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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:52:00 -0400

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Are We Headed Into Another Mass Extinction?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

At various times, life on earth has come close to being erased. Paleontologist Peter Ward explains what we can learn from previous mass extinctions.

What's The Anthropocene?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

Have we entered a new age defined by humans? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara says there's "no doubt" that humans' impact on Earth will show up in the geological record.

Rosetta Crashes Into Comet, Bringing Historic Mission To End

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:46:00 -0400

The Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet for two years. Now scientists have ended the mission, and the spacecraft has lost contact with Earth forever.

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:29:00 -0400

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution to make the green glow more visible to people in the capital.

Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0400

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is detailing his vision for sending humans to the red planet.

NASA Spots What May Be Plumes Of Water On Jupiter's Moon Europa

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:52:00 -0400

If jets of water vapor are indeed erupting from Europa, a spacecraft could potentially fly through them and analyze their chemistry. The moon is believed to have a vast subterranean, saltwater ocean.

Meant For Space Aliens, Earthlings Get To Hear Voyager Golden Record

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:57:00 -0400

The Voyager Golden Record, sent into outer space in the hopes of reaching alien ears, is getting a new audience here on Earth. It's being reissued on vinyl to mark the 40th anniversary of its launch.

'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Back in the days of the space race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.

China Completes Largest Radio Telescope In The World

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400

China says the 500-meter telescope detected a radio signal originating 1,351 light-years from Earth. One of its uses is scanning for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life.

What's Your Sign? Look Again, Says NASA

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

If you rely on an insight from your daily horoscopes, you may have been looking at the wrong sign this whole time.

If Trip Home Is Delayed, Astronaut Will Have To Vote From Space

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:04:00 -0400

Kate Rubins was supposed to depart the International Space Station in time for the U.S. presidential election, but her homecoming has been delayed. She may have to cast an absentee ballot from space.

China's 'Heavenly Palace' Space Lab Will Crash Back To Earth

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:16:00 -0400

Last week, China's space program announced that the Tiangong-1 will be falling through the atmosphere in late 2017. Observers have speculated for months that China had lost control of the lab.

Astronomers Find Clues In The Case Of The Glowing Space 'Blobs'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:01:00 -0400

Blobs in space emitting eerie, unexplained light have been puzzling astronomers for more than 15 years. Now, they think they are on to the cause of the mysterious glow.