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Stargazers, mark your calendar: Venus and Jupiter to smooch on Aug 18

Jupiter and Venus will be seen in one of the most dazzling conjunctions seen in years.

Space August 17, 2014

Why seven dust particles brought home by Stardust probe are important to humans

Stardust spacecraft of NASA brought home eight years ago seven tiny dust particles that could establish important data on the origin and evolution of interstellar dust. What does that mean to humans?

Space August 17, 2014

IXION plane concept boasts panoramic views: A windowless glimpse of the future?

Windowless planes may sound like a nightmare for the claustrophobe, but not when we’re talking about the IXION private jet.

Space August 17, 2014

Venus and Jupiter will cozy up to each other on Monday night in a planetary dance

Early in the morning on Monday August 18, Venus and Jupiter will seem almost close enough to touch, and their combined glow will appear like a "double star." This dazzling display is best seen through a telescope or binoculars in the eastern US or in Europe.

Space August 15, 2014

Up, close and personal: Rosetta probe finds comet 67P/Chuyurmov-Gerasimenko hotter than expected

The Rosetta spacecraft has found its cometary target to be warmer than expected. What can this mean to the upcoming Philae mission to the surface?

Space August 17, 2014

Cygnus ship leaves ISS with 3,500 lbs of garbage

The Cygnus spacecraft launched a month ago by Orbital Sciences was detached on August 15, filled with 3,500 pounds of garbage. It will be guided through re-entry on Earth, where it will safely burn up.

Space August 15, 2014

Cygnus spacecraft packing 3500 lbs of trash onboard, will burn up Sunday during Earth re-entry

The International Space Station has released the Cygnus re-supply craft, on a doomed journey to Earth.

Space August 17, 2014

Asteroid 1950 DA may wipe out life in 2880, hurtling toward Earth at 'impossible' rate

Will an asteroid hurtling toward a close encounter with Earth wipe out life in 2880, or provide the secrets needed to shield our world from collisions?

Space August 16, 2014

Interstellar dust found on spacecraft could be oldest samples ever

Tiny dust grains returned to Earth by comet-chasing spacecraft may have come from far beyond our solar system, scientists say. The may be the oldest known dust particles ever found.

Space August 14, 2014

Interstellar dust collected from Stardust spacecraft excites boffins: Aliens on Earth?

Stardust, launched in 1999, may have gathered particles of alien dust drifting into the inner solar system.

Space August 15, 2014

Virginia Tech drone test site now fully operational

Virginia Tech joins in testing of drones to help FAA create guidelines for admitting them to U .S. airspace. New testing center is one of six across the U.S.

Space August 14, 2014

DigitalGlobe launches most powerful commercial satellite: Meet WorldView-3

Earth-observing satellite with unprecedented resolution capabilities for the commercial market launched. WorldView-3 can see home plate on a baseball diamond from 400 miles above.

Space August 14, 2014

DigitalGlobe launches most powerful commercial satellite: Meet WorldView-3

Earth-observing satellite with unprecedented resolution capabilities for the commercial market launched. WorldView-3 can see home plate on a baseball diamond from 400 miles above.

Space August 14, 2014

Near-Earth asteroid defies laws of physics. Will 1950 DA spell Earth's doom?

Scientists have observed a near-Earth asteroid called 1950 DA, which defies the laws of physics. The latest observation can help government agencies deflect any asteroid collision with the Earth.

Space August 15, 2014

Alien-looking figure found on moon's surface? The Internet seems to think so

As we continue to search for signs of alien life, stories like this will always pop up on a regular basis. Still, we have to wonder, is this figure an alien life-form or Photoshop?

Space August 14, 2014

Discovery of forces that hold together space rocks may help scientists tackle Earth-threatening asteroids

Asteroids, spinning faster than the laws of physics say should be possible, may be held together by a force easily seen in a glass of water.

Space August 14, 2014

Big bad asteroid is apparently a pile of rubble, but what’s holding it together?

Weak atomic forces may be helping hold rapidly spinning asteroid together, astronomers say. Finding may suggest how to deal with similar fragile astroids with risk of Earth impact, they say.

Space August 13, 2014

WorldView-3 satellite can grab shots of license plates, identify tree species

A new satellite launched by DigitalGlobe has many new features and enhancements. This should give citizens a better view of the planet and make Google map users happy.

Space August 13, 2014

Three stars gobbled up by supermassive black hole

Scientists uncover three stars possibly devoured by a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Space August 12, 2014

Perseid meteor shower peaks Tuesday night: How and when to watch this rare celestial treat

The Perseid meteor shower will light up skies over much of the world, and is easy and fun to watch!

Space August 12, 2014

Perseid meteor shower to grace tonight’s sky, if clouds don’t crash the party

If you missed the Perseid meteor shower yesterday, try to catch it tonight. The biggest meteor shower of the year will shine at its brightest from 3-4 a.m. tonight at your local time.

Space August 12, 2014

Supermassive black holes gobble 3 stars WHOLE

Three stars were eaten by supermassive black holes, according to astrophysicists from Moscow.

Space August 13, 2014

Perseid meteor shower: Google celebrates with cool Doodle

Google created a new interactive Doodle to celebrate the Perseid meteor shower.

Space August 11, 2014

Worldview-3 satellite set for launch, will provide high resolution images of globe to public

DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3 satellite set for a launch on August 13. The satellite will offer high-resolution images of the Earth taken from the space, which were previously available only to the U.S. government.

Space August 11, 2014

Hubble Space Telescope: NASA scientists spotted 'zombie star' after supernova explosion

After the deadly explosion of a supernova that should have obliterated everything nearby, an unlikely zombie star was left standing, according to astronomers from NASA.

Space August 11, 2014

Google Chrome experiment 'A Spacecraft For All' lets budding boffins watch ISEE-3 data feeds live

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project is giving amateur astronomers the chance to see data come in live from a resurrected spacecraft.

Space August 9, 2014

Sunday supermoon 2014: Rare lunar event may overshadow Perseid meteor shower

Annual Perseid meteor shower may have to take a back seat to another celestial phenomenon, experts say. Closer, brighter full moon may make meteors hard to see this year.

Space August 10, 2014

NASA flying saucer test success means sending heavy payloads to Mars now possible

NASA tests inflatable "flying saucer" system high above Earth, in preparation for future Mars landing missions. Test deemed successful, although supersonic parachute suffered damage in deployment.

Space August 10, 2014

Rosetta comes face to face with target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, prepares to land

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is being visited by the Rosetta spacecraft, which will provide the most in-depth study ever conducted of one of these icy bodies, including a lander called Philae.

Space August 10, 2014

What came before Big Bang? Four-dimensional black hole, theorize scientists

A group of scientists proposed that the universe that we know of may have been created from the debris of a dying star in a 4D universe that collapsed into a black hole.

Space August 10, 2014

NASA Mars-bound flying saucer blasts into near space [Video]

NASA tests saucer-shaped test vehicles using the latest Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) technology. The technology may be used for future Mars missions.

Space August 9, 2014

Mars flying saucer a 'great test' where we are able to 'learn new things': NASA

The LDSD "flying saucer" test flight in June taught NASA many things, despite a parachute failure, the agency announced.

Space August 10, 2014

Sleeping in space a big challenge for astronauts

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, like those riding the now retired Space Shuttle, are lacking sleep and turning to sleeping pills. A new report warns of the dangers.

Space August 11, 2014

Supermoon Sunday: Are you ready for the celestial wonder this weekend?

A supermoon is coming on 10 August, promising to be the biggest and brightest of the events seen this year.

Space August 9, 2014

Sleepless in space: NASA finds astronauts need pills to snooze

Use of sleeping pills by many astronauts in space could have worrisome consequences, a study finds. Ability to react quickly to emergency could be a problem, researchers say.

Space August 8, 2014

Zombie star sighting by Hubble excites boffins

Type 1ax supernovas have been seen by the Hubble Space Telescope, revealing these mysterious events for the first time -- but how are they triggered?

Space August 10, 2014

Sleepless astronauts rely regularly on sleeping pills. Why experts are worried

Astronauts and crew members aren’t taking the much-needed sleep to perform well in their functions and are found to be using sleeping medications a lot. Here’s what a study discovered.

Space August 10, 2014

Super moon and shooting stars to show off on Sunday, don’t miss it!

Annual Perseid meteor shower among the brightest we see, but this year they'll have to compete with a bright, close "super moon." Best chance to see meteors will be in the early predawn hours.

Space August 8, 2014

Orion's unmanned splashdown prepped for by Navy

NASA, U.S. Navy get last chance to practice ocean recovery of Orion spacecraft before it first launch, set for December. Recovery procedures get workout off the California coast.

Space August 7, 2014

Rosetta meets Comet 67P for first time. Here are some closeup images

The arrival of ESA's Rosetta at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Aug. 6 makes it the first spacecraft ever to rendezvous with a comet.

Space August 7, 2014

Hubble spots zombie stars, survivors of supernovas

Hubble Space Telescope discovers zombie stars, which are said to be the survivors of a faint supernova. The supernova is located around 110 million light-years away.

Space August 7, 2014

Is a one-way mission to Mars ethical? Is it sane?

Mason Peck, Mars One adviser, answers the question "Is a one-way mission to Mars sane?"

Space August 6, 2014

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