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Mysterious lights in West Coast sky likely from meteor

Oakland - Mysterious lights streaking across the sky in Northern and Southern California early Friday were most likely caused by a meteor burning up in the atmosphere.

Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over the Ukraine crisis.

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).

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.

Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing

Paris - The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites launched as part of a navigation system designed to rival GPS have failed to locate their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

Rosetta probe makes space history in rendezvous with comet

Paris - The space probe Rosetta made a historic rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday, climaxing a 10-year, six-billion-kilometre (3.7-billion-mile) chase through the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

Moscow - Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.

Astronaut takes photo of IDF & Hamas rocket warfare from space

The serenity and awe that usually accompanies photos taken in space has been replaced by horror and awe as man’s ability to capture earth from space now captures the war and conflict in the Gaza Strip.

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.

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.

Astronauts figure out how to clean the ISS

Houston - Cleaning and controlling debris on a space station is tricky work. Microgravity can turn gasses, dust, fluids and sharp objects into a floating hazard. A science team have come up with a solution.

Mountain in Chile blasted for new telescope

The top of a 10,000 foot mountain in Chile has been blown up to make way for what will be the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.

$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.

What makes the coolest offices in the world?

An effective workplace design seems to be important for business success. This doesn’t mean that designs cannot be innovative or even fun. A new review considers what can be learnt from world’s coolest offices.

SpaceX unveils capsule to ferry astronauts to space

Hawthorne - A sleek, white gumdrop-shaped space capsule that aims to carry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station and return to land anywhere on Earth was unveiled by SpaceX.

Russian, German and U.S. astronauts dock with ISS

Moscow - A crew of Russian, German and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station Thursday as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War.

Center of Milky Way might be a wormhole, say scientists

Scientists are creating a method to see if they can determine whether the center of our galaxy is a black hole or a wormhole that might lead to another universe.

Mountains on Saturn moon are 'celestial debris'

Mountains at the equator on Iapetus, a moon of the planet Saturn, may have come from space rather than being formed on the surface of the satellite.

NASA announces plans for a greenhouse on Mars

Wednesday, NASA announced that plants on Mars may begin growing by 2021 in isolated conditions. The next Mars rover will launch in mid-2020 and an experiment to send growing plant life with the rover to the Red Planet is in the works.

Astronaut launches 'space meal' contest

British Astronaut Tim Peake has launched a competition for a 'space meal.' Major Peake has asked schoolchildren to create the ideal meal for him to eat in space.

First Earth-sized planet found in 'habitable zone': NASA

Washington - The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward -- an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable zone" of another star.

Space station science offers clues about pathogenic fungi

During an investigation dubbed "Microbe," using the environment aboard space shuttle Atlantis, researchers gained a better understanding of pathogenic fungi.

Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse

Washington - A total lunar eclipse, the first since December 2011, will take place Tuesday with the Americas best placed to get a glimpse.

'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

Tokyo - A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers.

Russian cargo ship docks with space station

Moscow - A Russian cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station Thursday, bringing the crew crucial supplies and water, Russia's space agency said.

New Israeli spy satellite enters orbit

Jerusalem - A new Israeli spy satellite entered orbit early Thursday, the defence ministry said, boosting the Jewish state's ability to monitor arch-foe Iran.
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A handout from the European defense group EADS shows computer-generated illustration of the so-called "Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation" (Zehst),
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Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station, using the treadmill
Via Chris Hadfield's Twitter feed
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The Northern Lights and Stars.
The Northern Lights and Stars.
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This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
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Former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn speaks at Welcome Discovery at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn speaks at Welcome Discovery at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the spa...
Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the space station
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A dwarf galaxy  a satellite of our own galaxy and one of 10 that were involved in the research  that...
A dwarf galaxy, a satellite of our own galaxy and one of 10 that were involved in the research, that was scanned for gamma-rays in the search for dark matter.
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How the sun has changed in the past nine years
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The Nikon D7000, is great at capturing colors in fast moving objects, such as clouds.
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A look at the Moon with Venus off to the right, the planet itself appeared larger and brighter/clearer than this image depicts
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Nikon D7000, great auto focus all in all a great performing camera.
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
Space Environment Center
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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surroun...
The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.
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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
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An illustration of the X-37B  the unmanned successor to the space shuttle.
An illustration of the X-37B, the unmanned successor to the space shuttle.
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Jupuiter's moon, Europa.
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