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This Is The Star That NASA Has Nicknamed The 'Nasty One'

While this star was discovered decades ago, it’s the first time researchers have seen it up close — and it’s brought with it some surprises. But none of that explains why NASA chooses to call it Nasty One.


This Bizarre Star Is Being Devoured By Its Companion

Astronomers are calling it the “Nasty 1″ but the hefty, rapidly ageing star that shines in the centre of the image above sure is beautiful. It’s also damn peculiar, and it may hold clues to a stellar mystery that’s puzzled scientists for decades.


See How SpaceX Astronauts Could Survive A Failed Launch

Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual ride on the capsule as it accelerates from 0-160km/h in 1.2 seconds during the first critical pad abort test.


The Cheap, Tiny NASA Spacecraft That Will Explore Distant Worlds

Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable — using cheap, lightweight CubeSats.


The Closest Look Yet At Ceres' Many Bright Spots

Earlier this month we discovered that Ceres’ pair of mysterious bright spots were, in fact, not two — they were many, many more. Now, we’ve got the closest look yet of the spots thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission.


You Might Not Even Notice This Wallpaper Is Made From Images Of Space

One of the wonderful things about our nation’s Copyright Act is found under Section 105, which stipulates that the stuff government agencies — like NASA — create is free for anyone to use. Which makes projects like this space-plastered wallpaper possible.


This Vacuum Chamber Looks Like Some Futuristic Spaceship Corridor

Huge vacuum chambers on Earth are crucial for building and testing spacecraft, so we explore further into space. The photo above is Vacuum Chamber 5, where electric propulsion and power systems are being tested at Glenn Research Center.


Meanwhile In The Future: A Second Moon For Earth

This week on Meanwhile in the Future, we ask what would happen if Earth had a second moon. How exactly that happens I won’t reveal — you’ll have to listen! But once it does, there are some really interesting things that we might notice on Earth, from tides and the night sky, to the potential destruction of Earth.


Being An Astronaut Looks Like Complicated Work

It’s perhaps a good job that most astronauts seems to be trained engineers and physicists — because a stay aboard the International Space requires the maintenance of some fairly complex equipment.


This Image Of Stars Forming Looks Just Like Van Gogh's Starry Night

The European Space Agency brings us this new image based on data from the Planck satellite. My first reaction? It looks just like Van Gogh’s best-known masterpiece, The Starry Night. And you know what? Even Google agrees with me.