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04.17.14 Andy Cush

Above is an artist’s rendering of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet discovered in a star’s “habitable zone” — the range at which a planet could contain liquid water. Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler telescope found the planet in the constellation Cygnus, 500 lightyears from Earth, and believe it has a rocky surface. “We know of just one planet […]

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04.12.14 Bucky Turco

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is currently swirling around the Earth aboard the International Space Station and on Friday afternoon, he posted a stunning photo of the East Coast on Twitter that makes even Long Island look enchanting. (Photo: @AstroRM) […]

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04.04.14 Andy Cush

On Tuesday, Bonhams New York is hosting an auction of “space history” items, including an Apollo 11 Mission Patch, an American flag that almost made it to the moon, and a casting of Buzz Aldrin’s boot. If you’ve got a couple thousand dollars to spare, you could do worse than this signed Apollo 10 Snoopy toy. […]

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03.25.14 Andy Cush

The last time NASA rolled out a new spacesuit, it was the Z-1, a prototype that looked like exactly like Buzz Lightyear. Now, the space agency is pursuing its sucessor, the Z-2, by asking the public to vote on one of three designs. All three are batshit crazy. There’s “Trends in Society,” above, a suit […]

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02.25.14 Andy Cush

That vast swath of darkness at the center of the above image, looking like a speckled, oddly shaped body of water — that’s the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, photographed from the International Space Station on January 30th. NASA has some relevant landmarks labeled for context. It’s a striking reminder of how literally and figuratively […]

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02.18.14 Bucky Turco

NASA’s Opportunity rover is currently traipsing around Mars and every now and then, it discovers something temporarily unexplainable. Last month, the space agency published an image of a rock that seemed to mysteriously appear on the Martian surface. “It looks like a jelly donut,” said Steve Squyres, head scientist on the rover project. And it […]

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02.07.14 Andy Cush

Yesterday, we saw a truly beautiful panorama of shots taken by the Mars Curiosity rover showing the vast, foreign landscape that is the Red Planet’s surface. Today, the curiosity offered a distinctly different view, sending home its first-ever photo of Earth taken from Mars. The view is breathtaking. Witness our planet in all its tiny, speck-like […]

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02.06.14 Andy Cush

The sheer amount of snow and sleet in recent weeks has left parts of NYC looking like the cratered surface of some distant planet. If you’d rather be looking at foreboding, interminably chilly tundras from afar, though, here’s a new panorama of images from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, stitched together by the photographer Andrew Bodrov. According […]

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12.27.13 Andy Cush

NASA’s SuperBall Bot is no WALL-E.While something like the Mars Curiosity Rover is cute, all spindly legs and easily anthropomorphizable camera eyes, the SuperBall is decidedly not. It looks like a broken tent, or a pile of twigs who had too much tequila to drink. Developed by Adrian Agogino and Vytas SunSpiral (!!!) at NASA’s Ames Research […]

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12.05.13 Andy Cush

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft recently captured footage of “the hexagon,” a storm at Saturn’s north pole with an eye that’s 1,250 miles wide. The space administration says it is highest-resolution film ever captured of the storm system, which has been raging for decades. In accordance with the times, NASA released the color-filtered clip as a GIF. “The […]

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