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Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

For more than a decade scientists have been at a loss to explain why there are fewer stars than they predicted<p>There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself …

The Physics of the Death Star

How to destroy an Alderaan-sized planet.<p><i>“What’s that star?<br>It’s the Death Star.<br>What does it do?<br>It does Death. It does Death, buddy. Get out of my</i> …

Physics

Why some physicists aren't buying Hawking's new black hole theory

Stephen Hawking has released a new paper that challenges the concept of an event horizon, a point of no return thought to surround a black hole. But …

Grey is the New Black Hole: Is Stephen Hawking Right? (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to LiveScience's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Deke Slayton: Mercury Astronaut Who Waited To Fly

Donald "Deke" Slayton was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts — but he never flew in that program. Because of a heart condition, he was grounded …

World's most powerful satellite telescope 'Gaia' launched to map Milky Way in 3D

Europe has launched a billion dollar state of the art space telescope, that should bring back home the most detailed 3D map of our galaxy.<p>The …

The hunt for other 'Earths': Are we getting closer?

Scientists have now identified 1,000 planets revolving around other suns, and 12 of those might actually be able to support life. Finding another …

Hubble Looks but Finds No Trace of Comet ISON

On December 18, the Hubble Space Telescope slewed to Comet ISON’s expected position and found nothing down to the incredibly faint magnitude of 25. …

'An early Christmas': Astronauts remove faulty ISS pump ahead of schedule

Two U.S. astronauts successfully removed an old pump on the International Space Station on Saturday, completing the first of a number of planned …

Space 51

“Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to …

Christmas Day spacewalk? Astronauts will go outside to fix space station.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are now scheduled to conduct three spacewalks to replace a malfunctioning coolant pump on the …

India's Mars mission leaves Earth's orbit, surpasses Chinese ambitions

India's first mission to Mars is now en route to the red planet, putting it far ahead of China's ambitions in space.<p>India's first mission to Mars …

NASA’s Hubble discovers freakish asteroid with six ‘tails’

Astronomers have for the first time seen an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel.<p>The findings were …

Mythbusting India's Mars Mission

The successful launch of India's Mars Orbiter Mission is a major step forward for an advancing Asian space power. The global space community has …

Olympic torch blasts into space ahead of Games

A rocket carrying the Olympic flame successfully blasted off on Thursday from earth ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.<p>NASA Live TV showed the …

On Strike in Outer Space

Skylab 4, the third and final manned mission to NASA’s ultimately doomed Skylab space station, was launched on 16 November 1973 and concluded on 8 …

Rare hybrid solar eclipse to occur on Sunday

<b>New Delhi:</b> A rare hybrid solar eclipse, which will be seen as ring-shaped in some parts of its path and a total eclipse in others, will occur on …

Meteorites rained life into Earth, says study

Meteorite bombardment left large craters on Earth that contained water and chemical building blocks for life, which ultimately led to the first …

Sun Straight Up Exploding All the Time This Weekend | WIRED

An X2.1 flare at 11:03 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2013 (Blend of 193 and 131 Angstrom wavelengths). <i>NASA/SDO</i><p>Close-up of an X2.1 flare at 11:03 a.m. on Oct. 25, …

Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid?

The UN voted last week to form an 'International Asteroid Warning Group' charged with coordinating a global response to a hypothetical asteroid on …

X Prize Foundation will crowdfund three new prizes. How it's a game-changer.

The X Prize Foundation announced this week that it will launch three new prize competitions before 2020. All of them, for the first time ever, will …

Space Launch System: NASA's Giant Rocket Explained (Infographic)

NASA unveiled its new rocket for deep space exploration - the Space Launch System - on Sept. 14, 2011. The rocket will launch astronauts into space …

Debut Test Flight Looms for Orion, NASA's Next Manned Spaceship

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — NASA is gearing up for the inaugural flight of its next manned spacecraft, which is now less than a year away.<p>NASA's Orion …

NASA's Next Mars Mission Poised for Nov. 18 Launch

NASA is putting the finishing touches on its next Mars mission, which is slated to launch toward the Red Planet just three weeks from today (Oct. 28).<p>…

25 Awe-Inspiring Images of the Milky Way Galaxy

1. Nebulae Name Game<p>2. A Star Is Born<p>3. Spinning in Infinity<p>4. Burst Into Light<p>5. Gaseous Shell<p>6. Carina Nebula<p>7. Homesteaders<p>8. Some Like It Hot<p>9. …

Wally Schirra, Engineering Precision, and a Disastrous Head Cold

The story of Scott Carpenter’s Aurora 7 flight is often contrasted with Wally Schirra’s Sigma 7 flight. Both were accomplished pilots when they joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 1959, and both flew orbital missions in 1962. But Carpenter’s flight landed him on the wrong side of Flight Director Chris …

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