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Best Space Photos of the Week - April 21, 2012

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See amazing views the space shuttle Discovery coming home, a zucchini in orbit and more in the best photos for the week of April 21, 2012.

India tests nuclear-capable ICBM

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NEW DELHI, April 19 (UPI) -- India says it has successfully launched a domestically produced nuclear-capable Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of more than 3,000 miles.

Private space mission one step closer

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 18 (UPI) -- SpaceX has crossed another milestone to have the first privately built and funded spacecraft mission to the International Space Station, NASA officials...

Like Not Hitting Icebergs? Thank The Titanic - And Space

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100 years yesterday, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg while crossing the North Atlantic and sank, killing over 1500 passengers and crew.  read more

NASA engineers testing Webb telescope's OSIM and BIA instruments

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( -- Several critical items related to NASA's next-generation James Webb Space Telescope are being tested in the giant thermal vacuum test chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt,...

Space Station Crew Set to Welcome 1st Private Cargo Ship

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Two astronauts on the space station will play critical roles in attaching the capsule to the complex.

Stars – the essential magic vanishing from our lives | Ros Wynne-Jones

6 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Light pollution is increasingly obscuring our view of the night sky, and so destroying one of our last truly wild experiencesWe are losing our view of the heavens. Half the UK's population...

Photo Journal: Northern Lights Expedition, a Reporter's-Eye View

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See the northern lights of Alaska through the lens of reporter Mike Wall during Project Aether: Aurora.

Dust Around a Giant Red Star

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An artist's impression of the dust surrounding the red giant star.

Update: Texas Fireball was Real After All, NASA Says

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A bright object that streaked across the daytime sky in Texas was actually a meteor, not a jet contrail.

Martian 'pit-chains' could harbor life

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PARIS, April 10 (UPI) -- A series of grooves in the martian surface dubbed "pit-chains" could be tempting targets in the search for microbial life on Mars, European scientists...

Russian moon mission put back a year

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MOSCOW, April 10 (UPI) -- Russia says its proposed Luna-Glob mission is expected to land on the moon in 2015, a year later than originally planned.

UFO Video Over South Korea: Fact or Faked?

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A UFO spotted from a plane has taken the Internet by storm.

Tall, devilish storm skids across Mars’ surface

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Probe captures 20-kilometer dust devil in action

Dark Matter Collides With Human Tissue An Average of Once a Minute, Study Finds

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A dark matter particle smacks into an average person's body about once a minute, and careens off oxygen and hydrogen nuclei in your cells, according to theoretical physicists. Dark matter is streaming through...

How Exactly Did Titanic Sink? - With James Cameron | Video

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In a new CGI animation that premiered in National Geographic Channel's 'Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron', the massive ship's descent to its final resting spot at the bottom...

Giant telescope may get two homes

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Giant telescope may get two homesNature 484, 154 10042012 doi: 10.1038/484154aGeoff BrumfielSplit-site solution could allow both Australia and South Africa to host parts of the Square Kilometre Array.

LADEE closer to exploration of lunar environment

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NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) has received its integrated propulsion system that will enable the spacecraft to reach the moon. Achieving this milestone means the LADEE observatory...

NASA views our perpetually moving ocean

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( -- The swirling flows of Earth's perpetually changing ocean come to life in a new NASA scientific visualization that captures the movement of tens of thousands of ocean currents.

When stellar metallicity sparks planet formation

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New research predicts the criteria needed for Earth-like planets to form around a star that have one-tenth the metallicity of our Sun. If researchers find small, rocky planets orbiting stars...

Space experiments for distillery

A Scottish distillery carries out experiments in space to find out how its whisky matures without gravity.

Riding the Booster [video] | @GrrlScientist

6 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Riding a solid rocket booster up and then down again during a launch of the space shuttle.Here's a fun little video from NASA: an HD video that shows a stunning view from...

Science Fiction or Fact: Is Time Travel Possible?

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Is time travel as simple as building a flux capacitor?

Atlas 5 Rockets to Launch Next-Generation Weather Satellite Fleet

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The next-generation U.S. weather observatories will be deployed by United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rockets.

Poll: Have You Ever Seen the Northern Lights?

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Earth's aurora displays can be breathtaking to behold. Have you seen one?

Elephant on Mars Sculpted by Lava Flow

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The eye, trunk and forehead of an elephant were carved by flowing lava.

Test Winds Extending Far Away From Alabama Tornado's Path

6 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Christopher Karstens, an Iowa State doctoral student, noticed storm damage far from the path a tornado took through hilly Alabama terrain. He's using Iowa State's tornado simulator to confirm rough...

On the Trails of Stars

6 years ago from Live Science

Star trails are created as the Earth rotates on its axis, with the center being close to either Polaris, the north star, or the Southern Cross.