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The View from Space Could Change the World, Virgin Galactic Says

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:45pm
Virgin Galactic wants to make the world a better place by giving a lot more people some much-needed perspective.
Categories: Astronomy

On This Day in Space! Feb. 11, 2010: NASA Launches Solar Dynamics Observatory

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:31pm
On Feb. 11, 2010, NASA launched a spacecraft to study the inner workings of the sun: the Solar Dynamics Observatory. See how it happened here in our On This Day in Space video series.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA Center Director Nominated to Lead National Reconnaissance Office

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:25pm
The White House has nominated a longtime NASA center director and former acting administrator to be the next director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX Dragon Crew Demo-1 Flight to Space Station: What to Expect

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:22pm
Here's what you need to know about SpaceX's Crew Dragon astronaut taxi, its upcoming shakeout flight to the space station and the short-term future of human spaceflight.
Categories: Astronomy

Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:21pm
The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.
Categories: Astronomy

Some Assembly Required: Giant Next-Generation Space Telescopes Could Be Built Off Earth

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:21pm
When it comes to telescopes, size matters.
Categories: Astronomy

After a Slow Start, Milky Way's Neighbors Have Upped Their Star-Forming Game

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:10pm
As they prepare for their first lap around the Milky Way, our galaxy's nearest neighbors have shown a dramatic increase in star formation.
Categories: Astronomy

Geologists Figured Out Where the Most Remote Part of the Ocean Came From

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:29am
The Australian-Antarctic Ridge was expected to have emerged with the Pacific to its East. The real story was a surprise to geologists.
Categories: Astronomy

European Space Agency Celebrates Women in Science with Astro Pi Challenge

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:31am
Coding will become even more important in space exploration as humans explore faraway places, says a Canadian astronaut candidate in a new video.
Categories: Astronomy

Campaign Launched to 'Revive the Saturn V' Vertical Rocket Replica

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:22am
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama has launched an effort to return its one-of-a-kind standing replica of the Saturn V moon rocket to its like-new condition in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
Categories: Astronomy

A Comet, Meteor, Nebula and the Pleiades Combine into One Epic Space Photo

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:06am
A deep-space panorama shows Comet 46P/Wirtanen, the Pleiades star cluster and a meteor crossing in front of the California Nebula.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX's Raptor Engine Hits Power Level for Starship Launches, Elon Musk Says

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:03am
A test fire of SpaceX's newest engine reached the power level necessary for the company's next round of rocket designs, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA Spies InSight Mars Lander from Space as It Hunts Marsquakes (Photos)

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:00am
NASA's InSight lander has been busy on Mars preparing to begin scientific observations, and the mission passed another milestone this weekend, when the spacecraft began preparing to deploy its final instrument.
Categories: Astronomy

Image of the Day

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:00am
The Milky Way galaxy shimmers over Portugal's Lake Alqueva in this sunset view by astrophotographer Sérgio Conceição. To the left of the galaxy's dusty core, the brightest object in the sky is the planet Mars.
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No, You Won’t See an 'Apocalypse Asteroid' in the Sky on Valentine's Day

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 3:56am
Despite what you may have heard, the Valentine’s Day sky won't provide a glimpse of our impending doom. (Unless you're a star-crossed lover, of course.)
Categories: Astronomy

You Can See Mars Near the Moon Tonight! Here's Where to Look.

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 8:37am
Mars and the crescent moon will team up in a delightful celestial sight tonight (Feb. 10) and NASA has some tips to help you spot the Red Planet in the night sky.
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Israel's 1st Moon Lander: The SpaceIL Beresheet Lunar Mission in Pictures

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 8:44am
SpaceIL's historic mission to the moon with the Beresheet lander is expected to launch from SpaceX Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It will be the first privately developed moon mission and you can see it here in photos!
Categories: Astronomy

Orion Span Falls Far Short of Funding Goal to Support Its Commercial Space Station Ambitions

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 8:28am
A startup with visions of developing private space stations raised only a small fraction of the funding it sought in a recent equity crowdfunding campaign, with no guarantee that it will be able to retain that funding.
Categories: Astronomy

Earth Once Swallowed Its Own Superocean. Could It Happen Again?

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 8:25am
An ancient supercontinent turned inside out as the Earth swallowed its own ocean some 700 million years ago, new research suggests.
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Ominous Cracks Form in the Northern Hemisphere's Longest Floating Glacier

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 8:25am
Is Greenland's Petermann Glacier due for another big break?
Categories: Astronomy