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  • Colour Photos Released by NASA Reveal Mysterious Dark Spots On Pluto
    Colour Photos Released by NASA Reveal Mysterious Dark Spots On Pluto 14 hours ago

    The images, taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, show a series of four evenly spaced dark circles grouped together across Pluto’s equator, each one measuring around 300 miles across. More »

  • Russian Supply Ship Blasts Off To Space Station
    Russian Supply Ship Blasts Off To Space Station 17 hours ago

    An unmanned cargo ship is on its way to the International Space Station where the crew is anxiously awaiting supplies after two previous missions failed to deliver. It is due to dock with the Russian-manned station on Sunday where cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly are waiting. NASA says the station is well stocked, with enough supplies for the crew to last at least until October. More »

  • Russian ISS cargo ship successfully launched
    Russian ISS cargo ship successfully launched 18 hours ago

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS) was successfully launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome Friday, following a string of failed resupply missions. More »

  • Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station
    Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station 21 hours ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. More »

  • Russian Cargo Spacecraft Launches Toward Space Station
    Russian Cargo Spacecraft Launches Toward Space Station 22 hours ago

    It looks like a robotic cargo ship will actually make it to the International Space Station this time. More »

  • Today in History Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Today is Friday, July 3, the 184th day of 2015. There are 181 days left in the year. More »

  • UFO Festival 2015: Thousands expected to visit Roswell for alien festivitie …
    UFO Festival 2015: Thousands expected to visit Roswell for alien festivitie … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Thousands of tourist are expected to descend on Roswell, New Mexico in the coming days for the annual UFO Festival. The festivities, which will include a costume contest, entertainment and even a parade, is scheduled for 2 July to 5 July. According to the Roswell Daily Record, the festival will happen in downtown Roswell, between Third and Sixth streets along Main Street. More »

  • Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal
    Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros. More »

  • Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber
    Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    After taking a 26-year nap, a waking black hole released a burst of X-rays that lit up astronomical observatories on June 15 — and it's still making a ruckus today. Astronomers identified the revived black hole as an "X-ray nova" — a sudden increase in star luminosity — coming from a binary system in the constellation Cygnus. The burst was first caught by NASA's Swift satellite, and then by a Japanese experiment on the International Space Station, called Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI). More »

  • Domo Arigato, Mr. Pluto: Rock Band Styx Visits New Horizons Team
    Domo Arigato, Mr. Pluto: Rock Band Styx Visits New Horizons Team Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sails away to Pluto, one bunch of musicians is particularly intrigued by its journey: Styx, the rock band that shares a name with Pluto's smallest moon. Members of the iconic rock group recently met with the space probe's NASA team at the mission's headquarters at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland. All of Pluto's moons rock, of course, but perhaps the most hardcore is Styx, which was spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2012. More »

  • How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement ... More »

  • Houston, We Have a Spaceport: FAA Gives 'Space City' License for La …
    Houston, We Have a Spaceport: FAA Gives 'Space City' License for La … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    HOUSTON — The Houston airport where astronauts have departed on training flights for more than 50 years is now host to the United States' newest commercial spaceport. The Houston Airport System (HAS) on Tuesday (June 30) was granted a launch site license from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) establishing Ellington Airport near the NASA Johnson Space Center as the tenth commercial spaceport in the country. "Houston has a rich history in space operations. More »

  • New Horizons Spots Methane Ice on Pluto
    New Horizons Spots Methane Ice on Pluto Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Methane was first discovered on Pluto in 1976, so the find by New Horizons is not surprising. With the announcement of the methane detection, the mission team also released a series of new images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, which are steadily coming into focus as the probe nears its target. The source of methane on Pluto is currently unknown: it could be primordial, having come from the chemical soup that eventually formed the solar system 4.5 billion years ago. More »

  • Pluto Probe's Hazard Search Turns Up No New Moons
    Pluto Probe's Hazard Search Turns Up No New Moons Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The New Horizons probe has spotted no signs of rings or additional moons in the Pluto system, so the spacecraft will remain on its original trajectory when it zooms past the dwarf planet on July 14, NASA officials announced Wednesday (July 2). "Not finding new moons or rings present is a bit of a scientific surprise to most of us," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement. "We presented these data to NASA for review and received approval to proceed on course and plan. More »

  • Southern Lights Shimmer in Antarctica's Night Sky (Photo)
    Southern Lights Shimmer in Antarctica's Night Sky (Photo) Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A dark, moonless sky is awash in light radiating from an aurora over Antarctica in a new image released by NASA. The satellite photo captures the aurora australis, or "southern lights," in the early morning hours of June 24. Solar flares, or intense radiation bursts from the sun, release a torrent of particles and electromagnetic energy toward Earth, flooding the atmosphere with lights that radiate around the North and South Poles. More »

  • Russian Cargo Spacecraft Will Launch to Space Station Early Friday
    Russian Cargo Spacecraft Will Launch to Space Station Early Friday Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A robotic Russian cargo vessel will try to buck a negative recent trend when it launches toward the International Space Station early Friday morning (July 3). More »

  • Rosetta spacecraft finds massive sinkholes on comet's surface
    Rosetta spacecraft finds massive sinkholes on comet's surface Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has massive sinkholes in its surface that are nearly wide enough to swallow Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, research published on Wednesday shows. Scientists suspect the pits formed when material on the comet’s surface collapsed, similar to sinkholes on Earth, a study published in the journal Nature said. The cavities on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which Rosetta has been orbiting since August, are enormous, stretching some 656 feet (200 meters) in diameter and 590 feet (180 meters) in depth. More »

  • Sinkholes Offer Glimpse into Comet's Heart
    Sinkholes Offer Glimpse into Comet's Heart Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Images of the comet taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe show the object's surface is spotted with flat-bottomed pits that are emitting jets of gas. New research reveals how the steep divots could be created by melting ice under the comet's surface, which creates empty spaces that can suddenly cave in. The new research suggests that when subsurface ice melts and the empty spaces suddenly cave in, new parts of the comet become exposed to the sun's glare and heat up. More »

  • How Will Sunday's Rocket Explosion Affect SpaceX?
    How Will Sunday's Rocket Explosion Affect SpaceX? Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Sunday's explosion of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has put a dent in the booster's impressive track record. SpaceX must fix whatever caused the problem and return to flight in order to fulfill billions of dollars of launch orders. The company's Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated 139 seconds after liftoff Sunday (June 28), ending the seventh operational flight under SpaceX's Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. More »

  • Tiny Glider Could Cruise Through Martian Skies
    Tiny Glider Could Cruise Through Martian Skies Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame. "The aircraft would be part of the ballast that would be ejected from the aeroshell that takes the Mars rover to the planet," Prandtl-m program manager Al Bowers, the chief scientist at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, said in a statement. "It would be able to deploy and fly in the Martian atmosphere and glide down and land," Bowers added. More »

  • Epic Pluto Flyby Occurs This Month
    Epic Pluto Flyby Occurs This Month Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A NASA spacecraft is less than two weeks away from a historic flyby of Pluto that will cap a nine-year trek across the solar system. NASA's New Horizons probe will cruise within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto's surface on July 14, capturing the first-ever good looks of the frigid, faraway and mysterious world. "One of my fondest hopes for the flyby, apart from the great science we'll do, is that we'll excite a lot of people about the power of exploration, the sheer audacity of our species and the great things we can achieve," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, wrote in a blog post on June 25. More »

  • Could This Be The First Aeroplane On Mars?
    Could This Be The First Aeroplane On Mars? Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NASA is testing a prototype aeroplane that could one day hitch a ride to Mars. It would be used to take high-resolution photos of the planet's surface to look for landing sites for manned missions. The proposed Prandtl-m aircraft is a dainty flying-wing-style plane based on a radio-controlled glider designed by engineering students on a NASA internship in 2013. More »

  • Last day of June was one second longer
    Last day of June was one second longer Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Many people didn't notice, but the last day in June was just a little bit longer than in years past. More »

  • First lady hosts Girl Scout campout on White House lawn
    First lady hosts Girl Scout campout on White House lawn Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lucky Girl Scouts were set for the ultimate camping experience Tuesday: an overnight in tents pitched on the White House South Lawn. Until late-night rain and thunder washed out the campout. More »

  • Pluto and Charon Starting to Come into Focus (Photo)
    Pluto and Charon Starting to Come into Focus (Photo) Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, posed for a solemn portrait taken by NASA's New Horizon's probe, which is only two weeks away from its close encounter with the dwarf planet. "Looking at pictures on the website, you can see that Pluto and Charon are becoming more distinct in their surface features," Alice Bowman, the missions operations manager for New Horizons, said today (June 30) in a mission update. More »

  • Beachgoers beware: Hazardous SpaceX debris floating off Florida and Georgia Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Authorities are warning beachgoers to look out for wreckage from the SpaceX rocket that exploded Sunday off the Florida-Georgia coast, dealing another blow to NASA and showering potentially toxic or explosive materials into the Atlantic Ocean. As the Coast Guard works with the private spaceflight company to monitor the debris, now floating some 150 miles off the coast, visitors who spot any pieces washed ashore or in the sea should get to a safe distance and report it immediately, reported The Florida Times-Union. “As with any incident involving spacecraft wreckage, debris should not be handled by members of the public,” said Capt. Jeffrey Dixon, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville commander, in a news release. More »

  • 'Fireball' Over US Southeast Was Probably Falling Space Junk (Video …
    'Fireball' Over US Southeast Was Probably Falling Space Junk (Video … Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The bright light that streaked across skies throughout the American Southeast early Monday morning (June 29) was probably a piece of space junk crashing back to Earth, researchers say. The mysterious sky light blazed up at 1:29 a.m. EDT (0529 GMT) Monday and was witnessed by skywatchers from Louisiana to Virginia — and by all six meteor-observing cameras operated by NASA in the Southeast. But this was no meteor, said Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. More »

  • Space Record: Cosmonaut Logs 804 Days (and Counting) in Orbit
    Space Record: Cosmonaut Logs 804 Days (and Counting) in Orbit Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A cosmonaut onboard the International Space Station has beaten the record for the most time spent off the planet — and he still has months to go before he comes home to Earth. Gennady Padalka, a Russian who is serving a record fourth command of the orbiting outpost, logged his 804th day in Earth orbit Monday (June 29), spread over five flights. Scheduled to return to Earth on Sept. 11, Padalka marked his 57th birthday onboard the space station on June 21. More »

  • This Camera's Zoom Lens Is So Powerful You Can See The Moon Moving
    This Camera's Zoom Lens Is So Powerful You Can See The Moon Moving Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    How powerful is an 83x optical zoom lens? More »

  • Space Station Camera Spots UFO - Then NASA Feed Mysteriously Cuts Out
    Space Station Camera Spots UFO - Then NASA Feed Mysteriously Cuts Out Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    But is the video all that it seems? More »

  • Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space
    Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is the current commander of the International Space Station, has set a new record for most time spent in space, with a total of 803 days, Russian space agency said Tuesday. More »

  • The 9 at 9: Tuesday
    The 9 at 9: Tuesday Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    It’s Tuesday! Here’s all the news you need to know. More »

  • Falcon rocket explosion leaves SpaceX launch schedule in tatters
    Falcon rocket explosion leaves SpaceX launch schedule in tatters Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - SpaceX on Monday was searching for what destroyed its Falcon 9 rocket after liftoff over the weekend, leaving customers still loyal but unsure when their satellites might fly. The privately-held company, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, has flown 18 successful missions with the Falcon 9 before Sunday’s failure. Preliminary analysis pointed to a problem with the rocket’s second-stage motor liquid oxygen tank, SpaceX said. More »

  • Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery
    Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after ... More »

  • Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion?
    Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Astronauts likely would have survived the rocket explosion that scuttled SpaceX's unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, company representatives said. If the mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the "Dragon V2" capsule variant, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. "The escape system slated for the second version of Dragon would have — should certainly have taken the astronauts to a safe place after an anomaly like this," Shotwell said during a news conference following the accident Sunday. More »