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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.

NASA's Other Asteroid Mission: Grab A Chunk And Put It In Orbit Around The Moon

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:35:00 -0400

Flying people to an asteroid is really hard, so NASA wants to bring part of it to them. But some former astronauts say the $2 billion plan was born of politics and budget cuts, and makes little sense.

What Data Will Be Discovered By The World's Most Powerful Telescope?

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. Astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, and how it will help lead to new discoveries.

NASA Launches Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:57:00 -0400

The mission aims to circle a hill-sized asteroid for two years, then skim its surface and bring a hearty sample of 4.5 billion-year-old dirt back to Earth.

Are Aliens Talking To Us?

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:53:00 -0400

There are lessons to be learned in the false detection of alien signals: Sure, we should keep on listening, but we also should understand our role as guardians of Earth, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Why The Discovery Of An Earth-Like Planet Is Such A Big Deal

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:30:00 -0400

You may have heard the news that astronomers found a planet four light years away from Earth. But did you really hear the news? It could be home to billions in the deep future, says Adam Frank.

Asteroid Named For Freddie Mercury Is Announced On His Birthday

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:44:00 -0400

The celestial body was discovered in the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated to the singer in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, his bandmate Brian May announced.