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Pluto’s biggest moon is a beautiful, scarred wonder

Pluto’s biggest moon is a beautiful, scarred wonder

NASA has published a new photo giving us a startlingly clear look at Pluto’s biggest moon, Charon. It shows many battle wounds, pocked with impact craters and traced over with deep grooves. Those scars show a history, says NASA, one that is “surprisingly complex and violent.” Images were taken by the space agency’s New Horizons spacecraft, and they were then combined together and the color was enhanced. The final result is a high resolution photo full of distinct features.

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Moonspike turns to Kickstarter for first crowdfunded Moon rocket

Moonspike turns to Kickstarter for first crowdfunded Moon rocket

A new Kickstarter campaign has just launched, called Project Moonspike, that is looking to raise funds to build the first crowdfunded rocket to be sent to the moon. Moonspike, a group of independent rocket engineers, are hoping to raise £600,000 (about $1 million) over the next 30 days, which will help fund their rocket with a goal of sending a 1-gram payload to the surface of the Moon. While previous Kickstarters, such as Lunar Mission One, have raised funds for their own Moon missions, Moonspike will be the first to build their own rocket, instead of relying on something pre-made.

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NASA investigates five science missions for possible flight in 2020

NASA investigates five science missions for possible flight in 2020

NASA has announced that it is currently investigating five different science missions that have been selected as candidates for potential space flight. The space organization plans to take the first steps in choosing one of two of the missions next year for flight opportunities as early as 2020. The proposals under consideration would study Venus, near-Earth objects, and a variety of asteroids.

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Ceres’ lonely moutain: NASA seeks help to solve mystery

Ceres’ lonely moutain: NASA seeks help to solve mystery

NASA has found more than one mystery on the dwarf planet Ceres, including those shiny spots that it has been drawing closer to over the past several months. Joining those shiny spots is a very tall mountain that is likewise shiny, and the space agency is stumped about how it formed. To help speed up the mystery solving process, NASA has decided to turn to the public, giving amateur researchers a shot at finding the answer.

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Adobe details how NASA edits space photos

Adobe details how NASA edits space photos

Those incredible space photos we see from NASA don't look that way fresh off the camera -- they're commonly composite photos composed of multiple images that were taken with different parameters and then heavily edited and adjusted during post-processing. That's not to say they've been altered in such a way that makes them fake, only more appealing to the eye.

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Black Hole doubts summoned by 11-year study

Black Hole doubts summoned by 11-year study

After an 11-year-long search for the gravitational waves that Einstein predicted as part of his general theory of relativity has found no evidence of the background waves, scientists are now questioning our understanding or galaxies and black holes. The search was carried out using the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CISIRO) Parkes telescope.

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Blood Moon: NASA shares HD photos from CO, WA, NYC

Blood Moon: NASA shares HD photos from CO, WA, NYC

Last night's perigee full moon (supermoon) was seen above the United States along with a total lunar eclipse. A "blood moon" is created when a supermoon happens at the same time as a total lunar eclipse, making the moon's face look as if it's painted in a deep red. The combination of these two events is relatively rare, happening every few decades - the last event occurred in 1982, while the next will happen in 2033. NASA captured a collection of high quality photos from the location of one of their associated photographers Joel Kowsky, Bill Ingalls, and Aubrey Gemignani for you to see today.

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Hubble snags a wooly galaxy in latest breathtaking photo

Hubble snags a wooly galaxy in latest breathtaking photo

One of the best things about the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit high above the Earth right now is that it takes fantastically beautiful images of the universe around us. The latest image NASA has offered up from the Hubble is of a spiral galaxy NGC 3521. At first glance you might think that the fuzzy appearance of the photo is due to something with the telescope’s imaging capability.

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SETI on Snowden’s alien remark: encryption isn’t an issue

SETI on Snowden’s alien remark: encryption isn’t an issue

During a recent podcast interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden made an off-the-cuff remark about aliens and encryption and why the latter might hinder efforts to find such beings. The gist of it was: aliens are probably using encryption, and as such we’re likely to miss any messages they send due to that encryption. SETI Institute has come back with a response, and has largely dismissed the concern.

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Breathtaking images of Messier 31 show a beautiful galaxy

Breathtaking images of Messier 31 show a beautiful galaxy

Looking up at the night sky in some places on Earth it's hard to see just how beautiful the universe can be. In some places, light pollution means you can only see the brightest of the stars. Thankfully no matter where we live, we can enjoy breathtaking images shot of deep space objects such as these photos of Messier 31, also known as Andromeda.

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New Pluto photos are strangest yet: “Snakeskin” topography

New Pluto photos are strangest yet: “Snakeskin” topography

A set of photos released by NASA today shows off a piece of landscape that looks like snakeskin, hundreds of miles long. "[This new landscape] looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology," said William McKinnon, New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team deputy lead from Washington University in St. Louis. "Maybe it's some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto's faint sunlight... This'll really take time to figure out."

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