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August 22, 2012

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Watch Curiosity land on Mars in full, glorious HD. 

There’s a little noise reduction, color balance and sharpening, but this is all Mars, baby. Now that the MARDI descent imager has sent home its full collection of 1600 by 1200 images, NASA could piece together a video of the landing. Missing frames were interpolated using thumbnail data.

MORE MARS:
• 7 Years in 7 Minutes: NASA Engineer Takes Us Inside the Landing
• Obama Mentions ‘Mohawk Guy’ on NASA Call, Gets Mohawk
• Watch Ecstatic NASA Engineers Celebrate as Curiosity Lands

High-resolution Mars will be the coolest thing you’ll see today.

10:41 // 1 year ago
December 5, 2011
Who’s the newest planet on the universe block?
It’s our baby brother! Remember the name “Kepler-22b”. Its surface temperature is a balmy 72 degrees; it orbits a star that is very similar to our sun; its year is even close to ours — 290 days. Don’t worry just yet, though, as scientists haven’t fully discovered what makes up its surface. But “the planet would likely be warm enough to host liquid water on its surface.” The scientists on the study are “getting really close, we are really homing in on the true Earth-sized habitable planets.” source
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It’s our baby brother! Remember the name “Kepler-22b”. Its surface temperature is a balmy 72 degrees; it orbits a star that is very similar to our sun; its year is even close to ours — 290 days. Don’t worry just yet, though, as scientists haven’t fully discovered what makes up its surface. But “the planet would likely be warm enough to host liquid water on its surface.” The scientists on the study are “getting really close, we are really homing in on the true Earth-sized habitable planets.” source

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23:39 // 2 years ago
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22:00 // 2 years ago
March 5, 2011
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Explore the 3-D depths of Mars
Mars has some of the highest mountains and deepest valleys of the solar system — but you might not realize that unless you’re looking at 3-D imagery of the Red Planet. So put on your red-blue glasses and check out some of the latest stereo imagery from interplanetary orbiters.

Freaking awesome.

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Explore the 3-D depths of Mars

Mars has some of the highest mountains and deepest valleys of the solar system — but you might not realize that unless you’re looking at 3-D imagery of the Red Planet. So put on your red-blue glasses and check out some of the latest stereo imagery from interplanetary orbiters.

Freaking awesome.

12:46 // 3 years ago
January 10, 2011

Everything you need to know about our latest planetary neighbor

Hey kids, it’s a new planet! Say hello to Kepler-10b, the new kid in town. Or, to be more accurate, the new kid from out of town: this tiny, rocky planet actually resides outside of our solar system. It’s a little guy - the smallest, in fact, ever discovered outside of our Sun’s orbit. The confirmation of Kepler-10b’s existence is the product of over eight months of data collection, and represents the “first solid evidence of a rocky planet orbiting a star other than our sun.” Here are some key facts about it with which to impress your friends.

  • It’s a lot like us Kepler-10b has a diameter 1.4x that of our beloved blue orb. It’s also classified as a “rocky” planet, meaning it has a composition similar to that of Earth (as opposed to a gaseous planet like Saturn).
  • It’s probably way hot Although the physical composition of the planet would render it capable of hosting water, it’s way too close to the star it orbits (its “Sun,” if you will) for that to be possible.
  • NASA’s pumped about it While Kepler-10b is outside of the “habitable zone,” scientists are giddy about its mere discovery, and optimistic that the spacecraft that found it will yield more results in the future. source

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22:08 // 3 years ago
September 30, 2010


Hey, that’s not Earth! In fact, you’re right. It’s what scientists refer to as a “possible Earthlike planet” in the “goldilocks zone” of a nearby star. Which means that when we inevitably destroy this planet by overloading landfills with discarded toxic Hot Pockets sleeves, we’ll have somewhere to go to next. And we’ll screw up that place, too. source
Earthlike planet around nearby star? We’re posting from there now

  • Hey, that’s not Earth! In fact, you’re right. It’s what scientists refer to as a “possible Earthlike planet” in the “goldilocks zone” of a nearby star. Which means that when we inevitably destroy this planet by overloading landfills with discarded toxic Hot Pockets sleeves, we’ll have somewhere to go to next. And we’ll screw up that place, too. source
1:01 // 3 years ago