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Would You Bet Your Species on "Earth-Like"?

The announcement of a newly confirmed exoplanet in Kepler data within its star's "habitable zone" is great news, but also reinforces some misconceptions about what an Earth-like world means...

July 24, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Pluto's Barnacled Beauty

Early images from New Horizons' encounter with Pluto reveal an extraordinary surface of strange mountains and varying deposits of light and dark material

July 22, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Alien Intelligence Search Gets Major New Push

Alien Intelligence Search Gets Major New Push

Entrepreneur and former physicist Yuri Milner talks about the just-announced $100-million Breakthrough Listen Project to search for extraterrestrial technological civilizations  ...

July 20, 2015 — Steve Mirsky and Mariette DiChristina

China Makes Its Move to the Moon [Excerpt]

China’s current rank of eighth in the space race is misleading. The nation’s engineers are drawing up plans for a moon-capable rocket more powerful than the U.S.’s Saturn 5...

July 17, 2015 — Chris Impey

A Guide to the Pluto Flyby Success

NASA’s New Horizons’ close approach to the last of the original set of nine planets in our solar system is yielding a bounty of surprising planetary science

July 16, 2015

Is It Snowing on Pluto?

Snowfall is rare in our solar system. A tantalizing new image suggests that the dwarf planet may be one of the few places where it occurs

July 15, 2015 — Maria Temming

Pluto Mission Finally Calls Home

At 8:52 P.M. Eastern time, July 14, 2015, an all's-well signal from the New Horizons spacecraft finished its 4.5-hour, three-billion-mile trip from near Pluto through the solar system to alert mission control on Earth that it was in working order and had succeeded in gathering data  ...

July 15, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

Good-Bye Pluto, Thanks for Everything

Although we've only just begun to see the scientific return from NASA's New Horizons mission and its close encounter with the Pluto–Charon system, this has been an unexpectedly profound human endeavor...

July 15, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
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