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Oceans needed for alien life? Study says look for water on other worlds

Oceans may be needed for life to exist on alien worlds, a new computer model reveals.

Space July 22, 2014

Without oceans there is little chance of finding life, study shows

A new study shows that oceans may play a bigger role in sustaining life on planets than previously thought.

Space July 21, 2014

Apollo 11 mission patch to fly with first astronauts to Mars

A mission patch from the first human mission to the Moon will fly on NASA's first crewed flight to Mars.

Space July 22, 2014

Discovery astronaut Hank Hartsfield passes away at 80

Discovery commander Hank Hartsfield succumbs to illness, dies at 80. His life was filled with many milestones, most of them involved being up in the air and space.

Space July 21, 2014

Does Jupiter icy moon Europa contain alien life? NASA wants to hear you

In an effort to find life beyond this planet, NASA is calling for proposals on science instruments that could be carried on a spacecraft. Here’s how you can participate.

Space July 23, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity finds 'Lebanon' on Red Planet aka huge iron meteorite

An iron meteorite nearly 7-feet long discovered on Martian surface by NASA rover. The iron-rich space rock has been dubbed "Lebanon" by scientists.

Space July 21, 2014

3D printing in space could even produce new rocket engines

Space travelers could, one day, print everything from food to new rockets using 3D printers,

Space July 20, 2014

Scientists recreate core conditions on Jupiter, Saturn using lasers

Scientists used the largest laser in the world to mimic core conditions in giant gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn, discovered a new way of approaching how the universe is studied.

Space July 20, 2014

45 years of Apollo 11: Of first words and of aliens on moon

The world is preparing to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 space mission on the moon, which is a historic event that unified the United States.

Space July 19, 2014

Fireball spotted in North Carolina night sky: Meteor or alien spaceship in distress?

A series of meteors lit up the skies in North America on 17 July. One particularly bright fireball was seen over North Carolina - but what was it?

Space July 19, 2014

Fireball flying through Australia's skies was Russian rocket debris

The site of a fireball streaking across the sky in Australia cause alarm. But it wasn't an alien invasion, just metal pieces from a Russian rocket.

Space July 19, 2014

Latest Mars map is best one ever made of Red Planet

Scientists used over 16 years worth of data from four spacecraft to produce the most detailed map of the planet Mars to date.

Space July 20, 2014

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

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