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Cosmic pairing

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 27 years with two close friends

Earth as a planet

This special edition of Space takes us to Rome to explore the defining characteristics of our planet

"Decoded" --NASA's Voyager Mission's Message to Intelligent Spacefaring Civilizations

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2 to explore and document our solar system and the interstellar space beyond. The craft will drift for billions of years in the emptiness, each carrying a Golden Record inscribed with our message...        

"We Have No Planet B!" --World's Scientists March On Earth Day to Fight 'Alternative Facts' (WATCH Video)

Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an "assault on facts" by populist politicians. The movement was echoed in hundreds of events...        

Geomagnetic warning and Aurora Watch (23-24 April)

22 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

The SWS has issued a geomagnetic warning and an aurora watch for 23-24 April due to a high speed stream from a recurrent coronal hole and the arrival of a coronal mass ejection (this caused strong aroral conditions yesterday, which was clouded out for mots of Australia). Show More Summary

In experiments on Earth, testing possible building blocks of alien life

(Experimental Biology 2017) Extraterrestrial life, if it exists, could use different amino acid building blocks than living things here on Earth. To better understand what alien life might look like, researchers are studying which amino acids stand up to the types of extreme conditions found on other planets and moons.

Hello? ET? Just wait until you see the phone bill… | Barbara Ellen

$100m spent and still there is no sign of extraterrestrials Very sad news for fans of aliens (should they exist). After more than a year of listening for signals, astronomers working on the $100m Breakthrough Listen project, funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Yuri Milner, have found no evidence of extraterrestrials. Show More Summary

This Week's Top Space & NASA Headlines --"Alien Water Worlds to Cassini's Final Titan Flyby"

Alien Water Worlds --"Most Habitable Planets May Have Oceans Spanning 90% of Their Surface" "Beyond Carbon" --Life in the Universe (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream) Earth-Impacting Asteroids --For the 1st Time, Scientists Rank Seven Most Threatening Effect NASA's Search For Habitable...        

NASA's Earth Observatory Tracks Mount Etna's Violent April Eruption

On April 10, Italy’s Mount Etna unleashed a sudden and violent eruption (called a paroxysmal episode,) for the third time in 2011. According to the Instituto Nazionale de Geofisica e Vulcanologie (INGV; National Institute of Geology and Volcanology), this episode...        

World's Scientists See Antarctica's Biodiversity Threatened (WATCH Video)

A unique international study has debunked the popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in much better ecological shape than the rest of the world. The study, published recently in PLOS Biology and involving an interdisciplinary group of...        

Extremely Rare Supernova Baffles Caltech Astronomers

"I was baffled when I saw the initial data for iPTF16geu from the Palomar Observatory. It looked like a normal Type Ia supernova but it was much brighter than it should have been given its distance from us. The rapid...        

Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday.

SpaceX's next launch to mark start of new era

An upcoming launch of a government spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office will mark the first time the U.S. Department of Defense has used SpaceX for a mission.

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.

Tiangong-1: China's first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab

President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China’s space programme to strengthen national security China’s first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step towards Beijing’s goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022. Show More Summary

New look at 2004's martian hole-in-one site

A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago.

Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter

Further evidence of the existence of dark matter – the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together – has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.

Last adventure ahead for NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn.

NASA's Search For Habitable Ecosystems --"Reverse Engineering Europa" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

It could be at least 15 years before NASA lands a mission on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, to search for signs of life beneath its icy crust. In the mean time, a team led by astrobiologist Kevin Hand of...        

Exploding Sea Cucumber Butt Threads Are a New Material

Whoever named the sea cucumber after a vegetable didn't give it enough credit. Yes, sea cucumbers are soft, warty tubes that scoot eyelessly along the seafloor. But they aren't helpless. Some secrete a poison that's deadly to other animals. Show More Summary

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