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  • Detailed image reveals Saturn moon
    Detailed image reveals Saturn moon 4 hours ago

    It looks remarkably like a bath sponge floating in space - or perhaps a misshapen crumpet. More »

  • Russian Cargo Ship Suffers Glitch After Launching Toward Space Station
    Russian Cargo Ship Suffers Glitch After Launching Toward Space Station 6 hours ago

    Update for 10:45 a.m. ET: Russian space agency officials have called off plans to try to dock Progress 59 at the space station on Thursday. Everything went smoothly until the cargo vessel separated from the rocket. Progress 59's solar arrays deployed on schedule, but some of its navigational antennas apparently did not deploy, NASA launch commentators said. Russian flight controllers have also been having trouble uplinking commands to the Progress 59, and there may be issues with the vehicle's propulsion system as well, commentators added. More »

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Turkmenistan's First-Ever Satellite
    SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Turkmenistan's First-Ever Satellite 16 hours ago

    The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first-ever satellite for Turkmenistan into orbit Monday evening (April 27), marking the second space mission in less than two weeks for the firm's Falcon 9 rocket. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:03 p.m. EDT (2303 GMT) to deliver the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat communications satellite into orbit, after a 49-minute delay caused by cloudy conditions. The satellite, which was built by France-based aerospace firm Thales Alenia Space, weighs about 9,920 lbs. (4,500 kilograms) and has a design lifetime of 15 years, according to a mission description. "Once operational in orbit, TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSAT will allow Turkmenistan to operate its first national satellite telecommunications system, ensuring enhanced, secure telecommunications for the country," SpaceX representatives wrote in a mission fact sheet. More »

  • Astronauts on Space Station Get First Zero-Gravity Viewscreen
    Astronauts on Space Station Get First Zero-Gravity Viewscreen 18 hours ago

    Movie nights on board the International Space Station have just received a major upgrade with the launch of the first-ever projection screen designed for use in microgravity. Previously limited to watching movies on laptop computer screens, or more recently, on iPads, the astronauts and cosmonauts spending six months to a year on the space station can now float back and relax as movies (and other types of media) play on a unique, ambient-light-rejecting, zero-gravity screen. "Movie night in micro #Gravity aboard ISS on our new HD projector, which we use for conferences, tech software, etc.," yearlong space station resident Scott Kelly wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo of the screen as he and his crew mates watched the movie "Gravity" on Saturday (April 25). The new 65-inch (165-cm) ISS Viewscreen was developed by Austin-based Screen Innovations (SI) at the request of NASA. More »

  • Astronauts in Space Mourn Nepal Earthquake Victims
    Astronauts in Space Mourn Nepal Earthquake Victims 20 hours ago

    Astronauts on the International Space Station have the people of Nepal in their thoughts and prayers after a devastating earthquake killed more than 4,000 people in that country on Saturday (April 25). "Looking down on the Himalayas, Kathmandu, and Mt. Everest," Virts wrote on Twitter. "Praying for everyone affected by the #NepalQuake." Virts, who commands the space station's Expedition 43 crew, also posted a Vine video of Nepal from space. Kelly, meanwhile, touched on the disconnect between Earth's beauty from space and the disaster affecting the people of Nepal on the surface. More »

  • NASA Launches Project to Help Search for Alien Life
    NASA Launches Project to Help Search for Alien Life 20 hours ago

    A new NASA initiative will help lead the search for signs of life beyond our solar system. The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or NExSS, will take a multidisciplinary approach to the hunt for alien life, bringing together experts in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics and astrophysics to get a better understanding of life might emerge and develop around distant stars, NASA officials said. "This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life," Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement. More »

  • NASA Mulls Spy Agency's Telescopes for Dark-Energy Mission
    NASA Mulls Spy Agency's Telescopes for Dark-Energy Mission Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    NASA is considering requesting money in next year's budget to eventually start using two space telescopes it received from the United States' spy satellite agency, a senior official told Space.com. NASA received the telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in 2012. The telescopes are being eyed for use in a potential space mission called WFIRST-AFTA (the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets), which could launch as early as 2024 if it gets the final go-ahead. WFIRST-AFTA's science goals include learning more about the mysterious dark energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe. More »

  • SpaceX's Dragon Crew Capsule to Undergo Key Safety Test on May 5
    SpaceX's Dragon Crew Capsule to Undergo Key Safety Test on May 5 Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    SpaceX plans to conduct a crucial safety test of its crew-carrying Dragon spacecraft two weeks from now. The private spaceflight company aims to subject a Dragon test vehicle to a "pad abort" trial at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as early as May 5, NASA officials announced this week. The unmanned test will demonstrate how Dragon might respond in the event of a problem during launch. Dragon is one of two private American spacecraft that NASA hopes will be ready to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station by 2017. More »

  • Mars Life Search: Iron-Rich Rocks Could Be Key
    Mars Life Search: Iron-Rich Rocks Could Be Key Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A robotic mission's search for life on Mars may seem worlds away from human scientists wandering around hot springs in Yellowstone National Park. But a study of Yellowstone's hot springs has revealed new clues about how organic materials might get preserved in similar environments on the Red Planet, bettering our chances of finding possible signs of life. Most studies have focused on the preservation of organic material in silica-rich rocks— the primary source of tiny fossils on Earth that can only be seen with a microscope. Their Yellowstone hot springs study found that iron could either preserve or react with organic material in a way that helps form a fossil record. More »

  • 25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope: A Story of Redemption
    25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope: A Story of Redemption Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    This week, NASA and the space science community celebrated 25 years since the launch and deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, an instrument with one of the greatest redemption stories in science history. First, there was the chore of convincing the astronomy community to agree to invest in such a costly project, and then to get Congress to fund it, and to keep funding it during construction. More »

  • Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race
    Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and ... More »

  • Awesome Hubble Telescope Pics Pop on Times Square Screens in NYC
    Awesome Hubble Telescope Pics Pop on Times Square Screens in NYC Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Advertisements hawking clothing, smart phones and theater tickets usually overwhelm New York City's Times Square — but look closely this week and you'll also see exploding stars, whirling galaxies and bubbling nebulas. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, The Toshiba Vision screen in Times Square is displaying awe-inspiring images taken by Hubble, as well as a few snapshots of the telescope itself. This isn't the first time the Toshiba screens have broadcast amazing images from space. In August 2012, the Toshiba Vision screen also broadcast the Mars rover Curiosity's touchdown on the Red Planet. More »

  • SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Valve Glitch Caused Rocket Landing Crash
    SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Valve Glitch Caused Rocket Landing Crash Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    SpaceX's daring reusable-rocket test last week came up just short because of an issue with a "throttle valve," company founder and CEO Elon Musk said. The private spaceflight company tried to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket down for a soft landing on an unmanned "drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, during the successful launch of its robotic Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station on a cargo mission for NASA. SpaceX engineers have figured out what happened, Elon Musk said. "While the rocket does look rather tall & tippy, a stable landing is no problem with proper throttle response," Musk added in another tweet, linking to a 2014 SpaceX video showing the company's prototype Falcon 9 Reusable rocket acing a soft touchdown during a test in Texas. More »

  • The Last Hubble Servicing Mission: Q&A with Photographer Michael Soluri
    The Last Hubble Servicing Mission: Q&A with Photographer Michael Soluri Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Hubble Space Telescope has been transforming our view of the cosmos for 25 years, thanks in part to the efforts of some spacewalking astronauts. Hubble launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. It soon became apparent that something was seriously wrong: The instrument returned blurry images, and engineers determined that a flaw in Hubble's main mirror was to blame. Astronauts fixed the problem during a 1993 mission to Hubble, then repaired or upgraded the iconic observatory on four additional servicing missions, the last of which occurred in May 2009. More »

  • NASA Celebrates Hubble Space Telescope Anniversary with DIY Collectibles
    NASA Celebrates Hubble Space Telescope Anniversary with DIY Collectibles Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    NASA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a set of do-it-yourself collectibles. Marking the orbital observatory's launch 25 years ago this Friday (April 24), NASA is offering a medallion, a model of the space telescope and a Hubble "space ball." But unlike the agency's past commemoratives for space milestones, these free mementos are print-on-demand. Hubble, the world's most popular space telescope, was launched on April 24, 1990 on space shuttle Discovery. In its quarter-century in orbit, the Hubble has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond and helped us find our place among the stars. More »

  • Holding Hubble History: Artifacts Preserve Space Telescope's 25-Year Le …
    Holding Hubble History: Artifacts Preserve Space Telescope's 25-Year Le … Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago today (April 24), will never land in a museum. The world's most famous astronomical observatory, which since 1990 has made more than 1.2 million observations while traveling more than 3 billion miles (4.8 billion kilometers) orbiting the Earth, lost its ride home when NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011. After that, NASA still needs to determine if it will launch a mission to boost or "de-orbit" it — the latter destroying Hubble during a directed plunge back to the Earth over an ocean. The Hubble Space Telescope may have never made the history it has were it not for a critical flaw in its design. More »

  • Hubble at 25: Space Telescope's Views Have Changed How We See Earth
    Hubble at 25: Space Telescope's Views Have Changed How We See Earth Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Hubble Space Telescope, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in space, has become known for capturing stunning and unprecedented views of the cosmos. Because the telescope can gaze across the solar system and beyond, to alien planets far more distant, Hubble has helped scientists understand how the Earth formed, and has even provided clues about how life came to be, said Frank Summers, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland, which operates the Hubble Space Telescope. More »

  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month
    Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month. The unmanned X-37B space plane, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20. More »

  • Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up
    Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA said Friday observations of a dwarf planet have been delayed slightly after a communication glitch. More »

  • Mars Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photo)
    Mars Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photo) Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NASA's eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a view of the space agency's Curiosity rover trundling across the Red Planet. More »

  • How Will the Hubble Space Telescope Die?
    How Will the Hubble Space Telescope Die? Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been circling Earth for 25 years, but the iconic observatory won't last forever. Hubble launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, and has been capturing stunning views of the cosmos since astronauts fixed a flaw in the telescope's mirror during a 1993 servicing mission. More »

  • Hubble Space Telescope celebrated 25 years on
    Hubble Space Telescope celebrated 25 years on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    During 25 years of service, Hubble has captured remarkable images of space, allowing scientists to look back in time. More »

  • NASA releases picture of starry fireworks for Hubble's 25th
    NASA releases picture of starry fireworks for Hubble's 25th Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — What better way to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's quarter-century in orbit than with cosmic fireworks? More »

  • Beyond Hubble: Future Space Observatories Will Carry Telescope's Legacy …
    Beyond Hubble: Future Space Observatories Will Carry Telescope's Legacy … Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Few researchers could have predicted the diversity of the Hubble Space Telescope's workload when the iconic observatory launched into orbit a quarter-century ago this week. For example, Hubble helps scientists search for exoplanets, which were first discovered two years after the famous telescope's April 24, 1990, launch. Hubble also charts the universe's accelerating expansion, a surprise discovery the instrument helped make in 1998. Also astounding, from a technological perspective, is that Hubble continues to work perfectly, 25 years after launch, thanks to five different servicing missions astronauts performed between 1993 and 2009. More »

  • NASA Unveils Spectacular Photo for Hubble Telescope's 25th Birthday
    NASA Unveils Spectacular Photo for Hubble Telescope's 25th Birthday Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The colorful gas cloud to the left of the star cluster is a hotbed of stellar birth known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina. You can take a video tour of the new Hubble image, courtesy of NASA. "Hubble has completely transformed our view of the universe, revealing the true beauty and richness of the cosmos," said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in a statement from NASA. The anniversary image was revealed today (April 23) during a Hubble celebration event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Speakers at the event included NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld, Hubble Senior Project Scientist Jennifer Wiseman and Space Telescope Science Institute Interim Director Kathryn Flanagan. More »

  • Hubble at 25: Nasa's space telescope explained in 60 seconds
    Hubble at 25: Nasa's space telescope explained in 60 seconds Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Launched in 1990 as 'our window on the universe', the Hubble Space Telescope has for the past quarter century been providing us with astonishing images of space that have led to numerous scientific breakthroughs. To celebrate it's 25th anniversary, here's a quick explainer on everything you need to know about Nasa's famous space telescope. Nasa launched Hubble Space Telescope, a giant space telescope, into low Earth orbit on 24 April 1990. The telescope is named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble. More »

  • Is This An Alien Ship Watching One of NASA's First Manned Missions?
    Is This An Alien Ship Watching One of NASA's First Manned Missions? Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    'Why wouldn't aliens be interested in watching a historical moment?' asks the man who found it More »

  • Scientists join to celebrate Hubble
    Scientists join to celebrate Hubble Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Astronomers have paid tribute to the "incalculable" contribution to science made by the Hubble Space Telescope, which celebrates its 25th birthday tomorrow. More »

  • US astronaut launches geography quiz on Twitter
    US astronaut launches geography quiz on Twitter Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    American astronaut Scott Kelly has launched a geography quiz on Twitter and will post a picture from the International Space Station each week so fans can guess his location. More »

  • Hubble anniversary: 25 of the most beautiful images captured by Nasa's space …
    Hubble anniversary: 25 of the most beautiful images captured by Nasa's space … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Nasa wanted an observatory free of the atmosphere's distortion and light pollution, and sent Hubble into orbit on 24 April 1990, aboard space shuttle Discovery. Three years later, a team of astronauts managed to restore Hubble's vision with replacement parts. The most distant objects spotted by Hubble – primitive galaxies – are some 13 billion light-years away and date to within 400 million or so years of the universe's origin, known as the Big Bang. IBTimes UK celebrates Hubble's quarter-century in orbit with 25 of the best images captured by the space telescope. More »

  • PHOTOS: Hubble's turn to smile, marks 25 years in orbit
    PHOTOS: Hubble's turn to smile, marks 25 years in orbit Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hubble, it's your turn to smile for the cameras! More »

  • 'PLANETARY' Documentary Gives Astronaut's-Eye View of Fragile E …
    'PLANETARY' Documentary Gives Astronaut's-Eye View of Fragile E … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Fifteen years ago, a teenage Guy Reid was so passionate about the environment that he was handing out books about it to his friends. Reid's answer was to produce documentaries about the environment and space, with a helping hand from former NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison. Reid's latest release, called "PLANETARY," launches on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22). More »

  • 'Invisible Universe Revealed': Hubble Telescope Doc Debuts on PBS T …
    'Invisible Universe Revealed': Hubble Telescope Doc Debuts on PBS T … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A new documentary tells the amazing story of the Hubble Space Telescope, which marks 25 years in orbit this Friday (April 24). Hubble blasted off aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, embarking upon an incredible mission filled with disappointment, drama, redemption and innumerable discoveries. Now, NOVA's "Invisible Universe Revealed," which premieres on PBS Wednesday (April 22) at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT, takes viewers on a journey through the instrument's eventful life. "The story of Hubble is a story of discovery," the documentary's narrator says in the opening minutes. More »

  • Hubble 25th anniversary: Nasa's greatest discoveries about the universe, …
    Hubble 25th anniversary: Nasa's greatest discoveries about the universe, … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    For 25 years, Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has delved deeper into the origins of the universe than was ever thought possible, revolutionising our understanding of space and uncovering its secrets. Its scientific instruments have discovered fascinating information about organic molecules outside our solar system, black holes and the atmosphere of planets around distant stars. To celebrate Hubble's quarter century of research, we looked at some of its achievements. In 2007, the largest ever survey undertaken using Hubble allowed scientists to assemble a three-dimensional map showing the distribution of dark matter across the universe. More »

  • How to Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with NASA
    How to Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with NASA Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Today (April 22) is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and NASA has a series of activities planned to celebrate the beauty of our home planet. NASA astronauts are given some credit for the origins of Earth Day, as the pictures they take of our planet from space – particularly a famous Earthrise-over-the-moon photo by the Apollo 8 crew in 1968 – showed Earth as a delicate blue marble in space. "NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future," the space agency wrote in a statement. Below is a list of the many ways that NASA is celebrating Earth Day. More »