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NASA Spacecraft Closes in on a Summer Encounter With Pluto

KQED Science | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA Spacecraft Closes in on a Summer Encounter With Pluto

Eight-five years after its discovery in 1930, the distant and mysterious Pluto will finally become an "explored" planet. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been en route to Pluto for nearly ten years, and is almost there, speeding toward a close encounter in July.

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NASA Co-Discovers the Most Distant Extrasolar Planet Yet

KQED Science | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA Co-Discovers the Most Distant Extrasolar Planet Yet

A collaboration between NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) project has recently discovered one of the most distant extrasolar planets known to date.

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NASA’s Most Recent Successes in the Search for Life-friendly Conditions on Mars

KQED Science | April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Most Recent Successes in the Search for Life-friendly Conditions on Mars

Intensive exploration of Mars by NASA spacecraft continues to pay tantalizing dividends in our quest for signs of liquid water, and the potentially life-friendly environments it could offer.

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More Exoplanet Thrills on the Horizon

KQED Science | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

More Exoplanet Thrills on the Horizon

The number of planets we have found orbiting other stars has snowballed in recent years, thanks to discoveries by the Kepler spacecraft. Now, NASA's next missions toward understanding the Milky Way's abundant worlds are preparing for launch.

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NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury

KQED Science | April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is soon to end its 10-year mission in a fiery touchdown on the surface of the planet Mercury--but not before giving us our most up-close look yet at this little understood and elusive world.

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Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

KQED Science | March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.

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Dawn Arrives at Ceres, Makes History

KQED Science | March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dawn Arrives at Ceres, Makes History

March 6, eight years after launch and two and a half years since leaving its last port of call, the asteroid Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has arrived at the dwarf planet Ceres, making history!

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

KQED Science | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

Space exploration has suffered its share of setbacks and disappointments over the decades, but few of them stung as much as the 2013 mechanical failure of the Kepler spacecraft, a space telescope designed to accomplish one of the most exciting explorations of space ever: the search for potentially Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Approach for a Historic Encounter

KQED Science | February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Approach for a Historic Encounter

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will become our first encounter with a dwarf planet when it arrives at Ceres.

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New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes up for Its Historic Fly-by of Pluto

KQED Science | January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes up for Its Historic Fly-by of Pluto

Only 84 years after its discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, it is the eve of our first-ever close-up look at everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make a fly-by on July 14th, after a high-speed, nine-year voyage.

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New Data from Rosetta Spacecraft Sheds Light on Origins of Earth’s Oceans

KQED Science | December 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

New Data from Rosetta Spacecraft Sheds Light on Origins of Earth’s Oceans

After several months of analysis of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has yielded some intriguing, and maybe, unexpected results. The data is refueling a long-running debate in the scientific community about a matter closer to home: the origin of Earth's oceans.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

NASA announced that Mars' Gale Crater was once the site of a vast lake that appears to have filled up, dried out and filled up again repeatedly over a much longer period than wet conditions were believed to have persisted.

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Snaps a Flash of Sunlight on Saturn’s Moon

KQED Science | November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Snaps a Flash of Sunlight on Saturn’s Moon

Ten years after arriving at Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is still able to send us delightful surprises from a billion miles away. Most recently, it cruised by the large moon Titan and caught a flash of sunlight reflecting off the liquid surface of one of the moon's hydrocarbon seas, Kraken Mare.

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Now That Philae Has Landed, a Wealth of Data is Forthcoming

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now That Philae Has Landed, a Wealth of Data is Forthcoming

Yesterday morning, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft successfully launched the landing probe, Philae, to a landing on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a historic first.

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A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet

KQED Science | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet

After 10 years of travel and three months orbiting the comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is poised to deliver its landing probe, Philae, to the comet's surface -- a first in history.

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NASA’s MAVEN Mission Investigates Mars’ Atmosphere

KQED Science | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s MAVEN Mission Investigates Mars’ Atmosphere

NASA's latest mission to Mars, MAVEN (Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Evolution), entered Martian orbit less than a month ago on September 21. It's already rewarded us with revealing insights into the disappearance of Mars' atmosphere.

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Set Your Alarm for the Early Morning Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8

KQED Science | October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Set Your Alarm for the Early Morning Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8

In the wee morning hours of Wednesday, October 8, a total lunar eclipse will occur, delighting anyone of the lucky side of the Earth willing to set their alarms extra early.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives at the Foot of Mars’ Mount Sharp

KQED Science | September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives at the Foot of Mars’ Mount Sharp

Curiosity has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its primary mission goal. It's a 3-mile-high mound of sediment that preserves a geologic record of Mars going back billions of years.

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Will Explore Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

KQED Science | September 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Will Explore Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

On September 21, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft will go boldly where no one has gone before: to the very top of the Martian atmosphere!

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ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Makes a First-Ever Comet Rendezvous

KQED Science | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Makes a First-Ever Comet Rendezvous

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta has reached its target -- the Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- becoming the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet.

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