A survey of stars and planets performed by NASA astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has concluded that “Nearly one in four stars similar to the sun may host planets as small as Earth….”
on 10/30/2010 – Made popular on 10/30/2010
In a project carried out out by an international team of astronomers with a telescope in New Zealand , a new class of planets has been found out in the universe: planets that do not orbit stars, but float freely out in space.
The Earth has a tail and this dusty feature has been mapped by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Such a mapping is helping astronomers find very distant planets around other stars than our Sun, what are called extrasolar planets.
The U.S. space agency NASA announced on June 13, 2011, that it is ready to test its new upper stage rocket that will propel the United States past low-Earth orbit and toward the planets of our Solar System.
A study from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced that there are about one hundred possibly habitable rocky planets about the size of Earth or larger within 30 light-years from our planet.
NASA is preparing to get back into the business of space exploration with the first live test of Lockheed Martin’s Orion capsule. The capsule will most likely be the craft that will eventually take astronauts into deep space and other planets, namely Mars, and return safely to Earth.