Collaborative effort between astronomers around the world (both professional and amateur) to identify all of NGC and IC objects, building on the original notes with contemporary astronomers contributions. It collects images and gather data for the objects - classifications, positions, distances, diameters, colors, position angles, magnitudes, etc.
Planet HD 219134b was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It resides 21 light-years away in the Cassiopeia constellation and its star is visible from Earth. The planet orbits too close to its star to support life.
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia’s relations with the West.
Scientists with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute have already begun targeting Earth's older cousin, Kepler 452b, the first near-Earth sized world found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are developing the Extreme Access Flyer system, an airborne robotic vehicle similar to quad-copters. It’s mission would be to retrieve samples that might otherwise be inaccessible and to map terrain.