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December 19, 2012

Four planets in 'habitable zones' spotted within spitting distance of Earth

Astronomers say they have uncovered evidence for what could be four super-Earth planets orbiting within the habitable zones of two stars within 22 light-years of Earth. […]
December 19, 2012

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield set for launch of space station mission

Chris Hadfield is set to blast off at 7:12 a.m. EST Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a mission that is to see him […]
December 19, 2012

Beefing up the universe's biggest black holes

When it comes to black holes lurking within the hearts of galaxies, there’s some real monsters out there. Measured in the millions to billions of solar masses, these […]
December 19, 2012

When the air force wanted to nuke the moon

The American reaction to Sputnik was diverse. Laymen and aerospace professionals alike were divided; some were unthreatened by the Soviet feat while others were fearful, eager […]
December 18, 2012

Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon

PASADENA, Calif. – Scientists with NASA’s Cassini mission have spotted what appears to be a miniature, extraterrestrial likeness of Earth’s Nile River: a river valley on […]
December 18, 2012

Success! NASA crashed successful project on the moon

Two of Nasa’s spacecrafts are deliberately crash-landed onto the moon’s surface after completing their lunar mission. The spacecrafts, named Ebb and Flow, have been orbiting the […]
December 18, 2012

What do astronauts eat?

In the early days of the U.S. space program, astronauts had to contend with freeze-dried powders and small cubes of food as well as gel-like liquids […]
December 18, 2012

'ISS Cribs': An Astronaut-Guided Tour of the Most Amazing House Ever Built

You no doubt have seen images taken from the International Space Station. You likely have seen images taken of the International Space Station, too. But do you know […]
December 17, 2012

Myth, hype and nonsense: Days before Doomsday

NASA has released a video intended to put the world’s mind at rest about Dec. 21, 2012 — the much hyped end-date of the Mayan “Long […]