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Newly discovered planet is most like Earth

Newly discovered planet is most like Earth

NASA has discovered a planet that, as far as discovered planets go, is most like Earth. The planet is called Kepler 452b, and it is the first discovered that is nearly the same size as Earth within the habitable zone surrounding a sun-like star. This marks the space agency’s latest efforts in finding an “Earth twin” — that is, a planet that is most similar to our own and that is able to sustain life. Its size and location aren't the only things Kepler 452b has in common with Earth, however.

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Pluto: second icy mountain range revealed in new image

Pluto: second icy mountain range revealed in new image

Last week, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft gave us some up-close, detailed images of Pluto's landscape and geology, including a look at an icy mountain range. Now, only a few days later, NASA has released another image that reveals a second mountain range, with peaks between half a mile and one mile in height. The range is located near the southwestern part of Pluto's now famous heart-shaped spot, about 68 miles from Norgay Montes, the first mountain range that was photographed.

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New Horizons snaps Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra

New Horizons snaps Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra

The NASA New Horizons spacecraft has made history by sending us back images of Pluto and its moons that are the highest resolution humans have ever laid eyes on. While the images of Pluto itself were sharp and clear allowing us to see the surface of the dwarf planet in detail, the images of its moons are not so clear. The shot here is an image of Pluto's moon Nix on the left and Hydra on the right.

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Smithsonian wants to digitize Neil Armstrong’s space suit

Smithsonian wants to digitize Neil Armstrong’s space suit

Astronaut Neil Armstrong's historically significant space suit is the latest subject of restoration at the Smithsonian. The crew hopes to not only fully restore the suit itself, but to digitize its image. With the latest technology in imaging and 3D scanning, the Smithsonian hopes to turn the suit into a digital piece of material. With the media created, the suit will be able to be looked at and explored in classrooms and museums around the world - not to mention the virtual reality space for all people everywhere.

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NASA releases hypnotizing new image of Earth

NASA releases hypnotizing new image of Earth

While much of the buzz from NASA recently has been about the New Horizons' trip to Pluto, the agency hasn't totally forgotten about the blue orb we inhabit. Captured from a camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory, NASA has just released the satellite's first view of the sunlit side of Earth from 1 million miles away, and it sure is stunning. The image shows North and Central America, with the Caribbean islands located in the turquoise areas in the center.

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New Horizons reveal Pluto’s wildly varied landscape

New Horizons reveal Pluto’s wildly varied landscape

This morning the folks behind NASA's New Horizons mission revealed the heart of Pluto. What the New Horizons crew revealed today is a number of deep differences in areas on different sides of the planet. They've also gone over the escaping atmosphere surrounding Pluto. What we're able to see here is a set of two - at least two - very different sorts of landscape on the dwarf planet Pluto. Today's lesson is this - Pluto is not just one simple, flat piece of rock. It's not even just a lumpy rock - it's a whole lot more complicated than that.

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Space is scary: ISS crew cowers from space junk peril

Space is scary: ISS crew cowers from space junk peril

Astronauts on the ISS were forced to take cover in an emergency Soyuz capsule today, as debris from an old satellite threatened to pummel the space station. Damage to the orbiting research facility was, thankfully, avoided, NASA has confirmed, but the unexpectedly close pass of broken chunks of Russian weather satellite forced emergency precautions as there was no time to move the ISS out of the way.

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Latest New Horizons images put Pluto’s icy geology in spotlight

Latest New Horizons images put Pluto’s icy geology in spotlight

The fruits of New Horizons' trip to Pluto continue to emerge, with the latest photos showing fresh mountain peaks and raising new questions for scientists. In the latest batch of images beamed back from the spacecraft, NASA has identified an unusual depression running across Charon, one of Pluto's moons, slashing across the rock with a length of around 240 miles and complete with a central peak. However, it's not the only geological anomaly New Horizons has spotted.

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The best Pluto photos from New Horizons so far

The best Pluto photos from New Horizons so far

New Horizons successfully reaches and passes Pluto, taking photos during a 22-hour period of observation. What we're doing here is collecting the best of the best - which, incidentally, may end up being the whole collection. Straight from NASA to your eyeballs, these are the first images of Pluto from within several thousand miles of the dwarf planet. You can also have a peek at a large set of images captured over the past few weeks by New Horizons by hitting up our New Horizons tag portal.

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New Horizons phones home to say it’s OK

New Horizons phones home to say it’s OK

Pluto may be the god of death, but that has no bearing on NASA's greatest achievement yet. Dozens of sleep-deprived, and most likely teary-eyed, scientists and engineers at NASA awaited in both anticipation and dread as New Horizon's diagnostics data came flowing in a bit before 9 PM Eastern. The good news? New Horizons is safe and sound and didn't encounter any space debris that endangered its flight or its existence. The bad news? Now it has to beam down tons of data for scientists to drool over for the next months, even years!

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We’ve passed Pluto – where are the photos?

We’ve passed Pluto – where are the photos?

Now that we've passed Pluto, you might be wondering why we're not looking at brand new up-close photos of all sorts. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has an antenna that must remain stationary at all times - it's not attached to a robotic arm or anything. Because of this, and because the craft was only passing extremely close to Pluto for a short period of time, the team wisely decided to utilize the time collecting data from our spacey cousin rather than sending back data as fast as they could. In short - photos and data are coming inside this week, just not right this minute.

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See the best color image of Pluto taken just before New Horizons flyby

See the best color image of Pluto taken just before New Horizons flyby

As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft approached Pluto for the much-anticipated flyby at 7:49 AM ET this morning, the agency released the final and best color image of Pluto yet to be taken. And because Pluto is such a social media celebrity, NASA even posted the image to Instagram first. The photo offer a stunningly clear look at Pluto, as it was taken from only 476,000 miles away, NASA said, at roughly 4:00 PM ET on July 13th.

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