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In a first, scientists detect 'fast radio bursts' from beyond the Milky Way galaxy

Sifting through the heavens like prospectors panning silt for a glint of gold, astronomers say they have finally pinpointed the source of so-called fast radio bursts – brief, powerful and mysterious flashes of light.<p>The discovery, described in a paper in Nature and two others in Astrophysical …

Netanyahu backs calls for convicted Israeli soldier to be pardoned

Israeli PM says manslaughter verdict handed to Sgt Elor Azaria for killing a Palestinian attacker is ‘painful for all of us’<p>The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has joined calls for an Israeli soldier to be pardoned after being convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a severely …

Israel

How Many Astronauts Believe Aliens Exist?

All of them, according to former Space Station commander Chris Hadfield. At least somewhere.<p>Astronaut Chris Hadfield is a reasonable man, a former commander of the International Space Station, and a social media superstar.<p>He recently went on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show to discuss his life and career …

SpaceX Is Already Working on Legal Approval for Its 2018 Mars Flight

The FAA is already working with SpaceX to ensure its Mars mission complies with the international Outer Space Treaty.<p>I've been to the Humans to Mars Summit, an annual conference thrown by Explore Mars about speeding up human colonization of the Red Planet, a few times. It's always fun, but it's …

USDOT

NASA and the author of ‘The Martian’ tell us exactly how we’ll get to Mars

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut who's been stranded on Mars and has to figure out how to survive until the space agency can devise a daring plan to rescue him.<p>But Earth's first manned mission to Mars will share little resemblance to the hit film — not to mention the book it's …

Space Science

NASA Wants to Build a Magnetic Force Field and a Deep Sleep Chamber For Astronauts on Mars

A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber to shuttle astronauts on long journeys, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest …

'Sideways' Alien Earths May Still Be Able to Support Life

An Earth-size waterworld tilted on its side may still be able to support life, if the oceans aren't too shallow, a new study suggests.<p>As long as the …

Scientists to Senator Ted Cruz: NASA needs to study Earth

The largest group of Earth scientists has sent a letter to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, making the case that NASA needs to continue studying …

Space Exploration

China’s Yutu Rover Reveals a Different Side of the Moon

Newly published results from China's first lunar rover suggest that the moon's past was livelier and more complex than previously thought.<p>China's Yutu moon rover found evidence of at least nine distinct rock layers deep beneath its wheels, indicating that the area has been surprisingly geologically …

Apollo Missions

This is the spacecraft Lockheed Martin wants to build to support human deep-space missions

Lockheed Martin has unveiled an ambitious proposal for a new spacecraft that would be used to resupply the International Space Station, launch commercial payloads, and support deep-space missions. The craft is composed of two main parts, a servicing vehicle named Jupiter and a cargo container …

Space Exploration

Jupiter's moon Ganymede has a salty ocean with more water than Earth

A salty ocean is lurking beneath the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found.<p>The ocean on …

Auroras Reveal Buried Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

Auroras wrapped around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, have confirmed that a salty ocean hides beneath the world’s surface.<p>The observations, made with the Hubble Space Telescope, add Ganymede to a long list of places in the solar system where water is abundant. They also …

Mysterious Signals From Space May Be Coming From A Planet 22 Light Years Away

Astronomers believe mysterious signals - previously dismissed as 'stellar bursts' - are coming from an Earth-like planet just 22 light years away.<p>Are …

For life to form on a planet it needs to orbit the right kind of star

In the search for life-sustaining planets we must first choose the right host star.<p>There are many factors that would make a star system too hostile …

Astronomers Have Found Second Exoplanet With Four Parent Stars

Just by looking at the revelations and discoveries made this week, I can say, astronomers are praiseworthily active and motivated to explore the …

Alien Planets With No Spin May Be Too Harsh for Life

Tidally-locked planets — planets with one side perpetually facing their star while the other remains shrouded in darkness — tend to be warmer on one …

Earth's varied landscape - from Yemen's blood-red desert to New York's concrete jungle - captured by astronauts onboard the ISS

• <b>The International Space Station will celebrate its 15th anniversary of continuous human occupation in November</b>• <b><br>Its current crew, on Expedition 42, has</b> …

Approaching Ceres

Dawn took this series of images of Ceres before it was captured into its first orbit. Dawn approached Ceres from the direction of the Sun and passed …

NASA: Ancient ocean once covered part of Mars

Imagine all the water in the Arctic Ocean. Now, imagine all that and more on Mars. If you visited the Red Planet roughly 4.3 billion years ago, that's what you likely would have found, say NASA scientists.<p>Their new study arrived at that "solid estimate ... by determining how much water was lost to …

What's Next for NASA's Dawn Probe at Dwarf Planet Ceres?

NASA's Dawn probe has begun orbiting Ceres, but the spacecraft still has some traveling to do before it starts taking the dwarf planet's measure.<p>Dawn …

Astronomy

Look At This Tiny Drone [Video]

This would mean the end of privacy, if wind didn’t exist<p>When learning to fly remotely controlled aircraft, it’s often best to start small. At under two inches a side, the CX-10 Mini Drone is about as small as drones come. Smaller than a graham cracker square, it’s a great introductory tool for …

Drones

Psychology: How many senses do we have?

We often talk of having five senses as a universal truth. In reality, there may be more – or fewer – depending on the way you look at the question. Christian Jarrett explains the controversy.<p>Some myths about the brain, such as the idea we only use 10% of our grey matter, are notorious, especially …

Consciousness

AP News Archive

Alien Life on Mars? NASA Rover Spots Methane, a Possible Sign of Microbes

Unexpected geology, or perhaps even alien life, may explain intriguing gas plumes.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—NASA's Curiosity rover team reported on Tuesday surprising spikes in methane gas, raising the possibility of microbial alien life on the red planet.<p>On Earth, most methane, better known as natural gas, is …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

'Fast Radio Burst' Spotted Live in Space for 1st Time

For the first time, a burst of radio waves hundreds of millions of times more energetic than the sun was caught red-handed as it slammed into the …

The Science of ‘Interstellar’: Look Beyond the Wormhole

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi blockbuster, "Interstellar," is winning kudos for its true-to-Einstein depiction of a black hole as well as its off-the-planet exploration agenda.<p>The movie tells the story of a failing Earth — and a last-gasp space mission that sends astronauts through an extradimensional …

Black Holes