This mission is not over.

NASA is reporting that Voyager has left our solar bubble and is now cruising through interstellar space.  

Watch the press conference LIVE.  Read the press release.  Listen to our story about Voyager. 

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Roswell & New Signals from Space

With news of radio signals from distant galaxies, a government agency that wants to investigate extra-terrestrial life, and the 66th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, this week has felt like a ’90s science fiction melodrama. Hank’s got all the pertinent details in this episode of SciShow News.

Writen by Kindra McQuillan

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http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0705/Mystery-radio-bursts-coming-from-space-but-probably-not-from-E.T/%28page%29/2
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160681-british-scientists-want-to-resurrect-seti-in-the-uk
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http://www.space.com/21861-deep-space-radio-explosions-mystery.html

From Kepler to Webb: The History of the Telescope

Hank regales us with the history of the telescope, and then introduces us to some folks from the team who are working on the newest telescope in the chronology - the James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared telescope due to launch in 2018.

Thanks to the team at Northrop Grumman for allowing us the privilege of touring their facility, and to the scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for their help with this video.

Hank fills us in on the four exploratory missions to space that he is most excited about - New Horizons is going to Pluto and the Kuiper belt; Juno is on it’s way to Jupiter; Dawn is exploring two large asteroids; Rosetta will land on a comet!

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Baumgartner’s Supersonic Dive

Hank acknowledges the amazing feat performed by Felix Baumgartner and answers many of your questions about why it is so amazing. 

Hank tells us three things we probably didn’t know about the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

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Hank updates us on two new missions that will help us learn more about some of the fascinating things in our space neighborhood.

Hank talks about space elevators, and why we shouldn’t expect to see one any time soon.

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itsfullofstars:

On August 5, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will touch down on the surface of the Red Planet. Or that’s what we all hope, because it will be the craziest landing in the history of space exploration.