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Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5,000th Martian Dawn Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5,000th Martian Dawn

Saturday, February 17th marks the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date, but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge…

When Will We Finally Find a Truly Earth-Like Exoplanet? When Will We Finally Find a Truly Earth-Like Exoplanet?

There are many definitions of an Earth-like exoplanet. Some say it’s a planet that orbits a star at just the right distance for liquid water to exist on its surface. Some say it’s a rocky planet, like ours. But determining if an exoplanet is truly habitable requires actually figuring out what’s on the planet.

Scientists Have No Idea Why This Enriched Uranium Particle Was Floating Above Alaska Scientists Have No Idea Why This Enriched Uranium Particle Was Floating Above Alaska

On August 3, 2016, seven kilometers above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, a research plane captured something mysterious: an atmospheric aerosol particle enriched with the kind of uranium used in nuclear fuel and bombs.

Trump's Budget Would Scrap Top-Priority Telescope Trump's Budget Would Scrap Top-Priority Telescope

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request would nix the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), and scientists aren’t happy.

Donald Trump Reportedly Wants to Privatize the International Space Station Donald Trump Reportedly Wants to Privatize the International Space Station

It’s been known for some time that the White House has been considering cutting off funding to the International Space Station by 2025 to free up resources for NASA, an agency President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon but has also proposed should make do with a shoestring budget. Per the …

NASA Has Officially Listed Musk's Tesla Roadster As a Celestial Object NASA Has Officially Listed Musk's Tesla Roadster As a Celestial Object

You may remember that, as a publicity stunt, SpaceX propelled a red Tesla, driven by a dummy in a spacesuit named Starman with the words “DON’T PANIC” written on the control panel, into space using its Falcon Heavy rocket. That car is now a permanent advertisement on the NASA HORIZONS directory of solar system bodies.

Drunk History's Take on the Legacy of Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols Is a Booze-Fueled Delight Drunk History's Take on the Legacy of Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols Is a Booze-Fueled Delight

Nichelle Nichols’ time as Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek is iconic—but at this point, so is the story of how she nearly quit the series after a season. So much so, that Drunk History’s retelling of the moment Nichols met Martin Luther King Jr. manages to cover the whole thing pretty hilariously.

Space-Based Gravitational Wave Observatory Passes Huge Test Space-Based Gravitational Wave Observatory Passes Huge Test

Gravitational waves may be the most exciting thing in astronomy right now, but there are only so many things in space that scientists can study with Earth-based gravitational wave detectors. An incredible new test has demonstrated that space-based detectors could become a reality, which could open our ears to entirely…

British Hacker Won't Be Extradited to the US Because American Prisons Are 'Medieval' British Hacker Won't Be Extradited to the US Because American Prisons Are 'Medieval'

Lauri Love, a 32-year-old British computer hacker wanted by the FBI, will not be extradited to the United States. The ruling came down today after Love’s attorneys argued that he suffered from depression and was at risk of dying by suicide if he were placed in solitary confinement in the US, a disciplinary tactic seen…

NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Breathtaking Panorama of Martian Landscape NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Breathtaking Panorama of Martian Landscape

After months of steady progress, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached the top of Vera Rubin Ridge. And like the good mountain climber that it is, the rover took the opportunity to look around and bask in the view from up high. The resulting panorama—stitched together from 16 individual photos—is one of the most…

A New Short Film Aims to Share the Untold Story of the First African American Man in Space A New Short Film Aims to Share the Untold Story of the First African American Man in Space

Have you ever heard of Guion “Guy” Bluford—the first African American in space? Despite his major place in history, his name is surprisingly not very well-known. A new short film aims to change that, with the blessing of Bluford himself, who shared his own unpublished memoirs with the filmmakers.

We Don't Even Live There Yet, But Humans Have Already Left Over 400,000 Pounds of Trash on the Moon We Don't Even Live There Yet, But Humans Have Already Left Over 400,000 Pounds of Trash on the Moon

It’s inevitable that one day humanity is going to need to live somewhere other than Earth, and our first step towards intergalactic colonization will probably be the moon. The only problem? We’ve only visited it 12 times, and already there’s over 400,000 pounds of garbage up there.

Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Will Be Ready for Launch on February 6th Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Will Be Ready for Launch on February 6th

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says that the Falcon Heavy, the launch vehicle being billed as the most powerful rocket in the world, will be ready for its first launch on February 6th.

Over a Decade Later, NASA's Long-Dead IMAGE Satellite May Have Come Back to Life Over a Decade Later, NASA's Long-Dead IMAGE Satellite May Have Come Back to Life

A $150 million NASA satellite which died from systems failure just five years after its launch has somehow reactivated and is still broadcasting, Science reported Friday.

'Potentially Hazardous Asteroids' Are Not The Asteroids You Should Worry About 'Potentially Hazardous Asteroids' Are Not The Asteroids You Should Worry About

In some industries, sex sells. In the science journalism industry, however, potentially killer asteroids sell even more. Due to a quirk of how NASA refers to the many asteroids it tracks, countless headlines like these fill Google News every month: “Massive and Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Will Approach Earth…

Donald Trump Will Probably Ask NASA to End Funding for the ISS by 2025 Donald Trump Will Probably Ask NASA to End Funding for the ISS by 2025

Donald Trump’s administration has touted big plans for NASA in the past few months, but it hasn’t been willing to put up much cash. So the White House has come up with a way to stretch the space agency’s budget further: Forwarding the bills for the International Space Station to, like, anyone else.

If You Find Aliens, Who Do You Call? If You Find Aliens, Who Do You Call?

Let’s say your house is on fire, or overrun by a gang of psychotic raccoons. You don’t hesitate—you take out your phone, and you call the fire department, or animal control, and then firemen/raccoon-wranglers are promptly dispatched to your home. These are well-established protocols, essential to the maintenance of a…

NASA Runs Successful First Tests of Compact Nuclear Reactor for Mars Base NASA Runs Successful First Tests of Compact Nuclear Reactor for Mars Base

If humans have any hope of sticking around on Mars for longer than a few days, they’ll need some form of power to sustain themselves. A successful test in Nevada has demonstrated that that power could be nuclear.

Astronaut Slated to Be First African-American ISS Crew Member Unexpectedly Grounded Astronaut Slated to Be First African-American ISS Crew Member Unexpectedly Grounded

Astronaut Jeanette Epps, slated to be the first African-American crew member on board the International Space Station, will not be flying in 2018, according to a NASA announcement.

NASA Is Flying Over Greenland to Predict the Future of Our Coastlines

If we don’t pump the brakes on climate change, all of Greenland could eventually melt, adding about 24 feet to global sea levels. Add in the West Antarctic ice sheet, and we’re looking at a total of about 40 feet of potential sea level rise from these two ice sheets alone. The question is, when is this going to…

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