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NASA JPL: Phoning Home – Communicating from Mars

As of this post, Mars Curiosity is on her own, speeding quickly toward the planet’s surface and quickly toward its fate or future. From NPR:  Of 13 previous attempts to land space p...

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

I thought we couldn’t get more excited about Mars Curiosity’s mission to Mars, but then we saw this popular video about the rover’s “Seven Minutes of Terror" —  th...

NASA SDO: Venus crossing in front of the sun

Did you catch the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s videos of Venus crossing in front of the sun?  On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the ...

SpaceX: Falcon 9 & Dragon launch on a mission to the ISS

Early this morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX launched the first ever private spacecraft — the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — to the International Space Station on an unmanned missio...

The strange and beautiful shadows created by the annular solar eclipse

Via LaughingSquid, check out this video by Mark Day of the strange and beautiful shadows created by the annular solar eclipse on May 20th, 2012. And via KQED, the ring of fire — “whe...

How the Mariana Trench was formed

From the History Channel's "How The Earth was Made" S01 E02, this is how the Mariana Trench was formed. From Wikipedia: The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, and ...

Sub Sphere: What Protects Human Deep Divers?

James Cameron has become the third person in history to go the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the ocean. He went solo in a 2 1/2 inch thick steel ball, enca...

Mars Curiosity’s Launch: November 26, 2011

“I HAVE LIFTOFF!" - @MarsCuriosity, 10:02am EST.

Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?

Tomorrow morning, the phenomenal Mars Rover Curiosity will be launching into space at 10:02am EST. The 2000 pound robot is expected to land on Mars in August 2012, initially entering the atm...

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