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Hints of Dark Matter Have NASA Scientists Over the Moon

WASHINGTON — Patience and meticulous science were cause for celebration when an international team of scientists announced new results pointing to …

Dark Matter

What Would It Be Like to Live on Venus?

Between its desiccated, red-orange landscape and surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, Venus is our solar system's analog to hell. Setting up …

Astronomy

The Moon Was a First Step, Mars Will Test Our Capabilities, but Europa Is the Prize

The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system. Scientists have been trying for years to kickstart a mission to …

Astronomy

SpaceX calls off launch of space weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory — and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt — …

Space Exploration

Hand of God nebula captured by Very Large Telescope

This week the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s “Very Large Telescope” (VLT) captured an image of the Hand of God. This nebulous globule is also …

Universe

Hubble study challenges "cosmic fireworks" as largest driver of galax

A Hubble Space Telescope study of massive galaxies two to three billion years after the Big Bang has uncovered two remarkable results that challenge …

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

• <i>Published:</i> January 30th, 2015<p>NASA is spending $916 million on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly …

Next Generation of Chinese Space Vehicles Begins Its Long March (By Standing Up)

On the tropical island Hainan, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center got its very first heavy rocket. The Long March 7 (LM-7), built by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), will likely not launch until 2016, but Chinese engineers have assembled it on the launch pad's mobile …

Space Exploration

Comet Lovejoy Glows as It Swings Around the Sun

The beautiful, green-hued Comet Lovejoy made its closest approach to the sun early Friday morning and should put on a dazzling show for skywatchers in another week or so.<p>Comet Lovejoy — known officially as C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy — came within 120 million miles (193 million kilometers) of the sun in …

Astronomy

Rocket blasts off with NASA satellite to track climate change | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth’s soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change.<p>The tiny amount of soil moisture links the …

Space Exploration

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Blasts Puff, Bubble Blows Rough, and Rockets Sound Off

Northern lights gleam, stellar debris blows into a bubble, and gassy explosions leave behind pits in this week's best space pictures.

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

On a mountaintop in Chile, excavators have just started work on a construction site. It will soon be home to a powerful new telescope that will have a good shot at finding the mysterious Planet X, if it exists.<p>"Planet X is kind of a catchall name given to any speculation about an unseen companion …

Universe

NASA May Soon Send This Spacecraft to Jupiter's Moon Europa

With massive oceans buried under six kilometers of ice, Jupiter's moon Europa has long been a dream destination for astronomers. It's possible that …

Signs of life 12 miles under Earth hint at potential for life on other planets

Life teems all over our planet's exterior and even down into the lightless oceanic depths. But just how far underground might life be able to hack it?<p>…

Titan: Facts About Saturn's Largest Moon

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest in the solar system (after Ganymede of Jupiter). It is the only moon in the solar system with …

The Long, Spiraling Path NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Will Take to Ceres

Over the next few months, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be slowly spiraling down toward Ceres, a dwarf planet out in the asteroid belt. Ceres' gravity …

Jupiter Wins the Starring Role in February’s Planet Parade

Planets are on parade in February's night sky.<p>Giant Jupiter will dazzle all night long for the entire month, as the planet is now is at opposition to the sun. And if you're awake in the early morning hours, look for the ringed wonder, beautiful Saturn. Skywatchers will also have good opportunities …

Astronomy

Spacecraft Launched to Watch Earth and Warn of Solar Storms

From a million miles away, an Earth-watching satellite will issue solar storm warnings.<p><i>Update: The DSCOVR spacecraft launched Wednesday, February 11, at 6:03 p.m. EST. The 1,256-pound (570 kilogram) observatory will take about 110 days to reach its orbital position and begin operations.</i><p>A planned …