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Astronomers monitor extraordinary black hole 'eruption'

Astronomers worldwide are monitoring a newly awakened black hole after it released a blast of high-energy light. A black hole eruption is an extraordinary space phenomenon

SpaceX, NASA react to rocket fail and will 'get back to flight'

SpaceX and NASA answered questions about Sunday morning's Falcon 9 rocket explosion, but offered few explanations about why it happened. This is the third consecutive failed cargo mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk.

A 'new' crater on Mars as never seen before

Tucson - NASA has released a spectacular hi-res image of a “new” crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars taken by the HiRise instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Sounding out Mars: NASA starts trials for next lander mission

Pasadena - Trials have now started on NASA’s next piece of Mars wizardry, a stationary lander scheduled to head off to the Red Planet, March 2016.

Antarctic ice shelf could be gone in just a few years, says NASA

A NASA study has found that one of the major remaining ice shelves on Antarctica is melting much faster than previous suggestions. It could be completely gone in just a few years, fuelling sea level rise and making Antarctica a little smaller.

Robot squid to search for life in underground seas of alien moons

NASA scientists have come up with a pretty cool piece of machinery to fish around for alien life that may exist in subterranean seas found on many nearby moons.

NASA offering money for ideas on how to get to and colonize Mars

You may think the folks at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Admin. are a little spaced out after a recent press release. In it NASA asks the public for ideas on how to get humans to Mars so they can establish a colony there. Shouldn't they know?

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.

NASA may have discovered the secret to faster-than-light travel

The barrier to interstellar travel seems to have always been our inability to go faster than the speed of light. Now, NASA may have discovered the secret to the famous warp drive, which propelled the Starship Enterprise across the galaxies.

Pluto may have polar ice caps and nitrogen snow

NASA scientists are describing images of Pluto coming in from the New Horizon spacecraft as "incredible" and "stunning." The photos seem to show that the planet has ice caps, something which astronomers hadn't predicted.

NASA picks top team to hunt for aliens

NASA has just got serious about finding alien life. The space agency has picked a top team of scientists to hunt for extraterrestrials – and you may be able to participate.

Op-Ed: What you need to know about Hubble's 25th anniversary

That young whippersnapper the Hubble Space Telescope has now made a quarter of a century. Just when you’d think it’d be settling down and having kids, or at least dating more, it’s still rampaging around the skies looking for dazzling things.

NASA astronauts' GoPro POV spacewalk delivers stunning views

NASA has released stunning POV GoPro footage of life outside the International Space Station shot during spacewalk missions early in 2015. The footage gives an impression of the experience of spacewalk and wondrous beauty of Earth from 250 miles above.

NASA chief says we'll discover alien life in 10 to 20 years

A top NASA scientist has announced that we are on the verge of finding alien life. The view from the space agency experts is that it is not a question of if, but when we will discover it and that could be quite soon.

NASA believes alien life will be found by 2025

NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan, said during NASA panel discussion on the search for extraterrestrial life, that alien lifeforms will probably be discovered in the next two to three decades.

Former NASA engineer saw 9-ft alien with Space Shuttle astronauts

Clark C. McClelland, a man who says he was a NASA spacecraft operator, claimed in a statement first published on his website in 2008, that while monitoring a Space Shuttle mission in the 1990s, he saw a 9-ft tall alien with NASA astronauts in space.

NASA announces next steps on its ARM mission for Journey to Mars

On Wednesday, NASA announced additional details for future human expeditions into deep space, which will include going to Mars. The mission is ARM, or Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will test new astronaut capabilities by the mid-2020s.

NASA: Huge asteroid 2014-YB35 makes close Earth approach Friday

A massive space rock, asteroid 2014-YB35, about 1 km across, will hurtle past Earth on Friday at a speed of 23,000 mph, passing safely at a distance of 2.8 million miles at closest approach, about 11.7 times the distance of between Earth and Moon.

Jupiter's moon Ganymede has salt water ocean

It seems that the chances of finding life in our solar system are improving almost daily with this week's discovery of a gigantic salt water ocean inside Jupiter's moon, Ganymede.

Four NASA spacecraft launched to solve magnetic mystery

Cape Canaveral - Four NASA spacecraft launched on Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 10:44pm on a major mission. The purpose of the mission is to study the magnetic fields around the sun and the Earth.

Astronomers see same supernova several times with Hubble

One hundred years ago, astronomy was a small field, limited by the number of observations scientists made while peering through a telescope.

NASA scientists recreate building blocks of life in laboratory

NASA's Ames research lab has recreated uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory, in simulated deep space conditions.

NASA space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet

Washington - The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said.

Astronauts complete 3 spacewalks, fix ISS for future space taxis

NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore completed a series of three spacewalks that began on February 22, to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for future "space taxis."

Crescent moon highlights Venus and Mars for spectacular footage

Not since 2008 has a crescent-shaped new moon shone so elegantly on the rare planetary alignment of Mars and Venus, until now. On February 20, 2015, social sites around the world feasted on the spectacular viewings.

Astronauts prepare ISS for 'space taxis' with 7-hour spacewalk

Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts, spent nearly seven hours outside the International Space Station (ISS) to reconfigure it and install new docking stations for commercial crew vehicles.

Amazing NASA video reveals the far side of the moon

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has released a video showing what the far side of the Moon looks like, using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA cameras catch fireball

NASA cameras caught a massive fireball that erupted over Pittsburgh at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The fireball could be clearly seen from areas of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.
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This visible image of Tropical Storm Isaac taken from NOAA s GOES-13 satellite shows the huge extent...
This visible image of Tropical Storm Isaac taken from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite shows the huge extent of the storm, where the eastern-most clouds lie over the Carolinas and the western-most clouds are brushing east Texas.
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Alaska and the northern Arctic Circle Chukchi Sea. Even in summer 2013  dense sea ice monopolizes Ch...
Alaska and the northern Arctic Circle Chukchi Sea. Even in summer 2013, dense sea ice monopolizes Chukchi Sea, though now, in February winter of 2015, deep blue ocean has replaced white Arctic sea ice.
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Tradar image of Mercury s north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSE...
Tradar image of Mercury's north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSENGER images of the same area.
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The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft is seen shortly after arriving at the launch pad by train on Friday  No...
The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft is seen shortly after arriving at the launch pad by train on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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Because they don’t give off light  astronomers have a difficult time pinpointing a black hole s lo...
Because they don’t give off light, astronomers have a difficult time pinpointing a black hole's location. But when a black hole gets close enough to an object, like a star, for example, and begins consuming the object's mass, the matter that pours into its gravitational clutches can get so hot that it glows and releases energy in the form of X-ray light.
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Artist s concept of Kepler in the distant solar system.
Artist's concept of Kepler in the distant solar system.
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Comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from the Martian ...
Comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from the Martian surface by NASA's Curiosity rover.
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As night approaches  Nashville s homeless build fires to try and stay warm.
As night approaches, Nashville's homeless build fires to try and stay warm.
This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission s Phila...
This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander. The sites (A and C) are located on the larger of the two lobes that make up comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this eruption from 
March 19  2011
Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this eruption from March 19, 2011
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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).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
The overview of the New Horizon journey to the binary system  Pluto and Charon  and beyond
The overview of the New Horizon journey to the binary system, Pluto and Charon, and beyond
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Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission s Phil...
This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
NASA/JPL-Caltech / Image by ESA/Rosetta/MPS
Satellite image of 2011 bloom (the most severe in decades).
Satellite image of 2011 bloom (the most severe in decades).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
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.
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This still from a NASA video animation depicts how the black hole eats a star.
This still from a NASA video animation depicts how the black hole eats a star.
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Smiley galaxy captured by Hubble Telescope
Smiley galaxy captured by Hubble Telescope
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Global perspective
Global perspective
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NASA s MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canavera...
NASA's MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
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