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NASA plans to hand over the ISS to a private corporation (update)

NASA is dead set on leaving Low-Earth Orbit to go to the moon, Mars and other farther destinations. That means extending the space station's funding beyond 2024 is out of the question. Now, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator Bill Hill has revealed what the agency wants to do with the ISS once …

NASA's Asteroid Sample-Return Mission Set to Launch Next Month

OSIRIS-REx is the first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth.<p>NASA is completing preparations for the first U.S.-led mission to retrieve a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth. The space administration hopes the mission will provide further clues about how planets form and how …

The best explanation yet for dark matter may be in trouble

People have searched for tiny, hypothetical particles of dark matter for years in machines deep below the ground and in space, but we have yet to find a single speck. All we know is that it tugs on "normal" matter with gravity.<p>That's why some scientists are revisiting an old idea that black holes …

The Rarest Light Elements In The Universe

Immediately after the Big Bang, before the first stars in the Universe ever formed, the Universe consisted of hydrogen (element #1), helium (element #2) and pretty much nothing else. Despite originating from an incredibly hot, dense state, arbitrarily heavy elements weren’t created early on the …

Universe

Star caught exploding after long hibernation

In 2009, astronomers watched as a star suddenly and unexpectedly brightened.<p>This brightening event, which happened in the V1213 Centauri star system, …