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NASA Scientists Discover Seven Potentially Earth-Like Planets

NASA scientists discover seven potentially Earth-like planets
 
March 3, 2017

In the search for life beyond our solar system, the discovery of a planet theoretically capable of sustaining life is monumental. Scientists working with NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble telescopes have found seven of these rare planets orbiting a single star.

Ask An Astronaut - How the Space Station Helps Earth

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live and work in space? We certainly did, so we asked NASA Astronaut, Colonel Doug Wheelock, who has spent more than 178 days in space at the International Space Station to tell us about his experience for a series we're calling "Ask An Astronaut." This time, Col. Wheelock tells us how work done on the International Space Station benefits us here on Earth.

Ask An Astronaut - Challenges of Microgravity

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live and work in space? We certainly did, so we asked NASA Astronaut, Colonel Doug Wheelock, who has spent more than 178 days in space at the International Space Station to tell us about his experience for a series we're calling "Ask An Astronaut." This time, Col. Wheelock tells us how tough it can be to live and work in a microgravity environment.

To Lasso an Asteroid

Officially, it’s called the Asteroid Initiative.

The plan was incented by President Barack Obama's call for NASA to send a manned mission to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025, and then aim for flight to Mars in the 2030s.

NASA's initiative offered a number of advantages. It was new and novel; no human had visited an asteroid before. And with very little gravity, the project didn’t require expensive landers and ascent vehicles.

Space Scoop

See the new device NASA is testing to chip pieces off an asteroid. The new tool for astronauts was not developed in NASA labs, but rather at High Point University right here in North Carolina. Scientists are interested in asteroids because they haven't changed much since the dawn of the solar system. Asteroid fragments that the "chip and ship" could capture would help give scientists an early picture of the solar system.

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