Watching a sphere of water bubble in space in 4K resolution: Yup, pretty cool

The reaction of putting an effervescent antacid tablet into water was filmed with the Red Epic Dragon Camera, on board the ISS.

Dark Side of the Pluto

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"There is no dark side of the Pluto really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

How to name an exoplanet, by XKCD

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XKCD's hot take on the recent space news around Kepler 452-B and Pluto.

NASA unveils gorgeous new false-color image of Pluto

It may be 'shopped, and we can tell by the pixels, but it's just the most beautiful image of Pluto mankind has ever seen.

NASA completes rocket design review for future Mars journey


NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) is about to go into full-scale fabrication after a detailed review. SLS Block 1, which just passed a design review milestone, will go to an asteroid placed in lunar orbit, and eventually to Mars. Read the rest

First near-Earth-size planet in “habitable zone” around sun-like star confirmed by NASA

This artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
Space truth, more awesome than fiction.

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson give us a a brief history of everything


Neil deGrasse Tyson tell us how it is. Read the rest

As we marveled at Pluto, this spectacular comet image came out


While we were busy enjoying the spectacular images of Pluto, ESA's Rosetta camera released this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Read the rest

A new, EPIC view of planet Earth from NASA satellite aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft

Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. Image: NASA

Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. Image: NASA

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away. Read the rest

National Geographic's Pluto issue, autographed by NASA's New Horizons team

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“How cool is this?”

Pluto fly-by immortalized in 4 perfect frames by Cyanide & Happiness webcomic

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Won't someone think of the poor exoplanets?

This little cartoon captures all of Pluto's lonely feels, as New Horizons probe flys by


Aww. Poor little Pluto.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft phones home from Pluto, and all is “nominal”

Cheers and clapping at the Mission Operations Center (MOC), where the New Horizons spacecraft signal was received.
“We have a healthy spacecraft, we recorded data on the Pluto system, and we're outbound from Pluto.”

NASA Ground team stands by for Pluto fly-by confirmation signal from New Horizons

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is expected to radio home any minute now. We're watching on NASA TV. The moment will end a nearly 22-hour radio blackout as the probe focused on a series of close-up observations of Pluto and its moons.

From SpaceFlight Now:

Engineers expect to lock on to a carrier signal, then start receiving housekeeping data on the status of the New Horizons spacecraft. No science data will come down during Tuesday night’s pass.

“The reason why you’re not seeing more things immediately is because the spacecraft is spending all its time making the observations of the Pluto system,” says Hal Weaver, New Horizons’ project sciences from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. “That’s what we wanted to do. Of course, you want to optimize the scientific return from the mission.

A signal from New Horizons will be a celebratory moment for the hundreds of engineers and scientists working on the mission. The cessation of communications was part of the plan going into the flyby because New Horizons carries a fixed antenna, meaning mission managers have to choose between contacting Earth and conducting scientific work at Pluto.

Watch live: Ground team standing by for New Horizons signal

Clyde William Tombaugh (February 4, 1906 – January 17, 1997) was an American astronomer. Although he is best known for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. Read the rest

Pluto and other known “not-planets” in our solar system mapped in scale image montage

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.
“Their non-planetary status is a handicap because these are the worlds that we need to get Earthlings excited about exploring.”

Let's build a Moon village, says European Space Agency's new director


"I propose a Moon village on the far side of the Moon," says Johann-Dietrich Woerner who has been in the role of Director General of the European Space Agency (Esa) for just a week.

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Watch: NASA celebrates 50 years of planetary science awesomeness


On July 14, 2015, New Horizons will take the first close-up pictures of Pluto, exactly 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 flew by Mars and took the first close-up pictures ever of another planet.

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