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Color view of Ceres as imaged by Hubble in 2004 - Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), P. Thomas (Cornell University), L. McFadden (University of Maryland, College Park), and M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)

Dwarf planet Ceres has quite a fascinating story behind its discovery. I invite you to learn the interesting history of the dwarf planet. Or alternatively titled: And You Thought Pluto Had It Bad!

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Beagle 2 Found

January 20, 2015 by
Artist's impression of Beagle 2 lander. - ESA/Denman productions

On June 2nd, 2003, a Soyuz rocket with a Fregat upper stage blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan. The rocket carried the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission instruments on an exciting journey to Mars. After spending less than a couple hours in a 200km (124 mile) parking orbit around Earth, the...

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The Pioneer Plaque

January 13, 2015 by
The Solar System with the trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft.

In 1972 and 1973, Pioneer 10 and 11, respectively, left planet Earth with one-way tickets out of the Solar System. These two pioneers (heh) explored Jupiter, Saturn, and their associated moons before heading out into the great unknown on an uncharted interstellar voyage. Each of them carried a plaque, and that’s what this story...

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Artist's depiction of the 8 Earthlike planets confirmed by Kepler.

It was just a few years ago, and I was excitedly reporting to you the first few exoplanets that the NASA Kepler space instrument was detecting and verifying. In fact, it was almost exactly 4 years ago today that I was telling you about confirmed exoplanet find number 9. That exoplanet, Kepler-10b, was the first confirmed...

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State of the Solar System infographic

Here's an excellent infographic that details NASA's current Solar System (and beyond!) spacecraft missions. It lists every craft NASA out exploring various bodies and their current status.

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New Horizons Awakens

December 6, 2014 by
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If everything has gone according to its meticulous plan, by the time you are reading this NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will have awoken from its electronic hibernation for the last time and begun its careful preparations to encounter Pluto in July of 2015. Maybe I should back up for those that aren’t familiar with...

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Awakening

December 1, 2014 by
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A week to go until @NASANewHorizons wakes from hibernation. Pluto awaits! But that's not all that will reawaken on December 6th.

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Footballers and Astronauts

December 18, 2013 by
Footballers and Astronauts

What do professional (American) football players and astronauts have in common? Their “office” is about the same size:   (Image credit: NASA / Click for larger version)   They both require intensive training and the use of helmets too.

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Alien Footprints

December 18, 2013 by
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Ever wondered about the track’s humanity has left on other worlds? If so, you’ll probably appreciate this infographic from Karl Tate and Space.com. Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration It’s a fairly intuitive image, so there’s not a lot I need to say. I’m jealous of the miles of...

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