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Look Up, Sky Watchers: The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Coming

This year's Perseid meteor shower may not be as spectacular as last year's outburst, but it will still be a great sight to see. No equipment is needed to observe the sky event.

Space August 4, 2017

NASA Hiring Planetary Protection Officer To Protect Earth From Alien Matter

The Planetary Protection Officer is tasked to protect planet Earth from contamination by alien matter brought by spacecraft from missions that explored extraterrestrial worlds. The job comes with a six-figure salary.

Space August 4, 2017

Astronomers Unveil Most Accurate Map Of Dark Matter In The Universe

The Dark Energy Survey collaboration releases the largest and most accurate measure of dark matter. Astrophysicists now have a better understanding of how the universe ages.

Space August 4, 2017

Falcon Heavy Rocket Could Launch As Soon As This Fall: Elon Musk

SpaceX will aim for a November launch for its Falcon Heavy rocket, as announced by its CEO Elon Musk. Learn more about the role of this powerful reusable rocket technology in the planned Mars mission of the spaceflight firm.

Space July 31, 2017

Did Astronomers Just Discover A Neptune-Sized Exomoon Orbiting Kepler-1625b?

A team of astronomers has announced the first detection of a possible exomoon 4,000 light years away. The candidate’s status may be confirmed by October 2017.

Space July 30, 2017

Soyuz Rocket Heads To International Space Station With 3 Veteran Astronauts

The ISS expands to a crew of six after the Soyuz Rocket docked with three veterans. The new team is excited to carry out research.

Space July 29, 2017

Saturn Moon Titan Has Molecules That Can Help Form Cell Membranes

Scientists from NASA detected acrylonitrile on the atmosphere of Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan. The new discovery may help researchers understand chemical reactions that have made Earth habitable.

Space July 29, 2017

‘Burrito Of Awesomeness’: ISS Shares Captivating Photos Of Aurora

Astronauts onboard the International Space Station shared a timelapse video of the aurora borealis or northern lights last Sunday. But what is the bright light display that is an aurora and how does it form?

Space July 27, 2017

These Might Have Happened If The Apollo Space Program Continued

Since astronaut Gene Cernan stepped back into the Apollo 17 lander back in 1972, no human has set foot on the moon again. Learn what could have happened if the Apollo program continued and proceeded with its space missions.

Space July 25, 2017

Want To Be A Citizen Scientist For Total Solar Eclipse 2017? Here’s How

NASA urges the public to be citizen scientists for a day during the total solar eclipse 2017. All one needs is a smartphone, a thermometer, and to download the free GLOBE Observer app to be part of the initiative.

Space July 25, 2017

Moon Interior May Hold More Water Than Previously Thought

Satellite data suggest that the interior of the moon may hold substantial amounts of water. What are the implications of the findings on future moon missions and our understanding of the early history of Earth’s natural satellite?

Space July 25, 2017

NASA Uploads Archive Videos Of Air And Space Vehicles On YouTube

NASA releases hundreds of aircraft test flights and failure videos from its archive on YouTube. About 500 videos will be made available to the public.

Space July 24, 2017

NASA Warns Of Unsafe Eclipse Glasses: How To Tell You Have Bought One That Meets Viewing Standards

NASA warned of unsafe solar eclipse glasses, which can cause vision problems. Here are the things that people should look for when buying eclipse sunglasses for watching Aug. 21 eclipse.

Space July 23, 2017

Hubble Captures Mars Moon Phobos Orbiting Red Planet

The Hubble space telescope captured Phobos photobombing Mars during an observation in 2016. NASA finally releases the time-lapse image of the Martian satellite in orbit.

Space July 21, 2017

International Space Station Tour Now Possible With Google Street View

Taking a virtual tour of the International Space Station is now possible thanks to Google Street View. The amazing feat required collaborative efforts from both space and Earth.

Space July 21, 2017

Apollo 11 Moon Dust Bag Accidentally Sold For $995 Fetches $1.8 Million In Auction

Perfectly scheduled on the Apollo 11 mission's 48th anniversary, Sotheby's' Space Exploration Auction garnered a total of $3.8 million in earnings. The star of the auction was the Apollo 11 moon dust bag, which was sold for $1.8 million.

Space July 20, 2017

SpaceX Is Rethinking How It Will Get To Mars, But Elon Musk Still Wants A Lunar City

SpaceX's Elon Musk has said his company is having to rethink the landing systems for their Dragon spacecraft. Mars isn't out of the question, but first, he wants a base on the moon.

Space July 19, 2017

Congressman Asks NASA Scientists About Ancient Mars Civilization

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asked the panel of space experts at a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing if there was a Mars civilization thousands of years ago. A NASA scientists answered the questions.

Space July 18, 2017

Astronomers Solve Mystery Of Strange Signals From Red Dwarf Star Ross 128

After further observations, astronomers have identified the source of the strange signals from a red dwarf star detected by the Arecibo observatory. The Weird! signal is not from aliens.

Space July 22, 2017

Detailed Pluto Flyover Reveals Gorgeous Mountain Ranges, Icy Plains [Videos]

The July 2015 Pluto flyby of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back to Earth the first close-up images of the dwarf planet and its moon Charon. Now, NASA has released new flyover videos to enhance the celestial experience.

Space July 18, 2017

NASA Communication Satellite Damaged Weeks Before Atlas V Launch

The antenna of NASA's TDRS-M communication satellite was damaged while it was being packed for launch. The accident may cause changes in the timeline of the mission set for launch on Aug. 3.

Space July 17, 2017

Astronomers Detect Mysterious Signals From Red Dwarf Star 11 Light-Years Away From Planet Earth

Scientists using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico detected an almost periodic signal coming from the small and dim star Ross 128 located 11 light-years away. Are these radio emissions signals from intelligent alien life?

Space July 17, 2017

Here Are The Close-Up Images Of Jupiter's Great Red Spot Thanks To JunoCam And Citizen Scientists

JunoCam has sent in close-up images of Jupiter's most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot. Citizen scientists were quick to take the opportunity to process and enhance the photos.

Space July 16, 2017

NASA Does Not Have Money For Mars Manned Mission: US Space Agency May Send Humans To Another Destination

NASA admits that it does not have enough funds to send people to Mars by the 2030s. The agency could focus on its planned lunar outpost instead.

Space July 15, 2017

NASA Admits Its Budget Can't Afford To Send Humans To Planet Mars

NASA's chief of human spaceflight, William Gerstenmaier, said that the space agency's current budget cannot afford the cost required for a manned mission to Mars. How much does it cost to send humans to the Red Planet?

Space July 14, 2017

NASA Captures Sunspot That’s Larger Than Earth: What Are Sunspots And How Do They Form?

What is a sunspot and where does it come from? Learn from this report how sunspots form and the role of magnetic fields of the sun in this fascinating process long studied by scientists.

Space July 14, 2017

Neil Armstrong Moon Dust Bag To Be Sold At Auction For Up To $4 Million

The bag which Neil Armstrong used to bring home lunar samples from the Apollo 11 mission will be auctioned off on the mission's anniversary. The moon dust bag is just one of 180 space exploration items to be auctioned off.

Space July 14, 2017

The Smallest Star Ever Found Might Have Earth-Like Planets

Researchers have discovered the smallest star ever found in the universe. More interestingly, it may harbor Earth-like planets that might be capable of sustaining life.

Space July 16, 2017

NASA Discovers Sunspot That Has A Core Larger Than The Earth

NASA has discovered a massive sunspot that is larger than the Earth itself. While not dangerous, sunspots can cause solar flares which could damage satellites.

Space July 13, 2017

Here's How Moon Express Plans To Build Lunar Outpost, Harvest Lunar Rocks Using Robots

Florida-based private company Moon Express is seeking to deploy robotic landers in a planned series of missions to the moon. Here are details on its projected lunar outpost and moon mining initiatives.

Space July 13, 2017

Moon Express Wants To Deliver Goods To The Moon And Beyond

Moon Express is closer than ever to winning Google's $20 million prize, but the company's ambitions go much further. It plans to be among the first companies to provide commercial transportation to the moon.

Space July 13, 2017

Fungus In Space Can Make Astronauts Sick, NASA-Led Team Warns

NASA has warned that fungus in space could serve as an enemy of astronauts in the Mars mission or other forms of space exploration. Certain fungi types could colonize the human body and lead to infection.

Space July 12, 2017

First Earth-Orbit Teleportation: China Teleports Object To Space Through Quantum Entanglement

Scientists from China made historic achievement with the first ever teleportation of an object from Earth to space. The experiment involved pairs of photons, Micius satellite, and quantum entanglement.

Space July 11, 2017

China Simulates Life On The Moon With 200-Day Test Of Self-Sustaining Space Station

How is it like to live on the moon or another world beyond Earth for an extended period of time? China will soon find out as it begins the 200-day experiment of a self-sustaining ecosystem at the Lunar Palace-1.

Space July 11, 2017

NASA's Juno Probe Will Get Its First Look At Jupiter's Planet-Sized Storm

We know very little about Jupiter's planet-sized storm, but that may change soon. NASA's Juno probe will get its first look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Space July 11, 2017

NASA Sign On Orion Spacecraft Says 'Do Not Touch,' But VP Mike Pence Still Does Anyway

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence touches the Orion spacecraft’s titanium forward bay cover with his full palm despite a sign that read 'Critical Space Flight Hardware DO NOT TOUCH.' Learn what happens next and how the internet reacts.

Space July 10, 2017

Here’s How To Witness The Total Solar Eclipse While Inside Your House

There are alternate ways to watch total solar eclipse 2017 if one is not inside the path of totality or not keen on joining the thick crowds outside. Here are some, including live eclipse broadcast from NASA.

Space July 10, 2017

NASA's Hubble Telescope Captures Fireworks Image Of Stars That Formed Just After The Big Bang

Gravitational lensing and new computational methods helped NASA's Hubble Space Telescope capture sharper images of a galaxy that formed 2.7 billion years after the Big Bang. The images revealed two dozen clumps of newborn stars.

Space July 9, 2017

Milky Way Galaxy Could Be Home Of 100 Billion Failed Stars

Astronomers believe that our galaxy could contain more brown dwarf stars than previously estimated. Star clusters outside the solar system reveal failed stars hidden in plain sight.

Space July 9, 2017

ESA's BepiColombo Mission To Explore Mysteries Of Mercury

BepiColombo is the European Space Agency’s first mission to explore Mercury. The collaborative mission between the ESA and JAXA aims to explore the planet’s inner workings, history, and origin.

Space July 9, 2017

Fastest Stars In Milky Way Are Galactic Fugitives That May Reveal Secrets Of Dark Matter And Our Galaxy

Hypervelocity stars in the Milky Way are likely fugitives from a neighboring galaxy. These fast-moving objects have traveled great distances they may unveil secrets of dark matter and the Sagittarius A black hole.

Space July 7, 2017

Martian Soil Too Toxic To Support Life On Mars

Researchers found evidence of toxicity in Martian soil. Although perchlorates are quite harmless in normal temperatures, exposure to high temperatures makes it a killer of organic material.

Space July 7, 2017

Fastest-Moving Stars In The Milky Way May Have Been From Neighboring Galaxies

So-called hypervelocity stars may have been blasted off the front of the so-called Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a new study has proposed. Learn more about these stars moving so rapidly that they can escape the Milky Way galaxy.

Space July 5, 2017

NASA Moves Forward With First Asteroid Deflection Mission

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), NASA's impact spacecraft, entered its preliminary design phase. DART will collide with Didymos B to provide scientists with important information about kinetic impact as an asteroid mitigation strategy.

Space July 5, 2017

NASA Supercomputer Simulations May Help Reduce Damage Caused By Asteroid Impacts

NASA researchers used the Pleiades supercomputer to simulate asteroid impacts that may possibly happen on planet Earth. The work may help mitigate the damage that can be caused by deadly asteroid strikes.

Space July 1, 2017

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