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Cassini marks 10 years at Saturn, NASA plans for end of mission

Saturn has been studied by the Cassini orbiter for a decade. NASA is planning the spacecraft's grand finale -- which just might discover alien life.

Space July 1, 2014

NASA satellite focused on global warming, CO2 levels

NASA prepares to launch its Orbiting Carbon Observatory, again. The $468 million mission seeks to help scientists learn more about carbon dioxide emissions and climate change, so they can provide lawmakers with even more evidence on the issue.

Space July 1, 2014

NASA to launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory, eye on the sky for climate change

NASA will launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) on July 1. OCO will keep an eye on carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere, which is also responsible for climate change.

Space June 30, 2014

NASA successfully tests LDSD Mars flying saucer [Video]

NASA is serious about sending envoys to the Red Planet and is one step closer to that dream after successfully testing new technologies for sending supplies and humans to Mars.

Space June 30, 2014

Hawaiian land use board gives tentative approval for controversial telescope, intended as world's largest

World's largest telescope planned for summit of Hawaiian volcano is at center of debate. Opponents cite property issues, feelings of Native Hawaiians.

Space July 1, 2014

After Angara rocket delay, what's next for the Russian space program?

Angara, the first new Russian rocket since the Cold War, was delayed from its maiden flight. But how important is it to Moscow for the rocket design to work?

Space June 28, 2014

Mars was cold and wet? Curiosity sees evidence of glaciers at Mount Sharp

Evidence of ancient glaciers at Mount Sharp on Mars may reveal the red planet was once cold and wet, but what does that mean for the search for alien life?

Space June 29, 2014

NASA to test Mars-bound flying saucer in Hawaii...if weather permits

NASA is looking to test a flying saucer that will be used to land in Mars off the coast of an island in Hawaii. The test has been delayed for weeks due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Space June 28, 2014

NASA to test Mars-bound flying saucer in Hawaii...if weather permits

NASA is looking to test a flying saucer that will be used to land in Mars off the coast of an island in Hawaii. The test has been delayed for weeks due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Space June 28, 2014

Russian Angara rocket grounded due to tech glitches

Russia postpones launch of first new rocket design since the Soviet era. Technical glitch aborts launch just before blast-off, rescheduled for next day.

Space June 27, 2014

Russian Angara rocket grounded due to tech glitches

Russia postpones launch of first new rocket design since the Soviet era. Technical glitch aborts launch just before blast-off, rescheduled for next day.

Space June 27, 2014

World Cup on ISS: U.S. vs. German astronauts on goal celebrations, wagers

The International Space Station has caught World Cup Fever, with U.S. astronauts making a wager with a German astronaut on the recently concluded match between the two countries.

Space June 27, 2014

Private space tourism balloon passes flight test, may go commercial in 2016

Space tourists could head to the edge of space by 2016, at a price lower than a trip around the world.

Space June 30, 2014

Mars Curiosity now traversing former ancient glacier territory

Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA rover Curiosity is traveling, shows signs of ancient water, glaciers. Features in the crater match many glacial features seen on Earth today.

Space June 26, 2014

Orion parachute passes its toughest test yet in prep for December launch

Parachutes intended to bring Orion crew capsule safely back to Earth pass latest test in Arizona desert. Orion's first full space launch is set for December.

Space June 26, 2014

Orion parachute passes its toughest test yet in prep for December launch

Parachutes intended to bring Orion crew capsule safely back to Earth pass latest test in Arizona desert. Orion's first full space launch is set for December.

Space June 26, 2014

Three supermassive black holes revealed in distant galaxy

Discovery of black hole 'triplets' in far-off galaxy suggests such groupings are not that rare. Discovery could help in search for gravity waves that warp fabric of the universe.

Space June 26, 2014

Supermassive black holes discovered...not one, not two, but THREE...at heart of distant galaxy

Black holes, with masses of millions of suns, sit at the centers of galaxies, spewing out jets of gas. Now, astronomers have found one family of stars that has a trio of the bodies at their core.

Space June 26, 2014

Three Stooges? Scientists discover three supermassive black holes 4 billion light years away

An international group of researchers have found three supermassive black holes that are 4 billion light years away. The mass of the black holes is 10 times more than normal black holes.

Space June 27, 2014

This balloon can take tourists to the edge of space... for $75000

World View is one step closer to sending passengers up to the edge of space in a balloon after a successful June 18 testing of a prototype of the service.

Space June 27, 2014

This balloon can take tourists to the edge of space... for $75000

World View is one step closer to sending passengers up to the edge of space in a balloon after a successful June 18 testing of a prototype of the service.

Space June 27, 2014

MIT students on Earth want to send time capsule to Mars by 2017. Cool!

Mars colonists in the future could find a time capsule from modern-day Earth, if a group of students at MIT get their way.

Space June 26, 2014

Mysterious X-ray signal 240 million light years away may indicate dark matter presence

Researchers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the XMM-Newton Observatory detected an X-ray emission line in the Perseus galaxy that may be strong evidence pointing to the particles that make up dark matter.

Space June 26, 2014

Saturn moon Titan may pre-date Saturn

Evidence in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan suggests the moon is older than its parent planet. Titan shows similarities to ancient comets from the far reaches of the solar system, researchers say.

Space June 25, 2014

NASA detects X-ray signal, may be evidence of dark matter

Mysterious signal from distant collection of galaxies could be coming from dark matter, astrophysicists say. More detailed observations may confirm it, they say.

Space June 25, 2014

Our universe is impossible and we shouldn't exist, Higgs-boson scientist says

A scientist from King's College London recreated a model of the Big Bang incorporating cosmic inflation theory and the Higgs-boson, and found that the universe is impossible according to the standard model of particle physics.

Space June 26, 2014

Space bling: White dwarf star may have crystallized into super-massive diamond

A diamond in space, the size of the Earth, has been discovered 870 light years from Earth, using a system of radio telescopes.

Space June 24, 2014

Curiosity rover celebrates first anniversary on Red Planet with a selfie

NASA's Curiosity rover has now spent one full Martian year on the red planet, and celebrated by taking a selfie.

Space June 26, 2014

Swarm mission uncovers Earth's weak point

European satellite mission detects weakening in Earth's magnetic field. Field is what keeps us safe from cosmic rays.

Space June 24, 2014

SpaceX satellite launch postponed to July due to tech glitches

Technical problems and bad weather push SpaceX launch of satellite-carrying Falcon 9 rocket into July. Engineers are looking at fuel-pressure problems.

Space June 24, 2014

SpaceX satellite launch postponed to July due to tech glitches

Technical problems and bad weather push SpaceX launch of satellite-carrying Falcon 9 rocket into July. Engineers are looking at fuel-pressure problems.

Space June 24, 2014

Ancient stellar remnant is an Earth-sized diamond, definitely a girl's best friend

Faint, cool white dwarf star is almost all crystallized carbon, researches say. That makes it a giant cosmic diamond.

Space June 25, 2014

Curiosity rover celebrates its first extra-long year on Mars

NASA happy with successful first year on Mars for rover Curiosity. That's a Martian year, of course, 687 Earth days long.

Space June 24, 2014

Students crowdfunding as part of Time Capsule to Mars effort

Social media will be gateway for young people to participate in a mission to Mars. Small 'CubeSats' with digital payloads envisioned for mission to the Red Planet

Space June 24, 2014

Students crowdfunding as part of Time Capsule to Mars effort

Social media will be gateway for young people to participate in a mission to Mars. Small 'CubeSats' with digital payloads envisioned for mission to the Red Planet

Space June 24, 2014

Forget the moon, NASA now wants to colonize Mars

Landing a human crew on Mars is a primary goal of NASA, says their chief scientist, Ellen Stofan.

Space June 24, 2014

Mysterious 'Magic Island' on icy sea of Titan, plays peekaboo with Saturn moon watchers

Titan - the largest moon of Saturn, showed a mysterious white blob in its northern sea, which then disappeared. A Cornell astronomer thinks he can explain the strange feature.

Space June 24, 2014

Earth's North Pole shifts, confirms ESA Swarm mission

The first findings from the ESA Swarm mission suggest that the Earth's North Pole is shifting. The Swarm mission may provide more valuable data to scientists in the near term.

Space June 24, 2014

Saturn's moon Titan has a 'Magic Island', baffles astronomers

A new geological feature seems to have suddenly formed on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, and astronomers have no idea where it came from.

Space June 23, 2014

SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 launch. New launch target set for early July

SpaceX has delayed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket for a third consecutive time, which is likely due to a bug in the upper engine. The company expects to have a successful launch on June 24.

Space June 25, 2014

Dwarf galaxies play bigger role than previously thought in formation of universe's stars

Stars may be born in dwarf galaxies more often than believed. Astronomers studied these tiny collections of stars in a field of larger galaxies.

Space June 22, 2014

SpaceX Falcon 9 eyes Orbcomm OG2 launch on Saturday: 2nd time lucky?

SpaceX engineers scramble to get Falcon 9 ready after Friday launch scrubbed for technical glitch. Six satellites intended for low Earth orbit are aboard.

Space June 21, 2014

SpaceX aborts launch of Falcon 9 due to technical glitches

SpaceX scrubs scheduled Falcon 9 mission to put satellites into orbit after engineers discover pressure issues inside the rocket’s upper-stage engine. No plans yet for a second attempt at liftoff.

Space June 21, 2014

Chile mountaintop blasted to prepare home for world's largest telescope

The top of the Cerra Armazones Mountain in Chile was blasted by the European Southern Observatory to make way for the European Extremely Large Telescope, expected to be complete in 10 years.

Space June 22, 2014

Big Bang evidence now being doubted by scientists

Harvard astrophysicists announced evidence for the big bang and cosmic inflation in March. Now, analysis of data from the BICEP2 telescope is casting doubts on their findings.

Space June 22, 2014

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