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Total solar eclipses used to be terrifying events — here's how ancient cultures explained them

As the Earth and moon sweep through space in their annual journey around the sun, the three bodies align in such a way that the Earth passes into the shadow of the moon. Observers then witness a sun that is gradually covered and uncovered by the moon's disk - a spectacular celestial event.<p>But until …

Astronomy

NASA's 1st Mars Rover Landed 20 Years Ago Today

Mars exploration took a big leap 20 years ago today.<p>On July 4, 1997, NASA's Pathfinder mission touched down on the Red Planet, delivering an …

Hired in 1958 as a 'computer,' Sue Finley talks about her long career at JPL

Sue Finley, 80, has worked at<p>NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratoryin La Cañada Flintridge for more than 50 years. She was first hired in 1958 as a “computer,” an employee who calculated mathematical equations, such as rocket or spacecraft trajectories, by hand. She has worked on a number of projects …

Nearby Supernova Explosions May Have Affected Human Evolution

The closest supernovas to Earth may have blasted the planet with enough radiation to influence human evolution, researchers say.<p>Supernovas are the …

ExoMars prepares for liftoff (4K timelapse)

Time-lapse Photography

Herschel Reveals a Ribbon of Future Stars

Star formation is taking place all around us. The Milky Way is laced with clouds of dust and gas that could become the nursery of the next generation …

Cosmology

Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier'

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most ubiquitous presence in popular science these days. Coming off of a successful reboot of Carl Sagan's <i>Cosmos</i>, he started a new television show (called <i>StarTalk</i>, based on a long time radio show and podcast of his), he hosts panels and Pluto brunches at the Hayden …

Moons of Saturn May Be Younger Than the Dinosaurs

MOUNTAIN VIEW – New research suggests that some of Saturn’s icy moons, as well as its famous rings, might be modern adornments. Their dramatic birth …

NASA's deep-space exploration software is a year late and tens of millions over budget

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Launch control software under development for NASA's deep-space exploration program is more than a year behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars above projected costs, according to an internal audit released Monday.<p>NASA's own inspector general conducted the audit …

Space Station Flies Over Roman Ruins in Stunning Skywatcher Photo

The International Space Station flies over the ancient Roman city of Ammaia (in modern day Portugal) in this stunning skywatcher image.<p>This image was …

Post It Forward — “I realized, really for the first time, that...

“I realized, really for the first time, that <b>people who didn’t even know me were wishing for my success</b> — hoping to share in the pride of future …

2016 March 28 - Orion's Belt and Sword over Teide's Peak

<b>Orion's Belt and Sword over Teide's Peak</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Cesar & Carlos Tejedor<p><b>Explanation:</b> The southern part of Orion, the famous …

How to play a guitar in space, according to astronaut Chris Hadfield

What is it like to play a guitar in space? No less an authority than Canadian astronaut and former International Space Station (ISS) commander Chris Hadfield has the answer to that question.<p>Hadfield (now retired) is the decorated astronaut whose 2013 performance of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” …

Computer model explains sustained eruptions on icy moon of Saturn: Scientists demonstrate versatile, noise-tolerant quantum operations on a single electron

Scientists demonstrate versatile, noise-tolerant quantum operations on a single electron<p>The Cassini spacecraft has observed geysers erupting on …

ASU receives $10 million NASA grant to develop science education courseware - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Arizona State University has received a $10.18 million grant from NASA's Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation …

Japanese satellite Hitomi: Lost in space?

<b>Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are scrambling to save a satellite - and more than a quarter of a billion dollars of investment - tumbling out of control in space.</b><p>Hitomi, meaning the pupil of the eye, was launched last month.<p>It was designed to study energetic space objects such as …

Card-thick space antenna

LABUM reflector lowered into LSS<p>24 March 2016<p>A whole new kind of large space antenna has been tested in realistic space conditions. This 5 m-diameter …

Engineering

Frosty martian valleys

Nestled within the fractured rim of a vast impact basin on Mars are valley floors dusted in frost.

Cargo delivery to space station brings 'gecko' feet, 3-D printer

NASA's latest cargo resupply ship, an Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule, will dock at the International Space Station on Saturday. It bears a cargo full of …

Space Exploration

2016 March 23 - The Great Nebula in Carina

<b>The Great Nebula in Carina</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Damian Peach/SEN<p><b>Explanation:</b> In one of the brightest parts of Milky Way lies a nebula where some …

Violent Volcanoes Knocked the Moon Off Its Axis Three Billion Years Ago

A bunch of lunar volcanoes heated the Moon up so much, they changed its density, causing it to wander off its original axis aeons ago.<p>That’s …

NASA — Fun Facts About Mars

This Week’s Night Sky: Watch a ‘Lite’ Lunar Eclipse

Look for the moon to darken a smidge as it moves through Earth's shadow, and hunt for a comet passing by a spiral galaxy.<p><b>Moon and Greedy Jupiter.</b> As dusk settles in on Monday, March 21, get outside and face east to see the moon and a bright star-like Jupiter rise together into the night sky.<p>The two …

2016 March 22 - Rainbow Airglow over the Azores

<b>Rainbow Airglow over the Azores</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Miguel Claro (TWAN); <i>Rollover Annotation:</i> Judy Schmidt<p><b>Explanation:</b> Why would the sky glow …

Astronomers See Supernova Shockwave for First Time

The discovery should help scientists understand the life cycle of stars.

Pluto Probably Has an Ocean Under its Surface

NASA's New Horizons probe has revealed geological surprises and a hint of underground ocean on the dwarf planet.

Cygnus ready for second Atlas launch to ISS

WASHINGTON — For the second time in less than four months, an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to launch to the International Space Station …

NASA — How Do You Stay Fit on a Mission to Mars?

This Supermassive Black Hole Blasts 125 Million Miles-Per-Hour Winds

Quasar winds are crucial to galaxy formation, scientists say<p>At the heart of just about every galaxy, including our own Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole—some of which are actively devouring "torn-apart stars, dust, rocks, planets, and anything that gets too close," Jesse Rogerson, a PhD …

This Planet Has One of the Weirdest Orbits We've Ever Seen

Jupiter-sized HD 20782b swings in towards its alien sun for a Mercury-like pass before zipping all the way out to a Mars-grade distance.<p>Exoplanet HD 20782b holds a fun new distinction. It's got the most eccentric orbit ever seen body of its type.<p>While the planets in <i>our</i> solar system (non-dwarf …

Astronomy