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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:09:14 -0400About a decade ago Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet. Now scientists are arguing that because of shape and surface features, Pluto and 110 bodies in our solar system deserve to be planets.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400In 1977, a recording of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was included on a golden disc sent to space with the Voyager mission. The mission continues today.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:45:00 -0400The U.S. conducted hundreds of atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962 — and filmed them. A project to digitize those films has changed the analysis of the nuclear explosions themselves.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:19:00 -0400The white dwarf is whizzing around what researchers think is a black hole at an extraordinary speed — at least twice an hour. It is believed to be a star's closest known orbit to a black hole.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400Meet Kate Rubins, a virus-hunter turned astronaut. When she sequenced DNA in space for the first time, she opened the door to a new era in space biology.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:08:00 -0500New images from the Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's moon Pan looks like a dumpling.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:54:00 -0500You may be inclined to see a ravioli, a walnut or an empanada, but it's tough to deny that Pan's distinctive ridge makes a tasty impression. The images were taken by the Cassini spacecraft Thursday.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:48:00 -0500NOAA's new weather satellite is carrying the first lightning detector ever parked in orbit over Earth. It has sent back its first images of real-time lightning storms in the Western Hemisphere.
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0500Scientists are learning that some astronauts' eyes change shape after time in space, leading to vision problems. But a sleep sack being developed might offer relief.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:35:00 -0500Five "Women of NASA" will be given the LEGO treatment. The toy company announced at the end of February that it will produce the set designed by MIT News science editor and LEGO fan, Maia Weinstock.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:58:00 -0500Lego figurines of five storied female NASA pioneers will soon grace toy-store shelves. The project, proposed by a science writer, is meant to shed light on women's contributions to the space program.
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:32:08 -0500SpaceX claims it will launch the first ever private moon mission in 2018, which would send people to the moon for the first time in 45 years. The announcement may signify the start of a new race to the moon, this time between NASA and the private space industry.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:13:00 -0500It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500Astronomers have discovered a solar system full of potentially habitable planets. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, which searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:38:00 -0500The annular solar eclipse, which will leave just a sliver of sun shining behind the moon, will be visible from the southern hemisphere Sunday. Here's how to watch, even if you're outside its path.