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Opportunity rover finds fresh signs that ancient Mars was life-friendly

Fine-scale layering can be seen in this bedrock from the Whitewater Lake locality on Mars. The rock's characteristics suggest that it was formed in the presence of water. This false-color view was captured by the Opportunity rover's panoramic camera on Sept. 8, 2012 (Sol 3066). NASA / JPL-Caltech / …

Mars Rover

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012 | Reuters

(Reuters) - Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.<p>This image, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the M5.3 class solar flare that peaked on July 4, 2012, at …

Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Plenty of dwarf planets hide out beyond Pluto, perhaps steered by something much bigger.<p>Discovery of an icy "dwarf" world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday. (Read "Our Solar System" in</i> …

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Mars 'flying saucer' splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings rocketed high over the Pacific on Saturday and deployed a …

Manned missions could threaten Mars life - Technology & science - Space - Space.com | NBC News

Humanity has long dreamed of putting boots on Mars, but those boots have the potential to stomp all over any lifeforms that may exist on the Red Planet.<p>A seething, swarming mass of 100 trillion microbes will accompany every astronaut who lands on Mars. This diverse " microbiome " has evolved with …

Hubble captures rare image of triple Jupiter transit

Whilst Jupiter has in excess of 60 moons, the four and most famous of these are undoubtedly the Galilean set. First observed by Galileo Galilei in …

Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare

The sun fired off a massive solar flare late Friday (Dec. 19), after days of intense storms from our nearest star.<p>The huge solar flare registered as …

Astronomy

Best Space Photos of the Week - Dec. 20, 2014

World View Captures Spectacular Sunrise with High-Altitude Balloon (Video)<p>Credit: NASA Twitter<p>NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its …

Justin Lin's STAR TREK 3 To Open on Old Marvel Studios' 2016 Date

<b>Update</b>: Paramount has given Justin Lin's <b>Star Trek 3</b> a July 8, 2016 release date. Comic book readers will remember that date was previously reserved …

Star Trek

101 Best Night Sky Photos of 2014 by Stargazers

The Night Sky in 2014<p>Credit: Tommy Eliassen<p>Solar eclipses, the moon and more wowed Space.com readers this year. See the most amazing night sky photos …

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Best Photo Yet of Dwarf Planet Ceres

The dwarf planet Ceres is starting to come into focus for a voyaging NASA probe.<p>NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which will enter orbit around Ceres in March …

Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related …

UFO Shoots Laser Near Space Station? NASA Says There’s An Explanation For This Bizarre Sighting

A UFO appears to fire a red laser beam toward Earth from outside the International Space Station, in a video excerpted from the live NASA online …

Nasa reveal new planet-searching satellite Tess to help in hunt for alien life

The satellite is scheduled to be launched in August 2017<p>Nasas has unveiled their latest piece of space exploration equipment, designed to discover …

NASA releases video of Orion re-entry

Proving that not all the space spectaculars are on the big screen at Christmas, NASA has released video taken from inside the Orion spacecraft during …

UFO Spotted In Apollo 15 NASA Moon Mission Photo From 44 Years Ago — Apollo 12 Also

A UFO researcher was examining archival photos from the 1971 NASA moon mission Apollo 15 recently, when he discovered what he says is evidence of a …

Lockheed Gets NASA Funding for the SR-72 Hypersonic Spy Drone

Attempts to make hypersonic scramjets have so far ended in failure, but that's not going to stop Lockheed from working on a 4,500-mph drone meant to be the SR-72.<p><b>NASA awarded Lockheed Martin a modest $892,292</b> earlier this month to study the feasibility of developing an unmanned hypersonic spy plane …

Aviation

NASA scientists want to colonize Venus with giant floating cities

The surface of Venus is like a much hotter version of Mordor. The average temperature is around 900 degrees F, atmospheric pressures are 90 times that of Earth’s, and it’s full of very active volcanoes.<p>But the Venusian <i>sky</i> is much more pleasant. So much so, that a team of scientists at NASA Langley …

Amazing Footage Of What NASA Astronauts Will See When They Return From Mars

Orion will be the first spacecraft since the Apollo missions to usher a crew of astronauts out of our atmosphere and into deep space.<p>The capsule was successfully launched and recovered earlier this month, on Dec. 5.<p>And NASA just r eleased some amazing footage taken from inside the capsule during …

NASA emails spanner to space station, astronaut builds it using a 3D printer

The 3D printer at the International Space Station (ISS) has successfully built a ratchet wrench or a spanner after following design instructions …

NASA ponders airship city above Venus

NASA is floating the idea of a permanent human city above the surface of Venus using blimps so astronauts can study one of the most hostile …

Boeing Passes 2nd Key Test for NASA Space Taxi Flights in 2017

The private spaceflight company Boeing is on its way toward launching astronauts to space for NASA by 2017.<p>Boeing's ground support for NASA's …

Space Exploration

NASA Sees Your Christmas Lights From Space

Whether it’s a lit nativity scene, illuminated trees or just staying up later for a meal with family and friends, the increase in lighting during the holiday season is so pronounced that NASA can spot it from space.<p>Analysis of data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi …

Impact That Killed Dinosaurs Wiped Out Kangaroo Cousins (And Almost Us, Too)

The most likely cause of the demise of dinosaurs was a huge asteroid that smacked what became Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, causing massive destruction, disrupting normal weather patterns and the food chain. The huge animals died out as food became scarce, opening a window for more scrappy mammals to …

ISS astronaut's incredible return to earth captured on film

Hurtling back to earth at 17,000 miles per hour is hardly going to be a relaxing experience, as these Nasa images show.<p>The amazing photographs and …

Space Exploration

A Sunrise Viewed From The Edge Of Space

On a commercial flight in October for its customers Tencent and Moon Express, World View Experience managed to capture a breathtaking video of the sunrise as seen from the edge of space, around 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface.<p>World View, a spinoff of Paragon Space Development, is a space …

NASA delays 'capture the asteroid' plan until next year

Now that the ESA has landed on a comet, NASA wants to do them one better: capture an entire asteroid (or a piece of one) and put it in orbit around the moon in 2019. But the space agency has now said that it's delaying a decision on exactly how the Asteroid Redirect Mission will do that until 2015. …

Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn Up?

With no plans for future upgrades, the telescope faces a fiery end<p>Last month, six astronauts convened at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to discuss the 2009 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. As it approached its 20th birthday, the telescope was in desperate need …

NASA’s Kepler back in the planet-hunting game

Its test run had enough data to locate a new exoplanet.<p>The Kepler planet-hunting probe is one of NASA's great successes, with over 4,000 planet …