Earth, Our Home Planet

Earth, our home planet, is the 3rd planet from the sun.
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Mining The Asteroids: Who Decides?
Asteroid Miners Eye Space Rock Resources
March 3rd, 2015
Our civilization—and presumably any civilization with a technological capacity at least as advanced as ours—runs on energy and raw materials.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on Mars?
Illustration of Future Mars Explorers
February 17th, 2015
Life on Mars would be full of chilly weather, large dust storms and geological sights dwarfing anything on Earth.
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How Can We Protect Mars from Earth Germs, While Searching for Life?
Dark Streaks in Coprates Chasma
February 11th, 2015
The search for life on Mars presents us with many challenges – not the least of which is microbial contamination. How do we ensure that microbes from Earth don't hitchhike all the way to the Red Planet and spread there?
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The Far Side of the Moon Has Phases and Now You Can See 'Em (Video)
Far Side of the Moon
February 25th, 2015
The far side of the moon undergoes phases of light and dark, just like the side facing Earth. A new video featuring images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings those phases to light.
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Don't Panic, But the Sun Will (Far) Outlive Earth (Op-Ed)
Uninhabitable Earth and red giant sun
February 12th, 2015
In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?
Lunar Base Made with 3D Printing
February 10th, 2015
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on Venus?
Venus in 1979
February 3rd, 2015
With its intense heat, thick air and high pressure, Venus is not an ideal vacation spot.
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What Would It Be Like to Live On Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt?
Dwarf Planet Ceres
February 24th, 2015
Low temperatures, gravity and sunlight would define the experience of living on Ceres, the largest asteroid belt object.
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SpaceX's 1st Mission to Deep Space Captured in Amazing Photos
Falcon 9 Carrying DSCOVR to L1
February 12th, 2015
A SpaceX rocket launching the spaceflight company's first mission to deep space came in for a smooth landing in the ocean after the launch Wednesday (Feb. 11), as another piece of the rocket captured an incredible view of Earth from space.
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European Space Cargo Ship's Fiery Demise Stars in New Video
ATV-4 Burns Up
February 9th, 2015
A stunning video shows the destruction of a robotic cargo ship re-entering Earth's atmosphere in November after delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
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