JPL scientists show evidence of water on Saturn moon

By James Figueroa, SGVN twitter.com/jfigscribe Finding water is a major step for finding life on other planets, which is why JPL and NASA scientists were so excited about reports coming from an aging Saturn exploration mission.In findings published in the journal Science, researchers detailed evidence that an ocean is beneath the icy outer layer of […]

Segre Lecture: How Did The Universe Begin?

Emilio Segre Distinguished Lecture by Andrew Lange: How Did the Universe Begin?

Original Broadcast Date: November 18, 2009

There is strong evidence that the entire Universe sprang from sub-atomic dimensions 13.7 billion years ago in a violent event known as Inflation, but we understand almost nothing of what would have caused this to happen. […]

Von Braun’s mother, an enthusiastic astronomer, helped instill his passion for space | al.com

By Mike Marshall, The Huntsville Times 

The Huntsville Times Von Braun, shown on the cover of the Feb. 17, 1958, edition of Time, told of his mother's early influence on him in the cover story.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Early in 1958, Baron Magnus von Braun celebrated his 80th birthday at his apartment in Oberaudorf, a […]

Stephen Hawking marks 70th birthday with speech to leading cosmologists

‘Look up at the stars and not down at your feet,’ says scientist, unable to attend symposium in person due to ill health

Alok Jha, science correspondent guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 January 2012 14.34 EST Article history

Stephen Hawking, 70, revealed his schoolfriends made a bet that he 'would never come to anything'. Photograph: David Parry/PA

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

Closer to Finding an Earth This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone — the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for […]

Astronomers Launch Online Database Of Habitable Planets

Only 15 planets and 30 moons could potentially support alien life, according to a new online catalog of habitable planets launched by astronomers on Monday.

The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog (HEC) website describes the project as “an online database for scientists, educators, and the general public focused on habitable exoplanets discoveries.”

“The catalog uses various […]

Cosmic census finds crowd of planets in our galaxy

By SETH BORENSTEIN Published: 6:04 PM 02/19/2011 | Updated: 3:15 PM 02/20/2011

FILE – This 1986 file picture shows part of the Milky Way galaxy as seen from Australia. Scientists have estimated the first cosmic census of planets in our galaxy and the numbers are astronomical: at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. […]