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NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

Woman sues all gay people on earth

Sylvia Driskell, a 66-year-old woman from Nebraska, is suing every single gay person on the planet. She will be representing herself in Driskell V. Homosexuals.

New concern about radon risks

Toronto - Naturally occurring in soils, radon can seep into buildings, accumulate and reach high levels in indoor air. A new concern about the gas has been raised by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1 narrowly missed Earth on Tuesday

Asteroid 2015 HD1, a small and faint asteroid, about 50 feet across, missed Earth by a hair's breadth at about 3 a.m. CDT ( 8 UTC), Tuesday, April 21, hurtling past at just 45,600 miles (73,400 kilometers) or 0.2 lunar distance.

Life may exist on Titan, but not like anything we know

A team of scientists from Cornell University believe that oxygen-free, methane-based life forms could exist on Titan. Such life forms would be unlike anything we know on Earth and live in conditions, which nothing in our biosphere could endure.

Could dark matter cause our extinction?

Dark matter could be the cause of mass extinctions, according to scientists who have analyzed the movement of the Earth through the region called the galactic disc.

Got binoculars? Check out Monday's asteroid fly-by

Pasadena - Got binoculars? Monday's close encounter with Asteroid 2004 BL86 is probably the best time you'll have to use them for sky-watching in the next 13 years.

Mars once had a massive lake, NASA reports

According to reports released by NASA, Mars' Gale Crater once contained a massive lake. NASA presented evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years, long enough to sustain life.

Alien life may exist without conditions like Earth

A group of scientists are proposing that alien life forms may not need conditions similar to Earth to survive and that we should not exclude the possibility of other “exotic” types of life existing in the Universe.

Hot-air balloon will take tourists 20 miles above earth

On Tuesday, World View Enterprises, a Tucson-based space-tourism company, announced that they completed a test flight of a hot-air balloon and a capsule that is being developed to bring tourists 20 miles about earth.

Longest planetary orbit discovered

Nearly 156 light-years from Earth, the planet GU Psc b has the longest ever planetary orbit recorded. It takes over 160,000 years to orbit its sun and it has been detected by Canadian astrophysicists.

Google Street View lets you time-travel into the past

As of today, Google has begun rolling out a new feature for Street View, the component of Google Earth and Google Maps that lets you view places as if you were actually there, that allows you to travel back in time and view the place in the past.

Detoxifying role of Earth’s bacteria

Bacteria can do something that is quite unusual, they are able to detoxify a class of amino acids produced by plants and animals. Without this process occurring, the planet would be poisoned.

Former 'Star Trek' actress to voice film promoting geocentrism

Kate Mulgrew, who portrayed Captain Kathryn Janeway on 'Star Trek: Voyager,' is narrating a film that promotes the long disproven notion that the sun revolves around the earth.

When does an onion know it is time to bulb?

Agriculturalists know that onions form a bulb in response to lengthening days. However the molecular mechanisms controlling this response were not known until now.

Get set for comet Ison, comet of the century

Kingston Upon Hull - In January Digital Journal reported about comet ISON, discovered by Russian scientists in September 2012 and expected to be visible from Earth in 2013, so much so that it would be visible to the naked eye. That event is rapidly approaching.

Earth's water probably came from early asteroid strikes

There is a strong possibility that asteroid strikes, which occurred over a billion years ago, gave Earth a very good portion of its water.

Asteroid narrowly misses the Earth

Houston - An asteroid has "narrowly" missed the planet, coming within 4.2 million miles. The incident happened in September but has only now been announced due to the U.S. government shutdown.

Video: Three-man ISS crew returns safely to terra firma

The Expedition 36 crew members, comprising two Russian Cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut returned safely to Earth on Wednesday after 166 days in space, on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA releases photo of thousands waving at Cassini spacecraft

NASA released an incredible collage of 1,400 images of people waving at the spacecraft Cassini as it pointed its camera at Earth.

Crop rotation and the role of microorganisms

Crop rotation has been used since ancient times to improve plant nutrition and to limit the spread of disease. A new study reveals this relates to enriching the soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa.

NASA releases Earth photo taken from Saturn's orbit

London - The Blue Marble becomes a tiny dot in the immensity of the vast space when seen from Saturn's orbit at a distance of 1,440 kilometers.

'Fast and Furious 6' wins again while 'After Earth' falls flat

With a third place finish at $27 million, "After Earth" fell flat. On the surface, a number like that may be considered pretty darn good, but for this film, it was not.

New private moon telescope to offer online views of Earth, space

San Francisco - Are you ever interested in what the Earth looks like at 1 p.m. EST on a Saturday? Well, now you might have the chance to view our blue marble online when a privately-funded telescope gets sent to the moon in two years.

NASA: Asteroid 1998 QE2 will pass Earth on May 31

A massive asteroid 1998 QE2 will fly past Earth May 31, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.Pacific (4:59 p.m. Eastern / 20:59 UTC). Astronomers say it will not approach closer than 3.6 million miles (5.8 million km), about 15 times the distance between Earth and Moon.

Sad, spectacular time-lapse animation shows human impact on Earth

In only 30 years, great glaciers have retreated and a lake that was once the world’s fourth largest has all but dried up. For the first time ever, the human impact on the face of earth as seen from space is on full view, and it is not a pretty picture.

Earthquakes in Chile caused permanent deformation of earth crust

A new study in Chile reveals that earthquakes are able to crack and deform the Earth's crust permanently. According to geologist Richard Allmendinger of Cornell University and colleagues, major quakes have caused permanent cracks in the earth's crust.

NASA discovers three Earth-like planets; could host life

A NASA telescope has identified three distant planets that have close compositions to Earth and are the most likely candidates to host life.

First lunar eclipse of 2013 marked for April 25

Stargazers, prepare for the first lunar eclipse of the 2013 season. Many flock to websites in the hopes to find visibility and viewing information.

Watch out, the sky is falling, the sky is falling

An asteroid barely missed Earth as it passed by Saturday afternoon. NASA admits they did not see this one headed straight towards Earth.
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This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by...
This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by Earth on Feb. 15
NASA / NPR
Four different spaceships linked together in orbit. At the far left is Endeavour  while Russia s Soy...
Four different spaceships linked together in orbit. At the far left is Endeavour, while Russia's Soyuz capsule "Yuri Gagarin" is perched at a rooftop docking port on the International Space Station.
NASA
Emblem 2d:  Nutrix ejus terra est.  of Michael Maier  Atalanta Fugiens  circa: 1617/1618
Earth Mothe...
Emblem 2d: "Nutrix ejus terra est." of Michael Maier, Atalanta Fugiens, circa: 1617/1618 Earth Mother image from an alchemical text.
Alexander Roos
screen shots from the movie  Home  by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
screen shots from the movie "Home" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
All dried up
All dried up
A scene from the motion picture  2012.
A scene from the motion picture "2012."
Courtesy Columbia Pictures
It’s a Rocky World: This artist s concept shows a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the...
It’s a Rocky World: This artist's concept shows a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
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From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states  people around the world shared more than 1 400 image...
From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.
Courtesy NASA
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Satellite images of the earth at night.
Satellite images of the earth at night.
NASA
Artist s rendering of meteor fireball impact
Artist's rendering of meteor fireball impact
Vojtech.dostal.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
A snapshot taken of Earth by a Russian satellite 36 000 kilometres away.
A snapshot taken of Earth by a Russian satellite 36,000 kilometres away.
GigaPan/Russian Space Agency
Map of protests on October 15  2011
Map of protests on October 15, 2011
15october.net
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On Jan. 4 a large presence of stratocumulus clouds was the central focus of camera lenses which rema...
On Jan. 4 a large presence of stratocumulus clouds was the central focus of camera lenses which remained aimed at the clouds as the Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station flew above the northwestern Pacific Ocean
NASA
In this rare image taken on July 19  2013  the wide-angle camera on NASA s Cassini spacecraft has ca...
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Planet earth  Robertson denies it was created 6000 years ago.
Planet earth, Robertson denies it was created 6000 years ago.
DonkeyHotey
220 miles above Earth  this is a broad area view of Sendai  Japan. The end of the shuttle vertical s...
220 miles above Earth, this is a broad area view of Sendai, Japan. The end of the shuttle vertical stabilizer points to Sendai.
NASA
From right to left: Rufus Sewell  Eddie Redmayne and Liam Garrigan in The Pillars Of The Earth
From right to left: Rufus Sewell, Eddie Redmayne and Liam Garrigan in The Pillars Of The Earth
Sony