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  • 'Floating Spoon' on Mars Is Just a Weird Rock, But Still Awesome
    'Floating Spoon' on Mars Is Just a Weird Rock, But Still Awesome 10 hours ago

    A so-called "floating spoon" on Mars spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover is cooking up a storm on the Internet, but it's actually a cool rock formation sculpted over time by the Martian winds, officials with the space agency say. The uncannily spoon-shaped rock was photographed by Curiosity on Sunday (Aug. 30) during the rover's 1,089th day on Mars, and word of the rock spread online in the days that followed. In the Curiosity photo, a handle shape juts out from an outcrop and ends in a rounded tip much like a spoon. More »

  • Why Record-Breaking Hurricane Trio Swirls Above the Pacific
    Why Record-Breaking Hurricane Trio Swirls Above the Pacific 13 hours ago

    A parade of tropical storms traipses across the Pacific in a new satellite image showing the once-in-a-lifetime (or more than one lifetime) event. Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena were all Category 4 hurricanes when these mosaic images over Hawaii were made on Aug. 29 and 30. Category 4 storms have winds ranging from 130 to 156 mph (209 to 251 km/h) — strong enough to uproot trees and severely damage structures, according to the National Weather Service. More »

  • NASA Mars Rover Spots 'Floating Spoon' On Surface Of Mars
    NASA Mars Rover Spots 'Floating Spoon' On Surface Of Mars 13 hours ago

    Has Uri Geller visited the Red Planet? More »

  • Alien Oceans' Glint Could Reveal Habitable Water Worlds
    Alien Oceans' Glint Could Reveal Habitable Water Worlds 15 hours ago

    The planet's oceans reflect a great deal of light, especially during the crescent phase. "Seeing excessive brightness at the crescent phases could be a telltale signal of ocean planets," Tyler Robinson, of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, said at the Astrobiology Science Conference in Chicago in June. In 1993, for example, Carl Sagan and other researchers used observations made by NASA's Jupiter-studying Galileo spacecraft during a 1990 flyby of Earth to search for signs of life on our planet. More »

  • Powerful Rocket Launches Light Up the Skies Just Hours Apart (Photos)
    Powerful Rocket Launches Light Up the Skies Just Hours Apart (Photos) 15 hours ago

    Just before dawn today (Sept. 2), a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a military communications satellite. Earlier in the day (12:37 a.m. EDT (0437 GMT), a Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying three human passengers headed for the International Space Station. More »

  • Nasa Creates Terminator Style Repair Substance For Spaceships
    Nasa Creates Terminator Style Repair Substance For Spaceships 15 hours ago

    If your name is John Connor, then we seriously recommend that you listen up More »

  • Nissan invests £100m in Sunderland plant to produce Juke model
    Nissan invests £100m in Sunderland plant to produce Juke model 17 hours ago

    Nissan gave a boost to the manufacturing industry by announcing a £100m ($152m) investment in its Sunderland plant to build the Juke model. The plant in Sunderland will see 6,700 jobs secured because of the investment, while another estimated 27,000 jobs will be created in the supply chain. Nissan's Europe chairman Paul Willcox, said he was delighted about the news. More »

  • New NASA soil moisture satellite loses 1 science instrument
    New NASA soil moisture satellite loses 1 science instrument Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA satellite launched just seven months ago has lost the use of one of two science instruments, but the space agency said Wednesday that the mission to map global soil moisture will continue. More »

  • Prosecutors allege bogus tire claims by NASA contractors Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two NASA contractors in Florida committed fraud by submitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake claims for car tires. More »

  • NASA Wants to Use Hoverboard Tech to Control Tiny Satellites
    NASA Wants to Use Hoverboard Tech to Control Tiny Satellites Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NASA wants to make this vision a reality, and soon. The space agency is teaming up with California-based company Arx Pax, which has developed a real-life hoverboard using a technology called Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA). "Arx Pax and NASA will work together to design a device with the ability to attract one object to another from a distance," Arx Pax representatives said in a statement today (Sept. 2). More »

  • This Photo of Saturn's Moon Dione Crossing the Planet Is Simply Jaw-Dro …
    This Photo of Saturn's Moon Dione Crossing the Planet Is Simply Jaw-Dro … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The photo, which Cassini took on May 21, shows the moon Dione crossing Saturn's disk. Careful study of such "transits" can help astronomers better understand the orbits of Dione and other moons in the solar system, NASA officials said. Parts of Dione are heavily cratered, and the satellite's trailing side features mysterious ice cliffs and fractures that run for tens or hundreds of kilometers. More »

  • Barack Obama on Running Wild: US President meets up with Bear Grylls for episode … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    US President Barack Obama met with Bear Grylls during his Alaska trip to shoot a special edition of NBC's Running Wild with Bear Grylls on 1 September. Obama sent out a selfie with the British survivalist from the White House Instagram account. The photo was taken near the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska where Obama is highlighting the impact of climate change. More »

  • France: Robbery trio arrested after using 'Devil's Breath' drug …
    France: Robbery trio arrested after using 'Devil's Breath' drug … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Two Chinese women and a man have been arrested by French police after using a potent Colombian drug known as "The Devil's Breath" to rob people. The drug is blown into victims' face and takes effect within a matter of minutes. "The victims targeted, often very old, were accosted in the street by a first woman," a source close to the investigation told Le Parisien newspaper, as reported by The Daily Telegraph. More »

  • September astronomical events: Supermoon lunar eclipse, equinox and new moo …
    September astronomical events: Supermoon lunar eclipse, equinox and new moo … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    This month there will not only be an equinox and a partial solar eclipse. At the end of the month (28 September 2015) there will be a rare 'supermoon' lunar eclipse – the first of its kind in more than 30 years. Mercury will reach its greatest eastern elongation of 27 degrees from the Sun, meaning it is a great time for those in the Southern Hemisphere to try and spot the planet, as it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. More »

  • Terminator-style self-healing material created by Nasa and Michigan scienti …
    Terminator-style self-healing material created by Nasa and Michigan scienti … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    A Terminator-style self-healing material that can repair itself in seconds has been created by scientists from Nasa and the University of Michigan. The team say the material could one day be used to protect spaceships from potentially devastating space debris by quickly fixing any damage caused. More »

  • Ride Along on New Horizons Probe's Epic Pluto Flyby (Video)
    Ride Along on New Horizons Probe's Epic Pluto Flyby (Video) Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    An amazing new video takes viewers along for the ride during a NASA spacecraft's epic July flyby of Pluto. The Pluto flyby video gives a probe's-eye view of the historic July 14 encounter, during which the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed within just 7,800 miles (12,550 kilometers) of the dwarf planet's frigid surface. The short video stitches together real images captured by New Horizons, showing a dramatically sped-up depiction of the probe's approach and close Pluto flyby, as well as its passage out into the dark depths of the faraway Kuiper Belt. More »

  • How 'Starshades' Could Aid Search for Alien Life
    How 'Starshades' Could Aid Search for Alien Life Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The next step in the exoplanet revolution may be an in-space "starshade" that lets alien worlds step out of a blinding glare. The starshade, also known as an "external occulter," would block the light from a star while allowing the scope to spot emissions from much dimmer orbiting planets. Scientists are conducting desert tests of the technology on Earth. More »

  • Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station
    Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. More »

  • Russian Rocket Launches International Crew of 3 Toward Space Station
    Russian Rocket Launches International Crew of 3 Toward Space Station Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Three new crewmembers launched toward the International Space Station early Wednesday morning, embarking on a mission that will boost the orbiting lab's population to a level not seen in nearly two years. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket Wednesday (Sept. 2) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. EDT (0437 GMT). It was 10:37 a.m. local time in Baikonur at launch time. More »

  • Florida county sweetens bid for Jeff Bezos' rocket company
    Florida county sweetens bid for Jeff Bezos' rocket company Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - Jeff Bezos' space transportation company, Blue Origin, won another round of incentives on Tuesday to build and fly rockets near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Commissioners in Brevard County, home of the space center, approved by a 4 to 1 vote adding an $8 million grant for the project, bringing the total value of state, regional and local incentives to lure Blue Origin to about $40 million. More »

  • New Space Station Crew Will Launch Into Orbit Tonight: Watch Live
    New Space Station Crew Will Launch Into Orbit Tonight: Watch Live Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 »

  • Rare 'Supermoon' Total Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month
    Rare 'Supermoon' Total Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The first "supermoon" lunar eclipse in more than three decades will grace Earth's skies this month, as will a partial solar eclipse that most of the world will miss. The supermoon total lunar eclipse, which occurs on Sept. 27, features a full moon that looks significantly larger and brighter than usual. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033, NASA officials said in a newly released video. 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 … Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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? Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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' … Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 … Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    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 »