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Earth’s New “Mini Moon” Confirmed by NASA JPL

First discovered by University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on April 27, 2016, Earth’s new moon, or “mini moon” has been officially confirmed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Officially named “2016 HO3,” the newly discovered asteroid is dubbed a “mini moon” because it not only orbits the Sun–it orbits Earth, as well. Although NASA […]

July 21st

2014 And Countless New Years In Space (ISS, Mars, Venus VIDEOS)

Coming up on New Year’s Eve, earthlings tend to celebrate milestones of the year passed, as well as look expectantly toward the future. Here, Planetsave brings you some of the best space coverage of 2014 in various media. The overall winner has to be the six-minute ultra-high definition timelapse video, with custom soundtrack, compiled by […]

December 27th

“Origami Robots” Self-Construct And Start Working

If you haven’t seen the origami robot yet, you’re in for a fantastic surprise! Evoking the potential of an ancient and wonderful Japanese art, these crawling robots can self-assemble from flat-pack designs and autonomously perform. Inspired by self-assembly in nature—such as the way complex proteins with sophisticated functions derive from folding linear sequences of amino […]

August 10th

OrbSys' Closed-loop Shower Uses 90% Less Water

By collecting most of the hot, soapy water that flows off of you during a ten-minute shower, Orbital Systems’ new closed-loop shower promises to reduce your water use by up to 90%, all while reducing the energy it takes to keep that water warm- by as much as 80%! All of which begs the question: […]

January 5th

Titan Is Perpetually Being Swept Clean By Dunes

Using observations from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn, researchers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have discovered that Titan — Saturn’s largest moon — has dunes of hydrocarbon sand which are slowly but steadily filling the impact craters left on the moon’s surface, giving it a deceptively younger appearance than its brothers and […]

January 17th

White Sands Dust Storm

  Driven by southwesterly winter winds, dust from the White Sands dune field in New Mexico rises thousands of feet from the valley floor and drifts over the snowy peaks of the Sacramento Mountains creating the spectacular imagery captured for us by a member of the International Space Station. White Sands National Monument lies in […]

May 2nd

Electric Blue Swirls Off Ireland (Photo of the Day)

Though looking at Ireland from space is always stunning, with it’s masses of dark green spread across the vast majority of the island, in this image there is something even more spectacular; the electric blue plankton bloom to the south. Captured by the European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite on 23 May, 2010, using the Medium […]

October 28th

Madagascar From Space (Photo of the Day)

The world’s fourth largest island and the subject of quite a funny animated film, Madagascar is caught on camera by the European Space Agency’s satellite Envisat on 30 June, 2009. The image was caught using the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument and shows very clearly the beautiful green and browns of the island. Source: […]

October 27th

Islands of Venice from Space (Photo of the Day)

Everyone has heard about the beautifully romantic city that is Venice, and sometimes we even get to see inside the city thanks to movies like The Italian Job and Casino Royale. However this beautiful image taken by Ikonos-2, a commercial satellite that provides panchromatic and multispectral high-resolution imagery for the European Space Agency shows us another, but just as spectacular view of the city.

September 19th

Moon (10 Friday Photos + extra)

The Moon — something that, wherever you are, it’s beautiful. Even though it’s so far away from us, we can still admire its beauty in solitude or at a date. Some of us would like to make a step on the Moon, some of us want to look at it from distance — however, it’s always something that we call amazing, mysterious, or adorable.

August 26th

Northern Siberia From Space (Photo of the Day)

The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite captured this natural-color image on June 15, 2009 of Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays which lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands while the ice still lingered on the sea surface and on some inland water bodies.

August 24th

Saharan Dust off Western Europe [Photo of the Day]

The image below was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on April 8, 2011, and shows the dust which had hovered off the coast of Portugal two days earlier now moving toward the United Kingdom and Ireland.

April 20th

In Search of Ancient Alien Microbes & the Origin of Life [Commentary]

I will admit, there is a strange awe and “coolness” to such fringe theories; they are intriguing and evoke a sense of cosmic mystery. And even a respected scientist can fall under their speculative spells. It is possible that Life did originate far off Earth (glycine, an amino acid, has been found in comet dust), or, by meddling extraterrestrials. How marvelous to contemplate!

But it need not be so mundane an alternative to look for Life’s origin here on Earth, where it most likely has its home. The Earth is an amazing planet! It produces amazing lifeforms (including us) that command our admiration and awe… and our science. How marvelous to live on such a planet…

March 8th

NASA STEREO Reveals Entire Sun [VIDEO]

On Feb. 6th, NASA’s twin STEREO probes moved into position on opposite sides of the sun, and they are now beaming back uninterrupted images of the entire star—front and back. “For the first time ever, we can watch solar activity in its full 3-dimensional glory,” says Angelos Vourlidas, a member of the STEREO science team […]

February 8th

GOES Satellites Watching 2011 Roll In

On December 30, at 1445 UTC the GOES-13 satellite captured a “full-disk image” of North and South America, showing cloud cover associated with low pressure areas over the upper Midwestern United States and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. NASA’s GOES project is run out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, and has had a […]

December 31st

NASA Views Changing Seasons

NASA is behind a lot of the satellites running around in orbit around our little blue planet, and in a new slideshow of images they showcase the change of seasons, as seen, from space. The full slideshow can be seen as an interactive scroll here or all in one page here. Vegetation Patterns Around Lake […]

December 22nd