For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. NASA and the Belgian-led research team announced the news Wednesday. This cluster of planets is 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. They circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three planets are in the so-called habitable zone, where water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep.
Thirteen seconds before liftoff, a panicked voice on the livestream said, “hold, hold, hold!” And so SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch on Saturday morning , February 19, 2017 was scrubbed in the final seconds “out of an abundance of caution,” operators said, because of a potential problem in the rocket’s upper stage. “Better to wait a day,” Elon Musk tweeted. The launch was pushed to Sunday morning, and this time went off without a hitch.
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Elon Musk says a MILLION people could be living on Mars by the mid-2060s - but they will have to be prepared to die. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has set out a plan to establish a self-sustaining city on Mars complete with iron foundries and pizza restaurants. The billionaire entrepreneur envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet within the next century - Battlestar Galactica style.
Every day satellites are zooming through space, snapping incredible pictures of Earth, the solar system and outer space. Here are the highlights from the latest photographs received on April, 2016.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on NASA's Landsat 8 satellite acquired this large natural-color image showing a view of the Caspian Sea around the Tyuleniy Archipelago.