Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments.
July 2015 – Ka Chun Yu and Steve Lee are our presenters this month.
Ka Chun begins with a look at the recent NASA announcement from the Kepler mission. Mission scientists have confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun.
Next, Steve Lee brings us the latest mission news. He has updates on the Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres, the recent Soyuz launch carrying Expedition 44 crewmembers to the ISS, New Horizon’s Pluto encounter, and finally, the latest on Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity.