Kepler Space Telescope To Hunt For Earth-Like Planets. PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412264,00.asp (11/19, Poeter, 608K) reported, "NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope discovered more than 100 confirmed planets in its just-completed main mission and will now begin to hunt for Earth-like planets on an extended mission that could last to 2016, the space agency announced this week."
The Seven Ages of Starlight is a multi-part science series that will soon be appearing on the television on BBC Four in the UK. It is part of the BBC Four Big Science Season program. This particular series follows the evolutionary path of stars as they are born, evolve, and ultimately die.
The first U.S. mission to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth is the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx. Scheduled for launch in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx will increase our understanding of asteroids, and it could shed new light on the origin of life on Earth.