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A rocky history: researchers explain why early meteorites are different from earthly stones

From Earth to the moon to Mars, the rocky structures of celestial bodies were built using the very same mixture of oxygen. But for 40 years now, researchers have been noticing something strange: meteorites from the early days of the Solar System are built with a different mixture of oxygen, one …

The coldest place in the universe

Astronomers say the Boomerang Nebula is the coldest place in the universe at one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s even colder than …

Why we live in 3D

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

The Next Space Shuttle: Hybrid Engines Make Runway-To-Orbit Missions A Reality

A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes<p>A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire, England. When the engine screams to life, columns of steam billow from the vent, giving the …

Big Pic: Look At NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Soaring Over NYC

An amazing timelapse from the top of Rockefeller Center<p>NASA's LADEE spacecraft launched from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday night, en route to an orbital trip around the moon. The night-flight provided photographers like Ben Cooper of LaunchPhotography.com an opportunity for some …

Meteor enters atmosphere over Alabama and disintegrates, says Nasa

Nasa officials say brilliant lights in the sky and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia came from a meteor that streaked across the South.<p>Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville say a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18pm CDT …