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A large asteroid that scientists only discovered this month will make a relatively close approach to Earth on Saturday, astronomers say, providing one of the best opportunities in years to gather data about a passing space rock. The asteroid, estimated to be about 1,300 feet in diameter, will shoot past the planet at 22 miles per second at around 1 p.m. on Halloween afternoon. Comment?
SpaceX plans to keep its Falcon 9 rocket grounded longer than planned following a launch accident involving the unmanned booster in June, the company president said on Monday. The privately held company is owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk , who earlier this summer was targeting the Falcon 9's next flight for September. Comment?
This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin" on lower Mount Sharp. NASA's Curiosity rover captured a glorious selfie on Mars this month, shortly before resuming its trek up a huge mountain. Comment?
By the fall, millions of Americans will have gotten new high-tech credit and debit cards, part of a broad effort across the financial industry to reduce fraud. But many U.S. small businesses are unprepared for the changeover, which could leave them on the hook for fraudulent transactions that occur after the shift happens. Comment?
Astronomers have discovered the first auroras ever seen outside the solar system - alien light shows more powerful than any other auroras ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter than any on Earth, researchers say. Auroras, the radiant displays of colors in the sky known on Earth as the northern or southern lights, are also seen on all of the other planets with magnetic fields in the solar system. Comment?
A cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of 2,700 miles . The image was taken on June 9. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has beamed home the best-ever photo of the mysterious bright spots that speckle the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Comment?
NASA's Curiosity rover Curiosity has found a new route to some interesting rocks on Mars after its original path proved too difficult to traverse. Scientists want the car-size Curiosity rover to check out a "geological contact" where two different rock units meet. Comment?
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