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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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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/24/146258/what_are_the_origins_of_the_universe?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >What Are The Origins Of The Universe?</a>

KQED News | October 24, 2014

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began. About David Christian's TED Talk David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline. About David Christian David Christian is a historian ...Read More

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Photos From Thursday’s Solar Eclipse

KQED Science | October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Photos From Thursday’s Solar Eclipse

Missed the eclipse? See photos here.

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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/21/143794/mission_to_study_mars_climate_enters_red_planets_orbit?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Mission To Study Mars' Climate Enters Red Planet's Orbit</a>

KQED News | September 21, 2014

Mission To Study Mars' Climate Enters Red Planet's Orbit

This Sunday night, we headed back to Mars: NASA's MAVEN spacecraft fired its six main engines, slowing down enough so it could be captured by the gravity of the red planet and go into orbit. MAVEN, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, is a distinctly un-sexy name for a ...Read More

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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/07/142694/nearearth_object_to_come_25000_miles_close?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Near-Earth Object To Come 25,000 Miles Close</a>

KQED News | September 7, 2014

Near-Earth Object To Come 25,000 Miles Close

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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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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NASA’s Opportunity Rolls a Record Distance on Mars

KQED Science | August 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

NASA’s Opportunity Rolls a Record Distance on Mars

One of NASA's most senior and still-operational spacecraft reached a milestone: the rover Opportunity completed its first 25 miles traveling across the surface of Mars!

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Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Will Soon Ride a Comet

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Will Soon Ride a Comet

Europe's Rosetta mission is poised to add another extraterrestrial landfall to a very short list, and top a new list as it becomes the first mission to land a probe on a comet.

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