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An artist's concept of OSIRIS-REx flying over the asteroid Bennu. | Image courtesy of NASA/Goddard Send a Message to an Asteroid … and Back!

Want to send a message to the surface of an asteroid? Here’s your chance — and you’ve got until September 30th to make it happen. In 2016, NASA will launch a spacecraft called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, a.k.a. “OSIRIS-REx.”

None. None More Black?

We joke on Fw:Thinking that the future will be made out of carbon nanotubes. Based on the numerous qualities it can have it really does seem like a miracle material. One of those materials is that it can be more

m-gucci/iStock/Thinkstock Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet

Yesterday, the journal Nature published an exciting report documenting a new discovery about what lies at the outer limits of our solar system – including a previously unknown dwarf planet, and the possibility of discovering even larger objects hovering in

MarcelC/iStock/Thinkstock Planet, Schmanet, Janet. I’ll Raise You 714.

What did you do today? If your job involves working with the Kepler telescope, the answer may be a nonchalant “Oh, I just announced the discovery of 715 new planets.” This is a great announcement. The 715 planets are located

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In the Antarctic, there’s a cubic kilometer of ice that could reveal secrets of the universe. It might sound like I’m referring to some sort of mystical guru who has chosen the most remote location on Earth to make his

The orbits of over 1,000 potentially hazardous asteroids (aka the scariest Spirograph). | Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Back to the Asteroid Mines: Further Reading

Depending on which branch of the science/entertainment media you consult, asteroids are either the resource megamarts of the future or Earth’s impending doom. Reality, as per the usual, lies somewhat widdershins to both concepts. As we researched that reality for

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/Huntingdon Institute for X-ray Astronomy/G. Garmire (X-ray); ESO/VLT (Optical) The Future of Our Galaxy

Yesterday, NASA released a new image of what happens when galaxies collide. Earlier this year, the Chandra X-ray Observatory discovered something interesting: About 60 million light-years from our solar system, a massive cloud of extremely hot gas seems to give

moon-view-470x275 The View from the Moon

The other day, an article in Wired turned my attention to a partnership between the private space company Moon Express and the International Lunar Observatory Association – the latter a non-profit enterprise with the stated objective of “observation from our

© PBNJ Productions/Blend Images/Corbis No Use for Science

If you’ve watched a few episodes of Fw:Thinking, read my articles or have heard me on TechStuff, you know that I love to learn. Learning is exciting to me — the mysteries of the universe from the cosmological to the

Courtesy of NASA, ESA, M. Postman (STScI), and the CLASH Team Science, WIMPs and Dark Matter

I am consistently and constantly amazed at how phenomenal the universe is. It’s clear that we only know the tiniest fraction of a percent of all there is to know, and that’s exciting. Due to the limitations of the human

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