galaxies. According to a new report in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal...

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History of galaxies revealed by astronomers for first time

For the first time, astronomers have found evidence proving that the structure of a galaxy can change over the course of its lifetime, demonstrating that a large proportion of them have gone through a significant “metamorphosis” after initially being...

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New images are closest yet of dwarf planet Ceres

  Earlier this week, NASA released the latest batch of photos collected by the Dawn spacecraft of Ceres, and the new images provide the closest look yet at the large, cone-shaped mountain found in the southern hemisphere and other surface...

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NASA to design probes for upcoming missions to Uranus, Neptune

  Scientists at NASA have been asked to brainstorm new concepts for probes that could be sent to the last of the solar system’s planets yet to be orbited, Uranus and Neptune, as part of a mission that could launch...

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What is a supermoon?

Supermoons didn’t always have this name. In fact, the name supermoon came into existence on March 19, 2011 when media outlets used the term to describe the full moon. Before 2011, they were called perigee full moons, according to...

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Colliding satellites formed Saturn’s craziest ring

  Scientists at Kobe University in Japan may have found what caused at least one of Saturn’s rings to come into being. Research published in the journal Nature Geoscience reveals that Saturn’s F Ring, the outermost and thinnest of the planet’s...