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  • Blood Moon: Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century Rises Saturday
    Blood Moon: Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century Rises Saturday 20 hours ago

    Only the speediest of skywatchers will have a chance to see the total lunar eclipse rising Saturday: NASA predicts that the total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century. Early-rising observers all over the United States should be able to see at least the partial phases of the April 4 lunar eclipse just before the sun rises, if weather permits. People on the West Coast will have the chance to see the moon turn an eerie shade of red during totality, which should begin at about 7:58 a.m. EDT (1158 GMT, 4:58 a.m. PDT).  NASA this week unveiled a video detailing the total lunar eclipse, and dubbed the event the shortest lunar eclipse of the century in an announcement on Monday (March 30) in detail. Observers in other parts of the world will have an even better chance to see the lunar eclipse. More »

  • NASA Chief: 1-Year Space Station Mission Advances NASA Journey to Mars (Op- …
    NASA Chief: 1-Year Space Station Mission Advances NASA Journey to Mars (Op- … 23 hours ago

    Charles Bolden is the NASA Administrator. Today, we launch an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut to live and work in space for an entire year — the longest continuous stretch an American astronaut will have been in space. More »

  • Rocky 'Tatooine' Planets with 2 Suns May Be Common
    Rocky 'Tatooine' Planets with 2 Suns May Be Common Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Earth-like worlds with two suns in their skies, like Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" films, may be widespread throughout the Milky Way galaxy. "It is just as easy to make an Earth-like planet around a binary star as it is [to do so] around a single star like our sun," study lead author Ben Bromley, of the University of Utah, said in a statement. Rocky worlds like Earth are built up by repeated mergers of asteroidlike objects called planetesimals. "Around a single star, planetesimals tend to follow circular paths — concentric rings that do not cross," Bromley said in the statement. More »

  • Wow! 8 Rocket Missions Launched in 6 Days Last Week
    Wow! 8 Rocket Missions Launched in 6 Days Last Week Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Spacefaring nations greeted the arrival of the Northern Hemisphere spring with a pretty impressive fireworks display last week. More »

  • Icy-Moon Discoveries: What They Mean for Alien Life Search
    Icy-Moon Discoveries: What They Mean for Alien Life Search Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Earlier this month, researchers made two big announcements: Saturn's moon Enceladus likely harbors hot springs, and Jupiter's huge satellite Ganymede apparently possesses a subsurface ocean that may contain more water than all of Earth does. However, while the discovery makes Enceladus, which also has a subsurface ocean, even more intriguing to astrobiologists, Ganymede is still not a great bet for alien life, researchers say. Despite its tiny size, Enceladus has drawn a great deal of attention due to its erupting water geysers, first seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2005. More »

  • Epic 'Interstellar' Blu-ray Dishes Up Out-of-This-World Special Fea …
    Epic 'Interstellar' Blu-ray Dishes Up Out-of-This-World Special Fea … Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The science fiction movie epic "Interstellar" debuts on Blu-ray today (March 31), with three hours of science-packed bonus material that will have space fans drooling. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the 2014 blockbuster "Interstellar" tells the story of a not-so-distant future where Earth is dying, and humanity begins seeking a safe haven on another planet. The new release, available beginning on March 31, offers the movie on Blu-ray and DVD, and a second Blu-ray disk with three hours of bonus content, including the Discovery Channel special "The Science of Interstellar," and 14 short features about the many science-related aspects of the movie. In addition to the Blu-ray release, there are other ways for fans to dive into the world of "Interstellar": on April 7, Fathom Events will host a one-night screening of the movie, followed by some exclusive special features, including footage of Nolan, Thorne and the movie's music composer Hans Zimmer, discussing the film. More »

  • NASA's Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on Mars
    NASA's Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on Mars Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has suffered another bout of amnesia, less than a week after engineers installed a software upgrade intended to fix the robot's memory issues. The long-lived Opportunity rover began experiencing problems with its flash memory — the kind that can store data even when the power is off — in late 2014. But Opportunity experienced another brief amnesia episode on March 25, NASA officials said. "Although we are a little disappointed at the occurrence of an amnesia event only five days after reformatting, we are not surprised," John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. More »

  • Scott Kelly says space station arrival 'like coming to my old home'
    Scott Kelly says space station arrival 'like coming to my old home' Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Kelly is on a one-year mission, the first of its kind, with plans to conduct research that will help doctors, scientists and mission planners better understand the physical and psychological effects of long-duration spaceflight. "I truly believe this is one of the most amazing orbiting, most amazing facilities, scientific achievements, engineering achievements that we've accomplished," said Kelly. Kelly, 51 and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, 54, and Gennady Padalka, 56, arrived at the Space Station via a Russian Soyuz rocket that blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday. The three person crew joined Commander Terry Virts, and Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Christoforetti who were already at the space station. More »

  • Twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight
    Twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission. More »

  • NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins
    NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NASA's Scott Kelly — one of two people spending a year on the International Space Station — already feels like the orbiting outpost is home. "It's great to be up here," veteran astronaut Kelly said during a live interview from the space station with NASA administrator Charles Bolden today (March 30). NASA officials hope that the research Kornienko and Kelly conduct on the station during their stay could help send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s. At the moment, NASA scientists know a lot about what happens to astronauts after six months in weightlessness — the usual amount of time a crewmember spends on the station. More »

  • United Launch Alliance Wants Your Vote to Name New Rocket
    United Launch Alliance Wants Your Vote to Name New Rocket Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    United Launch Alliance — the rocket company that launched NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto — is asking people around the world to help name a new kind of booster. People have until April 6 to vote on three names — Eagle, Freedom or GalaxyOne — for the ULA rocket that the company plans to use for most of its future launches. The three names are finalists from more than 400 suggestions submitted by ULA employees and space enthusiasts earlier this year. "ULA's new rocket represents the future of space — innovative, affordable and reliable," Tory Bruno, ULA's president and CEO, said in a statement. More »

  • Ancient Moon Crater Named After Amelia Earhart
    Ancient Moon Crater Named After Amelia Earhart Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Scientists have named a crater on the moon for perhaps the most famous female aviator of all time: Amelia Earhart. The massive crater, provisionally named Crater Earhart, was found thanks to to data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission (GRAIL). A team from Purdue University has been testing a new technique that sharpens the GRAIL observations of the moon to see smaller-scale features, like ridges and valleys. More »

  • The Evolution of NASA's Ambitious Asteroid-Capture Mission
    The Evolution of NASA's Ambitious Asteroid-Capture Mission Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NASA's ambitious asteroid-capture mission has changed a lot since the agency officially announced its existence less than two years ago. The original plan, which was revealed in April 2013, called for dragging an intact small space rock into orbit around the moon, where it would be visited by astronauts, perhaps as early as 2021. Here's a quick look at the evolution of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission, from Point A to "Option B" (as the boulder-grabbing idea is known). The ultimate goal of NASA's human spaceflight program has long been putting boots on Mars. More »

  • Tatooine sunsets 'may be common'
    Tatooine sunsets 'may be common' Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Earth-like planets with two suns, resembling Tatooine in Star Wars, may be widespread, scientists believe. More »

  • Astronomers On the Hunt for Exomoons That May Host Alien Life
    Astronomers On the Hunt for Exomoons That May Host Alien Life Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The search for alien life doesn't end within the boundaries of our solar system.Scientists are now search for moons orbiting alien planets that might play host to extraterrestrial life. A new project called the Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler (HEK) is the first systematic search for exomoons, or moons that circle planets outside our solar system.HEK astronomers, led by David Kipping at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, simulate billions of possible star-planet-moon arrangements using NASA's Pleiades Supercomputer. So far, the team has surveyed 56 of about 400 Kepler planet candidates that could have an exomoon. The Pleiades Supercomputer, which performs over 3 quadrillion calculations per second, knocks that number down to 30,000 processing hours per object and should complete the project in two years. More »

  • NASA Moon Orbiter, Mars Rover Face Budget Chopping Block
    NASA Moon Orbiter, Mars Rover Face Budget Chopping Block Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Despite a forward-looking and overall healthy NASA planetary science program budget, two on-duty spacecraft are now on the chopping block. The government's current budget proposal for NASA just isn't enough to cover everything, said James Green, head of NASA's Planetary Science Division. Green noted that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the veteran Red Planet robot, the Opportunity rover, are now zeroed out in President Obama's NASA budget for fiscal year 2016. During "NASA Night" on March 16, here at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Green said that this is "tough news," and an analysis of the situation at NASA will come this summer. More »

  • Giant Alien Planet Has 4 Suns in Its Sky
    Giant Alien Planet Has 4 Suns in Its Sky Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Astronomers have spotted a fourth star in a planetary system called 30 Ari, bringing the number of known planet-harboring quadruple-sun systems to two. There can be single stars, binary stars, triple stars, even quintuple star systems," study lead author Lewis Roberts, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. More »

  • What NASA Learned from Orion Space Capsule's 1st Test Flight
    What NASA Learned from Orion Space Capsule's 1st Test Flight Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NASA's Orion capsule, which the agency is developing to help get astronauts to Mars and other destinations in deep space, aced its first flight test on Dec. 5, 2014. During that unmanned mission, known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), Orion orbited Earth twice and then came zooming back to our planet to test out the capsule's heat shield and other key technologies. Space.com's Rod Pyle recently discussed EFT-1 here at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with Mark Geyer, the space agency's Orion program manager, and Mike Hawes, vice president and Orion program manager for aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, which built the spacecraft for NASA. More »

  • NASA Mercury Probe Trying to Survive for Another Month
    NASA Mercury Probe Trying to Survive for Another Month Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A NASA Mercury probe isn't ready to finish its groundbreaking work at the solar system's innermost planet just yet. More »

  • New Samsung Phone Costs Just £3
    New Samsung Phone Costs Just £3 Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Flip phones could be coming back in fashion. Honestly More »

  • Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA
    Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024. More »

  • Astronauts Begin One-Year Space Mission
    Astronauts Begin One-Year Space Mission Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board has successfully docked with the International Space Station, Nasa has said. Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and American astronaut Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory - about twice as long as a standard mission on the station. The Soyuz capsule - also carrying Russia's Gennady Padalka for a six-month stay - docked about six hours after launching on Saturday from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The trip marks the longest amount of time that two people will live continuously at the ISS, though a handful of Russian cosmonauts spent a year to 14 months at the Russian space station Mir in the 1990s. More »

  • Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS for year-long mission
    Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS for year-long mission Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked at the International Space Station Saturday after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said, launching a year-long mission on the orbiting outpost. More »

  • Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission
    Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. More »

  • One-Year Crew Begins Epic Trip on International Space Station
    One-Year Crew Begins Epic Trip on International Space Station Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Three new crewmembers just arrived at the International Space Station, and two of them won't be leaving for about one year. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are expected to spend about 342 days living and working on the International Space Station — marking the orbiting outpost's first yearlong space mission. Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka also joined Kornienko and Kelly on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that docked with the space station at 8:33 p.m. EDT (0033 GMT). Padalka will stay on the space station for about six months, the usual amount of time people live on the space laboratory. More »

  • U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station for year-long stay
    U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station for year-long stay Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a U.S.-Russia crew to the International Space Station for a year-long flight, a NASA Television broadcast showed. Four Soviet-era cosmonauts lived on the now-defunct Mir space station for a year or longer, but the missions, which concluded in 1999, did not have the sophisticated medical equipment that will be used during International Space Station investigations, NASA said. More »

  • Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, US astronauts docks at ISS
    Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, US astronauts docks at ISS Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked with the International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said. More »

  • Astronauts Blast Off For Year On Space Station
    Astronauts Blast Off For Year On Space Station Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut have blasted off on a record-breaking mission to spend a year on the International Space Station. Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, who launched on a Soyuz capsule from Kazakhstan, will be based at the orbital hub until March 2016, rather than the usual six-month posting. NASA wants to know more about the impact of long-duration space flights on human physiology as it plans missions to Mars. The previous longest spell spent on the space station was seven months. More »

  • U.S., Russian crew blasts off for year-long stay on space station
    U.S., Russian crew blasts off for year-long stay on space station Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts on their way to the International Space Station, a NASA Television broadcast showed. Two of the men, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, 51, and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, 54, will stay aboard the station for a year, twice as long as previous crews. Also aboard the Soyuz capsule was veteran cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, 56, who will return to Earth in September after racking up 878 days in space, more than any other person. Four Soviet-era cosmonauts lived on the now-defunct Mir space station for a year or longer, but the missions, which concluded in 1999, did not have the sophisticated medical equipment that will be used during International Space Station investigations, NASA said. More »

  • Liftoff! US, Russia Launch Historic One-Year Space Mission
    Liftoff! US, Russia Launch Historic One-Year Space Mission Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars. The epic one-year space mission launched NASA's Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko into orbit aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule at 3:42 p.m. EDT (1942 GMT) today (March 27) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it was early Saturday morning local time. "A year in space starts now," NASA spokesperson Dan Huot said at launch. You can check out a video of the history-making launch as well. It should take Padalka, Kelly and Kornienko about 6 hours to reach the space station. More »

  • Trio blast off to space station
    Trio blast off to space station Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko have blasted off on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth. More »

  • Cosmic Traditions: One-Year Space Crew Marks Flight with Russian Spaceflight …
    Cosmic Traditions: One-Year Space Crew Marks Flight with Russian Spaceflight … Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Editor's Note: The one-year International Space Station mission successfully launched to orbit today (March 27). Kelly and Kornienko, together with cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, are set to launch to the International Space Station on Friday (March 27) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia. After a four-orbit, six-hour flight, they will take up residency on board the outpost, with Kelly and Kornienko beginning the space station's first yearlong mission. More »

  • US charge for ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man
    US charge for ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — A former police officer in Alabama has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation, authorities said Friday. More »

  • Ted Cruz compares himself to Galileo: new language for climate change skept …
    Ted Cruz compares himself to Galileo: new language for climate change skept … Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Senator Cruz (R) of Texas, who recently announced he plans to run for president in 2016, provoked a swift and snarky reaction online to his comments made in an interview with The Texas Tribune Tuesday, where he compared "global warming alarmists" to flat-Earthers, then implying that his position was comparable to that of Galileo Galilei during the same time period. "Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. Cruz went on to say that "there has been no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years," referencing an often misunderstood theory of a recent "hiatus" in global warming. More »

  • Kelly Astronaut Twins Meet on Eve of 1-Year Mission Launch (Photo)
    Kelly Astronaut Twins Meet on Eve of 1-Year Mission Launch (Photo) Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Editor's Note: The one-year International Space Station mission successfully launched to orbit today (March 27). NASA's Kelly astronaut twins met up for a photo Thursday (March 26), just a day before one of them was scheduled to launch toward the International Space Station on an epic and unprecedented yearlong mission. Scott Kelly is slated to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome along with two Russian spaceflyers, Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, today (March 27) at 3:42 p.m. EDT (1942 GMT). More »