Kepler Discovers 18 New Earth-Sized Planets; How Many Are Habitable?
After using a new method of analyzing data collected by the Kepler Space Telescope mission, scientists were able to discover 18 Earth-sized exoplanets. One of the planets they found could actually be habitable and might be able to sustain liquid water. Since the launch of the Kepler mission, scientists have been using the space telescope to search for planets that orbit other stars and has the same size as Earth. In total, the mission has confirmed over 4,000 exoplanets in 3,033 systems. Over 650 of those systems contain more than one planet.
It's just another twilight on Mars. You're a rover, kicking back after a long day of science, gazing up at the clouds. Sometimes it's the simple moments that are the most stunning.
NASA's Curiosity rover has been in skygazing mode lately, sending back ethereal visions of noctilucent (night shining) clouds. Curiosity team member Claire Newman highlighted the rover's late-May sky view in a mission update on Wednesday.
The noctilucent clouds are "so high that they're still illuminated by the sun, even when it's night at the surface and any lower cloud layers are already in shadow," Newman wrote. Mars is heading into a cloudy season, making this a prime time for watching the atmosphere.
Moon landings astronaut says Mars should be next space destination
Revered astronaut Michael Collins, who was on board the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969, has marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic moon landing by calling for space agencies to forget about the moon and focus further afield. In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo, Collins says the future of space exploration has to be focused on getting to Mars, instead of replicating past missions to the moon. “Mars has always been my destination, my favourite one,” he told Abo.
The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm is seen from Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 27, 2012. The photo released by NASA was taken from a distance of approximately 261,000 miles (420,038 km) from Saturn.
When Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968, astronauts Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders held a live broadcast showing pictures of the Earth and Moon as seen from their spacecraft.
This Mars helicopter will image the Red Planet from the skies
NASA put the finishing touches on its interplanetary drone, which will take off from the surface of Mars equipped with a high-resolution camera. The cam will showcase the potential of aerial examination in Mars' atmosphere, rather than search for aliens lurking in any unseen dark areas of Mars. But with a new solar panel and a couple more tests under its belt, is NASA now ready to get to the chopper? Not quite.
The Cassini spacecraft captured Jupiter's Great Red Spot and the volcanic moon Io (L) in this color composite image taken during its flyby from a distance of 17.8 million miles (28.6 million km) in 2000.
An image of the Martian rippled surface called Bagnold Dunes taken by NASA's Curiosity rover on Nov. 27, 2015.
NASA set up a webcam so you can watch them build the Mars 2020 rover
NASA's mission to Mars in 2020 is a very, very big deal. After the death of Opportunity a number of months back, NASA has just one rover left on the Red Planet and Curiosity isn't exactly a spring chicken.
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., the lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, stands next to a U.S. flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969.
The composite picture of Helix Nebula is a blend of ultra-sharp images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope combined with the wide view of the Mosaic Camera on the National Science Foundation's telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
This ESA photograph released on Oct. 25, 2001 shows a supermassive black hole in the core of galaxy named MCG-6-30-15 as seen through the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) satellite. With this type of imaging, scientists for the first time saw energy being extracted from a black hole.
A planetary nebula named NGC 6302, also known as, Butterfly Nebula and Bug Nebula, in the Scorpius constellation seen on July 27, 2009 in space. The image is provided by NASA, ESA and Hubble Space Telescope.