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NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

December 20, 2011 | 2:31 pm

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

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NASA scientists, including astronomers from NASA Ames and UC Berkeley, today announced they’ve discovered two rocky planets, each about the same size as Earth, orbiting a star almost 1,000 light years away. The Kepler project uses a space-based telescope to constantly monitor some 200,000 stars in the Milky Way system. Based on tiny flickerings of […]

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NASA’s New Mars “Curiosity” Rover Launching Saturday

November 23, 2011 | 10:31 am

NASA’s New Mars “Curiosity” Rover Launching Saturday

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NASA’s newest astrobiology mission to Mars called the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, November 26th. The one hour and 43 minute launch window opens at 10:02 a.m. EST. It’s been more than eight years since NASA has sent a rover to explore […]

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NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

October 31, 2011 | 11:14 am

NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

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Listen to the audio version of this story The new SOFIA observatory isn’t your average NASA project. Engineers took a 30-year old 747 airplane, cut a hole in the side and installed a 17-ton telescope. Most telescopes are either on the ground or somewhere in orbit, but SOFIA falls somewhere in the middle, flying around […]

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July 8, 2011 | 7:38 am

Video Replay: Launch of Last Space Shuttle Mission

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The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off this morning, embarking on NASA’s last shuttle mission. Here’s a replay of the launch from ABC News: Live mission coverage from NASA:

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Cosmic Explosions Show the Way to the Farthest Reaches of the Universe

May 25, 2011 | 4:28 pm

Cosmic Explosions Show the Way to the Farthest Reaches of the Universe

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Put on your Spock ears, star gazers. An explosion in what may be one of the oldest galaxies in the universe is making headlines today. Back in 2009, NASA’s Swift Satellite captured a gamma-ray burst an estimated 13.14 billion light years away. That’s much farther than any previously known galaxy, quasar, or other celestial object. […]

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January 10, 2011 | 11:10 am

NASA Mission Detects ‘Earth-Like’ Planet

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NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View says that the agency’s Kepler mission, dedicated to locating planets orbiting stars other than our sun, has found its first rocky planet. That makes it a cousin of sorts to our favorite planet, Earth, which is also rocky (as opposed to gaseous, like Jupiter, Saturn, and the hundreds […]

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NASA’s Arsenic-Eating Microbes Debunked

December 9, 2010 | 4:28 pm

NASA’s Arsenic-Eating Microbes Debunked

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Producer/reporter Sheraz Sadiq of KQED’s QUEST — who wrote an excellent blog post explaining the hullaballoo surrounding last week’s announcement by NASA that it had discovered a completely new form of life –now points me to this Slate article debunking the experiment. After a big build-up that even generated speculation about an impending announcement of […]

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NASA New-Life Discovery: Some in Media Expected Proof of ETs

December 3, 2010 | 10:49 am

NASA New-Life Discovery: Some in Media Expected Proof of ETs

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On Thursday NASA announced it has discovered a completely new form of life at the bottom of Mono Lake, in California’s Eastern Sierra. By all accounts, this is an extremely important discovery. From the New York Times: Scientists said the results, if confirmed, would expand the notion of what life could be and where it […]

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