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This is the last image sent by NASA's Messenger before it crashed into Mercury

At approximately 3:26PM ET yesterday, NASA's Messenger probe slammed into the planet Mercury at speeds of around 8,750 mph or 2.5 miles per second. The picture above is the last image it beamed back to Earth before ending its 10-year mission, four years of which were spent orbiting Mercury, the …

Astronomy

Lava Lake on Moon of Jupiter Revealed in Remarkable Detail

The two mirrors of an Arizona telescope reveal heat rising from the horseshoe-shaped Loki lava lake on the moon Io.<p>For the first time ever, researchers on Earth have been able to capture detailed images of the heat rising from an active volcano on another body in the solar system.<p>Using its twin …

What if There Were Other Bands Besides Nirvana?

As we all know, Nirvana is the only band that ever existed. But what if—and this is crazy—we had other bands to talk about?<p>We are so lucky to have had Nirvana. For seven gloriously angst-filled years, we had a band. It was a new and exciting experience for the world to have its first and only band. …

Microsoft bought 'Minecraft' because it's perfect for HoloLens

Microsoft surprised many when it announced it had acquired Mojang, maker of the hit game <i>Minecraft</i> for $2.5 billion. What could a company specializing in operating systems, business software and consoles do with an already popular sandbox game primarily enjoyed by children? The game's creator, …

Let the Discoveries Begin: A Guide to Dawn's Exploration of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dear Dawnticipating Explorers,<p>Now orbiting high over the night side of a dwarf planet far from Earth, Dawn arrived at its new permanent residence on …

The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea

LOS ANGELES—As we set off for our destination off the Southern California coast, Captain Rex Levi weaves Mr. Barker’s LegaSea, a 55-foot Chris Craft …

Northern California

4/30/2015 — Volcanic Eruption off West Coast United States! Oregon undersea volcano now erupting

A new volcanic eruption is now confirmed to be taking place off the West Coast of the United States.<p>The new undersea volcanic activity is occurring …

Geology

So Close! Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Land on a Ship

Space Travel

Weird Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres Still a Mystery in New Maps

Strange bright spots on the surface of the Ceres continue to mystify scientists even as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is beaming the best maps yet of the …

Fully Restored: 11K Mile 1986 Ford RS200

This 1986 Ford RS200 is described as immaculate with only 150 miles use since a full 2012 mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment. A factory …

Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List

There are plenty of great books out there about space — so many, in fact, that it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start, …

Books

Just Discovered In Australia: The Largest Asteroid Impact Ever

When exactly the massive rock hit Earth remains a mystery<p>A long time ago, a huge meteorite entered the earth's atmosphere in a screaming fireball. In its last violent moments, it split into two massive pieces, each at least 6 miles across, and slammed into the earth, creating twin impact craters …

In Space, No One Can Hear You Stress

How astronauts cope with the pressures of living and working in the ISS<p>The daily grind can be stressful enough, but what happens when you move it to low Earth orbit, 268 miles above the planet’s surface? To find out, <i>Popular Science</i> caught up with veteran NASA astronaut and space medicine specialist …

Space Exploration

Life Exists On 'Billions' Of Alien Planets Says Study

Billions of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, have between one and three planets which could potentially support life, according to …

Solar System’s Largest Moon Has a Saltwater Ocean Greater Than All the Water on Earth

Ganymede's ocean is 10 times deeper than any on Earth.<p>Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede may have a subterranean saltwater ocean that is thought to have …

Astronomy

Xbox Live for Windows 10 will be free for online multiplayer gaming

Microsoft is finally bringing Xbox Live to Windows PCs and phones in a meaningful way with Windows 10, and with it comes the possibility of online multiplayer gaming using Microsoft's gaming service. While Microsoft currently charges Xbox One owners to use online multiplayer gaming, the software …

40 maps that explain outer space - Vox

Space is uniquely difficult for us to wrap our heads around. It's bigger, by many orders of magnitude, than anything we ever experience firsthand, and involves processes that unfold over the course of billions of years. One thing that can help you visualize space is maps and graphics like these — …

Cash crunch forces tech website Gigaom to shut down

The plug was pulled suddenly at Gigaom, a technology website that was once in the vanguard of a cluster of emerging digital news ventures.<p>Late Monday afternoon, the San-Francisco-based company posted a note announcing "All operations have ceased." The website had run out of money and turned over …

NASA Dawn Probe Enters Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres, a Historic First

The year of the dwarf planet has begun.<p>NASA's Dawn probe arrived at Ceres today (March 6) at about 7:39 a.m. EST (1239 GMT), becoming the first …

Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to …

The Total Solar Eclipse May Do More Than Just Darken Europe's Skies

A total solar eclipse--the biggest in Europe since 1999--will darken skies over parts of the continent at 9:45 a.m. UT (5:45 a.m. Eastern Time) on Friday, March 20.<p>The eclipse is expected to block a whopping 98 percent of the sun's light in northern Scotland, The Telegraph reported. As for London, …

Einstein's Gravity Confirmed on a Cosmic Scale

Proof of dark matter and dark energy, study says<p><b>The theory of gravity proposed by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago can explain the dance of galaxies around one another just as well as it can model the motion of planets around the sun, according to a new study.</b><p>The finding suggests that the …

Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a …

Astronomy

8 Surprising Things We Might Find On Ceres

Who knows what might be lurking on this weird, tiny space rock<p>When NASA’s Dawn mission gets to Ceres on March 6, it’ll be our first up-close look at a dwarf planet. The spacecraft will spend the next year or so orbiting this big rock, snapping photos, scanning its interior, and trying to make sense …

White Dwarfs: Compact Corpses of Stars

The stars in the sky may seem ageless and unchanging, but eventually most of them will turn into white dwarfs, the last observable stage of evolution …

How an Ion Drive Helped NASA's Dawn Probe Visit Dwarf Planet Ceres

<b>Update for March 6 at 10:09 a.m. EST</b>: NASA's Dawn probe successfully entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres today at 7:39 a.m. EST (1339 GMT). …

Astronomy

Hundreds of galaxies seen in a new 3-D view of the universe

The Hubble Space Telescope has some competition. A telescope in Chile has captured a three-dimensional view of a part of the sky previously imaged by …

Monster black hole discovered at cosmic dawn

Scientists have discovered the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time. The …