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NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Going to Be Seriously Badass

Should all go according to plan, NASA will launch its next Martian rover in July 2020. The robotic probe is still under construction, but early signs …

One of Our Fundamental Assumptions About Black Holes Was Just Overturned in The Lab

We have a problem.<p>Black holes are the most intense and mysterious cosmic phenomena in the Universe, and new research shows we understand even less …

Antikythera Anniversary: Astronomical Computer Still Puzzles After 115 Years

What looked like a hunk of corroded metal lying at the bottom of the Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Antikythera turned out to be a piece of a …

Archaeology

VW proposes fix for US test cheating cars: 'Bild am Sonntag'

Volkswagen engineers have come up with a fix for vehicles capable of cheating emissions tests in the United States, according to German newspaper …

A Swift glance at red dwarfs

November 20, 2014 is a huge day for NASA’s Swift spacecraft, as it marks the tenth anniversary of its launch. Currently orbiting our planet, Swift is …

Striking Pictures From International Space Station Reveal Gorgeous Earth

Space tourism is a waste of humanity's time, says Arianespace chief executive Stephane Israel

"What I like about satellites is that they're useful for thousands and millions of people and I think it's more value for money."<p>Arianespace is the …

NASA taught astronauts about zero gravity using cats

Space Cats<p>How the "falling cat" phenomenon helped NASA prepare astronauts for zero gravity<p>It is a well-known phenomenon that a cat falling upside …

‘Invest in space, not war’: Russian cosmonaut urges Russia-US cooperation

Fruitful cooperation between the Russian and US crews at the International Space Station should become a template for relations between Moscow and …

NASA's Innovative Ground Collision Avoidance System Could Save Hundreds Every Year

Space Exploration Enters the Beta Stage with Solar System for Oculus Rift

Space exploration, travelling the great beyond is something only few of us will ever see and with the ever growing popularity of science it looks …

Deal signed to provide European module for NASA's Orion spaceship

An impression of how Orion will look attached to the service module provided by ESA. Image credit: NASA<p>An impression of how Orion will look attached …

Reds, nukes, waste ... how space films reveal our earthly fears

It was the film that turned science fiction from B-movie fodder into an entertainment that combined glittering spectacle with intellectual intrigue. Now <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>is to be re-released around Britain in a new digital format as the mainstay of a national sci-fi film festival, Days of Fear …

International space station astronauts receive their caviar

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut has safely docked with the international space station, Nasa has said.<p>Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts, arrived at the orbiting space lab on the Soyuz TMA-15M …

The First 3-D Printer in Space Makes Its First Object: A Spare Part

After a series of calibration tests, the first 3-D printer to fly to outer space has manufactured its first potentially useful object on the International Space Station: a replacement faceplate for its print head casing.<p>"An astronaut might be installing it on the printer," said Aaron Kemmer, the …

Space Exploration

How seeing a black hole’s shadow will tell us if Einstein was right

<i>To capture the first-ever image of a black hole, a team of international scientists travel to extreme altitudes in Northern Chile’s Atacama desert,</i> …

NASA launches $5 million contest to find CubeSats for deep space missions

Attention, scientists, hobbyists and anyone in between who can design a mean CubeSat, or a mini cube-like satellite, for space exploration: registration is now open for NASA's Cube Quest contest, and the agency's giving out cash prizes worth a total of $5 million. NASA's no stranger to holding …

How Far Is the 'Eye of Sauron'? Astronomers Find Out

How far away is the "Eye of Sauron"? Don't ask Frodo.<p>The Eye of Sauron is what astronomers call NGC 4151, a galaxy that has a strong resemblance to the villain in the "Lord of the Rings" films. University of Southampton astronomer Sebastian Hönig and his colleagues discovered a new way to measure …

Check out this molten ball of metal levitating in outer space

Blacksmiths have been superheating and then quickly cooling metals on Earth for years to make everything from swords to horseshoes. But if you're a scientist looking to study exactly what this process does to metal here on Earth, there are issues. For one, there's all that pesky gravity. Plus, when …

Space Exploration

You've Heard of Shooting Stars, but This is Ridiculous

The idea that stars live in galaxies has been astronomy’s conventional wisdom since the 1920’s. It took a serious hit recently, though, when …

Scientists discover Earth’s ‘Star Trek’-style invisible shield

A team of scientists led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible “Star Trek”-style shield that blocks so-called “killer electrons” 7,200 miles above Earth.<p>The electrons, which travel at near light-speed, are capable of damaging space electronics and can put astronauts in …

NASA photo reminds us to give thanks for Earth's beautiful, irreplaceable atmosphere.

My family is traditional and requires everyone at the table on Thanksgiving to say what they’re thankful for. I always struggle with what to say. But …

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft heads to a carbon-rich asteroid soon

On November 30th, Japan's Hayabusa 2 will be leaving leaving Earth aboard a Mitsubishi-made rocket to make its way to an asteroid -- but not to blow it up. The Japanese spacecraft will follow in its predecessor's footsteps and observing a space rock for science (of course). But unlike the first …

'Meteoric Smoke': Comet Siding Spring Could Alter Mars Chemistry Permanently

Feeling lucky? Events such as the Comet Siding Spring approach by Mars in October only happen about once every eight million years, according to NASA.<p>…

Astronomy

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Vincent Racaniello, who studies viruses at Columbia University, says Ebola has recently become his obsession.<p>"I find myself reading incessantly about Ebola when I should be doing other things," says Racaniello, host of the online show This Week in Virology, which has devoted several recent programs …

1 Dead After Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

In what could be a major setback for commercial space tourism, a manned spaceship has crashed in California's Mojave Desert.<p>The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was on a test flight this morning, with two pilots aboard. Minutes after its rocket fired, the company announced on Twitter that spacecraft …

Branson determined to find cause of Virgin spaceship crash, pilots identified | Reuters

MOJAVE Calif./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on Saturday vowed to find out what caused his space tourism company’s passenger spaceship to crash during a test flight, killing one pilot and injuring the other, but expressed a desire to press on with the dream …