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Perseid meteor shower 'outburst' coming this week

What's often the best meteor shower of the year — the Perseids — is predicted to be even better than usual when the shooting stars appear in the night sky later this week.<p>“Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12,” said Bill Cooke …

NASA Just Released More Than 1,000 New Images Of Mars' Surface

Here are some of our faves<p>Since its launch in 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting the red planet and snapping photos merrily as it goes.<p>The MRO sends back photos of Mars every month, but this month's dispatch of 1,035 photos is unique. It's especially hefty because every …

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Stardust trapped deep within the ocean reveals a 2.6-million-year-old mystery

This supernova was so close to our planet that, depending on where it went off, our evolutionary ancestors might have seen it as a bright light in the sky.<p>As our solar system traveled through radioactive specks of stardust left over from the explosion, some of the dust broke through our atmosphere …

Jupiter is humongous, and this photo of its hellish moon proves it

You'd be right to doubt whether or not Jupiter actually orbits the sun, or if you could survive the planet's sickening radiation belt, but make no mistake about its size.<p>At more than 89,000 miles in diameter and about 318 times more massive than Earth — within the ballpark of being a failed star— …

The First Private Moon Mission Will Take Your Ashes Into Space

Moon Express reached a unique milestone last week when it became the first private company to be cleared for a mission to the moon by the U.S. …

Image: A Hubble sky full of stars

Located approximately 22,000 light-years away in the constellation of Musca (The Fly), this tightly packed collection of stars—known as a globular …

Scientists Discovered a New Type of Fire

When they appear in the wild they can be devastating, but in a controlled environment fire tornadoes are not only mesmerizing to watch, it turns out …

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Here's why NASA won't work with China to explore space

<b>Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen or read "The Martian."</b><p>In the "The Martian," a hit sci-fi novel and recent blockbuster movie, there's a moment where NASA launches a rocket full of supplies to Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars.<p>Unfortunately for Watney, the rocket blows up and NASA …

A new NASA website offers daily images of Earth taken from space

NASA has teased us with a few stunning images of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite — but now we'll be able feast on the spacecraft's photographs daily. The space agency launched a new website today that will post a dozen new images from DSCOVR each day, showing …