Category: Space

The Planet That Never Was

The Planet That Never Was

Via Dave Reneke Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, but that wasn’t always the case. To be more precise, there was a time when it was thought our solar system had a planet even closer to the Sun, known as Vulcan. While there were speculations about a planet closer than Mercury going back to at least the 1600s, […]

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UFOs and Beyond: Apollo 14 Astronaut Ed Mitchell Is Looking Up

UFOs and Beyond: Apollo 14 Astronaut Ed Mitchell Is Looking Up

Via NBC News Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell may be the only astronaut to conduct an ESP experiment in space, or openly state that extraterrestrials could theoretically live on the moon. But when historians look back at the Apollo moon effort a thousand years from now, Mitchell wants to be remembered for the down-to-Earth attitude he took toward his assigned task on […]

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Dear Extraterrestrials: Sincerely, Earth

Dear Extraterrestrials: Sincerely, Earth

By Becky Chung/The Creators Project “The Backbone of the Night” was one of the first paintings Carl Sagan commissioned Jon Lomberg to do. Inspired by the Botswanian Kahlahari people’s description of the Milky Way being the “backbone of the night,” this starry vertebrate visual became a title graphic for the original COSMOS series. ©Jon Lomberg Earlier this week, data from a […]

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Project Horizon: U.S. Declassifies Plans For Secret Moon Base

Project Horizon: U.S. Declassifies Plans For Secret Moon Base

  Via Inquisitr More than 50 years ago, before man had ever set foot on the moon, the United States military hatched a daring plan to best the Soviet Union with a secret spy base on the lunar surface, dubbed Project Horizon.  The Project Horizon study was declassified by the National Security Archive last week, on the 45th anniversary of […]

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Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

Via Dave Reneke NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19. The comet’s nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 miles (132,000 kilometers), shedding material hurtling at about 35 miles (56 kilometers) per second, relative […]

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Russian Officials Unable to Contact Animal-Carrying Spaceship

Russian Officials Unable to Contact Animal-Carrying Spaceship

By Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now/Space.com A Russian space capsule carrying a package of biological and materials research specimens, including geckos and plant seeds, has stopped responding to commands from Earth, the Russian space agency announced Thursday (July 24). The Foton M4 spacecraft launched July 18 on a two-month mission with 22 Russian and German experiments to study how animals, plants, microbes and […]

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Strange UFO activity at launch of Russian Rocket M-24M for ISS

Strange UFO activity at launch of Russian Rocket M-24M for ISS

An unmanned Russian Soyuz-U rocket successfully launched this evening, July 23rd 2014 at 21:44 UTC, from Baikonur in Kazakhstan carrying the Progress M-24M resupply spacecraft.  This video starts 2:30 minutes after the take off of the rocket. Short time after the rocket stages have been separated, can be seen on the right side the first unidentified flying object and two more to follow. What’s this? […]

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Hale-Bopp: the Great (and terrible) Comet of the 90s

Hale-Bopp: the Great (and terrible) Comet of the 90s

By Sean Munger Nineteen years ago tonight, on July 23, 1995, a curious coincidence occurred. Two men, unknown to each other but living in the same country and actually not that far from each other, were gazing at the night sky when each of them, independently of the other, discovered something new. One of the men, Alan Hale, was an […]

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New alien world has longest year

New alien world has longest year

Via BBC News Astronomers in the US have spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet beyond our Solar System. The exoplanet, which was discovered in data from Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope, completes one circuit of its star every 704 days. Most of the 1,800 or so confirmed alien worlds orbit much closer to their stars than […]

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A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today

By Sean Munger

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in human history. I’m sure everyone reading this now has seen the proud photos of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin standing on the lunar surface, setting up the flag and such. Armstrong, […]

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