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Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions?

As we journey around the galaxy, our solar system might regularly interact with dark matter, which might dislodge Oort cloud comets and boost heat in …

Could There Be Another Planet Behind the Sun?

<i>If you’ve read your share of sci-fi, and I know you have, you’ve read stories about another Earth-sized planet orbiting on the other side of the</i> …

Astronomy

Shocking Or Intriguing? NASA Challenges Physics, To Build Faster-Than-Light Spaceship ‘Warp Drive’

NASA scientist Harold White has stunned the world with his announcement that he and his team has begun work on the development of a faster-than-light …

The dark future of American space exploration - Vox

NASA's golden age is about to come to a thudding halt<p>One by one they flickered to life. Venus, first, in 1962, and two and a half years later, Mars. Our spacecraft flew by those planets, orbited them, and became manmade meteors streaking toward the first soil we couldn’t generically call "earth." …

New Photos of Dwarf Planet Ceres Reveal Mysterious Bright Spots

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft races toward a March 6 arrival at the icy world, puzzling features come into view.<p>New images of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt, reveal a world that's even stranger than scientists expected.<p>The 590-mile-wide (950 kilometers) icy world is …

How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?

Light speed is often spoken of as a cosmic speed limit … but not everything plays by these rules. In fact, space itself can expand faster than a …

One-way Mars trip: shortlist includes seven Australians

Seven Australians have made a shortlist of 100 candidates competing for a one-way trip to Mars to establish the red planet’s first colony.<p>Nineteen-year-old Sare Teah, stand-up comedian Josh Richards and geoscientist Electra Navarone were among the Australian finalists for the Mars One project, …

Space Science

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

Solar flair: NASA mission provides mesmerizing images of the sun

<b>(CNN) —</b> For five years, a NASA spacecraft has drifted through the heavens, providing astronomers with the most detailed views of the sun to date.<p>And now, following the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission's fifth anniversary, we can share in some of the most dramatic and mesmerizing moments of …

Universe

Interstellar VFX research leads to scientific paper on wormholes

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic, nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, has led to new scientific discoveries<p>When it comes to the movies, science fiction and science fact are usually world's apart. Films might be based on real-life research and theories, but the truth is often stretched to …

SpaceX Launches DSCOVR Space Weather Satellite, But No Rocket Landing

The third time was the charm for SpaceX Wednesday (Feb. 11) with the launch of a long-delayed space weather satellite on a million-mile trek into …