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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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Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

KQED Science | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

NASA's top scientist says she thinks evidence of life beyond Earth will turn up in the next couple of decades. Why so optimistic? Scientists have been discovering liquid water all around the solar system, and even though life on other planets might look different than it does here on Earth, scientists bet liquid water will be essential.

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Lunar Eclipse Visible in Bay Area Saturday Morning

KQED Science | April 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Lunar Eclipse Visible in Bay Area Saturday Morning

A total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon," will be visible from the Bay Area early Saturday morning.

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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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Hypothesis: Our Solar System Lacks ‘Super-Earths’ Because Jupiter Wrecked Them All

KQED Science | March 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

Hypothesis: Our Solar System Lacks ‘Super-Earths’ Because Jupiter Wrecked Them All

It turns out our solar system is weird: it doesn't have any rocky "super-Earths" orbiting closer to the sun than Mercury. Here's one theory as to why: like Miley Cyrus, Jupiter came in like a wrecking ball and smashed any nascent terrestrial planets just as the solar system was forming.

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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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The Supposedly Dry Little World of the Asteroid Vesta Reveals Signs of Water

KQED Science | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Supposedly Dry Little World of the Asteroid Vesta Reveals Signs of Water

The large asteroid Vesta has added flows of material rich in water to its bag of tricks. It's just one more way this small world acts like a proper planet.

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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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Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)

KQED Science | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)

Humans have been sending messages into outer space for decades, hoping some intelligent extra-terrestrial might come upon them. Now, for the first time in history, we have addresses. So, what should we say?

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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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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/05/orion-spacecraft-splashes-down-after-high-orbit-test target=_blank >Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test</a>

KQED News | December 5, 2014

Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test

NASA reports successful test of new craft designed for deep space mission.

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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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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/12/comet-landing-a-success-european-craft-makes-fairly-gentle-touch-down target=_blank >Where's Philae? Space Agency Narrows Search Area for Lost Comet Lander</a>

KQED News | November 21, 2014

Where's Philae? Space Agency Narrows Search Area for Lost Comet Lander

Philae made a thud, bounced, and hasn't been seen since by the Rosetta mother ship.

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Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert

KQED Science | November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert

If you want to go to Mars but can’t quite afford the hundreds of billions of dollars for a ticket, there is another solution: consider instead a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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