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Pentagon Preps for Orbital War With New Spaceplane

The XS-1 could replace satellites lost in battle—fast and cheap.<p>Aerospace giant Boeing just snagged a $6.6 million contract to design a cheap, …

How to Build a City on the Moon

The new head of the European Space Agency wants to give it a try.<p>Humans haven’t set foot on the moon since 1972. That hasn’t stopped Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the new director general of the Paris-based European Space Agency, from pushing mankind toward more of a giant lunar leap than another small …

Space Exploration

Tatooine? Planet Kepler-453 Discovered in Habitable Zone of Two Stars

Like Tatooine in "Star Wars," the newly discovered Kepler-453b has two suns.<p>And while there are no signs of Jedi or Stormtroopers, the planet sits in the "habitable zone" of its stars. In this case, however, scientists believe Kepler-453b is a gas giant — which rules out life on its surface, but …

Scientists Discover Farthest Galaxy From Earth Ever Recorded

Scientists have just found a galaxy so far away from Earth that it offers a glimpse back in time to the Big Bang.<p>The galaxy, discovered at the W. M. …

Fastest Ship In The Universe Infographic Puts Sci-Fi Creations Alongside Real Life Spacecraft

Ever wondered how the USS Enterprise from 'Star Trek TNG' would fare against The Ark from 'Transformers'? Or how the 'Back To The Future' DeLorean …

Galaxy studies show that the universe is slowly dying

Not to bum you out, but many scientists believe that the universe will eventually die -- stars and even black holes will release energy until there's virtually nothing left. And unfortunately, there's now stronger evidence that this inexorable decline is real. Scientists using radio telescopes have …

Meteor shower likely to be good, won't be eclipsed by moon

WASHINGTON (AP) — People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.<p>Celestial timing will help …

Perseids

Alien-planet imager discovers the most Jupiter-like world ever found

A new instrument on Earth designed to image planets far outside the solar system has discovered its first planet, and it's the most Jupiter-like …

Astronomers discover the smallest known supermassive black hole

Here's a cosmic contradiction: A tiny supermassive black hole. Astronomers using the Magellan II telescope in Chile and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the smallest supermassive black hole yet found at the center of a dwarf galaxy.<p>The findings, published by the Astrophysical …

6 Scientists Are About To Spend A Year On 'Mars'

It's not quite the red planet, but it's the next best thing.<p>The longest space travel simulation ever conducted on U.S. soil is about to begin on Hawaii's Big Island.<p>On Aug. 28, the fourth Hawaii Space Exploration and Analog and Simulation mission will begin, with six scientists spending a full year …

'The Universe is slowly dying,' study shows with unprecedented precision

<b>(CNN) —</b> Goodbye, universe. You came in with the biggest bang ever, but now, you're on your way out with a drooping fizzle.<p>The conclusion of a new astronomical study pulls no punches on this. "The Universe is slowly dying," it reads.<p>Astronomers have believed as much for years, but the new findings …

Here's what it would take to colonize the largest planet in the solar system

Just a few videos ago, I blew minds with a "How to" on terraforming the Moon. Once we've developed a Solar System spanning civilization and have claimed mastery over the laws of physics, and have common-place technology which staggers and dwarf our current comprehension of what's possible it should …

Astronomy

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

SpaceX has secretly been sending manned Dragons to ISS... sort of

SpaceX has been launching test flights to and from the International Space Station in secret -- and they've all been a success to date.<p>Unfortunately …

Lost in space? Nasa under pressure

<b>The recent flyby of Pluto brought back memories of Nasa at its best. But is the space agency's effort to explore the Solar System with robotic spacecraft in trouble?</b><p>Among Nasa's greatest achievements was sending astronauts to the Moon and returning them safely. An American flag was planted on the …

Space Science