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Reaching for the stars: How lasers could propel spacecraft to relativistic speeds

How do you send man-made probes to a nearby star? According to NASA-funded research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), the answer …

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has loomed large in our collective imagination. Now, thanks to a video released by NASA, we can add a new bit of heat to Mars fever -- the idea that we …

NASA Is Now Accepting Applications For New Astronauts

Start filling out those forms<p>If you've ever dreamed of being an astronaut, today's the day! NASA just posted the coolest job listing ever, and anyone with the right qualifications can apply to be an Astronaut Candidate. Awesome.<p>Those qualifications are pretty strict. In order to apply, you have …

Space vegetables are on the menu for the first time at the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are going to have a very special meal tomorrow. Red romaine lettuce is on the menu, and when they take a bite, it will mark the first time astronauts eat food that was grown on the ISS.<p>Casual observers may be surprised to hear that fresh vegetables …

NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Earth just got a new next-door neighbor<p>Astronomers have found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system using the Spitzer Space telescope. The planet, known as HD 219134b, orbits a star just 21 light years away, and NASA is calling a "potential gold mine of science data."<p>The planet is …

Update on mission to asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission is on target for a 2016 launch to near-Earth asteroid Bennu. It will reach Bennu in 2018 and return samples to Earth in …

Pluto's Heart-Shaped Landscape Is Weirder Than We Thought

Pics captured by New Horizons from just 48,000 miles away reveal the strange alien world<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed its flyby of Pluto three days ago, but the most incredible views of the dwarf planet are just coming to light now.<p>On Friday afternoon, NASA released new close-up imagery …

Life on Mars: when will humans live on the Red Planet?

Fifty years after the first close-up images of Mars, Rosa Silverman speaks to the science writer who believes there will be life on Mars before the 21st century ends<p>The human race was able to view the furthest reaches of the solar system in high-definition glory this week, as Nasa’s New Horizons …

Nasa's New Horizons: Space probe makes Pluto dwarf planet flypast

New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever flown, made history today as it shot past Pluto at more than 30,000mph taking pictures and collecting scientific data<p>Astonishing images taken from Nasa's New Horizon's spacecraft have shown for the first time that Pluto is red like Mars.<p>Scientists were …

Nasa's first close-up images of Pluto to come to Canberra tracking station

The CSIRO’s deep space communication complex will be the first place on Earth to receive images as the New Horizons probe makes its closest encounter with the dwarf planet<p>Australian scientists are gearing up for a historic moment in space exploration as a tracking station in Canberra becomes …

Pluto may reveal secret of Earth's creation

Nasa's mission to fly by the dwarf planet expected to beam back images<p>Pluto could provide the 'missing link' to how planets evolve, a British space scientist has claimed ahead of Nasa's flyby next week.<p>On Tuesday evening, the U.S. spacecraft New Horizons will make a pass of the dwarf planet and …

New Horizons: Latest Pluto image offers glimpses of geology

At last! After spending 9.5 years traveling 3 billion miles to reach Pluto,<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has snapped an image of the dwarf planet that bears tantalizing hints of geologic features that will become clearer in the coming days.<p>Until now, little has been known about what the …

Solar System

Week's Best Space Pictures: Pluto Reveals a Freckled Face

In the latest pictures from space, galactic sparklers and smoke that blankets the eastern United States.<p>Feed your need for "heavenly" views of the universe with our picks of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, researchers capture massive orbs blasting stardust and pluto reveals two …

See 5 bright planets at once

First time we can see 5 planets at once since 2005. All 5 are up before dawn, still, and all 5 will remain visible until Mercury disappears in the …

Asteroid-bound spacecraft gets its first scientific instrument

NASA has begun attaching scientific instruments to the OSIRIS-REx probe, just over a year before it starts making its way to asteroid Bennu. The first instrument to arrive at Lockheed Martin's HQ is Arizona State University's microwave-sized device called OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer or …

Extreme Science: Lucky Strike

What we can learn from a massive meteor crater<p>Lucky Strike<p>Lucky Strike<p>What We Can Learn From A Massive Meteor Crater <i>by PopSci</i><p>50,000 years ago, a dense chunk of nickel and iron, over 100 feet across, entered the Earth’s atmosphere. It sped towards the surface at 45,000 miles per hour, and slammed …

NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

New images of Ceres are the clearest ever taken, but NASA's scientists still haven't figured out the enigmatic dwarf planet. The agency's latest photos of Ceres show multiple bright spots — and a "pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape."<p>That's according to an update posted by …

July 2015

The Moon has a big, weirdly shaped dust cloud on its surface

It changes in size when meteors pass by<p>While traipsing about the Moon during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions, NASA astronauts noticed an unexplained "horizon glow" on the lunar surface just before sunrise. The sight led them to suspect that a dust cloud might be percolating miles above them — but no …

Super new views of Saturn’s moon Dione!

The Cassini spacecraft is performing a series of “lasts” over the coming year. This week’s sweep past Dione was the second-to-last.<p>NASA’s Cassini …

Rosetta mission: What is it and why will it crash into a comet today?

What is the Rosetta mission?<p>Rosetta is a ground-breaking £1 billion mission launched in 2004 to chase, orbit, and land on a comet. It's coming to an end today after 13 years.<p>The spacecraft spent 10 years chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko almost 500 million miles from Earth, before landing a …

'Top 10' new species includes cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a “Top 10” list that highlights the diversity of life.<p>Life reconstruction of the new oviraptorosaurian dinosaur species Anzu …