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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.
In the Media by AFP

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The serenity and awe that usually accompanies photos taken in space has been replaced by horror and awe as man’s ability to capture earth from space now captures the war and conflict in the Gaza Strip.
In the Media by Brett Scruton - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Mike Rossi

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

$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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by William Suphan - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Syra Sharif - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Naomi Seck (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by AFP

'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.
In the Media by Shigemi Sato (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

Hidden ocean on Saturn's moon bolsters life theory

Washington - Saturn's moon Enceladus is home to an ocean of melted water beneath its surface, and could be a source for alien microbes, scientists said.
In the Media by AFP

NASA suspends Russia ties, except on space station

Washington - NASA has cut ties with Russia except for cooperation aboard the International Space Station due to the crisis in Ukraine, the US space agency said.
In the Media by AFP

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits

Washington - Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Scientists recreate Mars in England

To test out Europe’s first Mars rover, space technologists have attempted to re-create the Martian surface in a tiny area of England.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Space 'makes the heart grow rounder': study

Washington - Astronauts' hearts grow rounder while they are in space, suggesting that spending lots of time in microgravity could lead to heart problems, according to US research on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Comet lander awakes from long hibernation

Paris - European space experts said on Friday they had successfully reawakened a fridge-sized robot designed to make the first-ever spacecraft landing on a comet.
In the Media by AFP

Russian-U.S. crew docks at ISS two days late after technical glitch

Moscow - A Russian spacecraft with two Russians and a NASA astronaut aboard on Friday docked successfully at the International Space Station after a technical hitch caused an unprecedented two-day delay.
In the Media by AFP

Russian spacecraft brings 3-man crew to ISS after 2-day delay

Moscow - A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man Russian and US crew on Friday docked successfully at the International Space Station after an unprecedented two-day delay caused by a technical hitch.The Soyuz TMA-12M carrying Russia's Alexander Skvortsov and ...
In the Media by AFP

Rocket with US-Russian crew misses ISS rendezvous

Baykonur - A Soyuz rocket carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut failed to dock as planned early Wednesday to the International Space Station, the Russian and US space agencies said Wednesday, citing a problem on approach.The rocket, which took off wi...
In the Media by Anais Llobet (AFP)
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A NASA photo of linear gullies  caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
A NASA photo of linear gullies, caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
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This artist s concept illustrates a quasar  or feeding black hole  similar to APM 08279+5255  where ...
NASA
This artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the central black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below. X-rays emerge from the very central region, while thermal infrared radiation is emitted by dust throughout most of the torus. While this figure shows the quasar's torus approximately edge-on, the torus around APM 08279+5255 is likely positi
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Screenshot from spaceengine
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Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the spa...
NASA
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...
ESO/Digital Sky Survey 2
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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Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
NASA/ESO/STI
Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
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Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21  2000
NASA
Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000
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Progress M-47 seen from the International Space Station during undocking.
NASA
Progress M-47 seen from the International Space Station during undocking.
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The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence cou...
NASA/ESO/STI
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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A replica of NASA s Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the...
NASA
A replica of NASA's Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the Presidential viewing stand and President Barack Obama during the Inaugural Parade on Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
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Screenshot from Spaceengine
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During the STS-131 mission s first spacewalk  which lasted about 6.5 hours  NASA astronaut Rick Mast...
NASA
During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, which lasted about 6.5 hours, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio helped move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments.
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How the sun has changed in the past nine years
NASA
How the sun has changed in the past nine years
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Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
NASA/ESO/STI
Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
NASA/ESO/STI
Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
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TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation communications satellites designed to ensure vital oper...
NASA
TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation communications satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA
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