Space

GOES-16 satellite delivers first batch of stunning high-res Earth photos

GOES-16 satellite delivers first batch of stunning high-res Earth photos

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather satellite GOES-16 has sent back its first ever batch of photographs, and in them we get a high-resolution look at our own planet. The satellite took off from Cape Canaveral back in November, and has since been traveling around snapping photos from space of Earth. The GOES-16 takes photos at four times the resolution of previous GOES satellites.

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NASA shows us what a Pluto landing would look like

NASA shows us what a Pluto landing would look like

We’ve been on the receiving end of many Pluto photos thanks to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, but we haven’t actually landed on the dwarf planet yet. That hasn’t stopped the space agency from imagining what such a landing may look like, and it has shared that vision with everyone else via a new photo. Rather than using a computer to generate it, NASA utilized more than 100 photos snapped by New Horizons during its mission.

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Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

The UK-based Antarctic research project MIDAS has issued an update about the Larsen C ice shelf rift, saying it grew by 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) over the course of January. The expansion was determined using the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, and it brings the total rift size up to a scary 175 kilometers. Only 20 kilometers of ice connect the iceberg with the ice shelf’s edge.

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NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA has announced a pair of new space missions called “Lucy” and “Psyche,” the latter of which will investigate a never-before-studied asteroid that may be composed almost entirely of nickel and iron. That asteroid — described as being giant in size as well as heavily metallic — is named 16 Psyche, and is thought to have a composition not unlike that of the Earth’s core.

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Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

The University of Hawaii has announced that half a dozen “astronaut-like crewmembers” have entered into a geodesic dome located on Mauna Loa in Hawaii as part of a study on Mars habitability. In this case, the crew will live in the dome for eight months, providing vital data on both performance and human behavior that’ll help NASA prepare for future missions to the Red Planet. NASA funded the project.

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2016 was the warmest year on record… again

2016 was the warmest year on record… again

This won't come as much of a shocker to most of you, but NASA and NOAA have announced that 2016 was the warmest year on record. Those of you who follow such news will know that 2016 is breaking a record set by 2015, which itself broke a record set by 2014. In other words, 2016 was the third year in a row to set surface temperature records.

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You have to see NASA’s latest Cassini image from Saturn

You have to see NASA’s latest Cassini image from Saturn

Epic photos from NASA's space missions aren't a rare occurrence, but they don't come more dramatic than the latest image beamed back by the Cassini spacecraft. Currently in close orbit around Saturn, as it prepares to enter the final stages of its long mission, Cassini snapped the closest-ever photo of Daphnis, known as the planet's "wavemaker moon". The orbiting rock is just five miles across.

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Curiosity Rover finds evidence of mud cracks in Martian rocks

Curiosity Rover finds evidence of mud cracks in Martian rocks

It's been a little while since we've heard from the Mars Curiosity rover, but over the past few weeks, it's been very busy examining what could be evidence of mud cracks in a slab of Martian rock. That slab of rock - dubbed Old Soaker by NASA scientists - features many raised ridges that could have been created by drying mud billions of years ago. If that's the case, then we'll have even more evidence for a wetter environment in the planet's past.

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NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA has released a video showing a simulation of the Huygens probe’s descent and landing on Saturn’s moon, Titan. This probe’s landing is notable as the most distant landing to ever take place on another celestial body, says the space agency, and is also the only time something like this has landed on a ‘body’ located in the outer solar system. The probe's landing happened back in 2005, though the video itself is new.

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Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

NASA has revealed that retired astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan, the last many to walk on the moon, has passed away at the age of 82. Born in Chicago in 1934, Cernan went on to become one of 14 astronauts NASA selected in 1963. His career was long and varied, and included serving as a pilot for the Gemini IX mission, a backup pilot for Gemini 12, and a backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 7.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was SpaceX's first launch in over four months, following the August launchpad explosion of their previous rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Saturn’s moon looks like the Death Star in new NASA photo

Saturn’s moon looks like the Death Star in new NASA photo

Back in 1789, the Saturn moon Mimas was discovered by William Herschel, the man after whom the moon's Herschel Crater is named. This crater is massive and fairly round in shape, with rising walls around the edge and a large triangular peak in the middle...all of which are reminiscent of the Death Star, earning Mimas its nickname. NASA has just released a new photo showing off the moon and its giant crater with sharp, high-contrast clarity.

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