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NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star - 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 new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

Mercury Messenger Monolith - Don't shoot the messenger

CivRadio - Mercury Messenger Monolith, try to say that real fast three times in a row!  Now, lets take a look at an image taken by the Messenger spacecraft on February 10th, 2012 as it orbited Mercury. Some are claiming to see what they call a monolith or a doorway or an artificial object of some kind. The anomalous object was first reported by Scott C Warring of Is the object something to write home about? Or, is the object in question simply an image artifact? Let's take a closer look

Humanity's 29 active space missions in 1 helpful infographic

WorldScienceFestival - Earlier this month, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, currently circling the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, celebrated a special celestial milestone: perihelion, the closest point to the sun in the comet's orbit. It's been just a little more than a year since Rosetta rendezvoused with the comet, and that craft is just one of more than two dozen currently active space missions that are up and running from space agencies around the globe. Humanity is probing Mars for signs of ancient life, sniffing out water on distant moons, and even venturing beyond the reaches of our solar system.

Five Alternate Uses for the Moon

World Science Festival - Forty-five years after man landed on the moon, more people than ever are looking at new ways to get back there.

Since Apollo 17 left the moon in December 1972, Earth’s nearest neighbor has largely phased out of public consciousness. In 2004, President George W. Bush pledged an American return to the lunar surface by 2020, and to use it as the “launching point for missions beyond.” When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, that flight plan was grounded. In recent years, however, interest has been ignited once more, with both world governments and private companies looking to get a slice of the moon.

Is NASA hiding the Bright Spot on Ceres in plain sight!?

CivRadio - Ceres' future is so "Bright" NASA has to wear shades! Shades of grey perhaps.

  Why are photos of the Dark Side of Ceres (PIA19183) clear and crisp while the latest Bright Spot photo (PIA19185) from the same day is grainy and low resolution?

GHOST PARTICLE: The picture proof that shows aliens ARE out there - THIS extraordinary image is further proof that aliens DO EXISTS, scientists have sensationally claimed. The eerie and never-before seen picture reveals a spectral-like ‘ghost particle’ discovered in debris gathered from outer space. Exclusively unveiled by the Daily Express, it shows what is ......

The CPU from the original PlayStation is guiding a probe to Pluto - You probably already know that your smartphone is more powerful than the computers used to land astronauts on the Moon. But did you know that the processor used in the original Sony PlayStation is currently guiding a space probe the size of a grand piano towards Pluto?

Spectacular Views of Saturn and Titan - iPhone cameras are good — but they aren't as good as this. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it approached Saturn in early 2011. The GIF is so beautiful that it's bubbled back up to the front page of Reddit today!

In November 2014, the spacecraft caught another spectacular moment, this on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, using a visual and infrared mapping spectrometer.

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Dwarf Planet Ceres

VOA News - NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is getting set for the final segment of its planned ten-year mission after entering the approach phase of its visit to the dwarf planet Ceres.

This dwarf planet, with an average diameter of 950 kilometers, is the largest object in the asteroid belt, a region of space located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter  filled with debris of all sizes left over from the creation of the solar system.

Cereously - What is That Mysterious White Spot on Ceres?

Discovery News - A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads.

The white spot on Ceres in a series of new photos taken on Jan. 13 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which is rapidly approaching the round dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. But when the initial photo release on Monday (Jan. 19), the Dawn scientists gave no indication of what the white dot might be.

Comet Henge and the Comet Song - Comet Catcher Rosetta Catches Comet Henge on Comet 67P

CivRadio - Almost immediately, Rosetta started sending back closeup highly detailed photos of Comet 67P.  Soon after, space enthusiasts began to see strange and interesting anamolies. But what is strange for a comet? Its hard to say because Rosetta is a historic mission and its images of Comet 67P are the closest, most detailed shots of a comet the world has ever seen.

Trans-Neptunian objects suggest that there are more planets in the solar system - There could be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto, whose gravitational influence determines the orbits and strange distribution of objects observed beyond Neptune. This has been revealed by numerical calculations made by researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge. If confirmed, this hypothesis would revolutionise solar system models.

Mystery signal from Rosetta comet confirmed by European Space Agency - The European Space Agency (ESA) today confirmed that it was receiving a mysterious signal from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In a post on its live streaming website, it described the signal as a “mystery song” and uploaded a recording with the caption: “Hear our comet sing.” The confirmation follows months of rumors

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