Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.
One of the more stunning space-shots we’ve seen in some time, this photograph of a JAXA HTV-4 spacecraft was taken from ISS during the delivery vehicle’s return to Earth. Strange to think how the most otherworldly photographs are often of our home planet. Keep scrolling for the full image, with details from Mika McKinnon.
Using a new verification technique, Kepler scientists have confirmed the existence of 715 new exoplanets â four of which are located within their star’s habitable zone. It’s the single largest windfall of new confirmations at any one time.
Astronauts aboard the ISS recently captured a rather revealing night image of East Asia. Though the dark patch at center looks like water, it’s actually North Korea â a country of 25 million people sandwiched between China and South Korea.
You know when you’re having a bad day when you get hit by a billion-ton asteroid. But for a pulsar 37,000 light-years away, it’s just a another day at the office. And besides, PSR J0738-4042 has an uber-powerful X-ray blaster to deal with errant space rocks.
Space is a weird place, and the quest to explore its mysteries in person has been no small source of strangeness and surprise. Here are some lesser-known facts about humanity’s ongoing missions beyond Earth’s atmosphere.