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Image courtesy ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA First Comet Landing in Human History

UPDATE (12:59 p.m. EST): Philae has returned a photo from the descent stage, about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the surface! See the photo here: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/11/ROLIS_descent_image UPDATE (12:52 p.m. EST): No pictures from the surface yet. Also, according to ESA

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.”

Image courtesy of NASA Robotic Surgery for Astronauts

In this week’s video and podcast, we talked about the present and future of robotic surgery, alluding to the possibility of space-bound surgical robots to operate on astronauts in emergencies. We spoke in terms of possibilities, only to find out

Image courtesy of NASA No Wheels? No Legs? No Problem: 3 Rolly Rover Designs

If you want to explore the terrain of Mars, or the surface of a foreign moon or asteroid, you need to know what you’re getting into. Destinations like these are bathed in lethal radiation, with no breathable atmosphere, likely in

Courtesy of Michael Lentz/NASA Goddard Conceptual Image Lab Did Mars Once Look Like This?

Want to see about 4 billion years of planetary evolution squeezed into less than two minutes? Take a look at this new simulation from NASA: The music is cheesy, but otherwise the video is thought-provoking and even a little scary—on

They're out there, just waiting for us to harvest their precious space-blood. | Image courtesy NASA There’s Platinum in Them Thar Asteroids

Asteroid mining may not be as far out as you think. It turns out some asteroids are absolutely loaded with materials that could be really useful to us, particularly in space exploration and colonization missions. You can find everything from

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Your intrepid Fw:Thinking crew was thrilled to embark on space exploration research this week – albeit from the safety of Earth’s nominally deadly environs. In the process, we e-stumbled across some fascinating resources that we wanted to share: NASA has

Courtesy NASA Starfleet Officers and Real Astronauts Hang Out Today

Check this out: NASA is playing host to a Google+ Hangout today, matching up J.J. Abrams, director of the new Star Trek films (the excellent 2009 reboot and the currently debuting Star Trek Into Darkness), screenwriter Damon Lindelof, three cast

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Explore the physical science of the Prius v with these videos from HowStuffWorks.

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Read from topics in the driver’s guide to fuel economy at HowStuffWorks.

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Learn how to decode the new EPA fuel economy labels with this interactive infographic.

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Read about car trends and innovations at HowStuffWorks.

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Study for your future with the latest Fw:Thinking videos.

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Listen up for what tomorrow sounds like with the Fw:Thinking audio podcast.

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