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NASA thinks it knows what Ceres' mysterious bright spots are made of

For most of 2015, the dwarf planet has been beaming a mystery back at us. Now NASA has an educated guess that might surprise you.

By October 1, 2015


Buzz Pluto's tall peaks and frozen plains in NASA flyby video

NASA's New Horizons has sent back remarkable new images of the distant dwarf planet, but nothing captures the feel of Pluto quite like this new video.

By July 20, 2015


NASA plans mission to Jupiter's extraordinary moon Europa

NASA's administrator confirms the space agency is moving ahead with plans to send a spacecraft to Europa, a moon that may hide a vast ocean under its icy surface.

By February 3, 2015


To find lost jungle graves, beware of unexploded WWII bombs

The BentProp Project has been searching the Palauan jungle for years to find the remains of POWs and others executed by the Japanese. Unexploded WWII bombs make it a risky quest.

By April 20, 2014


The cutting-edge tech behind the hunt for lost WWII planes

For years, the BentProp Project has searched the seas off Palau for missing planes shot down by the Japanese. Now the group has access to the latest oceanographic technology, which it used to find two aircraft lost for 70 years.

By April 20, 2014


Trace the past with NY Public Library's Open Access Maps Project

GPS can't quite capture the beauty of historical maps. Thanks to the Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library, 20,000 high-res maps are now available for download.

By April 7, 2014


Mars crater might be remnant of an ancient supervolcano

Scientists reevaluate what they thought was a massive impact crater on Mars. It may actually have had a much more fiery past.

By October 23, 2013


Mars micro-rover Kapvik may tether to larger vehicles

A Canadian prototype for Mars and moon micro-rovers could be tethered to larger vehicles to avoid getting trapped in sand.

By September 18, 2011


Ion-powered Dawn begins study of asteroid Vesta

Four years after launch from Cape Canaveral, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is finally in orbit around Vesta, beaming back spectacular images of a tortured surface dating back to the formation of the solar system.

By August 1, 2011


Hit the backcountry this Memorial Day, Android-style

Field-tested apps and tips for using your Android device on the trail, even beyond roaming range.

By May 26, 2011