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Apr. 28, 2015 — Astronomers discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years away. All three planets orbit their star at a distance closer than Mercury orbits the sun, completing ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilizes long, charged tethers to convert natural solar wind momentum flux into spacecraft ... read more

The 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake Was Felt from Space

Apr. 23, 2015 — For the first time, a natural source of infrasonic waves of Earth has been measured directly from space -- 450 kilometers above the planet's ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Detecting an 'earthquake' on Venus would seem to be an impossible task. But conditions in Venus' atmosphere are much more hospitable, and it is here that researchers hope to deploy an ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — It was launched 25 years ago and has given humankind a glimpse at some of the farthest and earliest cosmic phenomenon in the observable Universe. On Friday, 24 April, the HST will celebrate exactly ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Star system Tau Ceti has long been used in science fiction as a very likely place to have life due to its proximity to Earth and the star's sun-like characteristics. Since December 2012 Tau Ceti ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers can now explain how asteroids are formed. Our own planet also has its origins in the same process, a cosmic ocean of millimeter-sized particles that orbited the young sun, according to ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Once in orbit, the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 will go from basking in the heat of the sun to freezing in Earth's shadow every 90 minutes. And every second in that orbit, it will ... read more

Social Shaming and the Search for Validation

Apr. 16, 2015 — A sociologist professor outlines the social conditions that breed online complaining and hashtag ... read more

A Blueprint for Clearing the Skies of Space Debris

Apr. 17, 2015 — Scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Through a combination of data analysis and numerical modeling work, researchers have found a record of the ancient moon-forming giant impact observable in stony meteorites. The research indicates ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — A new color map of dwarf planet Ceres, which NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting since March, reveals the diversity of the surface of this planetary body. Differences in morphology and ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — While our understanding of how the aurora's shimmering curtains of colour are formed, scientists have struggled to explain the black patches between the bright beams. Now scientists have ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced life, a team of scientists has found no evidence of advanced civilizations there. The idea behind the research is that, if an entire ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Researchers have long known that there is water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars. The explanation is ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Techniques that enable researchers to simulate high-speed missile and meteor impacts into soil and sand have been developed for use in the lab. The techniques allow the researchers to watch what ... read more

Cosmic Debris: Study Looks Inside the Universe’s Most Powerful Explosions

Apr. 10, 2015 — A new study provides an inside look at the most powerful explosions in the universe: gamma-ray bursts. These rare explosions happen when extremely massive stars go supernova. The stars' strong ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — You always want to be the last man standing, especially at NASA. Optimal functional performance, such as standing, is taken even more seriously when preparing for future missions to Mars and beyond. ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — While no one yet knows what's needed to build a habitable planet, it's clear that the interplay between the sun and Earth is crucial for making our planet livable -- a balance between a sun ... read more

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