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Dwarf Planet Discovery Could Help Show Life's Spread Through Solar System

Dwarf Planet Discovery Could Help Show Life's Spread Through Solar System

On March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies j…

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  • Tax Day in Space: How NASA Astronauts Pay Uncle Sam
    Tax Day in Space: How NASA Astronauts Pay Uncle Sam 12 hours ago

    American astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are currently living on the International Space Station as part of its six-man crew, and it's a safe bet they took care of their taxes well before they ever launched into space, NASA says. NASA astronauts typically file taxes before launching into space, according to agency spokesman Jay Bolden at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the home of U.S. astronaut corps. That forethought is something that NASA astronauts have not always had. During NASA's Apollo 13 moon mission in April 1970, astronaut Jack Swigert found himself in the surprising position of being in space on Tax Day without having filed his taxes. More »

  • NASA Signs Over Historic Apollo-Era Launch Pad to SpaceX
    NASA Signs Over Historic Apollo-Era Launch Pad to SpaceX 12 hours ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — One of NASA's most historic launch pads is now under new management. Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now under the direction of SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies), the private spaceflight company headed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. "Today, this historic site, from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, and from which I first flew and left the planet on STS-61C on Columbia, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site," said Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator and former astronaut, during a press conference held at the pad. On Monday (April 14), NASA signed a property agreement with SpaceX beginning a 20-year lease to occupy and use the launch pad. More »

  • Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year
    Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year 12 hours ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. More »

  • Silver Lining? Rare Night-Shining Clouds Are Becoming More Common
    Silver Lining? Rare Night-Shining Clouds Are Becoming More Common 13 hours ago

    Rare night-shining clouds that glow across the edge of space tend to appear near Earth's poles. Also known as noctilucent clouds, night-shining clouds are the highest clouds in Earth's atmosphere. The wispy clouds were first officially documented in 1885. Since 2007, scientists have been monitoring the phenomenon near the poles with NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite. More »

  • 'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas
    'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas 14 hours ago

    Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. More »

  • Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space
    Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space 15 hours ago

    Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon can provide a bird's-eye view of the iconic landmark. But that's nothing compared to what astronauts see as they zip over northern Arizona in the International Space Station. In a new image taken from orbit, the Grand Canyon is visible slicing through the Kaibab Plateau, which is part of the expansive Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The popular South Rim, which hosts about 90 percent of the Grand Canyon's 5 million visitors a year, averages about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) in elevation, according to the National Park Service. More »

  • Total Lunar Eclipse 2014: When Will the Next Blood Moon in 'Tetrad' …
    Total Lunar Eclipse 2014: When Will the Next Blood Moon in 'Tetrad' … 18 hours ago

    Astronomers have said the "blood moon" that took place during the early hours of Tuesday 15 April 2014 was the first in a rare consecutive series of four, which will take place over the next two years. The phenomenon is called a tetrad of lunar eclipses and although the event is rare, Nasa have stated that several tetrads will occur during this century alone. Although one tetrad appeared in 2003 and 2004, there have been gaps of up to 500 years between the series of eclipses. The current tetrad will take place in 2014 and 2015, with the second eclipse on 8 October, the third on 4 April and the final eclipse on 28 September. The next series of four will not happen again until 2032. More »

  • Under a Blood Moon: 1st Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 Wows Stargazers (Photos …
    Under a Blood Moon: 1st Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 Wows Stargazers (Photos … 18 hours ago

    The moon took on an eerie blood-red hue early Tuesday during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, a celestial sight that wowed potentially millions of stargazers across North and South America. The total lunar eclipse of April 15 lasted about 3.5 hours between late Monday and early Tuesday, with the Earth's shadow slowing darkening the face of the so-called "Blood Moon" in a jaw-dropping sight for stargazers willing to stay up extra late or rise super-early for the event. The lunar eclipse peaked at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT), with the moon taking 78 minutes to pass through the darkest point of Earth's shadow. Astronomer Bob Berman, who hosted a live lunar eclipse webcast for the Slooh community telescope using views from Arizona's Prescott Observatory, said event was also one for the record books because of another bright object in the predawn sky. More »

  • Nasa's Cassini Spots 'New Icy Moon' Called Peggy Forming Within …
    Nasa's Cassini Spots 'New Icy Moon' Called Peggy Forming Within … 19 hours ago

    Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has spotted what scientists believe is a new moon forming within the rings of Saturn. Called Peggy, the 'new moon' is a small icy object that sits on the very edge of Saturn's A ring, the outermost of the planet's rings. The object has been informally named Peggy and is too small to be seen in images at present. Nasa scientists do not believe it will grow any bigger and may even be falling apart. More »

  • Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse
    Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse 22 hours ago

    A total lunar eclipse, the first since December 2011, will take place Tuesday with the Americas best placed to get a glimpse. More »

  • Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch
    Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. More »

  • Lunar Eclipse Facts: 5 Neat Things About Tonight's 'Blood Moon'
    Lunar Eclipse Facts: 5 Neat Things About Tonight's 'Blood Moon' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight tonight, marking the start of an eclipse tetrad — four back-to-back total lunar eclipses — that will happen over the next 18 months. People in North America should look up Skywatchers across most of North America and parts of South America should be able to see the total lunar eclipse unfold, weather permitting. If you live outside of North America, or if clouds are threatening to block your view of the eclipse, you may still be able to enjoy the celestial show. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Everyone’s talking about corruption claims at Bus Éireann, the anniversary of the Kerry Babies case and water charges. More »

  • Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight: How Bright Will the 'Blood Moon' Be?
    Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight: How Bright Will the 'Blood Moon' Be? Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Tonight, if the weather is clear, favorably placed skywatchers will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: a total eclipse of the moon. Unlike a total eclipse of the sun, which often requires a long journey to the path of totality, an eclipse of the moon can usually be observed from one's own backyard. The passage of the moon through the Earth's shadow is equally visible from all places within the hemisphere where the moon is above the horizon. The moon is expected to take 3 hours and 44 minutes to pass completely through the Earth's dark shadow, called the umbra. More »

  • SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Ship Launch Due to Rocket Helium Leak
    SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Ship Launch Due to Rocket Helium Leak Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    SpaceX called off the planned launch of a commercial cargo ship bound for the International Space Station for NASA Monday (April 14) due to a helium leak on the company's Falcon 9 rocket that will keep the mission stuck on Earth until at least Friday (April 18). The private spaceflight company's unmanned Dragon spacecraft was counting down toward a liftoff at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. But the attempt was scrubbed about an hour before launch due to the helium leak. "Todays launch has been scrubbed due to a helium leak on Falcon 9's first stage," SpaceX officials announced in an update today. More »

  • SpaceX delays station delivery launch
    SpaceX delays station delivery launch Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer. More »

  • Bad Moon Rising? Preacher Ties Blood Moons to Biblical Prophecies
    Bad Moon Rising? Preacher Ties Blood Moons to Biblical Prophecies Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Now, a popular televangelist from San Antonio named John Hagee has stated that the four lunar eclipses scheduled to begin this month — also known as "blood moons" — are a sign that biblical prophecies are about to come true, as detailed in his book, "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change" (Worthy Publishing, 2013). The lunar eclipse that will occur early tomorrow (April 15) is the first of four consecutive eclipses that Hagee claims are a "world-shaking event," according to the New York Daily News. Astronomers refer to a series of eclipses such as this as a tetrad. But the fact that tetrads and lunar eclipses are natural occurrences doesn't faze Hagee, who has pronounced it significant that each blood moon is happening on a significant religious holiday. More »

  • Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power
    Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter storms over the northwest Pacific Ocean and changing North America's weather, a new study finds. Northwest Pacific winter storms are now 10 percent stronger than they were 30 years ago, before Asian countries began their industrial boom, according to research published today (April 14) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. North America will be hardest hit by the intensifying storms, which move from west to east, said lead study author Yuan Wang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "The increasing pollution in Asian countries is not just a local problem, it can affect other parts of the world," Wang told Live Science. More »

  • SpaceX Dragon Launch: Watch Space Rocket Launch Live Online
    SpaceX Dragon Launch: Watch Space Rocket Launch Live Online Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The private spaceflight SpaceX will launch its Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station and the flight will be webcast by Nasa. The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft will go ahead despite a backup computer failure on the ISS that will force Nasa to perform a spacewalk repair. The cargo ship liftoff will take place at 9.58pm BST (4:58 pm EDT) tonight (Monday) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. More »

  • Total Lunar Eclipse Weather: Forecast Bleak for Eastern US, Promising Elsew …
    Total Lunar Eclipse Weather: Forecast Bleak for Eastern US, Promising Elsew … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    For most U.S. states east of the Mississippi River, tonight's total lunar eclipse will likely turn out to be a total bust, while in contrast, much of the central and western United States will likely get a fine view of the "blood moon" in all its brilliance. The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 occurs in the overnight hours tonight (April 14) and will be visible across most of North America, South America, Hawaii and parts of Alaska. Tonight's lunar eclipse runs from 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT) to about 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT). More »

  • Ancient Martian Air 'Too Cold and Thin' for Liquid Water
    Ancient Martian Air 'Too Cold and Thin' for Liquid Water Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago was too cold and thin for liquid water to form, scientists have said. Nasa's Rover explorers had found evidence that water was present on the Red Planet in its liquid state billions of years ago and there was enough for rivers and lakes to exist. According to Nature magazine, researchers are increasingly finding evidence to suggest that Mars was not warm and wet during its early history, which would have required an atmosphere much thicker than modern times. Edwin Kite, a planetary scientist from Princeton University, said it is very unlikely Mars was able to hold a thick atmosphere for more than a few thousand years at a time. More »

  • Space station launch Monday despite dead computer
    Space station launch Monday despite dead computer Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station is about to get some fresh groceries and material for an urgent repair job. More »

  • SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch Today
    SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch Today Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back and park it in the ocean. Maybe between 30 and 40 percent, said SpaceX vice president of mission assurance Hans Koenigsmann. "If we can pull this off … we'll be super-thrilled," Koenigsmann told reporters yesterday (April 13). SpaceX's ambitious reusable rocket test is only a secondary goal for the company today, but if successful it could lead to rocket innovations that may dramatically reduce the cost of space travel. More »

  • Mars' Closest Approach to Earth: What is it and Where to Watch Online
    Mars' Closest Approach to Earth: What is it and Where to Watch Online Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years tonight (Monday), ahead of a total lunar eclipse, in one of the most significant nights for stargazers. The Red Planet will be within 57 million miles (92 million km) from Earth - the closest it has come since 2008. Following the opposition of Mars last week, when the planet and the sun were on directly opposite sides of Earth, the planet will be visible in the southeastern night sky. In 2003, the Mars approach brought the Red Planet within 34.6 million miles (55.7 million km) of Earth - the closest in 56,000 years. More »

  • First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014: The Complete Skywatcher's Guide
    First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014: The Complete Skywatcher's Guide Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Editor's Update for 6 am ET, April 15: The peak of the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 has ended. For our latest story and the amazing photos of the lunar eclipse, read: Under a Blood Moon: 1st Total Lunar Eclipse or 2014 Wows Stargazers: Photos No enthusiastic skywatcher misses a total eclipse of the moon, and if weather permits tonight, neither should you. The lunar eclipse is set to begin at about 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), and it should last about 3.5 hours. More »

  • Five weird things being launched into space today
    Five weird things being launched into space today Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    When private spaceflight company SpaceX launches its newest mission to the International Space Station next week it will carry some strange cargo to space. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket on Monday (April 14) on its third official resupply trip to the space station. Among the 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kilograms) of cargo riding aboard Dragon are a set of legs for a robotic astronaut, an experimental mini-farm for space vegetables and a wealth of other odd items. NASA's humanoid robot Robonaut 2 — designed to eventually help astronauts with menial tasks in space — is getting space legs for the first time. More »

  • Space station set for more supplies
    Space station set for more supplies Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The International Space Station is about to get some fresh groceries and material for an urgent repair job. More »

  • Cryptocurrency News Round-Up: Bitcoin Bounce Back; Dogecoin in Space and Bitcoin …
    Cryptocurrency News Round-Up: Bitcoin Bounce Back; Dogecoin in Space and Bitcoin … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Bitcoin Price: £265.96 (via CoinDesk.com) More »

  • Monday's Big Space Day: See a Rocket Launch, Mars and Total Lunar Eclipse …
    Monday's Big Space Day: See a Rocket Launch, Mars and Total Lunar Eclipse … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Monday may be a dream come true for space fans, with a rocket launch, Mars and total lunar eclipse aligned in a truly epic cosmic triple play of live webcasts online. The events of Space Monday (April 14) begin in the late afternoon, when the private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station. Once darkness falls, stargazers with clear skies can see Mars at its brightest (the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth since 2008 Monday), followed by a total eclipse of the moon in the overnight hours. SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT) from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. More »

  • Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie Farm
    Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie Farm Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space. When the private spaceflight company SpaceX launches its next Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station on Monday (April 14), the capsule will be carrying a small plant growth chamber built to let astronauts grow "Outredgeous" lettuce in orbit. The goal of the Veg-01 experiment, nicknamed "Veggie", is to see how well plants grow in orbit. "Veggie will provide a new resource for U.S. astronauts and researchers as we begin to develop the capabilities of growing fresh produce and other large plants on the space station," said Gioia Massa, NASA payload scientist for Veggie, in a statement. More »

  • SpaceX 'Go' for Dragon Cargo Ship Launch to Space Station Monday
    SpaceX 'Go' for Dragon Cargo Ship Launch to Space Station Monday Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The private spaceflight company SpaceX will forge ahead with a Dragon cargo ship launch to the International Space Station on Monday (April 14) despite a backup computer failure on the station that will force NASA to perform a spacewalk repair, possibly as early as next week. The NASA decision sets the stage for SpaceX  to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the robotic Dragon spacecraft from a pad on Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can watch the SpaceX's Dragon launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. More »

  • NASA to go ahead with Dragon capsule SpaceX launch
    NASA to go ahead with Dragon capsule SpaceX launch Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The launch of a SpaceX rocket and its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station will go ahead as scheduled Monday despite a glitch affecting a computer on the station, officials said. More »

  • Mars' halcyon times may have been fleeting
    Mars' halcyon times may have been fleeting Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet but possibly only at intervals, a study published on Sunday suggests. More »

  • Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclip …
    Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclip … Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon. Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2008 when the Red Planet comes within 57.4 million miles (92.4 million km) of our planet. While that close approach occurs during the daytime, at 8:53 a.m. EDT (1253 GMT), Mars will rise later in the southeastern night sky and shine throughout Monday evening as a sort of night sky preview for the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 early Tuesday (April 15). The Slooh Mars webcast will begin at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 April 15 GMT), with several lunar eclipse webcasts following at 2 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) on Tuesday. More »