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Google's epic space documentary hits YouTube

The future of Neil deGrasse Tyson's television science series <i>Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey</i> may be up in the air, but in the meantime, Google is …

Space Exploration

Outernet Joins The Space Race For Internet Accessibility

The space race to launch satellites providing internet coverage to the roughly 4 billion people living in unconnected or nominally connected communities around the world is no longer just the purview of billionaire moguls and the world’s biggest Internet companies.<p>Outernet, a small, …

Super-Earth Gliese 581d might have been dismissed too soon

Scientists around the world are searching the universe for Earth-like planets that orbit parent stars in the so-called Goldilocks zone where the …

Scientists prepare to wake Philae lander from its deep sleep in the shadows of comet 67P

Starting tomorrow, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to make contact with the stricken Philae lander for the first time in nearly four months.<p>The spacecraft successfully touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November last year, but an unexpectedly bouncy …

Conspiracy theorists claim to see a 'mushroom cloud' on Mars

Did an ancient nuclear war kill life on Mars? Conspiracy theorists claim to see a 'mushroom cloud' on the red planet<p><b>The image shows a zoomed in</b> …

Space Probe Quartet Aims To Fly Through Magnetic Explosions

They’ll launch this week to study Earth’s magnetosphere<p>Every now and then, the Sun sends us a few excited visitors, in the form of supercharged particles. Whenever solar flares or other eruptions surge from our star, they often occur along with a coronal mass ejection--a gigantic burst of gas and …

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus May Have Sandy Hot Springs

Turning the heat up on this frigid space rock<p>Earth isn’t the only space rock in our solar system with an ocean. Astronomers theorize that a vast sea lies underneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and many believe that Saturn’s chilly moon Enceladus is also home to a hidden ocean—the liquid …

Orbital Test-Fires SLS Rocket Booster With Mars in Mind

A beefed-up space shuttle solid rocket motor passed a two-minute test-firing on the ground in Utah on Wednesday, a major milestone in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep-space destinations, including an asteroid and …

Space Exploration

What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto pictures

<b>Thursday, July 16 at 07:24 UT / 03:24 ET / 00:24 PT: 1hr 52m downlink: First Look D</b><p>3 frames on <b>Charon</b> from high-resolution LORRI mosaic at 0.38 km/pix …

Interview with an SLS Engineer

This video by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center shows part of the fabrication and propellant casting process for the Space Launch System's …

Dark Energy Survey Reveals Signs of Nine Dwarf Galaxies

Two groups of astronomers looking around the edges of our Milky Way galaxy were surprised to find a gaggle of previously undetected dwarf satellite galaxies — incredibly dim conglomerations of stars that may account for some of the mysterious dark matter in our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Nine galaxy …

Dark Matter

Nasa reveals plans to produce breathable air on Mars

Science fiction came one step closer to becoming reality after scientists announced their plans to introduce oxygen to Mars’ atmosphere.<p>After sending …

Red Planet or Bust? Private Mars One Mission Faces Earthly Challenges

The Dutch-based Mars One venture is closing in on choosing its crews for one-way trips to the Red Planet, but will they be all dressed up in spacesuits with no place to go? Over the past week, there's been a string of reports that highlight the huge challenges facing Mars One.<p>Space News reports …

Birthing Babies On Mars Will Be No Small Feat

Parenting is tough enough here on Earth. Imagine being the parent of a toddler confined to a modular Martian habitat on the dusty plains of Tharsis. With nary a “jungle gym” in sight, could human parents on Mars cope with the stress of raising kids in such an alien environment?<p>Because there are not …

Postpartum

Planet Earth: Facts About Its Orbit, Atmosphere & Size

Earth, our home, is the third planet from the sun. It is the only planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of liquid water …

Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

The Voyager spacecraft have revolutionized our understanding of our solar system since their launch in 1977. After decades of sending back data on our planetary neighbors, Voyager 1 and 2 are entering new territory: interstellar space.<p>In a new book, <i>The Interstellar Age: Inside The Forty-Year</i> …

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Google Lunar XPrize teams partner for a 2016 SpaceX moonshot

The Google Lunar XPrize, a $30 million purse of prizes encouraging private teams to put lunar rovers on the moon, this morning took if not quite a giant leap, then at least a big step. Two of those teams, Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and Japan-based Hakuto, signed on to share a rocket ride to the …

Space Exploration

Potential NASA mission may search for alien life: ‘This is our chance’

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A potential NASA mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa may set out to try and answer the age-old question, “Are we alone in the …