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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

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

Virgin Galactic picks Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces for its space tourists

Virgin Galactic is set to launch the first spaceflight before 2014 ends. The company has partnered with a local hotel and caterer in New Mexico to serve the astronauts in training.

Space July 8, 2014

NASA, Boeing ink $2.8 billion deal to develop SLS rocket for deep space mission

The Space Launch System (SLS), which will carry humans into space from the United States once more, is one step closer to reality with a new contract between NASA and Boeing.

Space July 7, 2014

Saturn moon Titan may be hiding a very salty underground ocean

Buried ocean on Saturn's moon Titan is likely a "dead sea" and unlikely to be habitable by alien life, scientists say. Ocean under the icy surface is probably as salty as any here in Earth, they say.

Space July 6, 2014

Earth-like alien planets are just illusions: Study

Gliese 581g was thought to be the first planet known in the habitable zone of another star. Now, it appears the planet was an optical illusion.

Space July 7, 2014

Look up Saturday night, Mars and the moon will have a date

On the evening of July 5, Mars and the moon will be very near each other. People in South and Central America will see a much more interesting sight.

Space July 5, 2014

Look up Saturday night, Mars and the moon will have a date

On the evening of July 5, Mars and the moon will be very near each other. People in South and Central America will see a much more interesting sight.

Space July 5, 2014

NASA tells Boeing all systems go for production of most powerful rocket

Boeing has received the thumbs up from NASA and is all set to begin production for the world’s biggest, most powerful rocket to take cargo and humans to Mars and beyond.

Space July 5, 2014

Ultrasound prevents stars from lying about their age to scientists

Researchers developed a method of distinguishing infant stars from adolescent stars and accurately determining their ages, previously a feat quite difficult to accomplish.

Space July 8, 2014

Gliese 581-d aka Goldilocks planet may not be habitable - the exoplanet may even be non-existent!

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University found evidence disproving the existence of Goldilocks planets Gliese 581-d and Gliese 581-g. What were previously considered habitable, rocky planets, are most likely just sun spots on the host star.

Space July 5, 2014

Tatooine-like frozen planet found in binary star system 3.000 light years away

Researchers at Ohio State University, along with amateur astronomers from around the globe, discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in a binary star system. Astronomers previously believed Earth-like, or rocky, planets could not exist in binary systems.

Space July 6, 2014

NASA, Boeing collaborating on $2.8B Space Launch System rocket

NASA finalizes contract with Boeing for first stage of Space Launch System. First test flight of gargantuan booster set for 2017.

Space July 4, 2014

NASA, Boeing collaborating on $2.8B Space Launch System rocket

NASA finalizes contract with Boeing for first stage of Space Launch System. First test flight of gargantuan booster set for 2017.

Space July 4, 2014

Ultrasound helps astronomers determine age of stars by listening to their heartbeats

Astronomers using ultrasound to listen to the 'heartbeat' of young stars. Technique allows determining the age, lifestyle of a star, they say.

Space July 4, 2014

Infant or adolescent star? Astronomers determine age of stars using ultrasound

A team of researchers have been using sound waves to determine the age of stars. Younger stars vibrate slower while the stars nearing adulthood vibrate faster.

Space July 7, 2014

Scientists spot frozen supersized Earth-like exoplanet in binary star system

Scientists discover a rocky, icy planet with an Earth-like orbit circling one star in a system of two stars. Experts believe this expands the ground where the search for extraterrestrial life continues.

Space July 4, 2014

Hubble Space Telescope spots two new objects beyond Pluto - will we soon visit these icy bodies?

The New Horizons Spacecraft could visit bodies unknown until recently and first theorized in science fiction.

Space July 6, 2014

Saturn's moon Titan boasts ocean as salty as the Dead Sea

Ocean under the icy shell of Saturn's moon Titan is likely a salty "dead sea" unlikely to support life, researchers say. Oh, and it's slowly freezing solid.

Space July 3, 2014

Umbrella galaxy shows cannibalism among families of stars

Galactic cannibalism is showing in the Umbrella Galaxy, a near-twin of the Milky Way.

Space July 6, 2014

Cassini spacecraft marks 10th anniversary, grand finale set for 2017

NASA scientists hail 10 years of science discoveries by Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Spacecraft's original four-year mission has been extended multiple times.

Space July 2, 2014

NASA satellite on quest to measure carbon dioxide

NASA puts satellite in orbit to measure levels of greenhouse gas CO2 in Earth's atmosphere. Two-year mission will sample all areas of the Earth every 16 days.

Space July 2, 2014

Cassini celebrates 10th birthday as NASA plans its Grand Finale mission

Cassini celebrates its tenth birthday. The mission is expected to enter its last stage in 2016 and NASA will end the mission in 2017.

Space July 2, 2014

NASA's launch of CO2-monitoring satellite carried by Delta II rocket a success

NASA's rocket, Delta II, carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, has successfully reached orbit. The observatory will measure atmospheric carbon dioxide levels for the next two years.

Space July 2, 2014

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

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