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MIT Claims they are Programming Humanoid Robots to help Explore Mars. But we all Know It’s Cylons!

For over a decade, robots have been exploring Mars in advance of the crewed missions that are being planned for the coming decades.

Schiaparelli is Gone. Smashed on the surface of Mars.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter view of Schiaparelli landing site before and after the lander arrived. The images have a resolution of 6 meters per pixel and shows two new features on the surface when compared to an image from the same camera taken in May this year.

Astronomers Think They Know Where Rosetta’s Comet Came From

In the distant past, the orbit of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko extended far beyond Neptune into the refrigerated Kuiper Belt.

Weekly Space Hangout – October 21, 2016: Dr. Voula Saridakis

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: This week’s special guest is Dr. Voula Saridakis, a professor at Lake Forest College in Illinois specializing in the history of science and astronomy, who runs the History of Astronomy Twitter account at Guests: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg) Kimberly Cartier ( / @AstroKimCartier ) Alessondra Springmann ( / @sondy) Their stories this week: We use a tool called Trello to submit and vote on stories we would like to see covered each week, and then Fraser will be selecting the stories from there.

Mars’ Moon Deimos

Mars and Earth have several things in common. Like Earth, Mars is a terrestrial planet (i.e. composed of silicate rock and minerals).

No, There Won’t Be 15 Days of Darkness in November. It’s Another Stupid Hoax.

The internet is great, isn’t it? You can post anything you want on the internet, and if people like the sound of it, they spread it.

Carnival of Space #479

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #479.

What is a Nova?

There are times when I really wish astronomers could take their advanced modern knowledge of the cosmos and then go back and rewrite all the terminology so that they make more sense.

Here Are the Last Images We’ll Ever See From Rosetta

The Rosetta team has released the final batch of images taken by the NAVCAM during the last month of its two years of investigations at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Forget Mars, Now You Can Kickstart an Antimatter Propulsion System to Another Star!

When it comes to the future of space exploration, one of the biggest questions is, “how and when will we travel to the nearest star?

Either Stars are Strange, or There Are 234 Aliens Trying to Contact Us

We all want there to be aliens. Green ones, pink ones, brown ones, Greys. Or maybe Vulcans, Klingons, even a being of pure energy.

Europe’s Orbiter is Safely at Mars, but No Word from the Lander

This artist’s view shows the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander on Mars. It’s unclear whether the landing was successful.

Watch Live: ExoMars Arrival and Landing

After a seven month flight, ESA’s ExoMars mission arrives at the Red Planet today, October 19. You can watch live here as the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli lander make their historic entry into orbit and landing.

Latest Results from New Horizons: Clouds on Pluto, Landslides on Charon

By the end of this week, all the data gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft during its July 2015 flyby of the Pluto system will have finished downloading to Earth and be in the hands of the science team.

What Is an Earthquake?

For people who live on or near an active fault line – such as the San Andreas fault in California, the Median Tectonic Line in Japan, or the Sunda Megathrust of southeast Asia – earthquakes are a regular fact of life.

What Are Cosmic Voids?

Clearly I need to learn to be more specific when I write these articles. Everything time I open my mouth, I need to prepare for the collective imagination of the viewers.

Photobomb: The Moon Occults Aldebaran Wednesday

How about that Hunter’s Supermoon this past weekend, huh? Follow that Moon, as it’s meeting up with the Hyades again this week, and occults (passes in front of) Aldebaran Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Antares ‘Return to Flight’ Blastoff Soars to Stellar Success

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket topped with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft launches from Pad-0A, Monday, Oct.

MAVEN Takes This Trippy, Nightglowing Photo of Mars in UV

Mars’ atmosphere is about 100 times thinner than Earth’s, but there’s still a lot going on in that wispy, carbon dioxide Martian air.

What is Binding Energy?

Have you ever taken a look at a piece of firewood and said to yourself, “gee, I wonder how much energy it would take to split that thing apart”?