Nasa’s Nustar X-ray telescope zooms into orbit, as this week brings us a great deal of space-related items.

Are extrasolar planets commonplace, as we see in so much SF? Recent observations suggest earthlike planets do NOT need stars with heavy metal content to form. Meanwhile, this poorly-titled article suggest life may be quite common out there.

Closer to home: Titan has a lake, of sorts, but you likely wouldn’t want to swim it.

An asteroid the size of a city block will buzz by tomorrow; here‘s how you can get a look online.

Kim Stanley Robinson discusses his recent book, 2312, which returns to hard SF with a peek at the colonization of the solar system.

And below….

…Superheroes who teach science: