NASA reveals largest batch of earth-size, habitable-zone planets around a single star

February 22nd, 2017|

What a time to be alive! NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

The discovery sets a […]

Underside view of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it approached the International Space Station

December 30th, 2015|

During STS-114 (the first “Return to Flight” Space Shuttle mission following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), the rendezvous pitch maneuver was performed by Commander Eileen Collins shortly before docking with the ISS at 11:18 UTC on July 28, 2005, when Space Shuttle Discovery was photographed by Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John L. Phillips, […]

Hubble celebrates 25 years of unveiling the universe

April 24th, 2015|

In honor of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary on Friday, NASA representatives on Thursday unveiled an official celebratory image.

The image captures a section of Gum 29, a region of vigorous star birth around 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina. The glittering cluster you see is called Westerlund 2, and it’s made […]

Sarychev volcano eruption from the International Space Station

February 1st, 2015|

The spectacular, eye popping beauty of an erupting volcano is not to be missed if it is captured from space. The ISS happened to be passing over the Sarychev volcano just as it was beginning to erupt. In the image, the plume appears to be brown ash capped with a head of white steam, a […]

Space shuttle Atlantis launch captured from the International Space Station.

January 17th, 2015|

Capture of Space Shuttle Atlantis launch (NASA Mission STS-115) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 9 September 2006.

International Space Station construction time lapse

January 14th, 2015|

As the most expensive thing ever constructed by humans, this .gif makes it seem surprisingly simple.

The International Space Station is not only an orbiting laboratory, but also a space port for a variety of international spacecraft. As of November 2014, there have been:

100 Russian launches
37 Space Shuttle launches
1 test flight and 3 operational flights by […]

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of the Andromeda Galaxy

January 11th, 2015|

The new mosaic image represents the sharpest and largest mosaic image of the Milky Way’s galactic neighbor ever taken, Hubble officials said.

The panoramic image shows striking details of the bright galaxy, which is located about 2.5 million light-years from Earth. While that may seem far away, Hubble usually trains its view on more distant targets. […]

This man-made leaf could help us breathe in space.

January 9th, 2015|

Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has created the first man-made, biologically functional leaf that takes in carbon dioxide, water, and light and releases oxygen. The leaf consists of chloroplasts — the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis happens — suspended in body made of silk protein.

“This material has an amazing property of […]

NASA made travel posters for real exoplanets, and they’re superb

January 9th, 2015|

NASA’s Kepler telescope is still discovering new, distant exoplanets in our corner of the Milky Way, but oftentimes they’re hard to visualise and easily forgotten about by some of us normal folk. Now, to get everyone dreaming about these potentially habitable worlds, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has drawn up a trio of beautiful posters by […]

With everyone’s attention always focused on NASA’s Curiosity Rover, let’s not forget China’s groundbreaking Yutu Rover that’s on the Moon right now gathering useful data.

January 5th, 2015|

China is also planning on launching a second rover to join Yutu and take more high-definition pictures of the Moon in 2015.