Space & Astronomy

Space & Astronomy
  • U.S. science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA science satellite on Friday will wrap up a 7-1/2-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday. Ceres, namesake of the Roman goddess of agriculture, is already…

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  • Astronauts breeze through spacewalk to rig station for U.S. space taxis

    Two U.S. astronauts whipped through a third spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Sunday to rig parking spots for new U.S. space taxis. Station commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts expected to spend about seven hours installing antennas, cables and…

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  • Rare 'Missing Link' Black Hole Apparently Found

    A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. The black holes are therefore intermediate in size between stellar-mass black holes and the behemoths that lurk at the hearts of galaxies, which can harbor billions of solar masses.…

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  • Ancient galaxy sheds light on dust as starmaker

    One of the oldest galaxies ever observed has revealed that dust played a vital role in the infancy of the Universe, astronomers reported on Monday. Over aeons, clouds of dust and gas coalesce to form new star systems. Astronomers led by Darach Watson at the University of Copenhagen used Europe's…

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  • Aided by Art, Theory of Life's Extra-Solar Origin Gets Boost

    Edward Belbruno is a mathematician and an artist. His paintings are in major collections and exhibited throughout the United States, and he regularly consults with NASA from his position as a cosmology researcher at Princeton University. He is also author of "Fly Me to the Moon" (Princeton…

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  • Artist's 'Apollo 18' Moon Mission Launching Onto Times Square Billboards

    The countdown is on to the launch of Apollo 18 and you're invited to witness it from New York City's Times Square. "Apollo XVIII," created by artist Marco Brambilla, weaves archival footage from real NASA missions with computer-generated imagery to form a countdown to a fictional flight to the…

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  • International Space Station to Boeing: "We're Ready for Liftoff"

    But psst!: This could actually be even bigger news for SpaceX.

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  • Dirt-Watching NASA Satellite Deploys Giant Space Antenna (Video)

    A recently launched NASA satellite has just deployed a giant antenna in space. The huge tool will help scientists collect unprecedented data that could help craft better weather forecasts around the world. The space agency's Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft (SMAP) is tasked with beaming back…

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  • Diana Trujillo: NASA Jet Propulsion Lab engineer. Mars Curiosity team member. First-time dog owner.

    JPL's Diana Trujillo tells TechRepublic about putting a rover on Mars and keeping it there.

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  • What Would It Be Like to Live on Mars?

    The idea of living on Mars has been a staple of science fiction since the 19th century, when American astronomer Percival Lowell speculated that the channels on the Red Planet were really ancient canals built by intelligent extraterrestrials. In 1965, NASA's Mariner 4 spacecraft completed the first…

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  • US astronauts speed through spacewalk at orbiting lab

    Two US astronauts on Sunday made speedy work of their third spacewalk to get the International Space Station ready for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft in the coming years. Tethered to the outside of the orbiting outpost, space station commander Barry Wilmore and flight engineer Terry…

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  • 4 NASA Satellites to Seek Energy Eruptions in Earth's Magnetic Field

    NASA is gearing up to launch a quartet of new satellites this month, to study a driving force behind solar storms that threaten Earth's satellites and power grids. The satellites, which make up NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (or MMS), will launch on March 12 from Florida's Cape Canaveral…

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  • NASA Probe Bound for Pluto Carries Piece of Pioneering SpaceShipOne

    A small piece of spaceflight history will zoom through the Pluto system this July aboard NASA's New Horizons probe. Inside New Horizons is a piece of SpaceShipOne, the first privately owned and operated manned spacecraft to reach space — which begins at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers)…

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  • Monkeys in Space

    NASA launches the first mammals into space, but can they bring them back?

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  • NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Dwarf Planet Ceres This Week

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin orbiting the mysterious dwarf planet Ceres this week, ending a deep-space chase that lasted 2 1/2 years. "We've been using the ion propulsion system for a long time gradually to reshape Dawn's orbit around the sun so that it matches Ceres' orbit," said Dawn Mission…

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  • The best sendoff to Spock came from the International Space Station

    On Saturday, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, marked the passing of Leonard Nimoy with a Vulcan salute … delivered from the final frontier, and sent over Twitter. NASA has always recognized the galvanizing power of Star Trek. Nichelle Nichols, who…

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  • Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job

    Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned ...

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