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  • Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space …
    Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space … SPACE.com - 22 hours ago

    The unmanned X-37B launched May 20 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "It's in a lower orbit than normal … More »

  • Galaxy Crashes May Give Birth to Powerful …
    Galaxy Crashes May Give Birth to Powerful … SPACE.com - 22 hours ago

    Powerful jets of material spewing from the edge of monster black holes may be more likely to arise where two galaxies have merged together, a new study suggests. … More »

  • It's Crater-palooza on Dwarf Planet …
    It's Crater-palooza on Dwarf Planet … SPACE.com - Fri, May 29, 2015

    A new photo from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the battered surface of the dwarf planet Ceres in unprecedented detail. Smaller surface details like this are … More »

  • Pluto Shows No Danger Signs Yet for …
    Pluto Shows No Danger Signs Yet for … SPACE.com - Fri, May 29, 2015

    The New Horizons probe is cruising toward a highly anticipated flyby of Pluto on July 14, a historic encounter that will return the first-ever up-close looks at the … More »

  • 5 Mars Mission Radiation Shield Ideas …
    5 Mars Mission Radiation Shield Ideas … SPACE.com - Fri, May 29, 2015

    NASA has awarded prize money to five members of the public for their ideas about how to limit astronauts' radiation exposure during journeys through deep space. … More »

  • Where's Pluto? How to Find the Dwarf …
    Where's Pluto? How to Find the Dwarf … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    With NASA's New Horizons probe zeroing in on Pluto, due to pass it on July 14, attention of astronomers all over the world is focusing in on Pluto. Many amateur … More »

  • Space Station Module Move Makes Room …
    Space Station Module Move Makes Room … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Astronauts on the International Space Station moved a closet-like storage module to a new spot on the orbiting lab Wednesday (May 27) to make room for a new docking … More »

  • Milky Way Glows Over Maine Beach in …
    Milky Way Glows Over Maine Beach in … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    The crisp water and clear sky over Popham Beach State Park in Maine show our host galaxy in a stunning panorama. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image … More »

  • NASA's Next Mars Lander Begins Tests …
    NASA's Next Mars Lander Begins Tests … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    NASA's next robotic Mars explorer has been put together and is now undergoing testing ahead of its launch next year. Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems … More »

  • NASA's Last Space Shuttle External …
    NASA's Last Space Shuttle External … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    It's a sight no one thought possible again: a complete NASA space shuttle — the winged orbiter, twin rocket boosters and a massive external tank, all authentic … More »

  • For Astro Mice, Skin Ages Faster in …
    For Astro Mice, Skin Ages Faster in … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Three mice that lived on the International Space Station for 91 days — the longest period that rodents have ever spent in space — suffered a 15 percent thinning in … More »

  • New species of human ancestor found …
    New species of human ancestor found … AFP - Thu, May 28, 2015

    In 1974, anthropologists in Ethiopia found the astonishing fossilised remains of a human-like creature who last walked the planet some 3.2 million years ago. … More »

  • LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled …
    LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled … SPACE.com - Thu, May 28, 2015

    A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft has gone silent in Earth orbit, apparently victimized by a software glitch. LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the … More »

  • Dying Star May Have Torn Alien Planet …
    Dying Star May Have Torn Alien Planet … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    A white dwarf may seem like it would be a calm, dying star, but scientists say such stars can pack a gravitational punch so strong that they can tear a passing … More »

  • Pluto-bound Spacecraft Bringing Dwarf …
    Pluto-bound Spacecraft Bringing Dwarf … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    New photos taken by a spacecraft zooming toward Pluto reveal more intriguing details of the dwarf planet's complex and varied surface. NASA's New Horizons probe, … More »

  • Spring Colors Swirl in Picturesque North …
    Spring Colors Swirl in Picturesque North … LiveScience.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    Created by the NASA OceanColor group, the striking image is a composite made with data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on the Suomi NPP … More »

  • Cheers! Bubbly 'Champagne Flow' …
    Cheers! Bubbly 'Champagne Flow' … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    A dramatic new picture of young stars shows captures a cosmic "champagne flow" as the stars blow away hot hydrogen gas around them. The image was captured by the … More »

  • Free App Puts NASA Pluto Mission in …
    Free App Puts NASA Pluto Mission in … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    A new app lets you follow the progress of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which is in the home stretch of its historic mission to Pluto. New Horizons will make the … More »

  • Two Tiny 'CubeSats' Will Watch …
    Two Tiny 'CubeSats' Will Watch … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    NASA will launch a pair of bantam CubeSats into deep space next year to provide real-time landing coverage for the space agency's next mission to Mars, officials … More »

  • Could 'Green Rust' Be A Catalyst …
    Could 'Green Rust' Be A Catalyst … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mars is a large enough planet that astrobiologists looking for life need to narrow the parameters of the search to those environments most conducive to … More »

  • NASA selects celestial tool box bound …
    NASA selects celestial tool box bound … AFP - Wed, May 27, 2015

    NASA said Tuesday it has chosen a trove of instruments to send to Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, as it press forward with its search for evidence the orb could … More »

  • NASA to Move Space Station Module: Watch …
    NASA to Move Space Station Module: Watch … SPACE.com - Wed, May 27, 2015

    NASA plans to move a piece of the International Space Station Wednesday (May 27) to make it easier for commercial crewed vehicles to dock there, and you can watch … More »

  • NASA Mission to Europa Will Seek Conditions …
    NASA Mission to Europa Will Seek Conditions … SPACE.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    NASA's Europa spacecraft will use nine scientific instruments to assess the icy, ocean-harboring Jupiter moon's ability to support life, space agency officials … More »

  • New Journal Tackles the Science of  …
    New Journal Tackles the Science of  … SPACE.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    The same organization that publishes Nature, a prestigious journal that commonly reports major space discoveries, has launched a new journal devoted to microgravity … More »

  • Google 'Doodle' Celebrates Sally …
    Google 'Doodle' Celebrates Sally … SPACE.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    Google has paid tribute to America's first woman in space with a series of five animated "Doodles" appearing on its website today, May 26. The whimsical scenes, … More »

  • Antarctica's Ice Attacked from Above …
    Antarctica's Ice Attacked from Above … LiveScience.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    One of the fastest-warming places on the planet, the Antarctic Peninsula, has lost two massive ice shelves in the past 20 years: the Larsen A and the Larsen B. Each … More »

  • Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances …
    Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances … LiveScience.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    A huge, 10-engine drone dubbed "Greased Lightning" successfully completed a series of flight tests recently, paving the way for new types of unmanned vehicles that … More »

  • Ultra-Fast 'Hyperloop' Train …
    Ultra-Fast 'Hyperloop' Train … LiveScience.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    The "Hyperloop," a hypothetical high-speed transportation system that could shuttle people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in only 30 minutes, just sped a bit … More »

  • Tiny 'Crystal Cushion' Drives …
    Tiny 'Crystal Cushion' Drives … LiveScience.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    Earthquakes are some of the largest-scale and most-destructive events on the planet, involving plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of miles across. The crystals … More »

  • Did Curiosity Rover Cause Mars' …
    Did Curiosity Rover Cause Mars' … SPACE.com - Tue, May 26, 2015

    Then in 2003 and 2004, earthbound telescopes and orbiting spacecraft rekindled the mystery with reports of large methane clouds in Mars' atmosphere. NASA's … More »