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Curiosity Captures First Ever Asteroid Images from Mars Surface


NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first image of asteroids taken from the surface of Mars. The image includes two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta.

LADEE Sees Zodiacal Light before Crashing into Moon, but Apollo Mystery Remains


Sunrise over the surface of the moon: a series of star tracker images taken by LADEE Saturday, April 12.

Take a Fly-by Of All the Known Exoplanets

Here’s a fun trip through the galaxy, put together by PhD student Tom Hands at the University of Leicester: In the above video, you can fly to of all the known exoplanets (around single stars only), ordered roughly by semi-major axis of largest orbit.

Asteroids VS. Your Hometown: Fun but Frightening Graphics Compare Asteroid Sizes to Places on Earth


This graphic imagines asteroid 243 Ida as it would fantastically hover over the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

Why Inflation Didn’t Get the Same Hype as the Higgs


Shown here are the B-mode polarization patterns on the cosmic microwave background. Image Credit: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Last month astronomers provided evidence that the universe underwent a brief but stupendous expansion at the very beginning of time.

Pingpong! How You Could Send Something Small High In The Atmosphere


A view of “PongSats” containing student experiments in a high-altitude balloon that goes to about 100,000 feet.

Book Review and Giveaway: Earthrise: My Adventures As An Apollo 14 Astronaut by Edgar Mitchell


Most of us get up in the morning, shower, eat breakfast and sleepily make our way to work. Whether we work in an office, outdoors, with the public or in any number of exciting Earth-based careers, our daily commute can hardly compare to that of a moon astronaut!

Saturn at Opposition: Our 2014 Guide


Saturn as imaged from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on April 15th. Credit: Efrain Morales. Planet lovers can rejoice: one of the finest jewels of the solar system in returning to the evening night sky.

Watch Live As Astronauts Conduct Urgent Spacewalk On Space Station

Can two astronauts fix a broken computer quickly on the International Space Station, preventing possible problems with the solar arrays and robotics?

Surprise: Earth Is Hit By a Lot More Asteroids Than You Thought

“The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” - Ed Lu, B612 Foundation CEO and former NASA astronaut When we think of recent large asteroid impacts on Earth, only a handful come to mind.

Remembering John Houbolt: the Man Who Gave Us Lunar Orbit Rendezvous


John Houbolt demonstrating Lunar Orbit Rendezvous circa 1962. Credit: NASA. The space community lost a colossus of the of the Apollo era last week, when John Houbolt passed away last Tuesday just five days after his 95th birthday.

How Far Is A Light Year in Miles Or Kilometers?


The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of spiral galaxy Messier 77 — a galaxy in the constellation of Cetus, some 45 million light-years away from us.

Watch: New Documentary Follows the Hunt for Gravitational Waves

A newly released documentary brings you behind the scenes in the hunt for gravitational waves. The 20-minute film, called “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding,” follows the scientists working to create one of the most powerful scientific tools ever made: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO).

Our Guide to the Bizzare April 29th Solar Eclipse


The 2013 partial eclipse rising over the Vehicle Assembly Building along the Florida Space Coast. This month’s solar eclipse will offer comparable sunset views for eastern Australia.

Stunning Original Drawing of the Latest SpaceX Launch


An original pencil illustration of the SpaceX CRS-3 Falcon 9 Dragon launch on April 18, 2014. Credit and copyright: Wendy Clark.

Carnival of Space #350


Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Nicole Gugliucci at her Cosmoquest blog.

Video: Carolyn Porco Discusses Her Life at Saturn


Space historian Andrew Chaikin recently sat down with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, and she discusses how her career has ended up focusing on the Saturn system.

Easter Sunday Space Station Rendezvous and Berthing for SpaceX Dragon Freighter


SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft arrives for berthing at the International Space Station on Easter Sunday morning April 20, 2014.

SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Falcon Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch


Blastoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.

SpaceX Dragon Captured on Film in Orbit Over Paris 25 Minutes After Launch

We need to say it: astrophotographer Thierry Legault has done it again! Here’s an absolutely fantastic capture of the SpaceX Dragon capsule just 25 minutes after it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, as it passed over Europe.


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