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Crushing diamond with most powerful laser may help scientists understand planet core

Scientists crushed a diamond using the most powerful laser on Earth to have a better understanding of the pressure found inside the core of giant planets made up of gas such as Saturn and Jupiter.

Space July 18, 2014

Rosetta comet-chaser hot on tail of space 'rubber duck'

The Rosetta comet-chasing probe showed images of a comet shaped like a rubber duck. Scientists, however, aren’t jumping into conclusions yet as to the physical attributes of the said comet.

Space July 18, 2014

Does Europa harbor an ocean? NASA asks for ideas on how to study Jupiter’s moon

Space agency seeks proposal for instruments to study Jupiter's moon Europa. Main focus will be liquid water ocean believed to exist under moon's icy surface.

Space July 17, 2014

Zap! Scientists crush diamond with laser to study planetary diamond cores

Scientists use laser to create immense pressures to see what happens to matter inside stars, planets. A diamond was subjected to pressures like those inside Saturn.

Space July 17, 2014

In 20 years we will prove we are NOT alone: NASA

With the launching of the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite and James Webb Space Telescope, top NASA scientists believe finding another life-supporting planet like Earth may be possible in 20 years.

Space July 19, 2014

UAE plans Mars mission in 2021, may trigger space race in Middle East

The United Arab Emirates entered the space race with the creation of a space agency and the unveiling of plans to send unmanned mission to Mars by 2021.

Space July 20, 2014

Scientists expect to find alien life and Earth-like planets in the next 20 years

The next 20 years should be an interesting one, after NASA scientists claim that in this time frame, they would have located the Earth 2.0 and possible alien life forms.

Space July 17, 2014

Pentagon pits SpaceX against ULA in space launch competition

U.S. Air Force to put 2016 military satellite launch out for competitive bids. Move follows criticism of United Launch Alliance monopoly of sensitive intelligence satellite launches.

Space July 16, 2014

Gullies on Mars carved by dry ice, not by water

Martian gullies, once thought to be the result of liquid water on the surface of the planet, were formed by dry ice, a new study reveals. What could this mean for the search of life on the Red Planet?

Space July 17, 2014

Laser-guided cargo spacecraft docks at the International Space Station

A spacecraft successfully landed July 16 bringing new supplies to the six astronauts at the International Space Station.

Space July 17, 2014

Curiosity discovers large metal asteroid on Mars

A nickle-iron meteorite has been discovered on Mars by the Curiosity rover.

Space July 18, 2014

European space probe about to catch up with target comet

ESA spacecraft Rosetta is coming close to its target comet. If it lands successfully it would be the first space probe to successfully mount and study a moving comet.

Space July 16, 2014

Rosetta space probe closing in on comet

The Rosetta spacecraft, accompanied by the Philae lander, is approaching a comet. The first images from 23,000 miles away reveal a bizarre, three-part shape.

Space July 16, 2014

NASA says we can find other Earth, all we need is super giant telescope

Giant space telescope set to launch in 2018 could be the tool to find extraterrestrial life, NASA experts say. Discovery could be "very, very close," they say.

Space July 15, 2014

SpaceX wins FAA approval for Texas spaceport

Texas will be the location of the first privately owned launch facility in the world for vertical liftoff rockets.

Space July 16, 2014

Blackest material on Earth made of carbon nanotubes can redefine future of stealth

Vantablack is the new blackest black, a revolutionary material that may change how space and military applications are carried out. It is set to launch at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Space July 16, 2014

Fastest spacecraft ever created is honing in on Pluto: What data are scientists expecting to collect?

New Horizons is a super-fast spacecraft, and after 8 years, the craft is slowly getting ready to reach Pluto to begin its mission. Whatever scientists collect, it could give Pluto its planetary status again.

Space July 18, 2014

Cygnus spacecraft launches to International Space Station

Orbital Services has launched its second mission to resupply the International Space Station. Included in the mission were nearly three dozen satellites.

Space July 16, 2014

Did you miss the supermoon over the weekend? Two more chances this year

If you missed the supermoon of July 12 then keep an eye on the sky on August 10 and September 9. Moon on August 10 will be closest to the Earth.

Space July 14, 2014

New Horizons spacecraft just a year away from Pluto

On this day next year, astronomers will be receiving the most detailed images of Pluto’s surface mankind has ever taken. Welcome to the edge of the solar system, humanity.

Space July 14, 2014

Celestial 'string of pearls' joins two elliptical, merging galaxies

Beautiful blue "beads on a string" created by two colliding galaxies spotted by the Hubble telescope. Rarely seen phenomenon excites astronomers.

Space July 13, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corp Cygnus spacecraft to attempt launch on Sunday

Severe weather has delayed launch of commercial robotic supply craft to the International Space Station. Orb-2 mission will get another chance at a launch on Sunday if weather improves.

Space July 13, 2014

Orbital Science postpones Cygnus launch to ISS for Sunday

Orbital Science's Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) postponed due to weather conditions. The spacecraft is now expected to launch on Sunday, July 13.

Space July 13, 2014

Discovery of two new stars on the edge of Milky Way baffles boffins

The most distant stars ever associated with the Milky Way have been discovered. But, what can they tell us about the history of our galaxy?

Space July 13, 2014

Russian space trash blazes through Australian sky, gives beautiful show

Not a meteor nor an asteroid, but piece of Russian rocket creates cosmic light show over Australia. Twitter and YouTube awash in reports, video of dramatic fireball.

Space July 11, 2014

Yale astronomers discover 7 dwarf galaxies. Snow White still missing

A new type of galaxy may have been discovered, using a new type of telescope.

Space July 14, 2014

Supermoon weekend: Are you ready for the celestial spectacle this weekend?

A supermoon will take place this weekend - are you ready for it?

Space July 13, 2014

Seven dwarf galaxies found thanks to 'homemade' robotic telescope

Telescope modeled after those used at sporting events spots seven new dwarf galaxies. Find could yield clues to galaxy formation, dark matter, astronomers say.

Space July 11, 2014

Amazon asks FAA for OK to get drone delivery off the ground

Amazon wants to move forward with a drone program to deliver items to customers. It's asking the FAA for approval to begin testing.

Space July 11, 2014

Hubble Telescope spots string of pearls bridging ancient galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope found a "string of pearls" wrapped around two colliding galaxies. The collision led to the formation of young, blue star clusters.

Space July 11, 2014

Want to see three supermoons? Mark these dates.

July 12, August 10 and September 9 are the dates to watch out for a brilliant supermoon. Let’s just hope it won’t be a cloudy night on those dates.

Space July 12, 2014

Cosmic dust origin may be finally explained by supernova SN2010jl

Cosmic dust is essential for the creation of planets, moons and stars, but until now, astronomers did not know its origin. An ancient supernova may provide the answer to that astronomical mystery.

Space July 12, 2014

We now understand cosmic dust better. Thanks to a supernova

Scientists now understand cosmic dust better than before. Astronomers have observed a supernova code named SN2010jl from a Very Large Telescope (VLT) in northern Chile.

Space July 11, 2014

Hello, Universe! Voyager 1 officially confirmed to be in interstellar space

NASA discovers new evidence confirming that its Voyager 1 spacecraft is actually in interstellar space, making it the first man-made object to leave the sun's bubble.

Space July 11, 2014

Mysterious process behind origins of stardust solved

Observation of supernova reveals cosmic dust "factory" at work, astronomers say. Mystery of the origins of interstellar dust has long puzzled, they say.

Space July 9, 2014

High-energy cosmic rays origin close to being discovered

Cosmic rays originating from beyond the galaxy are the most energetic particles in the known universe. Now, astronomers may be coming closer to understanding how they form.

Space July 10, 2014

Disco era ISEE-3 spacecraft fires engine for first time since 1987 but...

A group of enthusiasts are trying to regain control over a NASA spacecraft abandoned in space since 1987. If they are successful, the probe will be given a new mission.

Space July 11, 2014

Buzz Aldrin on Reddit AMA: Desolation of moon, colonization of Mars and UFOs

Buzz Aldrin went on Reddit's Ask Me Anything on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It is part of a bigger social media campaign that includes the #Apollo45 YouTube Channel.

Space July 11, 2014

Buzz Aldrin on Reddit AMA: Desolation of moon, colonization of Mars and UFOs

Buzz Aldrin went on Reddit's Ask Me Anything on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It is part of a bigger social media campaign that includes the #Apollo45 YouTube Channel.

Space July 11, 2014

Supermassive black hole may rid Milky Way of ability to form stars

Researchers found that supermassive black holes emit large amounts of hydrogen gas at incredibly fast rates due to jets of high energy electrons, and probably leech galaxies of cold gases. The phenomenon will likely prohibit galaxies from forming new stars, as it will do to the Milky Way in 5 billion years.

Space July 8, 2014

Voyager 1 hit by solar 'tsunami wave' as it enters interstellar space

A shock wave from the sun struck plasma between stars, providing further evidence Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space.

Space July 9, 2014

Abandoned zombie satellite ISEE-3 resurrected by amateur scientists and engineers

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project team has fired thrusters for the first time on a derelict satellite provided to them by NASA.

Space July 10, 2014

Supermassive black holes belch gas out of evolving galaxies at crazy speeds

Seyfert galaxy IC 5063 has a giant black hole, spewing gas at over 625,000 miles per hour. For the first time, astronomers know what is driving this massive acceleration.

Space July 10, 2014

Mercury's violent childhood one reason for planet's iron richness

Cosmic collisions reason why Mercury is a 'freak' among solar system's rocky planets, scientists say. Planet has more iron than it should, they explain.

Space July 8, 2014

Google Tango pirouettes into ISS to help robots do their job

Google smartphones, designed with 3D-sensing technology, have been handpicked to become robot guides by NASA. The handsets, equipped with the Tango hardware, will act as the brains and eyes of robots.

Space July 13, 2014

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