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New Russian Navigation Satellite Launched Into Orbit

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A Russian Soyuz rocket launched the new Glonass K navigation satellite into orbit Saturday.

For Sale: Vintage 50-Year-Old Soviet Space Capsule

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The Vostok 3KA-2 capsule, which was launched into space three weeks before the first human went up, could fetch up to $10 million.

Astronomers May Have Spotted Distant Baby Planet's Birth, A Cosmic First

7 years ago from PopSci

Planetary Natal Disc This artist's impression shows the disc around the young star T Cha. The disc has two parts, a narrow ring close to the star and the remainder of the...

The mysterious rumble of thundersnow

7 years ago from Physorg

NASA atmospheric scientists got an unexpected chance to study a curious phenomenon called "thundersnow" when a recent storm unleashed it right over their heads.

Robonaut 2 arrives at International Space Station

7 years ago from Physorg

About 264 miles above the Earth, Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid robot developed by General Motors and the NASA Johnson Space Center, has finally begun its first mission.

Two Planets Discovered Sharing the Same Orbit

7 years ago from PopSci

There's Room For Both Of Us In This Orbit NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech In a cosmic first, the Kepler telescope has discovered two planets sharing the same orbit. There is a theory that says our...

Planet birth witnessed for 1st time

7 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

For the first time ever, scientists believe they've detected the birth of a new world around a distant sun-like star.

New European Mercury Probe Passes Oven Test

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A new Mercury probe has survived a scorching test run in a giant oven, showing that the craft can withstand the hellish heat of the solar system's innermost planet. The...

Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will take a next generation "hands-on" look at rocks and soils to determine the chemical makeup near its landing zone.

Race to the Moon: 29 Private Teams Vie in Lunar Contest

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29 teams are set to compete in the Google Lunar X Prize, a multimillion-dollar race to land a homemade robot on the moon. The competition is meant to spur development...

At Least Eight Private Spaceship Builders Make NASA's Shortlist

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NASA is proceeding with plans to award roughly $200 million to commercial spaceflight companies bidding to carry humans to orbit.

Sun's magnetic mysteries probed

7 years ago from UPI

SHEFFIELD, England, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- British scientists say they've discovered that massive magnetic waves emanating from giant holes on the surface of the sun come from deep inside...

Chu Asks Energy Maverick to Plug a Big Hole in the Department

7 years ago from Science NOW

From Tuesday’s The Hill: In a memo to staff Tuesday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu...

Green: Solar Projects Pit Green Against Green

7 years ago from NY Times Science

Environmental groups and others challenge solar energy projects in lawsuits and filings.

Asymmetric supernova explosions

7 years ago from Science Daily

Stars are balls of glowing gas, with a nearly spherical shape. Accordingly, one would expect that when some stars explode as supernovae at the end of their lives, the resulting...

Space Pictures This Week: Woolly Galaxy, Solar Flare, Shuttle

7 years ago from National Geographic

An island draped in sea ice, flares spurting from the sun, and dark landslides on the moon are featured among the week's best space pictures.

Want 'Watson' in the exam room?

7 years ago from Physorg

Are you ready for Watson to join you and your doctor in the examining room? That could be the outcome of a collaboration under way between Watson's creators at IBM...

Scientists explore frontier of the 'aerosphere'

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Using cutting-edge technology such as radar that can spot a bee dozens of miles away, scientists are exploring a vast frontier that may look like mostly empty space but is...

Playstation Users Can Watch NASA Shuttle Launch Live

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This afternoon, people will be able to watch the Discovery Launch from their Playstation devices.

Huge Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station Ahead of Shuttle Discovery

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Europe's second robotic cargo ship delivered 7 tons of cargo to the space station today.

Telescope team plans to track the whole sky

7 years ago from Physics World

Astronomers are assembling a global network of terrestrial satellites

Quasar's belch solves longstanding mystery (w/ Video)

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- When two galaxies merge to form a giant, the central supermassive black hole in the new galaxy develops an insatiable appetite. However, this ferocious appetite is unsustainable.

The great moonbuggy race

7 years ago from Physorg

Forty years after the first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface, 84 teams of enterprising future engineers will demonstrate the same ingenuity and can-do spirit at the 18th annual...

Sounds of Comet Tempel 1 smashing into Stardust-NExT

7 years ago from Physorg

As Stardust-Next was racing past Comet Tempel at 9.8 km/sec, or 24,000 MPH, it encountered a hail of bullet like particles akin to a warplane meeting the fury of armed...

Another high-definition plasma

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- The sight of an aurora evokes feelings of mystery and awe in the weekend star gazer and scientist alike. The stargazer may ponder the vastness of our universe...

New conditions for life on other planets

7 years ago from Science Daily

Tidal effects change the concept of the habitable zone- Tides can render the so-called “habitable zone” around low-mass stars inhabitable.

Rainforests On Mars

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Does anybody remember that film, Mission to Mars? Its a good one. Basically, this band of astronauts tootle off to Mars to find their buddy, against all odds find him...

Black holes blow away gas

7 years ago from Science Alert

Radiation from feeding black holes can push away the gas it feeds on, a new study found – explaining why black holes go quiescent.