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Sagan-Inspired Movie "Star Stuff" Makes The Universe Feel a Lot Bigger

A young Carl Sagan comes to vivid life in “Star Stuff,” a short film by Croatian film director Ratimir Rakuljic. It offers a moving re-enactment of how a young boy from Brooklyn with an insatiable appetite for wonder and science grew up to become a beloved iconic figure in science communication and outreach.

Stunning NASA shot shows the International Space Station pass in front of the Sun - ScienceAlert

NASA took this spectacular shot of the International Space Station (ISS) this week as it passed in front of the face of the Sun.

NASA's bouncing 'Hedgehog' robot is designed to explore comets

The last time humanity tried to explore a comet, things didn't go so well -- the ESA comet lander Philae bounced during touchdown and wound up under a cliff, unable to right itself. Eventually its batteries ran down we lost contact. A sad way to end the mission, but we can't say that we...

Ceres' bright spots seen in striking new detail

The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These closest-yet views of Occator crater, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel, give scientists a deeper perspective on these very unusual features. The new up-close view of Occator crater from Dawn's current vantage point reveals better-defined shapes of the brightest, central spot and features on the crater floor. Because these spots are so much brighter than the rest of Ceres' surface, the Dawn team combined two different images into a single...

Surprising giant ring-like structure in the universe

Five billion light years is a distance almost inconceivable, even on a cosmic scale. To better illustrate the extent of this physical quantity, it's enough to say that 35,000 galaxies the size of our Milky Way are needed to cover that distance. Thanks to a surprising discovery made by a Hungarian-U.S. team of astronomers, now we know that a structure this big really exists in the observable universe. The researchers found a ring of nine gamma ray bursts (GRBs)—the most luminous events in the universe—about 5 billion light years in diameter, and having a nearly regular...

China to Explore Far Side of the Moon --"Could Lead to a Radio-Telescope Base"

China's increasingly ambitious space program plans to attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon's far side, a leading engineer said. The Chang'e 4 mission is planned for sometime before 2020, Zou Yongliao from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' moon exploration department told state broadcaster CCTV in an interview broadcast on Wednesday....

World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera Sees Construction Green Light | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera – the world’s largest – at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

An inside look at the world’s biggest space telescope

It will be the largest and most powerful telescope we have ever sent into space.
The successor to Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is an $8.5bn (£5.5bn) collaboration between Nasa, the European Space Agency (Esa) and Canadian Space Agency.
The large mirror on the JWST will allow it to have a far greater sensitivity than Hubble and will let scientists see back in time to 200-300 million years after the Big Bang.

NASA wants to let you know there's no asteroid threatening Earth right now - ScienceAlert

Today NASA has taken it upon itself to release an official statement confirming that no asteroid will impact Earth this September, in response to a rumour that's gone viral stating that something very large is headed for Puerto Rico between 15 and 28 September 2015.

"There is no scientific basis - not one shred of evidence - that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates," Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US, said in the statement.

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