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NASA's Curiosity rover eyes weird rock on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity went out of its way to investigate a rock the likes of which it has never seen before on the Red Planet.

Measurements by Curiosity's rock-zapping ChemCam laser and another instrument revealed that the target, a chunk of bedrock dubbed Elk, contains high levels of silica …

Mars

Another beautiful coronal mass ejection shot from NASA http://t.co/O192FM0naA

Pluto's escaping atmosphere extends 1,000 miles out into space

Pluto's atmosphere has an extended reach. Data collected by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals that the gas surrounding the dwarf planet extends as far as 1,000 miles outward into space. That's more than 13 times farther than Earth's atmosphere, which tapers off at around 75 miles above our …

Pluto

Brown dwarfs, stars share formation process, new study indicates

Astronomers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered jets of material ejected by still-forming young brown dwarfs. The …

Space Science

Ice flows, haze offer more clues to Pluto’s geology

Exotic ices flow across Pluto’s surface, and its reddish color appears to come from a thin haze, the latest report from the New Horizons spacecraft …

Earth Science

Hunt for alien life on Jupiter begins

European Space Agency joins forces with Airbus to develop new space probe to look for extra-terrestrial existence

In the past year humanity has landed on a comet, ventured to Pluto and discovered another planet which is so like our own it has been dubbed Earth 2.0.

But in the coming decades, space …

Space Science

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds Earth's cousin

NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world. The space agency today announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the smallest planet we've found yet orbiting inside a star's habitable zone — the places around a sun where it’s warm enough for liquid surface water. NASA …

Universe

NASA Releases a New Blue Marble

In December 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts captured one of the clearest views of a fully illuminated Earth, an image that came to be known as the Blue …

NASA

Lasers Could Blast Tiny Spacecraft to the Stars

Traveling to other star systems is a big dream, but achieving it may require going ultrasmall.

Blasting tiny, waferlike sailing spacecraft with …

Space

Watch Live as 3 Astronauts Launch for the International Space Station

Three astronauts who will spend the next five months in space are set to launch from the desert in Kazhakstan on Wednesday.

The astronauts will take off for the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket at 5:02 p.m. EST. Over the next six hours, the crew plans to …

Space

Philae has been silent for 11 days, worried scientists reveal

The European Space Agency say the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet (pictured) last year may have shifted its position, making it harder to …

Space

Trillion-dollar platinum asteroid buzzes the Earth

This is what $5 trillion looks like flying by.

An asteroid containing up to $5.4 trillion in platinum passed by the Earth on Sunday night. The space rock, named 2011 UW158, came within about six times the distance to the Moon, its closest pass of the Earth since its discovery in 2011.

It won't get …

Platinum

Prepare to be wowed by NASA's new flyover footage of Pluto

NASA have released more amazing footage of the Pluto flyby.

The stunning video shows a simulated flyover of the planet's 11,000-ft-tall mountain range …

Mountains

Asteroid worth $7 trillion to whizz past Earth: Watch the first images!

New Delhi: Tonight an asteroid is set to to whizz past Earth! This particular one, called asteroid 2011 UW-158, which measures around 452 metres by …

Space

New Pluto images reveal vast water deposits

Scientists have found vast frozen plains next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains of water ice, it has been revealed

Scientists have found vast frozen plains next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains of water ice.

The New Horizons spacecraft team revealed close-up photos of those plains Friday, …

Pluto

Now That We've Explored All The Planets, What's The Next Frontier?

Pluto is just the beginning

When I was growing up, there were nine planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. By 1989, all of those planets had been explored … except Pluto. Though it's no longer classified as a planet by some folks, Pluto …

Pluto

7 surprising things we've already learned about Pluto and its moons

NASA's New Horizons probe only flew by Pluto on Tuesday, but we're already learning brand new things about the dwarf planet and its moons thanks to the piano-sized probe.

Well before the Tuesday flyby, New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern predicted that Pluto would be surprising, and the …

Moon Missions

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We've come a long way! http://t.co/u4sDyy5Mry

Beautiful family portrait by @bhgross144, via @AsapSCIENCE) http://t.co/F0ZHGQR2LM

The Icy Mountains of Pluto

New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains.

Milky Way tour reveals space dust in 3D

Pluto close-up pictures reveal 11,000 foot high ice mountains

These are the first close-up images from NASA's New Horizons probe as it passes Pluto marking the 'end of an era' in Solar System exploration

Pluto has 11,000 ft mountains made of water ice and is likely to have volcanoes and geyzers, the New Horizon team announced today.

Nasa said it had inspired a …

Space Science

Pluto the dog can, like, totally be seen on Pluto the dwarf planet

Legend has it that on the evening of September 14th, 1928, a 26-year-old Walt Disney looked up in the sky and observed a glow unlike he had ever seen before. It was faint, but Disney was a known visionary — one with superhuman sight. Disney squinted, and through that squint he saw a planet. …

Pluto

This Week's Night Sky: Ghostly Stellar Ring Revealed

Pluto is only one of several celestial bodies putting on a show this week.

While Pluto steals the headlines, sky-watchers can hunt down a distant dying star’s last breath.

Venus and Jupiter. Venus and Jupiter dominate the sunset sky this week. On Monday, July 13, the planets appear 4 degrees …

Astronomy

Pluto and Charon Shine in False Color

Pluto and Charon Shine in False Color
14 Jul 2015
(Source: NASA)

This 13 July July 2015, image of Pluto and Charon is presented in false colors to make …

Moon Missions

See the sun go through seasons of sizzle and simmer in new image

Every 11 or so years, the sun goes through a period of high, then low activity. A new image from the European Space Agency shows the phenomenon at a …

Astronomy

Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought

New Horizons spacecraft reveals the dwarf planet is slightly larger, has polar ice cap, and more

The New Horizons spacecraft isn't scheduled for its closest flyby to Pluto until tomorrow morning, but it's already revealing intriguing new information. In a press conference this morning, NASA …

Pluto

NASA's Pluto mission is already surprising scientists with what it has found

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday morning, and even though we've only seen a small trickle of data so far, the findings are already surprising scientists.

A group of New Horizons scientists took to Reddit on July 14 to answer questions about the Pluto flyby, …

Pluto