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Photos: NASA Discovers Real-Life 'Tatooine' Planet With 2 Suns

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See images and concepts from NASA's Kepler mission, which found an alien planet like the famed "Star Wars" world.

Next Space Station Crew Will Launch Nov. 14, NASA Says

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A date is set for the first Russian Soyuz launch following an unmanned accident of the same booster.

Full Harvest Moon Shines Bright in Photos by Amateur Astronomers

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The Harvest Moon of 2011 delighted skywatchers with its brightness on September nights.

Next-generation rocket booster tested in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Utah company says it tested a solid rocket motor intended as a step toward the design of a next-generation launch vehicle...

European satellite in French Guiana launch

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CAYENNE, French Guiana, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A European satellite has arrived in French Guiana for a launch on a Soyuz rocket, the first Soyuz launch to be held...

Pictures: Best Astronomy Photos of 2011 Named

7 years ago from National Geographic

A sharp Jupiter, brilliant auroras, and a moon "hunt" are among the winners of the 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest.

NASA satellite rainmap shows extent of Tropical Storm Lee's heavy rainfall

7 years ago from Physorg

NASA has a rain gauge flying in space called TRMM, and data from that satellite has been used to create a map of the massive rainfall generated by landfalling Tropical...

Gamma Ray Scope Reveal "Blazars" A-Plenty

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The Fermi Space Telescope detectors often spots supermassive black holes whose polar jets are pointed in our direction. These active galactic nuclei appear as bright gamma ray emissions. About a...

Defunct 6-ton satellite crashing back to Earth

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A defunct NASA science satellite dispatched by a space shuttle crew in 1991 will come crashing back to Earth this month, with debris most likely...

Plenty of Targets for Robots Exploring the Final Frontier

7 years ago from Scientific American

As "Star Trek" marks its 45th anniversary, space exploration is less about the voyages of the starship Enterprise and more about robots that boldly go where no man...

Media Invited: AVS 58th International Symposium & Exhibition

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

AVS International Symposium to feature frontier science from the world of materials, manufacturing, medicine, and more.

Dextre Dance - Robot's First Space Station Repair

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The Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) or Dextre for short, replaced a faulty circuit breaker on the ISS in August 2011. The robot was delived by Space Shuttle Endeavour to...

Earth's Crest Over the Lunar Horizon

7 years ago from Live Science

This view of the Earth's crest over the lunar horizon was taken during the Apollo 15 lunar landing mission.

Russian Proton Rocket Cleared to Resume Busy Launch Schedule

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Russia is resuming a busy launch schedule for the Proton-M heavy-lift rocket after it suffered a programming error last month.

Fear of Ozone Loss Launched UARS Satellite

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NASA first mission dedicated entirely to understanding the chemistry and dynamics of the ozone layer was placed in orbit by Space Shuttle Discovery in 1991. UARS helped climate researchers understand...

Jupiter shot takes prize for heavenly images

7 years ago from News @ Nature

Jupiter shot takes prize for heavenly imagesNature News , 09092011 doi: 10.1038/news.2011.529Brian OwensRoyal Observatory gives out annual awards for astronomy photography.

Saturn Moon Has Thin Atmosphere, Astronomers Discover

7 years ago from National Geographic

Magnetic "fingerprints" reveal that the icy body Dione has an atmosphere—and it's possibly made of oxygen, a new study says.

New Photo of Moon's North Pole Reveals Spiral Illusion

7 years ago from Live Science

The moon looks very different from the top down. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured thousands of photos of our satellite's north pole region.

Earth from space: Sacred stones of the outback

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( -- This Landsat image takes us to the Amadeus Basin in the heart of the Australian outback.

Orbiter resumes use of camera

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( -- Operators of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are resuming use of the mission's highest resolution camera following a second precautionary shutdown in two weeks.

Tributes to terrorism victims are on Mars

7 years ago from Physorg

In September 2001, Honeybee Robotics employees in lower Manhattan were building a pair of tools for grinding weathered rinds off rocks on Mars, so that scientific instruments on NASA's Mars...

How slow is slow? EXO knows

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- Cooks think of watched pots. Handymen grumble about drying paint. Kids dread the endless night before Christmas morning.

The Rings and Moons of Saturn

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The Cassini spacecraft has been studying Saturn and its moons since it entered orbit in 2004.

Astronomers detect 'invisible' planet

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've detected a distant planet that alternately runs late and early in its orbit, proof that a second, "invisible" world...

In praise of … supernovae | Editorial

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

We owe these fiery monsters everything, including the fabric of the planet from which we observe themYou wouldn't want one for a close neighbour – at their fiercest, they can be five...

How to Spot Elusive Planet Mercury This Week

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Mercury can be hard to spot. Even Isaac Asimov claims to never have seen it.

Google buys Zagat, enters original content biz

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

ZDNET: Search giant's acquisition of reviewer shows it may actually have to own some content instead of just aggregating it

U.S. Planetary Scientist Admits Attempted Espionage

7 years ago from Science NOW

A one-time principal investigator on a NASA mission that is still orbiting the moon...