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Juno spacecraft crosses Jupiter / Sun gravitational boundary

Since its launch five years ago, there have been three forces tugging at NASA's Juno spacecraft as it speeds through the solar system. The sun, Earth …

Where Should America Build Its Next Space Station?

In case you haven't noticed, NASA's lease on the International Space Station is about to expire, and moving day is just around the corner.<p>Russia plans to begin disassembling the International Space Station sometime in 2023, or 2024 at the latest. Assuming it follows through on the threat, detaching …

International Space Station's inflatable room successfully installed

A second attempt to install the BEAM inflatable habitat on the ISS has succeeded.<p>The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, slated in 2014 for a 2015 installation, is now finally successfully installed, inflated and fully pressurised on the International Space Station. It was NASA's second attempt to …

Space Exploration

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space early Friday morning. It's the third time the company has recovered the vehicle post-launch, and the second time the rocket has landed intact on the ship. Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it …

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Watch SpaceX fire up its Crew Dragon capsule's escape engines

This week, SpaceX successfully tested the engines it will use in its Crew Dragon, the spacecraft it's building to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The engines, called SuperDracos, were fired up 27 times at the company's test stand in McGregor, Texas. The SuperDracos are …

Space Travel

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica

The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA's finest hour.<p><b>February 1, 2016:</b> <i>One of the most tragic events in the history of space</i> …

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere -- There is perhaps no better place to get away from it all than Norway’s Bouvet Island. Located in the South Atlantic Ocean between Africa, South America, and Antarctica, this uninhabited, 49-square-kilometer (19-square-mile) shield volcano is one of the most remote islands in the world. The nearest large land mass is the Princess Astrid Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica—1,700 kilometers (1,100 miles) to the south. The nearest inhabited place is Tristan da Cunha, a remote island 2,260 kilometers (1,400 miles) to the northwest that is home to a few hundred people. On May 26, 2013, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this natural-color image of Bouvet Island. Thick ice covers more than 90 percent of the island year round. Christensen glacier drains the north side; Posadowsky glacier drains the south side. A ring of volcanic black sand beaches encircles most of the island. In many areas, the thick layer of ice stops abruptly at the island’s edge, forming steep ice cliffs that plunge to the beaches and oceans below. Seen from above, one of the most prominent features is Wilhelmplataet caldera, the large circular depression on the western side of Bouvet. Calderas form following volcanic eruptions as land collapses into newly empty or partly-emptied magma chambers. The most recent eruption occurred on Bouvet about 2,000 years ago. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Adam Voiland. Instrument: Landsat 8 - OLI Credit: NASA Earth Observatory #nasagoddard #Norway #volcano #earth

Mega Discovery! 715 Alien Planets Confirmed Using A New Trick On Old Kepler Data

Planet-watchers, some exciting news: you know how we keep talking about planet candidates, those planets that have yet to be confirmed, when we …

Can Quiet, Efficient 'Space Elevators' Really Work?

Is it time to push the "up" button on the space elevator?<p>A space elevator consisting of an Earth-anchored tether that extends 62,000 miles (100,000 …

NASA Mars Orbiter Views Opportunity Rover on Ridge

A new image from a telescopic camera orbiting Mars shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at work on "Murray Ridge," without any new impact …

Mars Orbiter

hunting PLATO mission

19 February 2014<p>A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA’s third medium-class science …

Neutron star spotted moving 5 million mph, trailing particle jet | Ars Technica

Jet is the longest collection of high energy particles in the Milky Way.<p>Yesterday, the people who run NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory announced that …

India Unveils Astronaut Capsule

<b>NEW DELHI—</b>India is revving up plans to become the fourth nation to send humans into space. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today …

The Stardust probe photographs Comet Tempel 1 #now in 2011, making the comet the 1st to be visited twice:  http://t.co/WdsgDIubO8

China Moon Rover Survives Lunar Night, 'Stands a Chance' of Recovery

It's alive! … Sort of. Reports of the death of China's first moon rover, Yutu, have been greatly exaggerated, according to the country's state-run …

Big Pic: The Solar System's Largest Moon, Mapped

A geological guide to Jupiter's moon Ganymede<p>Fancy a trip to see Punt crater? This map will show you the way, though you're on your own for arranging transportation.<p>This is a map of Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter. With a diameter of more than 3,000 miles, Ganymede is three-quarters the size …

China reactivates Jade Rabbit lunar rover | News | DW | 13.02.2014

The Jade Rabbit, or Yutu lunar rover is back up and running after surviving a bitterly cold 14-day lunar night, Chinese officials said on …

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Dramatic photo taken by the ISS crew showing #Sochi Olympic Park. Fisht Stadium and the flame are visible. http://t.co/2vA1f9iTsD

Mighty Mobile Rocket Launcher: Rolling NASA Platform Ready for Upgrade (Photo)

NASA's 21st-century mobile rocket launch platform stands silhouetted by the morning sun in this striking view taken at the agency's Kennedy Space …

NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

NASA and its international partners have appointed crew members for a 2016 mission to the International Space Station.

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Check out the latest photos of Mercury from NASA's Messenger Probe: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/p4sb

Morpheus Completes Fifth Free-Flight

NASA Mars Orbiters See Clues to Possible Water Flows

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Found: The Oldest Known Star In The Universe

Astronomers announced yesterday that they've spotted a child of the very first stars.<p>Astronomers announced yesterday that they discovered the oldest known star in the universe. They believe the star is from the second generation of stars ever to form.<p>Stefan Keller, an astronomer at the Mount …