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Newborn Massive Stars Dwarf Full-Grown Stellar Giants

7 years ago from Live Science

Astronomers studied the young star B275 in the Omega Nebula.

UN climate talks 'ambition' call

The International Energy Agency calls for "more ambition" at the UN climate talks, as a report suggests emissions will make the world 3.5C warmer by 2100.

NASA Fires Up Engine for Giant New Rocket

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The J-2X engine will power the second stage of NASA's new heavy-lifter.

Is Phobos-Grunt Dead? Troubled Russian Probe Still Unresponsive

7 years ago from

Efforts to contact the Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft have failed.

Successful Chinese Satellite Launch Breaks Record

7 years ago from

The Chinese Long March rocket launched into orbit carrying a navigation satellite.

No Need to Tweak New Mars Rover's Course, NASA Says

7 years ago from

The Mars Science Laboratory is on track and there's no need to adjust its trajectory at this time.

Milky Way Shreds Dwarf Galaxy Into Four Star Streams

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As a dwarf galaxy, in this case Sagittarius, falls into bigger galaxies (Milky Way), it has been known that tails of stars are pulled out of the dwarf by gargantuan...

Christmas burst reveals neutron star collision

7 years ago from Science Daily

A strangely powerful, long-lasting gamma-ray burst on Christmas Day, 2010 has finally been analyzed to the satisfaction of a multinational research team. Called the Christmas Burst, GRB 101225A was freakishly...

Growing knowledge in space

7 years ago from Physorg

Plants are critical in supporting life on Earth, and with help from an experiment that flew onboard space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission, they also could transform living in space.

How to Keep Commercial Spaceflight Safe: Q&A With FAA's George Nield

7 years ago from

Private spaceships can be just as safe as NASA's, Nield says.

SpaceX Expanding Florida Facilities to Meet Launch Demand

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SpaceX is building an addition to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch complex.

NASA's Fla. Visitor Center Clearing Way for Shuttle Arrival

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Workers are preparing the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for the arrival of Atlantis.

Dot Earth Blog: Other Voices: Life on Planet 3.0

7 years ago from NY Times Science

A climate scientist broadens his view and builds a new blog.

FOR KIDS: A shock to the solar system

7 years ago from

Scientists suspect a nearby exploding star ignited the formation of the sun and planets

Secretive Air Force space plane sets endurance record

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

No landing date yet for X-37B, which marks its 270th day in orbit around the Earth

Cosmic Purple

7 years ago from Live Science

A spiral galaxy gains a purplish hue in the false-color view from a space telescope.

Worms reveal effects of long space voyages

7 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Worms can be sent into space and monitored remotely for many generations, a new study shows, providing a way to research the effects of long space voyages such as those...

Amazing Aurora Over Sweden - Time-Lapsed

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Vibrant Northern Lights filled the night sky over Abisko National Park on November 28, 2011. Chad Blakley ( captured this stunning time-lapse video.

The human cost of Russia's lost spacecraft

7 years ago from Physorg

It hasn’t been a great year for Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency. In the last twelve months, it has lost four major missions on top of the aerospace industry’s...

Could Curiosity determine if Viking found life on Mars?

7 years ago from Physorg

One of the most controversial and long-debated aspects of Mars exploration has been the results of the Viking landers’ life-detection experiments back in the 1970s. While the preliminary findings were...

NASA's Nanosail-D 'sails' home -- mission complete

7 years ago from Physorg

After spending more than 240 days "sailing" around the Earth, NASA's NanoSail-D -- a nanosatellite that deployed NASA's first-ever solar sail in low-Earth orbit -- has successfully completed its Earth...

The greatest light show on earth

Why rocket scientists are studying smoke signals to understand more about the mysterious northern lights.

Satellite Images Suggest Blast Obliterated Iran Military Base

7 years ago from NY Times Science

The deadly explosion on Nov. 12 appears to have been far more devastating than Iranian authorities suggested, with images showing vast destruction and chaotic disarray across a sprawling complex.

Guided rockets hit fast-moving boat targets in test

7 years ago from Physorg

A weapon prototype developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) successfully hit two high-speed boat targets during recent testing in Point Mugu, Calif.

Photos: Atop NASA's Huge Mobile Launch Tower

7 years ago from

An up-close look at the space agency's new $500 million, 355-foot-high mobile launcher.

Gamma Rays Fill Cosmic Bubbles in New NASA Photo

7 years ago from

The Fermi space telescope snapped the shot.

Greenhouse Effect Could Extend Habitable Zone in Alien Solar Systems

7 years ago from

Rocky planets far from their parent star could generate enough heat to keep water flowing if the greenhouse effect is at work.

Stunning Photo of New Solar System Captured by Amateur Astronomer

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An amateur astronomer has taken a photo of the circumstellar disk around Beta Pictoris, a young star. The photo has wowed professional astronomers.