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Saturn's Moon Titan May Offer a Glimpse of Life as We Don't Know It

Next month, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its 126th and final pass around Saturn's large moon Titan, leaving scientists with a rich picture of …

Biggest Stars In The Universe: Westerlund 1-26, A Red Hypergiant Nearby, Could Be Among Them

So far as telescopes in space go, the European Space Agency and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is among the most prolific in sending back stunning …

Why String Theory Could Be The Key to Uncovering The 'Theory of Everything'

Life, the Universe, and everything.<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and …

NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft Orbiting the Moon

Much like George Clooney in <i>Gravity</i>, sometimes, spacecrafts meet unfortunate fates—they get lost in space, and are almost always victims of the final …

NASA Just Released the Raw Data From its Latest Observations of our 'Sister Solar System'

You see what they see.<p>A few weeks ago, NASA announced the discovery of seven, Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 39 light-years away.<p>Known as …

Universe

Airbus took the wraps off its futuristic flying car, and it’s pretty insane

If you rolled your eyes and uttered a cynical “yeah, right” last year when you read about Airbus’s plan for a futuristic flying car, then you’ll be …

Congress just passed a bill that tells NASA to send humans to Mars by 2033

For the first time in more than six years, both chambers of Congress passed a bill that approves funding for NASA and gives the space agency new mandates.<p>The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 is a bill that the Senate and House collaborated on for months, and it appropriates $19.5 billion …

Space Science

Scientists are beginning to rethink where Earth's water came from

The Earth has been the blue planet for as many as 3.8 billion years.<p>Ancient sedimentary rock deposits and lava that cooled into characteristic pillow shapes provide irrefutable evidence that liquid water has existed at the Earth's surface for at least this long.<p>But given how many barren rocks there …

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

So crazy, it just might work.<p>NASA scientists have proposed a bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make the Red Planet habitable for …

There's a Massive, Glowing Blob in The Universe, And a Mystery Source Is Lighting It Up

No one knows what's powering this thing.<p>Astronomers have discovered a vast, glowing blob of gas in the distant Universe, and they can't figure out …

The Prospects for Life on TRAPPIST-1 Keep Getting Better

Less than a week ago, the citizens of Earth were introduced (technically, re-introduced) to a star system 39 light years away hosting seven …

This animation shows how fast a rocket must go to leave every planet

Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX announced Monday that it plans to launch two paying customers around the moon in late 2018.<p>How hard will that be to accomplish, exactly?<p>Gravity makes it possible for us to live on Earth, but it also makes it pretty hard to leave.<p>Satellites fight gravity by …

Space

Elon Musk: SpaceX is going to launch 2 space tourists 'beyond the moon'

During a conference call with reporters on Monday, Elon Musk said SpaceX will launch two private investors on a roughly one-week mission around the moon.<p>"I hope this gets people really excited about sending people into deep space again," Musk said.<p>The two passengers aren't ready to disclose their …

Space Travel

What will the James Webb Space Telescope reveal about the newly discovered exoplanets?

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been almost two decades in the making and, spanning the size of a tennis court, will be the largest space …

TRAPPIST-1: How Long Would It Take to Fly to 7-Planet System?

The discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, TRAPPIST-1, is certainly exciting news. But what would it take to visit one of these …

Solar System

See drone video of SpaceX landing a Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX on Sunday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the same historic launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center where NASA sent astronauts to the moon and hosted the beginning and end of the shuttle program. A few minutes later at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station the first stage of that rocket did …

Event Horizon Telescope will soon take the first black hole photo

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is finally ready to take a picture of Sagittarius A*. From April 5th to 14th this year, the virtual telescope that's been in the making for the past two decades will peer into the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy. EHT is actually an array of …

Here’s a drone’s-eye view of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing

This doesn’t get old<p>Rocket launches are always fun to watch, but witnessing SpaceX (or Blue Origin, for that matter) land a rocket is always an awe-inspiring event. This morning, Elon Musk’s company successfully landed its third rocket on the ground after delivering its payload into space, and …

Baby supernova discovery hints at how star explosions are born

Baby pictures of a newborn supernova have captured this stellar explosion after the first half-dozen hours of its life, shedding light on how these giant explosions happen, a new study finds.<p>This newly discovered cosmic baby is the type of supernova that occurs when a giant star runs out of fuel …

The Views of Jupiter You Won't Find in a Textbook

NASA spacecraft Juno is providing a fresh look at the gas giant since settling into its orbit last summer.<p>Imagine Jupiter as it’s usually depicted: a bulbous marble, with alternating bands of reds, oranges, yellows, and creams, a few wisps of blue and green, and that unmistakable round spot just …

Astronomy

Faintest Galaxies Ever Seen Explain The 'Missing Link' In The Universe

To see farther than ever, we point our most powerful space telescopes at a single region and collect light for days.<p>The Hubble Frontier Fields program focused on massive galaxy clusters, using their gravity to enhance our sight even further.<p>The only problem? The cluster itself is closer and …

What Drives The Universe’s Accelerated Expansion? Researchers Propose Experiment To Determine If Dark Energy Or Modified Gravity Is Responsible

The universe is expanding, and as it does, it is also accelerating. In 2011, three researchers who proved the universe’s expansion was speeding up by …

Is there life on Europa? NASA has a plan to find out

NASA has outlined what could be the next major phase in the search for life in our Solar System. Under the direction of the US Congress in 2016, the …

How do you stop astronauts going mad?

When the space race started, some scientists worried life in space would prove too much for humans. Can we cope with missions that may take years?<p>"Impulsive, suicidal, sexually-aberrant thrill seeker." What kind of person might that describe? A Big Brother contestant? A Base jumper? A cult leader? …

Space Science

Astronomers Discover A White Dwarf-Red Dwarf Binary System That Behaves Like A Pulsar

Just 380 light-years from Earth lies a unique stellar object named AR Scorpii. Although this object, which consists of a rapidly spinning white dwarf …

Astronomers Just Found More Evidence of a New Type of Black Hole

Black holes keep getting stranger.<p>Black holes are among the most mysterious objects in the Universe. But they have one thing in common - most of the …

Trump's Justice Department may crack down on thriving pot industry, but is it too big to jail?

Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting – but it is usually on the Jiu Jitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year old prefers to engage completely baked.<p>"You know that movie 'Drunken Master'?" he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret weapon is …

Cannabis

Milky Way galaxy is being pushed across the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is being pushed across the universe by a large unseen force, according to new research. Although it may not seem like a friendly gesture, the newly discovered Dipole Repeller is actually helping our galaxy on its journey across the expanding …

NASA Just Captured Some of The Most Mind-Blowing Images of Saturn's Icy Rings Ever

Before the final plunge.<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured some of the closest-ever views of Saturn's rings, with new images revealing …

Spaceworks may have a real-world stasis chamber for space travel by 2018

A process traditionally used to treat cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury is now showing promise as a possible method to enable long-term space …