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Mercury-bound instruments aboard MESSENGER arrive at target

7 years ago from Science Daily

As the MESSENGER spacecraft begins its science operations above the surface of Mercury, NASA instruments are gearing up to help unveil the planet's mysteries.

NASA skeptical of meteorite alien life claim

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Space agency keeps distance from NASA researcher claim of alien fossil find on meteorite

The robotic lander: Space history in the making

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Gallery: A new generation of sophisticated robotic landers will lead a new chapter in space exploration

After 13 Years, International Space Station Has All Its NASA Rooms

7 years ago from

After 13 years of construction, the International Space Station finally has all its big NASA rooms.

James Webb Space Telescope's 'chassis' gets taken out for a spin at NASA

7 years ago from Physorg

The Integrated Science Instrument Module, or ISIM, is the structural heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, what engineers call the main payload. It will house the four main scientific...

Senate Bill Would Provide $3 Billion for Big NASA Rocket, Spaceships

7 years ago from

The Senate bill could also provide a $350 million boost in space science spending over 2010 levels.

Jupiter to disappear from sky - for a while

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Movement of the planets means Jupiter won't be visible until late spring

'Elephant trunks' in space

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas, called Sh2-284, located in the constellation of Monoceros. Lining up...

U.S. military's mini space shuttle lifts off

7 years ago from Reuters:Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A prototype miniature space shuttle blasted off aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday for a demonstration run...

Newbold helps Utah State beat Louisiana Tech

7 years ago from AP Health

RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Tyler Newbold scored 14 points and No. 25 Utah State used its stifling defense to rout Louisiana Tech 72-30 on Saturday night....

Space Music for the Final Frontier: Astronaut Wakeup Tunes and Other Space-Inspired Songs

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NASA has been waking astronauts in space with music for years. But singers and songwriters have been thinking about space too.

NASA reels from climate science setbacks

7 years ago from Physorg

A pair of costly satellite crashes have dealt a major blow to NASA's earth science efforts just as the US space agency faces scrutiny from Congress over whether climate science...

VIDEO: Giant solar calendar measures time

Professor Brian Cox visits a giant solar calendar built in a desert in Peru in his quest to understand the nature of time in creating the universe.

'Two suns' spotted in China defy explanation

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Weeks after a story shot across the Web claiming that the imminent explosion of a nearby star would result in the appearance of a second sun in the sky —...

Green: Energy Geeks Converge on M.I.T.

7 years ago from NY Times Science

Iindustry insiders, eager start-ups and freelance energy enthusiasts survey ideas for solving the planet's seemingly intractable energy problems at the sixth annual M.I.T. Energy Conference.

Food Science Challenges for NASA Missions to Mars

7 years ago from Science Daily

Space food for astronauts tastes better and is now healthier than ever before due to significant food science developments. However, a new study highlights the challenges that need to be...

The scars of impacts on Mars

7 years ago from

ESA's Mars Express has returned new images of an elongated impact crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars. Located just south of the Huygens basin, it could have been carved...

Wormholes linking stars theorized

7 years ago from UPI

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, March 4 (UPI) -- European physicists say some stars could contain wormholes, tunnel-like passages connecting distant points in space-time, a concept sparking much debate.

Satellite completes gravity 'map' of Earth

7 years ago from UPI

PARIS, March 4 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says a satellite has completed the ambitious goal of a complete mapping of Earth's gravity with unprecedented precision.

Robonaut 2 aspires to fill in for astronauts

7 years ago from LA Times - Science

The space shuttle Discovery has delivered Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot, to the International Space Station. R2 is still in its box but has big ambitions..

An Exoplanet with a Potassium-Rich Atmosphere

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- A hot Jupiter - a type of celestial object unknown only fifteen years ago - is a Jupiter-sized exoplanet orbiting so close to its host star that its...

NASA's Glory mission fails after take-off

7 years ago from Physics World

Disaster strikes for $424m craft six minutes after launch

Assumptions about exo-oceans

7 years ago from Physorg

Some estimates indicate that 25% of Sun-like stars have Earth-like planets. A new study now shows that these planets are almost certain to have oceans if they are located in...

Exploring the magnetic personalities of stars

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- Massive stars are inherently violent creatures-they burn, they churn, they turn, all the while creating and held hostage by constantly changing magnetic fields of almost unfathomable strength.

VIDEO: Highlights from The Sky At Night

The 700th edition of the Sky At Night airs on Sunday, being fronted as ever - with the exception of one programme in 2004 - by Sir Patrick Moore.

Veteran shuttle astronaut John "Mike" Lounge dies at 64

7 years ago from Reuters:Science

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former astronaut John "Mike" Lounge, who flew into orbit as part of three space shuttle crews, including the first mission after the 1986 Challenger disaster, died on...

Behold the Sky: Full of Such Mischief, British U.F.O. Files Say

7 years ago from NY Times Science

The files contain a treasure trove of observations from British citizens about unexplained phenomena they observed in the sky in recent years, but they do little to confirm that we...

A bid to implode cosmic ray theory

7 years ago from

Supernovas alone don’t account for fast-moving hydrogen and helium nuclei, a new study contends