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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Decade of Discovery at Saturn

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Decade of Discovery at Saturn

A decade ago, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the largest and most complex robotic probe yet built, arrived in the Saturn system to begin a marathon exploration of the gas giant, its famous and awe-inspiring rings and what has turned out to be a collection of some of the most eye-opening moons in the solar system.

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Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

The data could yield a much more precise picture of how accumulating greenhouse gases will affect the planet.

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Newly Discovered Object in Space May Signal the Presence of Two Distant Worlds

KQED Science | June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Newly Discovered Object in Space May Signal the Presence of Two Distant Worlds

Will the generation that is coming into the world today know more than eight, more than nine, solar planets? Some recent observations make this prospect sound like a strong possibility.

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Studying Exoplanets: What A Thousand Points of Light Might Reveal About Earth

KQED Science | June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Studying Exoplanets: What A Thousand Points of Light Might Reveal About Earth

As a flood of new exoplanets swim into our ken, we have ways of turning these pixel-size steams of data into insights about our own planet.

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Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

How big can an Earth-like planet be? Astronomers thought they had a pretty good handle on this question but have just been given a fresh example of how nature never ceases to outpace our imaginations and show us something unexpected.

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From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

KQED Science | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

Recently, a major milestone in space exploration was reached: a planet was captured in a picture! The big deal is that the planet captured in this shot, a gas giant planet named Beta Pictoris b, is 63 light years away--over 100,000 times farther away than even Pluto.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/05/27/may-camelopardalids-we-hardly-saw-you target=_blank >May Camelopardalids, We Hardly Saw You</a>

News Fix | May 27, 2014

May Camelopardalids, We Hardly Saw You

No, we didn't see a meteor shower. But the late-night stars and pictures were pretty good. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/05/23/tonights-meteor-shower-never-before-seen-and-maybe-up-to-200-an-hour/ target=_blank >Tonight’s Meteor Shower: Never Before Seen and Maybe Up to 200 an Hour</a>

News Fix | May 23, 2014

Tonight’s Meteor Shower: Never Before Seen and Maybe Up to 200 an Hour

The May Camelopardalids, named after the 'camel leopard' constellation, might be phenomenal. ...Read More

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Major Solar Storm Narrowly Misses Earth

KQED Science | May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Major Solar Storm Narrowly Misses Earth

Two years ago, a solar coronal mass ejection of possibly the greatest recorded strength in history blasted by Earth's orbit. Had it impacted Earth's protective magnetic field, we could have experienced major disruptions in communication, brilliant aurora displays at tropical latitudes, damage to orbital satellites and possibly even major power blackouts.

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Citing Budget Concerns, NASA Defends Long-Term Plan To Reach Mars in 20 Years

KQED Science | May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Citing Budget Concerns, NASA Defends Long-Term Plan To Reach Mars in 20 Years

Recently, NASA administrator Charles Bolden rephrased the "Moon, Mars and Beyond" mission plan to better align the steps toward Mars with budgetary realities and to balance human space programs with more cost-effective robotic missions.

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SpaceX Launches its Dragon Spacecraft to the International Space Station

KQED Science | April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

SpaceX Launches its Dragon Spacecraft to the International Space Station

SpaceX, a private space company, is trying again on Friday to launch its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Its first attempt to launch this mission was scratched on Monday because of a helium leak.

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NASA’s Cassini Divines Hidden Waters of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

KQED Science | April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Cassini Divines Hidden Waters of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Modern explorers have found a previously unknown ocean -- but this one's on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Learn more from Chabot Space & Science Center's Ben Burress at KQED Science.

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Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

KQED Science | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists Find A Planet Like Earth

The planet, about 500 light-years from Earth, orbits in its star's habitable zone.

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Monday’s SpaceX Launch Cancelled; Next Opportunity is April 18

KQED Science | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Monday’s SpaceX Launch Cancelled; Next Opportunity is April 18

SpaceX is launching a rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon. The live webcast begins at 12:45 PST and the launch itself is scheduled for 1:58.

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Blood Moon: A Chance to Watch a Total Lunar Eclipse

KQED Science | April 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

Blood Moon: A Chance to Watch a Total Lunar Eclipse

It'll be a great view in the Bay Area late on the night of April 14, as long as clouds don't cover up the moon.

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Shows Us Something New: A Disintegrating Asteroid

KQED Science | April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Shows Us Something New: A Disintegrating Asteroid

Upholding a long-standing tradition of showing us things in space that we have never seen before, the Hubble Space Telescope recently witnessed the break-up of an asteroid.

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Set to Crash Land on the Moon

KQED Science | April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Set to Crash Land on the Moon

Having solved a 42-year-old mystery about lunar "streamers," the $280 million LADEE spacecraft is set to vaporize when it collides with the moon around April 21st.

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NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

KQED Science | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

Getting sick in space is no picnic. So scientists are sending bugs to the International Space Station, hoping to better predict some of the physical challenges that may befall astronauts when NASA eventually sends the first human mission to Mars.

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This Week’s Cosmic Inflation Discovery: Five Big Questions Answered

KQED Science | March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Week’s Cosmic Inflation Discovery: Five Big Questions Answered

Chances are you read a headline about the Big Bang earlier this week. Perhaps you clicked to an article about it and started reading up. But you may still have some burning what-is-this-Big-Bang-news-anyway questions.

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NASA’s WISE Mission Reports No Signs of ‘Planet X’

KQED Science | March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

NASA’s WISE Mission Reports No Signs of ‘Planet X’

A recent study of data collected by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WISE) spacecraft may have exorcised the notion of the hypothetical existence of the fabled "Planet X."

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