Space

Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Paul Allen, Elon Musk and several other partners are teaming up to build an aircraft that will be the largest aircraft in the entire world when finished. The aircraft is dubbed Stratolaunch and if all goes well the partners plan to begin testing the aircraft in 2016. Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.

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Space Peanut passes by Earth: here’s why it’s awesome

Space Peanut passes by Earth: here’s why it’s awesome

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California release video of asteroid that looks remarkably like a peanut. This "space peanut", as it's being called, is around 1.2-miles (2 kilometers) in length. So we're glad it wasn't headed directly at our planet's surface. Instead this is one of many flybys the nutty rock will be making with the Earth in its life circling the sun. The next time we see this space peanut it'll be the year 2054, and once again it'll be far enough away that we can watch it waffle around at a distance.

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The ISS will soon have a second whiskey-aging experiment

The ISS will soon have a second whiskey-aging experiment

A few years ago, a space research company in the US and Scottish company Ardbeg Distillery teamed up to initiate an experiment revolving around aging whiskey in space. It isn’t the only company with interest in that, however, and now a Japanese company has announced similar plans. This time around it is Japanese distillery Suntory with the space-aging ambitions — this week the company announced plans to ship its alcohol to the nation's module of the International Space Station, Kibo.

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Spitzer Space Telescope discovers closest rocky planet

Spitzer Space Telescope discovers closest rocky planet

NASA has announced a new discovery made using the Spitzer Space Telescope. The discovery is of the closest rocky exoplanet outside of our solar system. NASA researchers say that this rocky world is larger than Earth and could provide a plethora of scientific data for the scientists to study. The new rocky exoplanet has been labeled HD 219134b and it's only 21 light years from Earth.

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Philae’s last gasp: final Rosetta mission data published

Philae’s last gasp: final Rosetta mission data published

The European Space Agency's Philae lander has sent what's likely its last batch of data home to Earth. Having gone regretfully silent only days after it hit the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko back in November of 2014, the Rosetta mission's Philae lander re-established connection in June of 2015. Now the team's final connection was set for July 9th, and it's entirely possible the ESA won't end up being able to make contact again. We'll have to wait until August, right as the comet makes its closest approach to our Sun.

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First aurora outside Solar System spotted on a brown dwarf

First aurora outside Solar System spotted on a brown dwarf

Auroras. Borealis in the north, Australis in the south. Who would have thought that finding that same beautiful phenomenon on a celestial body outside our solar system would lead to much excitement. But that is exactly what the brown dwarf LSR J1835 provided astronomers. Located in the Lyra constellation 18 light years away, the small star/big planet exhibited the equivalent of the Aurora, though red in color compared to our own Earth's green. The thing is, that occurrence has never been recorded outside our Solar System.

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Watch an effervescent tablet fizz inside a ball of water in space

Watch an effervescent tablet fizz inside a ball of water in space

In space even, the mundane and boring things we do when we don’t feel so well on Earth are exciting and worth of recording with a super expensive RED 4K camera. If you happen to have a 4K monitor I strongly suggest that you hit up YouTube change the resolution of the video below to 4K and check this out. The video shows a ball of water floating weightlessly in space aboard the ISS.

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Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Today NASA reveals an image of Pluto that captures the night side of the dwarf planet. Unlike our own moon, the dark side of Pluto isn't quite such a prevailing "mystery" as it rotates. We've essentially seem at least blurry images of all parts of Pluto. This image captures the dwarf planet's atmosphere. From the side of the spherical space body that's facing away from the sun at the time of image capture, this photo was taken after NASA's New Horizons mission had already completed its closest pass.

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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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