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What Would Happen If A Massive Solar Storm Hit The Earth?

We all know that major storms can wreak havoc, flooding cities and decimating infrastructure. But there’s an even bigger worry than wind and rain: space weather. If a massive solar storm hit us, our technology would be wiped out. The entire planet could go dark.



Sign Up To Send Your Name To Mars With NASA

Want your name on a microchip bound for the Red Planet? It’s totally free, you’ll earn NASA “frequent flyer miles”, and your name will be on Mars. Here’s how to sign up.


Here's What California's Thick Blanket Of Wildfire Smoke Look Like From Orbit

NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, records what’s happening on the surface of the Earth every day or two. That means recording dust storms, hurricanes, typhoons — and, as was the case this week, a thick layer of smoke over California.


California Is Pumping So Much Groundwater That It's Sinking

The Mad Max plot playing out in California is causing all sorts of problems, not least for farmers, who have turned to pumping groundwater to irrigate crops. According to NASA, all that pumping is having an effect: in some places, the ground is sinking by two inches per month.


Watch Australia's Newest Deep Space Tracking Station Get Installed Live On Twitter

The dish of the new Deep Space Station 36 is being installed at the Canberra Deep Space Network centre today, and it’s happening live on Twitter. These photos are a geeky dream to watch.


The Saga Of NASA's Short-Lived 'Lost' Logo

NASA’s current logo dates back to 1959. It’s sort of a mess — a wonderful, retro-nostalgic mess — that’s hard to reproduce and doesn’t scale well. In fact, NASA even changed to a different logo that lasted almost 20 years before switching back. What happened?


This Is What A Galaxy Looks Like After A Cosmic Collision

Forgive this barred spiral galaxy if it looks a little messy. It’s the survivor of a galactic collision that bent and twisted the galaxy’s original shape, according to astronomers.


The Crab Nebula Is A Gorgeous Mystery

In 1054 BCE, a new light blazed in the night sky, four times brighter than Venus. Chinese astronomers called it a “guest star,” but today we call it a supernova: the dying explosion of a massive star. The star that created the supernova of 1054 had been dead for 6500 years by the time the light of its explosion reached Earth.


NASA Released A Free 3D-Printable Model Of The Curiosity Rover

Last year NASA started releasing 3D models of its probes and spacecraft that anyone could download and use to 3D print their own space fleet. That collection now finally includes a tiny replica of the Curiosity Rover that’s been exploring Mars since 2012, and will soon be exploring your desk as well.


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