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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.”

Artist's depiction of ISEE-3. | Image courtesy of NASA The Satellite and the Vacant McDonald’s

Mountain View, California is a tech-heavy place. That’s the location of the Googleplex, Google’s high-tech campus. It’s also the location of a group of engineers controlling a satellite from an old, abandoned McDonald’s restaurant. No, really! What’s better is that

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

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

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

Image courtesy Orbital Debris Program Office/NASA Further Reading: Kitsch in Space

Over 521,000 pieces of junk are in orbit around Earth, each traveling up to 17,500 miles per hour (that’s about 28,200 kilometers per hour). Which means that even the smallest of the bunch poses a danger to our satellites, spacecraft

Courtesy of NASA A Shocking Tractor Beam

We’ve talked about tractor beams before — using some form of energy beam to pull an object toward the beam’s source. When you think about it, that seems counterintuitive. It’s easy to imagine energy pushing an object away. Pulling it

A coronal mass ejection of our sun. | Image courtesy of NASA/SDO Music of the Spheres

Music and math have been intertwined since at least 500 BCE. That’s when Pythagoras and his compatriots supposedly noted the mathematical relationships among specific lengths of string that, when plucked, create harmonious sounds. Around the same time, philosophers began to

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech An Interstellar Voyage(r)

Yesterday, NASA announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered interstellar space, meaning it has left our solar system behind and is now heading toward the charmingly named star AC+79 3888. But while we heard about this amazing accomplishment yesterday,

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

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