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NASA's Curiosity rover sent back a spectacular new selfie

NASA's Curiosity rover sent back a spectacular new selfie

Brandon Russell

Any picture sent back to Earth via NASA’s Curiosity rover is a little miracle. But the explorer’s newest image is probably its best yet. The wide-angle selfie gives us an excellent look at the current conditions on Mars, and, yeah, it’s looking dry. Look at how dusty NASA’s rover is; like some sort of chameleon robot trying to assimilate to the Red Planet. You’re fooling nobody,...

Astronomers Observe Planet Surrounded By Rings Much Larger Than Saturn's

Astronomers Observe Planet Surrounded By Rings Much Larger Than Saturn's

Brandon Russell

Astronomers believe they’ve spotted a super Saturn, a kind of system with rings much larger than anything previously seen. The discovered planet inside this system is bigger than Jupiter (up to 40 times larger), and contains a ring system that’s believed to be millions of miles in diameter—about 200 times bigger than the rings of Saturn. For perspective, Saturn’s rings are about 70,000...

Success! Orion Spacecraft Passes First Test on Journey to Mars

Success! Orion Spacecraft Passes First Test on Journey to Mars

Brandon Russell

NASA on Friday morning took one massive step toward its journey to Mars, successfully sending its Orion spacecraft farther into the cosmos than any manned ship before it. No humans were actually aboard today’s flight—it was all autonomous—but today’s test was designed to prove NASA’s technology can withstand the perils of space. I’m talking temperatures of more than 4,000 degrees...