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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.

NASA aims to send submarine to explore seas on Titan

In one of the most awe-inspiring and audacious plans ever conceived by NASA, the space agency has unveiled a project to send a submarine to Saturn's moon, Titan, to explore its mysterious seas.

Hubble telescope captures extraterrestrial smiley

Forget about nasty bug-eyed monsters, the universe is sending us a smiley instead. NASA's Hubble telescope has captured an image of two galaxies which have created a huge smiling face beaming down on us from the distant reaches of space.

NASA plans mission to Europa to find alien life

NASA has confirmed that it is planning a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, thought to possibly have a vast ocean under its icy surface. NASA will be looking for "Europan" life.

UFO sighting: Alien spacecraft passed by with asteroid, site says

NASA has released information on asteroid 2014 BL86, which passed by Earth on Monday, but at least one group is not buying it. The object orbiting around the asteroid is a moon, NASA claimed, but some UFO trackers say that is not the case.

NASA's 'Dawn' approaches dwarf planet Ceres,takes best images yet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which is about 147 million miles or 237 million kilometers from dwarf planet Ceres, in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, sent home the sharpest images yet of the body.
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NASA s Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27  2010  to get a boost from Earth’s ...
NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27, 2010, to get a boost from Earth’s gravity. It is now on its way to comet Hartley 2, depicted in this artist’s concept, with a planned flyby on Nov 4.
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The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions  one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 1...
The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions, one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 16, 2012
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NOAA hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft in flight. So far  wind measurements ta...
NOAA hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft in flight. So far, wind measurements taken from airplanes flying through intense hurricane winds are the only sure fire way to accurately assess the strength of a hurricane
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This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars  Earth and the sun during another period that occurs ...
This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during another period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective. This arrangement, and the period during which it occurs, is called the Mars Solar Conjunction.
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7 inches of snow and a half inch of ice made for a beautiful January morning.
7 inches of snow and a half inch of ice made for a beautiful January morning.
Hurricane Bonnie made landfall in North Carolina  United States  inflicting severe crop damage. The ...
Hurricane Bonnie made landfall in North Carolina, United States, inflicting severe crop damage. The second named storm, first hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season
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Excited crowd at Welcome Discovery! on Apr. 19  2012
Excited crowd at Welcome Discovery! on Apr. 19, 2012
NASA s  Blue Marble  high definition image of the Earth
NASA's 'Blue Marble' high definition image of the Earth
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An estimated 42 000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in la...
An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
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NASA s Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25  2010 using its Moderate...
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010 using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument. With the Mississippi Delta on the left, the silvery swirling oil slick from the April 20 explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform is highly visible. The rig was located roughly 50 miles southeast of the coast of Louisiana.
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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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The green scum shown in this image is the worst algae bloom Lake Erie has experienced in decades. Vi...
The green scum shown in this image is the worst algae bloom Lake Erie has experienced in decades. Vibrant green filaments extend out from the northern shore.
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Crew members of Discovery arrive for the ceremony where NASA transferred custody of Discovery to the...
Crew members of Discovery arrive for the ceremony where NASA transferred custody of Discovery to the Smithsonian
NASA scientists found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets orbiting ...
NASA scientists found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets orbiting three different stars. All five planets appear to be hazy
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Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7 900 light-yea...
Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7,900 light-years-wide region probed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope near the galaxy's hub; there a grouping of stars shows as a bright area, and the blue dots sprinkled throughout are extremely hot ultra-blue stars.
NASA; ESA; B. Williams and J. Dalcanton, University of Washington
Artist rendered mobile robot
Artist rendered mobile robot
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Illustration of CheMin dual-cell geometry. Exploded view of dual-cell assembly showing windows  tuni...
Illustration of CheMin dual-cell geometry. Exploded view of dual-cell assembly showing windows, tuning-fork assembly, and piezodriver (left). Assembled cell, ready for testing in testbed (right).
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The shuttle Endeavor docked at the ISS. This photo was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nesp...
The shuttle Endeavor docked at the ISS. This photo was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011.
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