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Instruments selected for Mars 2020, NASA’s latest rover

NASA recently revealed the scientific instruments for Mars 2020, the next Mars rover and the first step in an ambitious sample return campaign.

AAS digital switch a long time coming?

The AAS will no longer print physical copies of its flagship journals the ApJ and AJ. What does this mean for our field?

The Spitzer Space Telescope: An Uncertain Future

Ten years after launch, financial problems may mean the demise of the Spitzer space telescope. Today, we review its history and discuss its possible future.

Under Further Review

Last week, NASA held the 2014 astrophysics senior review in Washington, the results of which will determine the fate of 11 missions.

Life, the Universe and Everything Explained

Why resort to complicated theories that involve mysterious, unknown forces and states of matter? The geocentric model of the Universe nicely explains 1st century C.E. data.

BICEP2 results: inflation and the tensor modes

BICEP2 results show a 5.3 sigma detection of gravitational waves from inflation’s imprint on the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

First look at NASA’s FY2015 Budget Request

The White House just released its budget request for FY 2015. Looks like NASA will continue supporting its main priorities, but will they sacrifice SOFIA to fund other missions?

Kepler 2.0

The Kepler Space Telescope gets a promising second chance with a new mission called “K2″.

Disk Detective: The Newest Astronomy Citizen Science Project

Finding circumstellar disks in the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer data is a tough job, but fortunately our brains are even better suited to the task than computers! You can help by lending your pattern-recognition skills to Disk Detective, the Zooniverse’s newest citizen science project.

Stargazing Live

A spectacular hit with the British public, has Stargazing Live generated an all time high interest in astronomy?

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