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It's The Hubble Space Telescope's Birthday. Enjoy Amazing Images Of The Lagoon Nebula

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:16:00 -0400

This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28 years in space, and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency issued photos of colorful, explosive beauty.

SpaceX Launches NASA Satellite To Search For Alien Worlds

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:29:00 -0400

TESS — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will spend two years searching for planets near bright, nearby stars.

Get Ready For the Next Big Thing In NASA's Search For Earth's Twin

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:20:47 -0400

NASA is launching a mission to find Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that scientists can study for signs of life. Scientists already know of over 3,000 planets around distant stars.

Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:30:11 -0400

Scientists hope MethaneSAT will show where the potent greenhouse gas is coming from. Tracking methane in the air is difficult because it rises and spreads from the source.

NASA Hopes Supersonic X Plane Will Deliver Less Bang For The Buck

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:21:00 -0400

The new plane will test technologies to reduce the loud boom planes make when they break the sound barrier.

Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:26:00 -0400

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.

Time Travel With Your Fridge?

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:55:16 -0400

If the history of thermodynamics can teach us anything, it is that modest entropy reversals have not taken us back in time at all. But it is more fun to think otherwise, says guest Jimena Canales.

Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:28:05 -0400

Commentator Adam Frank talks with Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb about exo-civilizations, techno-signatures, and the search for alien life — living or long-gone.

As Predicted, Chinese Space Lab Falls From The Sky

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 05:06:00 -0400

A defunct Chinese space station was mostly burned up in the Earth's atmosphere before landing in the the South Pacific Sunday.

Chinese Space Lab Crashes To Earth

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 13:52:05 -0400

Tiangong-1, an abandoned Chinese orbiting lab, re-entered the atmosphere over the South Pacific Ocean Sunday evening, fulfilling predictions by the European Space Agency.

No Fooling: Chinese Space Lab Might Plunge From Orbit On April 1

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:18:00 -0400

China's Tiangong-1, launched in 2013, is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime between March 31 and April 2, according to the European Space Agency.

Why Scientists Aren't Fans Of Creating On-Demand Meteor Showers

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:06:00 -0400

A Japanese company is proposing a venture to create on-demand meteor showers using small spheres dropped from a satellite. Scientists aren't really keen to the idea.

Homemade Rocket Fails To Make It Into Space

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 05:57:00 -0400

For two years Mike Hughes worked on a rocket. His goal was to prove the earth was flat. Over the weekend, he got a third of a mile into the air and then fell back to earth. The rocket had a parachute.

A NASA Astronaut Stays In Orbit With SpaceX And Boeing

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:00:42 -0400

Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.

You Can't Fall If There's No Gravity

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:01:08 -0400

Astronaut Andrew Fuestel has been to space three times. He says he has a mild fear of heights, but he can push through it. He's OK after reaching hundreds of miles above the Earth.