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Space shuttle Challenger on LC-39A pad, almost hit by lightning, two days before mission STS-8 https://t.co/h8cfz2eg7s

Dawn probe spots organic materials on dwarf planet Ceres

Ceres is now officially included the list of celestial bodies where we've found organic molecules. NASA's Dawn scientists have spotted the presence of organic compounds on the dwarf planet using the spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR). They found the organics covering an …

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The gas cloud from which our solar system formed lasted about 4 million years

<b>About 4.6 billion years ago, an enormous cloud of hydrogen gas and dust collapsed under its own weight, eventually flattening into a disk called the</b> …

NASA Releases Most Detailed Photos of Saturn’s Rings Ever Taken

NASA just released the highest resolution photographs of Saturn’s rings yet. About 1.2 billion kilometers )(746 million miles) away from Earth, …

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NASA releases first results from 'Year In Space' twin study

Scott and Mark Kelly were part of a bold experiment to see how the human body fared after a year in space Photo: NASA<p>The first results from NASA’s …

Watch planets orbit a star 129 light-years away

Astronomers captured this 7-year time lapse of planets orbiting a faraway star.<p>The past few years have seen an explosion in the discovery of planets outside our solar system. Astronomers have now confirmed 3,442 exoplanets in the galaxy. And they think there could be 100 billion or more in …

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Binary Stars To Merge, Explode In 2022, First Of Its Kind Scientific Prediction Says

If a first of its kind scientific prediction turns out to be right, not just astronomers but everyone on Earth will be able to witness an unusual and …

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Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Here is a view of Earth and its moon, as seen from Mars. It combines two images acquired on Nov. 20, 2016, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars …

Amazing photo taken by ISS flying approximately 400km over thunderstorms https://t.co/fokmpM2sAE

The winter solstice is Wednesday: 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year

The winter solstice is upon us: Wednesday, December 21, will be the shortest day of 2016 for anyone living north of the equator (and Tuesday night was the longest night of the year). If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the official first day of winter is …

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Cassini completes first ring-skimming dive

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed the first of 20 close-proximity passes of Saturn's outermost rings. The pass, which took place on Dec. 4 at …

'Fluffy' Seeds Grow Into Baby Planets

How do baby planets form? This question would seem to have a simple answer: You take a huge quantity of dust in orbit around a young star, compress …

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Deep-Space Photo Shows Four Galaxies Colliding

About 300 million light-years away, four galaxies are colliding in a flurry of superheated gas and X-rays, and a Hungarian astrophotographer captured …

The sun looks like a creepy jack-o'-lantern in this NASA photo

Photos taken by a NASA space observatory in 2014 capture the sun in all its incredible, scary glory.<p>The images show our home star shining with a menacing, jack-o'-lantern-like smile.<p>The image, taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) just before Halloween two years ago, actually shows active …

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Weird Extragalactic X-Ray Flares Baffle Astronomers

Astronomers are scratching their heads over two mysterious objects in space that are unlike anything scientists have seen before. The objects blast …

Our Best Map Yet of Io's Volcanic Activity Looks Terrifying

Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically-active body in our solar system, and a recent observational campaign offers a little more insight into the …

Night Photography Camera Settings to Start With for Stars, Moon Milky Way

Once you’re comfortable creating communication between yourself, your camera, and the universe at night, it’s time to bring those technical and …

Look Out Below! Landslides Spotted on Pluto's Moon Charon

Look out below! Scientists have found evidence of landslides on Pluto's moon Charon. This is the first time this geologic feature has been discovered …

Ultaviolet Imaging Is Showing Us Mars Like We've Never Seen It

For the first time, scientists have obtained images of Mars’s fabled “nightglow,” a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon on the Red Planet, that could …

Universe may hold 10 times more galaxies than once thought

We just can't see most of them.<p>The observable universe was already incomprehensibly big, but it now looks to be even bigger. Astronomers have determined that are likely about 10 times more galaxies than previously thought, or between 1 trillion to 2 trillion. We just don't have the technology (or …

In Daylight on the Night Side

Photojournal: PIA20505<p>October 10, 2016<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down at the rings of Saturn from above the planet's nightside. The darkened …

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A Big Freeze, Rip or Crunch: how will the Universe end?

Many theoretical physicists believe the Universe could end between 2.8 billion and 22 billion years from now, but they can't agree on its ultimate fate<p>The "most precise measurement" ever made recently suggested our Universe is expanding much faster than previously thought, casting doubts on earlier …

Jupiter’s spooky sounds

When a NASA spacecraft made its first full orbit around Jupiter, an instrument on board recorded haunting sounds perfect for Halloween. The moans …

2016 September 25 - Saturn from Above

<b>Saturn from Above</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute<p><b>Explanation:</b> This image of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth. No …

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