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How NASA Satellites Are Helping to Halt Malaria Outbreaks

NASA's Earth-observing satellites can track the forces that create malaria outbreaks, and their data will soon help local communities make big …

Public Health

Seeing Lyra's Coffee and a Donut, and More, Using Sky-Charting Apps

An astronomical breakfast awaits if you look straight up in the sky in the upcoming nights.<p>This time of year, the constellation Lyra occupies a prime …

Astronomy

Scientists Analyze Earth's Elemental Makeup to See How the Planet Was Formed

Exoplanet hunters can determine a remarkable amount of information about distant worlds by studying the planet's orbital parameters, and also by …

Australian National University

Warp Speed Ahead! 'Star Trek: Discovery' Premieres Tonight

Starting tonight (Sept. 24), a new "Star Trek" TV series will boldly take viewers farther into the Starfleet universe.<p>The first episode of "Star …

Star Trek

Beam Me Up! An Astronaut's Take on 'Star Trek'

<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> …

Star Trek

Secret Spy Satellite Launches Atop Atlas V Rocket

The United States has another eye in the sky.<p>The NROL-42 spy satellite lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning (Sept. 24) …

Exploration

Apocalypse Now? Doomsday Predictions Are Just Recycled Bogus Theories

Old doomsday predictions never die. They just get recycled.<p>Just six years after radio preacher Harold Camping promised the apocalypse, and five years …

Astronomy

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We'll Need Better Telescopes

The idea of mining asteroids for precious mineral deposits has gained steam in recent years, with space mining startups focusing on logistics and …

Space Exploration

7 Lessons 'Star Trek' Taught Us About Life, Leadership and Diversity

Photo Credit: Paramount<p>Slide 1 of 15<p>Never Stop Exploring<p>"Star Trek" is, at its roots, an exploratory series. Whether the crew is exploring a sector …

Star Trek

Kirk or Picard? We Asked the 'Star Trek: Discovery' Stars Some Classic Questions

LOS ANGELES — Who was the better "Star Trek" captain: Jean-Luc Picard or James T. Kirk? Or were they both beat by Kathryn Janeway?<p>Space.com posed …

Star Trek

Sean Penn to Star in Hulu's Mars Space Drama 'The First'

Move over, Matt Damon – it's time for a new name-brand Hollywood actor to take the stage during a fictional mission to Mars.<p>Sean Penn, who won …

Entertainment

Dwarf Planet Pluto: Facts About the Icy Former Planet

Pluto, once considered the ninth and most distant planet from the sun, is now the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system. It is also one of …

Planets

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox 2017 with Jupiter, Moon Conjunction

While residents of the northern half of the Earth prepare for shorter days and colder weather — the first day of fall is today (Sept. 22) — there is …

Astronomy

The 15 Best Ships on Star Trek, from V-ger to the Vengeance

Photo Credit: Paramount<p>Slide 1 of 31<p>Best Star Trek Ships<p>We love the ships in "Star Trek," not only because they travel fast or because they are often …

Star Trek

Nanosatellite Beams Smartphone Voice Call for First Time

For the first time, a voice call has been made via a nanosatellite using a regular smartphone.<p>The voice call lasted more than a minute and went off …

Exploration

Look Up and Wave! OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Probe Flies by Earth Today

A NASA spacecraft will zoom past Earth today (Sept. 22) on its way to a distant asteroid, and you can give the probe a proper send-off.<p>The OSIRIS-REx …

Space Exploration

Astronauts Celebrate Autumn Equinox 2017 With One Last Aloha Friday

Today (Sept. 22) is the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but the astronauts on the International Space Station squeezed in one last …

NASA

NASA's Earthquake 'Damage Map' Shows Destruction in Mexico

A new satellite-imagery map could help Mexico respond more effectively to Tuesday's (Sept. 19) powerful Raboso earthquake, which killed hundreds of …

Mexico City

15 of the Most Bizarre Alien Species Featured in Star Trek

Photo Credit: Paramount<p>Slide 1 of 31<p>Star Trek Aliens<p>"Star Trek" is filled with unusual aliens, ranging from the humanoid to the crystalloid to the …

Star Trek

'Star Trek Discovery' Boldly Makes TV Debut on Sunday

After a 12-year gap between television series, "Star Trek" is finally coming back to a network television service. The new iteration of the acclaimed …

Star Trek

6 'Star Trek' Captains, Ranked from Worst to Best

Photo Credit: Paramount<p>Slide 1 of 13<p>Star Trek Captains<p>The "Star Trek" captains of the USS Enterprise (and in one case, the space station Deep Space …

Star Trek

Solar Eclipses: When Is the Next One?

<i>Editor's note: The Great American Solar Eclipse was on Aug. 21. It swept across the continental United States from Oregon to Georgia. See our full</i> …

Astronomy

Hurricane Maria Damages Parts of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory

Puerto Rico's iconic Arecibo Observatory has sustained some significant damage from Hurricane Maria, officials reported today (Sept. 22).<p>The storm …

Hurricane Maria

NASA Spacecraft Buzzes Earth on Way to Distant Asteroid Bennu

A NASA asteroid-sampling probe has just said goodbye to Earth for the second time.<p>The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft zoomed past our planet this afternoon …

Space Exploration

Atlas V Rocket to Launch US Spy Satellite Overnight Tonight: Watch Live

A U.S. spy satellite will launch on a clandestine mission early Friday (Sept. 22), and you can follow the spaceflight action live online.<p>The NROL-42 …

Exploration

Plate Tectonics May Have Begun a Billion Years After Earth's Birth

The grinding of giant chunks of Earth's outer layer — responsible for burping volcanoes, crushing temblors and burgeoning mountains, among other …

Geology

Sen. Jim Bridenstine Outlines Challenges He Foresees for NASA

WASHINGTON — The nominee to be the next administrator of NASA says that he believes the agency's top challenges include maintaining "consistency and …

Government

New Horizons Probe Wakes from 5-Month Slumber

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is zooming through the outer solar system with its eyes open once again.<p>New Horizons woke from a five-month …

Space Exploration

2 Monster Black Holes Spotted at Galaxy's Heart

Not one but two gigantic black holes lurk at the heart of the distant spiral galaxy NGC 7674, a new study suggests.<p>These two supermassive black holes …

Astrophysics

Stratolaunch's Giant Rocket-Launching Aircraft Passes Engine Test

WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch announced Sept. 19 that the company has achieved another milestone in the development of a unique giant aircraft that will …

Aerospace