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NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover and tracks from its driving are visible in this view from orbit, acquired on April 11, 2014, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Our Solar System Keeps Increasing

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Its no new news that the extent of our solar system keeps increasing as NASA keeps discovering new planetary forms in our system.

Apt from the planets in it, there are also so many other planetary formations that has been discovered thereby increasing the extent of our solar system to encompass not only the known planets.

You can read full details

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from the NASA official site.

360-Degree Galaxy View

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Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic.

The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

The 20-gigapixel mosaic uses Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope visualization platform. It captures about three percent of our sky, but because it focuses on a band around Earth where the plane of the Milky Way lies, it shows more than half of all the galaxy’s stars.

Space Sunflower

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A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, is being developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The hunt is on for planets that resemble Earth in size, composition and temperature. Rocky planets with just the right temperature for liquid water – not too hot, not too cold – could be possible abodes for life outside our solar system.

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered hundreds of planets orbiting other stars, called exoplanets, some of which are a bit larger than Earth and lie in this comfortable “Goldilocks” zone.

Researchers generally think it’s only a matter of time before we find perfect twins of Earth.

The next step would be to image and characterize their spectra, or chemical signatures, which provide clear clues about whether those worlds could support life.

The starshade is designed to help take those pictures of planets by blocking out the overwhelmingly bright light of their stars.

Simply put, the starshade is analogous to holding your hand up to the sun to block it while taking a picture of somebody.

For more information on StarShade, visit http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/video/15