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08.19.13 Bucky Turco

Back in 1977, a team of hip NASA scientists led by astrophysicist Carl Sagan produced two gold-plated copper records featuring a compendium of sounds, images, and illustrations from planet Earth. The 12-inch time capsules were loaded onto twin Voyager spacecraft then launched into space with the hopes that alien life would find the records and […]

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08.05.13 Kyle Petreycik

As part of NASA’s year-long science experiment, twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly will be very separated for a very long time. Astronaut Scott Kelly will spend one year in residence at the International Space Station while his now retired twin brother Mark will remain on Earth. The concept for the year-long study was proposed to the […]

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Bucky Turco

Today marks the one year anniversary of NASA’s Curiosity rover landing on Mars. According to the space agency, the IRL Wall-e has been very busy sending data: Curiosity has provided more than 190 gigabits of data; returned more than 36,700 full images; fired more than 75,000 laser shots to investigate the composition of targets; collected […]

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07.23.13 Andy Cush

Because there’s never a bad time for a reminder of how lonely and insignificant our lives are in this vast cold universe we call home, here are two brand new photos of Earth, taken from Saturn and Mercury, respectively. The Saturn photo, above, is fucking breathtaking and beautiful and heart-stopping and makes you want to […]

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07.11.13 Andy Cush

It also has atmospheric temperatures up to 2,000-degree fahrenheit. And in case you didn’t see it in the headline: Glass Rain! 4,500 MPH winds! This place sounds awesome. NASA discovered the planet, dubbed HD 189733b, in 2005, but recently discovered new facts about its atmosphere with the Hubble telescope. The thing is only 2.9 million miles from its […]

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06.21.13 Andy Cush

If you’re already over that billion pixel image of Mars we showed you yesterday, here’s your latest high-res space photo fix: NASA and NOAA created this  image of the Earth using something called a “VIIRS sensor,” which works kind of like an infrared camera for trees, highlighting any vegetation in lush green and rendering everything else […]

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06.20.13 Andy Cush

Whoaaaaaa. Yes, this interactive photo of the surface of Mars, taken by the Curiosity rover, is 1.3 billion pixels large. Go, look at it, zoom and scroll around. Look at all the locations NASA bookmarked for you–“Laser shots,” “Wheel tracks,” “Bird-shaped rock!” That’s an image of Yellowknife Bay above. Fuck, this is awesome. Atlantic Cities […]

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06.17.13 Kyle Petreycik

Out of approximately 6,000 applicants — the highest number of applicants in some time — NASA has finally chosen it’s newest selection of astronauts for the first time in nearly four years. There eight in total and four are women, NASA’s record. The crew: Christina Hammock (Jacksonville, North Carolina), Nicole Aunapu Mann (Penngrove, California), Anne McClain of (Spokane, Washington) […]

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05.21.13 Andy Cush

In an effort to produce snacks that are fit for long-distance space travel, NASA awarded a $125,000 to mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor to develop a 3D printer for food. Their first endeavor, naturally, will be pizza. According to the Verge, each “building block” of a particular food will exist as a powdered “ink,” and building […]

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05.20.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Why waste your vacation days on afk trips to exotic lands when you can take a birds-eye tour from Russia to South Africa, without leaving the comfort of your work desk? NASA just created this incredible 19-Gigapixel sweeping filmstrip by stitching together series of images of Earth taken by Landsat satellites since 1972. The mind-blowing natural […]

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