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With a Better Brain, Curiosity Mars Rover Picks It's Own Targets

The Curiosity Mars Rover is now smart enough to pick its own targets for exploration, according to a new study.<p>The secret to Curiosity's better brain …

Planets

Soviet-Era Buran Space Shuttle Shipping to Former Olympic Site for Display

A full-size mockup of a Russian space shuttle is leaving Moscow for an exhibition center opening at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.<p>RSC Energia, …

NASA

SpaceX Successfully Launches Bulgarian Satellite (Photos)

Bulgaria Sat Mission Launch<p>Credit: SpaceX<p>Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a Bulgarian communications satellite into orbit …

Falcon 9

Brilliant Southern Lights and Milky Way Shine at South Pole (Photos)

Like the inside of a child's iridescent summer bubble wand, the aurora australis — also known as the southern lights — and the Milky Way bend across …

Astronomy

Does Dark Energy Exist?

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman,</i> …

Space Science

SpaceX Is Set for 3rd Falcon 9 Launch in Less Than 10 Days

This Sunday (July 2), SpaceX is scheduled to launch its third Falcon 9 rocket in just under 10 days, following launches on June 23 and 25.<p>The Falcon …

SpaceX

Solar Eclipse 2017: Alaska Airlines Flight Will Offer View Above the Clouds

Stressing out about clouds blocking your view of the upcoming total solar eclipse? A group of lucky astronomy buffs can put their minds at ease. As …

Astronomy

Gecko-Inspired Robot Could Snag Space Junk

Robotic pincers inspired by geckos could help collect garbage in space, a new study finds.<p>In experiments, the device was able to glom on to objects …

Robotics

Can Your Pet Go Blind from the Solar Eclipse?

If you have plans to watch the total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on Aug. 21, you likely have a long checklist of things to do. …

Astronomy

Kepler Has Taught Us That Rocky Planets Are Common

Rocky planets are probably a whole lot more common in our galaxy than astronomers previously believed — according to the latest release of Kepler …

Exoplanets

Farewell, ROSA! Space Station Lets Go of Roll-Out Solar Array After Retraction Fail (Video)

After a week of tests on the end of the International Space Station's robotic arm, the Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) was safely jettisoned. While the …

NASA

OMG Mission: Greenland's Ice Melting Faster Than Previously Thought (Video)

Thanks to rising temperatures, glaciers in Greenland are melting faster than scientists previously thought — and a new NASA video shows how …

Global Warming

6 of the Best Places to See the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Some people may think it absurd to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see an event that will last less than 3 minutes, but millions of people …

Astronomy

New Mobile App from Exploratorium Museum Explores Solar Eclipse Science

A new mobile app from San Francisco's Exploratorium science museum lets users dig into the science behind the most extraordinary celestial event of …

Total Solar Eclipse

Student-Made Rocket Tops 30,000 Feet, Wins 1st 'Spaceport America Cup'

A student team from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, took top honors last weekend at the 2017 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico.<p>The Michigan …

Texas A&M

20 Years of Nonstop Mars Coverage: NASA Red Planet Efforts Detailed (Video)

The agency's robotic emissaries have been studying the Red Planet nonstop since July 4, 1997, when the Pathfinder mission touched down. The landing …

Planets

Why Total Solar Eclipses Are Total Coincidences

If the sun were just a little bit bigger or the moon a bit farther away, total solar eclipses may never occur. But they do, and it turns out this …

Astronomy

White Dwarf's Pull on Red Giant Triggers Thermonuclear Blasts (Video)

A new video shows the explosive reaction when a dense stellar corpse sucks up material from a pulsating dead star.<p>Thevideo, which uses data from …

Universe

This Isn't the 1st Eclipse to Occur on Aug. 21, and It Won't Be the Last

<i>On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. During this event, the moon will completely</i> …

Astronomy

ESA Plans to Privatize Robotic Space Plane by 2025

LE BOURGET, FRANCE — Although Europe’s Space Rider reusable space plane is three years or so from its debut, the European Space Agency (ESA) is …

Exploration

2 Million Free Eclipse Glasses Coming to US Libraries

Public libraries across the United States will distribute more than 2 million pairs of free eclipse glasses to skywatchers for the total solar …

Astronomy

Bread's Done! This Company Wants to Help Astronauts Bake in Space

A team of engineers and scientists may have just found a way for astronauts to enjoy fresh bread in space.<p>Currently, astronauts on the International …

Space

How Former Astronaut Leroy Chiao Turned His Dream of Space into a Reality

<i>Leroy Chiao is the CEO and co-founder of OneOrbit LLC, a motivational, training and education company. He served as a NASA astronaut from 1990-2005</i> …

NASA

This Isn't the 1st Eclipse to Occur on Aug. 21, and It Won't Be the Last

<i>On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. During this event, the moon will completely</i> …

Astronomy

Gardening in Microgravity: How Space Plants Are Adapting (Video)

A new NASA video explores the science of space gardening and what researchers are learning about plants in space.<p>In 2015, astronauts aboard the …

Gardening

Astronomers Without Borders Focuses on Bringing Eclipse Science to All

Inspired by the upcoming total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is launching a nationwide science and astronomy …

Astronomy

Star Trek: Discovery's Two Ships Explained

<b>Star Trek: Discovery</b> tells a story of two Federation ships — the U.S.S. Shenzou, and the titular U.S.S. Discovery. Now, showrunners Aaron Harberts …

Star Trek

'The Saturn Above It': Space Is Not All Science Fiction

The vastness of the universe has lent itself to many imaginative short stories and science-fiction classics. The Slooh online observatory's first …

Astronomy

No, NASA Hasn't Found Alien Life

NASA is not preparing to drop an alien-life bombshell, despite what you may have heard.<p>Last week, the hacking group Anonymous posted a video on …

Aliens

Colorful Clouds on Jupiter by Juno

As NASA's Juno spacecrafts zoomed away from Jupiter after its seventh close pass, it captured image data of the planet's south polar region using the …

Astronomy