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Incredible image of Mars proves the planet isn't just a sea of red

Incredible image of Mars proves the planet isn't just a sea of red

Brandon Russell

When you think of Mars, you think of a scorched desert landscape. It’s nicknamed the Red Planet for a reason. So excuse me for doing a double take when NASA released the first image you see in the gallery above. You wouldn’t guess it’s a picture of Mars, but I assure you it is. Unfortunately, it’s not what you think it is. Snapped by NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (...

Scientists stumped by enormous pyramid on dwarf planet Ceres

Scientists stumped by enormous pyramid on dwarf planet Ceres

Brandon Russell

Scientists say they’re stumped and surprised by a new discovery on the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet that lies in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Observed by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, new data suggests the space rock is home to several unexplained bright spots, along with a three-mile high pyramid poking out of the protoplanet’s surface. Sounds like some alien...

Celebrate the first American spacewalk with these amazing photos

Celebrate the first American spacewalk with these amazing photos

Brandon Russell

Fifty years ago this week, Ed White, an astronaut and former U.S. Air Force officer, stepped into the cosmos while NASA’s Gemini IV spacecraft quietly orbited Earth. He wasn’t the first human to do so—that honor belongs to Russia’s Alexei Leonov—but the achievement marked an important chapter in NASA’s history. The occasion helped pave the way for 375 additional spacewalks performed by...

Hubble Space Telescope turns 25: Check out some of its best images

Hubble Space Telescope turns 25: Check out some of its best images

Brandon Russell

You might not have known it, but a lot of your favorite space pictures were taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Images of nebulae, galaxies, stars and even our own lonely solar system. Sitting from our humble perch over 92 million miles from the sun, it’s amazing that a hunk of man-made metal and glass is capable of capturing such astonishing photos. The industry of man isn’t...