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‘Most Earth-like’ planets discovered

The search for a far-off twin of Earth has turned up two of the most intriguing candidates yet.
"They are the best candidates found to date for habitable planets,"
- Bill Borucki, NASA

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Artist's impression: The outermost pair are the smallest exoplanets yet found in a host star’s habitable zone


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Earth’s nearest solar neighborhood has a habitable planet

via BBC | Wed December 19, 2012
The nearest single Sun-like star to the Earth hosts five planets - one of which is in the "habitable zone" where liquid water can exist, astronomers say.

‘Super-Earth’ exoplanet spotted 42 light-years away

via BBC | Fri November 16, 2012
Astronomers have spotted another candidate for a potentially habitable planet - and it is not too far away.

SpaceX launches station cargo

Story contains video via BBC | Sun October 07, 2012
The first commercially contracted re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has lifted off.

Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars rover

via BBC | Sat August 04, 2012
This Monday, the most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to touch the surface of another world will land on Mars and soon begin reporting back important discoveries.

Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there—get ready

Story contains video via TED | Sun July 29, 2012
SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth.

First ever commercial space cargo flight takes off

Story contains video via BBC | Tue May 22, 2012
The head of Nasa has hailed a 'new era' in exploration after the launch of the first cargo delivery to the space station by a private company.

2012 Doomsday Predictions Debunked by NASA

via Space.com | Sun January 01, 2012
On Dec. 21, 2012, many doomsday believers fear the apocalypse — anything from a rogue planet smashing into us to our world spinning end over end. However, the world should expect nothing more next year than the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, NASA says.

First Earth-sized planets spotted

Story contains video via BBC | Tue December 20, 2011
Astronomers have detected the first Earth-sized planets, which are orbiting a star similar to our own Sun. They have described their findings as the most important planets ever discovered outside our Solar System.

Astronomers confirm ‘Earth twin’

Story contains video via BBC | Thu December 08, 2011
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the 'habitable zone' around a star not unlike our own.

Giant Nasa rover launches to Mars

via BBC | Sun November 27, 2011
Nasa has launched the most capable machine ever built to land on Mars.

Plan to Recycle $300 Billion Worth of Space Debris

via Triple Pundit | Mon November 07, 2011
Its hard enough to tackle pollution on Earth, let alone in space. However, the recent NASA UARS spacecraft fall has put the phenomenon of space debris in sharp spotlight.

‘Gloria’ will allow internet astronomers to access worldwide robotic telescope network

via GizMag | Wed October 19, 2011
Amateur astronomers wanting to observe celestial bodies soon won't be limited to just their own personal telescopes, or visits to the local public observatory.

World’s largest radio telescope begins study of cosmic dawn

Story contains video via BBC | Mon October 03, 2011
One of the 21st Century's grand scientific undertakings has begun its quest to view the 'Cosmic Dawn'.

Fifty new exoplanets discovered

via BBC | Mon September 12, 2011
The bumper haul of new worlds includes 16 'super-Earths' - planets with a greater mass than our own, but below those of gas giants such as Jupiter.

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