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  1. New Exomoon Hunting Technique Could Find Solar System-like Moons Monday, 12 May 2014, 4:00 am
    Looking for tiny, additional shadows built up during multiple mini-eclipses of stars could reveal the existence of exomoons.
  2. NASA Simulator Successfully Recreates Space Dust Sunday, 11 May 2014, 4:00 am
    Scientists on Earth have reproduced a process in the atmosphere of red giant stars that produces interstellar dust.
  3. Cassini Spies the Ice-Giant Planet Uranus Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 pm
    NASA s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn s rings.
  4. A Difficult Search for Life on Exoplanets Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 am
    A new study shows that searching for life on extrasolar planets could be more difficult than previously thought.

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Space & Physics

  1. Sailing on Solar Winds Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:00 am
    NASA unfurls the Sunjammer, the agency’s first solar sail mission to deep space.
  2. Turning Cosmic Data into Masterpieces Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:00 am
    These artists scour NASA data for raw materials that they can transform into masterpieces.
  3. The End of the Old Solar System, the Beginning of the New Monday, 25 August 2014, 9:41 pm
    Today marks not one but two milestones in planetary exploration. It is the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2’s flight past Neptune, the most distant planet ever seen up close. It is also the exact day tha. […]
  4. Your Childhood Was Lame: Tops Don’t Have to Be Round Anymore Friday, 15 August 2014, 1:16 pm
    Sure, the baby doll that closed her eyes when you held her horizontally was kind of cool. But she’s not much competition for a break-dancing armadillo. Researchers at Disney Research Zurich—who norm. […]

Future Planetary Exploration

  1. Europa: How Less Can Be More Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 4:34 am
    Three factors make exploring Europa hard.  First, we want to explore an entire complex world, and mapping its features requires acquiring vast amounts of data.  Second, Europa lies far from the Eart. […]
  2. Mars 2020 Instruments – A Plan for Sample Return Thursday, 7 August 2014, 4:19 am
    Last week, NASA’s managers announced the selection of seven instruments for its 2020 Mars rover from a pool of 58 proposals submitted by teams of scientists.  Reading through the capabilities of t. […]
  3. ExoMars 2018 Status Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 3:56 pm
    Elizabeth Gibney provides an update on the Mars 2018 mission development at the blog site of the journal Nature.  She reports that schedules are tight, but that managers are working to keep the missi. […]
  4. Possible Delays for Lunar and Martian Missions Sunday, 3 August 2014, 9:20 pm
    Anatoly Zak, author for the well-respected site, reports on delays for Russia’s lunar and Martian missions. He reports that a three year slip in Russia’s lunar missions has been of. […]


  1. photographic Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:52 pm
    Kepler 168f has been the subject of substantial media coverage over the past week. This newly confirmed planet orbits a red dwarf with roughly half the mass and radius of the Sun, receives about 27% o. […]
  2. Super Planet Crush Crash Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 6:06 pm
    The Crash at Crush is a perennial go-to narrative in the long-running effort to goad disinterested students into obtaining a much-needed grasp of the the principles of classical mechanics. From the Wi. […]
  3. 1215095 Sunday, 26 January 2014, 3:21 am
    Above: A Google Data Center Image source. A few weeks ago, there was an interesting article in the New York Times. On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can fin. […]
  4. A Supernova in M82 Thursday, 23 January 2014, 2:32 am
    I was startled today to learn that a Type Ia supernova has been spotted in M82 — a very nearby, very bright galaxy that even I can find with a backyard telescope. In the image just below, M82 is the. […]