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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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Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Scientists Celebrate Evidence of Universe’s Early Growth

In one of the first tiny fractions of an instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded explosively, faster than the speed of light. That exponential expansion of, well, everything, is described by the theory of inflation, which may now be confirmed.

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Martian Meteorite May Contain Evidence of Past Life on Mars

KQED Science | March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Martian Meteorite May Contain Evidence of Past Life on Mars

Investigation of an ancient Martian meteorite has re-fueled a debate about evidence of possible past life on Mars.

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Martian Meteorites Traced to Their Source: Mojave Crater

KQED Science | March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Martian Meteorites Traced to Their Source: Mojave Crater

Experts have tracked a group of rare meteorites back to a single source on Mars—the crater Mojave near the red planet's equator.

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One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

KQED Science | February 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

NASA researchers announce they've verified 715 new planets orbiting around 305 stars.

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Recent Observations Confirm Presence of Water Vapor on Dwarf Planet Ceres

KQED Science | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recent Observations Confirm Presence of Water Vapor on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Recent observations of the dwarf planet Ceres by the European Herschel Space Observatory have revealed for the first time the presence of water vapor on this object in the Main Asteroid Belt.

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Sends Back New Moon Images

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Sends Back New Moon Images

The NASA spacecraft is designed to answer a 42-year-old mystery about lunar dust, but it's also snapping photos along the way.

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Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

To be successful Mars colonists, future astronauts will need to know both the potential hazard and utility of the soil. One unusual compound that has garnered quite a bit of attention is called perchlorate; it has the potential to be both a blessing and a curse for future explorers.

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The Cigar Galaxy Lights Up: Supernova 2014J

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Cigar Galaxy Lights Up: Supernova 2014J

Once upon a time in a galaxy 12 million light years away, a tiny white dwarf star went supernova, and for a few fleeting weeks was elevated in brightness to outshine the rest of the stars in its galaxy combined.

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Rosetta Wakes Up for Final Approach to a Comet

KQED Science | January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rosetta Wakes Up for Final Approach to a Comet

On Monday, far beyond the orbit of Mars, an alarm clock went off and a robot began the slow process of waking up after a long, cold sleep. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is now approaching the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which it will catch up with this May.

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Amateur Astronomer and Telescope Inventor John Dobson Dies at 98

KQED Science | January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amateur Astronomer and Telescope Inventor John Dobson Dies at 98

John Dobson, the co-founder of San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers and the inventor of a telescope that people can build themselves, died on January 15 in Burbank. He was 98. For decades, Dobson introduced the public to the sky, setting up telescopes in cities and parks and inviting passers-by to take a look into space. And […]

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