logru712
at 09:43 AM Jan 28 2015
Space // 

Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 09:43 AM Jan 28 2015

On January 27, 1967, spacecraft 012 was mated to its service module and Saturn IB rocket, and the whole stack was on the launch pad. At one o'clock in the afternoon, the spacecraft's crew, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee climbed inside the spacecraft for the plugs out test, a routine test NASA ran before all its missions that ran a simulated countdown with the spacecraft running on its own internal power. The hatch was closed, the cabin was pressurized, and the crew and launch teams and flight controllers took their stations at the Cape and in Mission Control in Houston.

sarahfecht
at 09:43 AM Jan 28 2015
Space // 

NASA's Dawn mission has beamed back the best-ever view of a 'planet' between Mars and Jupiter. The spacecraft is just 147,000 miles and a few months shy of reaching Ceres, the largest unexplored rock between the Sun and Pluto. (Though the 590-mile-wide rock is officially classified as both a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, Dawn's operators consider it a real planet.)

sarahfecht
at 20:33 PM Jan 27 2015
Space // 

While NASA's Dawn mission is hot on the tail of the biggest rock in the asteroid belt, researchers are still finding new things within the treasure trove of data the spacecraft collected in 2011 and 2012. Back then Dawn was visiting Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, which scientists thought would be bone-dry.

Lydia Ramsey
at 07:16 AM Jan 27 2015

A major storm is about to dump between one and three feet of snow on the Northeast region over the next few days. This image, captured by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite GOES 13, shows the beginning stages of the storm on Monday morning.

sarahfecht
at 12:02 PM Jan 26 2015
Space // 

The Rosetta mission made history last year, by being the first manmade spacecraft to ever orbit or land on a comet. Things didn't go exactly as planned, though. The lander Philae bounced around and got lost somewhere on the comet's surface. Wherever it is, it's not getting enough sunlight on its solar panels to keep it fully charged, so ESA has shut it down until the springtime, when the comet will be closer to the Sun. Meanwhile, the orbiter has been busy collecting data. The journal Science just published a boatload of new findings from the duck-shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Here are some of our favorites.

sarahfecht
at 12:02 PM Jan 26 2015

While the world awaits the first visit of Pluto this July, another space mission will reach a strange world much closer to home. And months sooner.

 
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