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China Readies Moon Rover for December Launch

As China marks the 10-year anniversary of its first manned spaceflight, the nation is gearing up to launch its most complex robotic mission to the …

Space Exploration

Private Company To Put A Telescope On The Moon

Lunar citizen science by 2016!<p>Private space exploration is coming to the Moon, and soon. The world's first mission to the Moon's sunny South Pole will put a private telescope on a the lunar peak Malapert Mountain as early as 2015.<p>Moon Express, a private 'lunar commerce' startup, and the …

Galaxy Feeding Habits & Nearby Gas Revealed By 'Very Large Telescope' In New Quasar Study (VIDEO)

If galaxies were only limited to the amount of gas they formed with, they would quickly burn through their entire supply by making stars. Astronomers have long suspected that galaxies pull in resources from the universe around them to sustain themselves, but evidence of such consumption is …

Study Finds Hawkmoths Generate Sonic Pulses Using Their Genitals

Researchers have discovered that hawkmoths can generate sonic pulses from their genitals. Researchers think this probably jams bats echolocation …

Update on sunspot group 11 times as wide as Earth

AR1785 and AR1787 comprise one of biggest sunspot groupings of Solar Cycle 24. So far, though, the grouping has been surprisingly quiet.<p>Two days ago, …

Astronomy

Opportunity Rover's 10th Anniversary On Mars & Off-Planet Driving Record Celebrated (VIDEO)

On the 10th anniversary of its launch, NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars is also celebrating reaching the halfway point in its drive from one crater-rim segment to another.<p>The Opportunity rover, which is still going strong on the Red Planet long after its official mission was slated to end, is …

"Now it's your turn...What's your best caption?" tweeted Luca Parmitano from the International Space Station on Monday (July 1). See more photos of Robonaut 2: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/74ib

Hubble Astronomers Ready Ambitious 'Deep Field' Encore

For more than two decades now, the Hubble Space Telescope has served up some of the most spectacular astronomical images ever made.<p>But from its atmosphere-free perch in low earth orbit, the Hubble is preparing to best itself once again — this time by using giant clusters of galaxies as optical …

Blocking Light Sheds New Light on Exoplanet Atmospheres

Exoplanets are uncanny. Some seem to have walked directly out of the best science-fiction movies. For example, we’ve discovered a planet consisting …

Universe