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Tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa — another similarity to Earth

Moscow - Planetary geologists report evidence that Jupiter’s moon Europa shows signs of plate tectonics, shaping and moulding the moon’s surface similar to geological activity on Earth.

Newly discovered asteroid paying close visit to earth

A newly discovered asteroid will be paying a visit Sunday night as it zips remarkably close to earth over New Zealand at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 UTC/GMT).

NASA studying extent of Arctic ice loss

The project is called ARISE (Arctic Radiation-IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment), and is NASA's first large-scale campaign to study in-depth the summer sea ice retreat on the Arctic's climate. The mission started on Aug. 28 and will end Oct. 1, 2014.

First evidence of water discovered outside Solar System in clouds

The first evidence of water outside our Solar System has been found 7.3 light-years from Earth in ice clouds on a brown dwarf star.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

Extraterrestrial enthusiasts claim ISS cameras show several UFOs

NASA may not have realized that streaming video from the International Space Station (ISS) would lead to UFO enthusiasts claiming the videos have captured numerous UFOs, but that is exactly what is happening.

Op-Ed: First extra solar particles discovered

Sydney - A NASA spacecraft called Stardust brought back particles from space which are now believed to be the first particles to be identified as originating from outside the solar system.

Hubble telescope photos reveal presence of 'zombie stars'

Scientists examining images recorded by NASA's Hubble telescope have discovered evidence of "zombie stars,' a star created by a little known form of supernova.

Saturn jumps in for a photobomb of the moon

Sydney - In a rare moment of celestial fun, the sixth planet from the sun decided to drop in for a photobomb of Earth's moon on Monday night.

NASA: 'impossible' engine could change space travel forever

Roger Shawyer may soon be getting a lot of attention. When he first built what is now called the EmDrive, no one took it seriously. That started to change in 2012 after a team of Chinese scientists built it themselves, and it worked.

NASA's Mars 2020 rover to unlock more Martian secrets

Washington - NASA’s successor to the Mars Curiosity rover will head to the red planet in 2020 carrying a payload of scientific instruments that will explore Mars as never before.

NASA tests robotics and laser-powered drills for Europa mission

Anchorage - Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the next target for some NASA scientists. Scientists are testing a robot equipped with a drill powered by laser energy carried through a fiber-optic wire.

Earth is heating up: 2013 smashes climate records

Maunaloa - Climate data shows that temperatures worldwide are continuing to rise and 2013 was no different, according to a report released July 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

'Good luck and Godspeed' — 45 years after the Apollo 11 launch

Cape Canaveral - At 9:32 a.m. eastern time, three American astronauts left the confines of earth, speeding into space, destined to land on the moon and cement their status as American heros.

Student science heads for space

Houston - Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is scheduled to launch to the space station on July 11. The investigations represent a diversity of subjects from bacteria to tadpole shrimp and locations from Massachusetts to Arizona.

Super Moon will rise on July 12

The first of three consecutive "Super Moons" will rise above the Earth's skyline on Saturday July 12, 2014. Get your cameras ready.

Op-Ed: NASA Mars landing in 2030s? Forget it, U.S. has lost its balls

Sydney - When you remember the sheer enthusiasm of the Moon landings, the vague babblings about Martian landings are to put it mildly, unimpressive. The march of progress in space has become a limp-wristed square dance.

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.

NASA — Striving to pass the smell-test

Space is weird. Someone had to say it. Objects float. Temperatures fluctuate by hundreds of degrees. Cosmic rays carry enough radiation to make Chernobyl look like a walk in the park.

Happy 4th of July from NASA

Mountain View - NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California is celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary. A unique series of "Living Museum" exhibits highlighting the Center's research are on display at local businesses right now.

NASA's Orion to launch new era in space flight

Cape Canaveral - Three years after the retirement of the space shuttle, the United States is preparing to re-enter the universe of manned space flight in December with the launch of NASA's new Orion space vehicle.

ISS astronauts lose hair along with World Cup bet (Video)

It seems the World Cup mania has even hit the International Space Station and the astronauts on board have been following the various matches with interest. Then the US was set to play Germany, and that is when the fun really began.

Mars Curiosity Rover’s ‘anniversary’ in ancient glacial landscape

Torrejon - Ancient glaciers shaped the landscape of Gale Crater on Mars, while, in lower lying areas, rivers and lakes of extremely cold liquid water formed landscapes resembling those found in Iceland and Alaska.

Man claims to have lived on Mars for the last 17 years

An ex-marine under the pseudonym name of Captain Kaye claims he has spent the last 17 years living on Mars defending the human colonies from martians.

'Here we come, Mars' NASA testing its own UFO

Mars is still a realistic dream, not only for Mars One, but the European Space Agency and NASA. NASA has taken a giant leap forward in developing what they are hoping will be a viable flying-saucer shaped vehicle capable of withstanding Mars atmosphere.

$61 million paid for space operations business

Astrotech Corp. is to sell Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) business to Lockheed Martin Corp., for $61 million. The sale will generate more funds for space medicine.

Sun ejects giant CME at 1.5 million miles per hour

The sun emitted a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) on May 9, 2014, the first to be seen by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) of NASA, which was launched in June 2013 to closely observe the lower levels of the solar atmosphere.

Enjoy high-speed Internet on the moon

Although wireless Internet is still not available at several places over the globe, a team of NASA and MIT research scientists have shown that it can be made available on the moon.

Russia could bail on space station as tensions with U.S. worsen

Moscow - The Russian Federation is threatening to stop participating in the International Space Station project after 2020 in what appears to be a further deterioration of East-West relations.

Russian sanctions have boomerang affect on U.S. space program

Russia has announced that after 2020 they will no longer use the International Space Station. This notification comes two weeks after warning the U.S. that sanctions against the Russian space industry would have a "boomerang" effect.
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A truck covered in snow in East Sussex, UK
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This tortoiseshell cat might be recommending keeping the paws snow-free.
This tortoiseshell cat might be recommending keeping the paws snow-free.
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An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7  2013. This image was captured by N...
An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7, 2013. This image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength of UV light that is particularly good for seeing flares and that is typically colorized in teal.
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Expedition 36 handover ceremony on board the ISS.
Expedition 36 handover ceremony on board the ISS.
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Heating Martian Sand Grains: This plot of data from NASA s Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of...
Heating Martian Sand Grains: This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM. The gases detected were released from fine-grain material, and include water vapor, carbon dioxide, oxygen and sulfur dioxide.
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Soyuz Re-Entry
Soyuz Re-Entry
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The ground is covered with snow along Mt. Pleasant Road in uptown Toronto.
The ground is covered with snow along Mt. Pleasant Road in uptown Toronto.
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NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a growing flow of high-energy X-rays from somewhere near ...
NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a growing flow of high-energy X-rays from somewhere near the center of our galaxy. The outburst, pictured in this illustration, was produced by a rare X-ray nova and announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole.
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Rising from fire and smoke  NASA s twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission lau...
Rising from fire and smoke, NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission launches atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 Heavy rocket. Leaving from Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the spacecraft launched at 9:08:52 EDT Sept.10, 2011.
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The storm can be seen on upper part of the image of Saturn
The storm can be seen on upper part of the image of Saturn
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Lush green vegetation in December. It s always summer in the tropics
Lush green vegetation in December. It's always summer in the tropics
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NASA announced the selection of SpaceX s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft to resupply t...
NASA announced the selection of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) when the Space Shuttle retires in 2010.
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Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
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Artist s impression of NASA s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample spacecraft preparing to take a sample from ...
Artist's impression of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu for later return to and analysis on Earth.
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NASA s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17  2011. It was taken fr...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet Vesta. Each pixel in the image corresponds to roughly 0.88 miles (1.4 kilometers).
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This photo shows astronauts that were killed on Feb. 1  2003  in the final minutes of their 16-day s...
This photo shows astronauts that were killed on Feb. 1, 2003, in the final minutes of their 16-day scientific research mission aboard Columbia. STS-107
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Brian  a 26 year-old homeless man in Nashville.
Brian, a 26 year-old homeless man in Nashville.
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Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
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Excited crowd at Welcome Discovery! on Apr. 19  2012
Excited crowd at Welcome Discovery! on Apr. 19, 2012
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The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
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