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  • New Space Station Crew Will Launch Into Orbit Tonight: Watch Live
    New Space Station Crew Will Launch Into Orbit Tonight: Watch Live 11 hours ago

    Three new crewmembers will blast off toward the International Space Station late tonight (Sept. 1) and you can watch the liftoff live online. NASA will begin live coverage of the launch at 11:45 p.m. EDT (0345 GMT) and you can watch the broadcast on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. More »

  • NASA draws up ambitious plans to search for alien life on the icy moons of Saturn …
    NASA draws up ambitious plans to search for alien life on the icy moons of Saturn … 11 hours ago

    Scientists from NASA are considering sending a hi-tech probe to investigate the possibility that life might exist in an ocean locked beneath a thick crust of ice on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Along with Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's Titan, Enceladus is thought to have a deep ocean of liquid water capable of supporting life. Images beamed back to earth from the Cassini probe have revealed an icy world whose surface is constantly changing due to watery geysers which erupt into space. More »

  • What Does It Take To Be An Astronaut?
    What Does It Take To Be An Astronaut? 12 hours ago

    Before they even get started on training, astronauts have to meet a set of stringent requirements set out by NASA. Not only must they have a Bachelor’s degree in either engineering, biological science, physical science, or maths, they must also have three years of progressively responsible work experience in a related field. More »

  • El Nino: Weather phenomenon 'among the four strongest events since 1950' …
    El Nino: Weather phenomenon 'among the four strongest events since 1950' … 13 hours ago

    The current El Nino event could have devastating consequences for agriculture and disease as well as causing heavy rain in North and South America, with higher temperatures in Asia and Africa. Forecasters from the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) are warning that El Nino could gather strength, surface water temperatures in eastern-central parts of the Pacific Ocean are expected to be 2C higher than usual, well above the threshold for an El Niño. NASA's Earth Observatory released images of three Category 4 storms travelling across the Pacific Ocean simultaneously. More »

  • Unearthing NASA's 'Worm': Reissue of Manual Celebrates Retired NASA …
    Unearthing NASA's 'Worm': Reissue of Manual Celebrates Retired NASA … 13 hours ago

    A 40-year-old book that gave rise to one of NASA's most iconic logos is being relaunched as a limited edition reprint on Kickstarter. The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, first published in January 1976, defined a new graphic identity for the U.S. space agency. As designed by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, the guide introduced a stark logotype, on which the letters "N-A-S-A" were "reduced to their simplest form, replacing the red, white and blue circular emblem with the white block letters," as Danne's original introduction to the book described. More »

  • El Niño Event Could Be The Worst Since 1950
    El Niño Event Could Be The Worst Since 1950 15 hours ago

    The current El Niño event over the tropical Pacific could be on track to be one of the strongest in more than 60 years, experts have claimed. Forecasters from the UN's World Meteorological Organisation are also warning the weather phenomenon may gather strength and reach its peak between October and January – with its effects felt for many weeks afterwards. El Niño events happen every few years when the wind shifts in the Pacific Ocean along the equator. More »

  • Why Obama wants more icebreakers in the Arctic 16 hours ago

    On Tuesday – the second day of his historic three-day trip to Alaska to highlight the causes and effects of climate change – the president will propose speeding up the timetable for buying and building new ships that can operate year-round in the nation’s polar territories, The New York Times reports. The plan, which will include accelerating the construction of a new Coast Guard icebreaker by two years, would strengthen US presence in the Arctic, where a changing climate is creating new economic opportunities for a slew of countries, especially those with territorial claims in the region: Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia, and the United States. "Many forecast Arctic summers will be free of ice in a matter of decades, potentially opening the region up to hundreds of billions of dollars in investment, including energy production, shipping, and fishing," the Council of Foreign Relations reported last year. More »

  • Pyramids and mermaids on Mars? Not so much says Nasa's Ashwin Vasavada
    Pyramids and mermaids on Mars? Not so much says Nasa's Ashwin Vasavada 20 hours ago

    There are no pyramids, mermaids or 'crab monsters' on Mars, a Nasa scientist has said following numerous 'reports' of mystery objects spotted on the surface of the Red Planet. In recent years, UFO enthusiasts have been trawling through images sent back to Earth by Nasa's two Mars Exploration Rovers, finding objects that resemble those found on Earth. Ashwin Vasavada, a project scientist with the Mars Science Laboratory, said that looking for signs of past life is more complicated than zooming in on a fuzzy picture. More »

  • Alien-Hunters Spot UFO Firing Weird ‘Ray’ At Earth
    Alien-Hunters Spot UFO Firing Weird ‘Ray’ At Earth 22 hours ago

    UFO fans claim that the NASA feed cut out immediately afterwards More »

  • There Could Be Aliens Living Inside Pluto, Says Professor Brian Cox
    There Could Be Aliens Living Inside Pluto, Says Professor Brian Cox 23 hours ago

    They could be living within the crust More »

  • 'How We'll Live on Mars': Q&A with Author Stephen Petranek
    'How We'll Live on Mars': Q&A with Author Stephen Petranek Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Stephen Petranek, an award-winning journalist and technology forecaster, thinks people will be living on Mars within 20 years. Petranek states his case in a new book called "How We'll Live on Mars" (Simon & Schuster/TED, 2015). Complementing Petranek's TED talk of the same name, the book paints a picture of humanity's first journey to the Red Planet, which he sets in 2027, and describes the key technologies needed to reach, survive and thrive on the planet and exactly how that process would play out. More »

  • LEGO to Launch: Astronaut from Denmark Taking Danish Toys to Space Station
    LEGO to Launch: Astronaut from Denmark Taking Danish Toys to Space Station Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Denmark's first astronaut is launching to the International Space Station with a Danish toy that is famous worldwide. Andreas Mogensen will fly to the space station with LEGO minifigures bearing the official logo of his mission for the European Space Agency (ESA). "ESA and LEGO Education have partnered together for this mission," Mogensen wrote as part of an AMA, or "Ask Me Anything," on the website Reddit in reply to a question submitted by collectSPACE. More »

  • Yearlong Mock Mars Mission Will Test Mental Toll of Isolation
    Yearlong Mock Mars Mission Will Test Mental Toll of Isolation Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    In the confines of a 36-foot-wide (11 meters) and 20-foot-high (6 m) solar-powered dome in a remote location on the island of Hawaii, the six team members will have to live together for 365 days. "We hope that this upcoming mission will build on our current understanding of the social and psychological factors involved in long-duration space exploration," Kim Binsted, principal investigator for HI-SEAS, said in a statement from the University of Hawaii. More »

  • SpaceX delays next launch after blast
    SpaceX delays next launch after blast Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    SpaceX said Monday it has delayed by a couple of months the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket, following an explosion on the way to the space station in June. More »

  • NASA Mulling Life-Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon Enceladus
    NASA Mulling Life-Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon Enceladus Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A decade from now, NASA probes could be on their way to explore two potentially life-supporting alien worlds. The agency already plans to launch a spacecraft toward the Jupiter moon Europa in the early to mid-2020s, and it's mulling a mission to the Saturn satellite Enceladus that would lift off by the end of 2021. Many astrobiologists regard Europa and Enceladus, which are both thought to harbor oceans of liquid water beneath their icy shells, as the solar system's two best bets to host alien life. More »

  • Jet of Electric Current Boosts Space Weather at Equator
    Jet of Electric Current Boosts Space Weather at Equator Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Solar explosions can threaten power grids even in areas near the equator, places long thought safe from such disruptions from the sun, say researchers who studied a weird flow of electricity pulsing above the equatorial regions. More »

  • Life on Mars: Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment in Hawaii to simulate …
    Life on Mars: Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment in Hawaii to simulate … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Six scientists have started a year long isolation experiment inside a small dome in Hawaii in order to simulate what life will be like for astronauts on a future manned mission to Mars. The latest mission from Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Hi-Seas), a study run by the University of Hawaii, will see the six scientists from across the globe spend 365 days inside the dome near a volcano in Mauna Loa, Hawaii. The $1.2m (£0.8m) mission, funded by Nasa, will analyse the effects of extended isolation on a small group of individuals in preparation for long-duration manned missions in the future. More »

  • Stargazers witness year's first 'supermoon'
    Stargazers witness year's first 'supermoon' Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    People around the world have witnessed this year's first "supermoon," a full moon that appears bigger and brighter as it comes closer to Earth. Stargazers around the world captured some stunning images of the first celestial phenomenon on 29 August. The supermoon was seen across the world but it was first seen on Australia's east coast just as it rose, while the rest of the country and the world waited longer for a glimpse of it. More »

  • One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins
    One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Everyone’s talking about a tragedy in Limerick, Right2Water and Seán FitzPatrick. More »

  • 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Have Weather Forecasts Improved?
    10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Have Weather Forecasts Improved? Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The fierce Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast, taking more than 1,800 lives, made landfall 10 years ago. Overall, meteorologists have a much better sense of where hurricanes will go and how strong they will be than they did before Hurricane Katrina, said Chris Davis, the associate director of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. That's because of a host of factors, from more powerful computers, to improved global weather models, to better atmospheric data from satellites, Davis said. More »

  • Psychedelic Swirls Show Algae Bloom from Space
    Psychedelic Swirls Show Algae Bloom from Space Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Psychedelic swirls decorate the Baltic Sea in a stunning new satellite image. The Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite snapped the image on Aug. 11, according to NASA's Earth Observatory, when land-based observers reported massive blooms of cyanobacteria. The summer Baltic is prime cyanobacteria territory, according to NASA: Sunlight is abundant, and the waters are nutrient rich. More »

  • Nasa starts year-long isolation mission to simulate life on Mars
    Nasa starts year-long isolation mission to simulate life on Mars Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A team of Nasa recruits has started a year of living in a dome near a Hawaii volcano to simulate what life would be like for astronauts on Mars. The group began the isolation experiment on Friday, 28 August, and now face 365 days without fresh air, food or privacy. More »

  • NASA Starts Year-Long Life On Mars Experiment
    NASA Starts Year-Long Life On Mars Experiment Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A team funded by NASA has started a year of living in a dome near a rugged Hawaii volcano to simulate what life would be like for humans on Mars. Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission will help NASA plan for a human mission to Mars - which experts believe could last between one and three years. More »

  • Hurricane Katrina's Stark Changes Endure in Images from Space
    Hurricane Katrina's Stark Changes Endure in Images from Space Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall along the Louisiana-Mississippi border as a Category 3 storm on Aug. 29, 2005, transformed the marshes that buffer New Orleans from the Gulf of Mexico by ripping apart and moving mats of dead grass. The storm stirred up and distributed soft underlying sediments, digging several new channels and depositing sediment and debris in new places, according to NASA. The false-color image was taken earlier this month, on Aug. 2, by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite. More »

  • How to Find 'Strange Life' on Alien Planets
    How to Find 'Strange Life' on Alien Planets Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Detecting signs of life very different from that of Earth in the atmospheres of alien planets may be difficult, but it is possible, researchers say. The team, led by Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), did not focus solely on Earth-like life. "What we've been trying to do is move away from that," William Bains, also of MIT, said during the Astrobiology Science Conference in Chicago in June. More »

  • NASA Tech Aims for Precise Landings on Mars (Video)
    NASA Tech Aims for Precise Landings on Mars (Video) Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Getting a robotic spacecraft to nail a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for engineers, but a new technology could make it easier to reach distant destinations with better precision. The new Mars landing technology, which is being co-developed by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the University of Texas at Austin, compares pictures of the ground below to images already stored in the spacecraft's computer, to figure out how close to get to the landing site. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, for instance, was targeted to land in a zone that measured 4 miles by 12 miles (7 by 20 kilometers). More »

  • Stunning Rainbow Jets from Dying Stars Spied by Hubble (Video)
    Stunning Rainbow Jets from Dying Stars Spied by Hubble (Video) Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The image, which was released Wednesday (Aug. 26), shows the Twin Jet Nebula. The European Space Agency's Hubble team also unveiled a new video explaining the awesome colors of the Twin Jet nebula and other dazzling nebula forms. The Twin Jet Nebula, also called PN M2-9, lies 2,100 light-years from Earth. More »

  • September film preview: Everest, Legend and The Martian
    September film preview: Everest, Legend and The Martian Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    IBTimes UK film critics Alfred Joyner and Amy West sit back and look at the blockbusters hitting the silver screen in August.Everest More »

  • The 9 at 9: Saturday
    The 9 at 9: Saturday Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    It’s the last weekend of the summer. Here’s everything you need to know… More »

  • Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn
    Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris. More »

  • Beyond Pluto: 2nd Target Chosen for New Horizons Probe
    Beyond Pluto: 2nd Target Chosen for New Horizons Probe Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    NASA's New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto last month, now has a second target to aim for. The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28). However, the space agency still must officially approve a New Horizons mission extension for the second flyby to take place in 2019. More »

  • Pentagon funding new high-tech venture
    Pentagon funding new high-tech venture Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. More »

  • Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief
    Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The head of NASA appealed to Congress on Friday to put more money into restoring America's ability to send astronauts into space instead of relying on Russian rockets. More »

  • Florida declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches
    Florida declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika makes its way towards the south-eastern United States. 12 people were killed in Dominica by the storm which downed trees and power lines as it triggered heavy floods. Images from the tiny Caribbean island show the extent of the devastation with a road cut in half and a plane floating through what used to be an airport runway. More »