“When I reached orbit, the first thing that impressed me was the silence.”
-Scott Carpenter, the second man to orbit the Earth and one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Carpenter died Thursday at the age of 88.

“When I reached orbit, the first thing that impressed me was the silence.”

-Scott Carpenter, the second man to orbit the Earth and one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Carpenter died Thursday at the age of 88.

A frog photobombed NASA’s lift-off earlier today.
Yea. That happened.

A frog photobombed NASA’s lift-off earlier today.

Yea. That happened.

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A look at the Orion nebula’s center, a cloud of gas and dust known as M42.
Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Wow. (via Wired)

A look at the Orion nebula’s center, a cloud of gas and dust known as M42.

Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Happy birthday Curiosity! 
It feels like only yesterday that you blasted into the Mars atmosphere, deployed a supersonic parachute, fired eight rocket engines, unfurled a giant sky crane and lowered yourself to the Martian soil.

Happy birthday Curiosity!

It feels like only yesterday that you blasted into the Mars atmosphere, deployed a supersonic parachute, fired eight rocket engines, unfurled a giant sky crane and lowered yourself to the Martian soil.

Today at 5:27 pm ET, go outside, look up at the sky and say “cheese.” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take a photo of the Earth from deep space. 
Learn more here.

Today at 5:27 pm ET, go outside, look up at the sky and say “cheese.” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take a photo of the Earth from deep space.

Learn more here.

"This could be a day, I thought, when all the inhabitants of Earth, in unison, could issue a full-throated, cosmic shout-out and smile a big one for the cameras from far, far away."
-On July 19, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will snap a picture of Earth from a billion miles away. Carolyn Porco, the leader of Cassini’s imaging team, gives an inside look at the project.

"This could be a day, I thought, when all the inhabitants of Earth, in unison, could issue a full-throated, cosmic shout-out and smile a big one for the cameras from far, far away."

-On July 19, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will snap a picture of Earth from a billion miles away. Carolyn Porco, the leader of Cassini’s imaging team, gives an inside look at the project.

Commander Chris Hadfield’s tweets are literally out of this world. Nearly every day the astronaut tweets out photos and observations from space to his 500,000 plus Twitter followers and gives them a glimpse at his life in orbit.
Learn more about his social media use here.

Commander Chris Hadfield’s tweets are literally out of this world. Nearly every day the astronaut tweets out photos and observations from space to his 500,000 plus Twitter followers and gives them a glimpse at his life in orbit.

Learn more about his social media use here.

A meteor streaking through the sky Friday morning exploded over Russia’s Ural mountains, injuring nearly 1,000 people and damaging homes and businesses in the Chelyabinsk region.

Watch this incredible footage of the meteor entering the atmosphere, and the aftermath of its entry. Learn more here.

At the American Astronomical Society meeting, scientists presented the first reliable tally of the number of Earth-sized exoplanets in our Milky Way. And the number is a staggering 17 billion. That’s one in six stars hosting an Earth-sized planet in a tight orbit, NASA reports. More

At the American Astronomical Society meeting, scientists presented the first reliable tally of the number of Earth-sized exoplanets in our Milky Way. And the number is a staggering 17 billion. That’s one in six stars hosting an Earth-sized planet in a tight orbit, NASA reports. More

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