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  1. Big Earth-Buzzing Asteroid Has Its Own MoonRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday |

    The mountain-size asteroid that gave Earth a close shave Monday has its own moon, new radar images of the object reveal. Asteroid 2004 BL86 cruised within 745,000 miles of Earth Monday morning - about 3 times the distance between our planet and the moon.


  2. Tiny Greenhouse Could Fly Plants to Mars in 2018Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jan 6 |

    Artist's concept of Mars One's robotic lander, which the nonprofit group intends to launch toward the Red Planet in 2018. Lifeforms from Earth may touch down on Mars just a few years from now - but those interplanetary travelers would be plants, not people.


  3. NASA Black Hole Telescope Snaps Dazzling View of the SunRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2014 |

    The first image of the sun captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array , which is sensitive to high-energy X-ray light. X-rays seen by NuSTAR show up as green and blue in the photo, which is overlaid on an image taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.


  4. European Comet Lander May Wake Up from Space SlumberRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 17, 2014 |

    Philae, part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, went into hibernation in mid-November, a few days after executing a dramatic and historic touchdown on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - the first-ever soft landing on one of these icy relics from the solar system's formation. The highly anticipated maneuver didn't go entirely as planned.


  5. Cosmic Mystery Solved? Possible Dark Matter Signal SpottedRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 |

    Astronomers may finally have detected a signal of dark matter, the mysterious and elusive stuff thought to make up most of the material universe. While poring over data collected by the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton spacecraft, a team of researchers spotted an odd spike in X-ray emissions coming from two different celestial objects - the Andromeda galaxy and the Perseus galaxy cluster.


  6. European Venus Express Spacecraft May Be Out of FuelRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 8, 2014 |

    On Nov. 28, mission controllers lost contact with the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft , which has been circling Earth's hellishly hot "sister planet" for more than eight years. Over the past few days, the team was able to re-establish limited contact and also downlink some data, confirming that Venus Express' solar arrays are pointed at the sun as desired, mission officials said.


  7. Private Mars Colony Project Wants Help Choosing 2018 Lander ExperimentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2014 |

    Artist's concept of Mars One astronauts and their habitat on the Red Planet. Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2025.


  8. Stephen Hawking Reflects on 'Theory of Everything,' 'Interstellar'Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 |

    World-famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking took to Facebook yesterday to share his views about a new film based on his life. Hawking, who joined the social networking site last month , praised "The Theory of Everything," a biopic about his life with his first wife Jane and his struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis .


  9. Artist's concept of the robotic Lunar Mission One touching down at the moon's south pole in 2024.Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 |

    A privately funded robotic moon mission intends to drill deep beneath the lunar surface in 2024, both to advance understanding of the solar system and to inspire future generations to get more involved in space science and exploration. If all goes according to plan, the newly announced Lunar Mission One will drill at least 65 feet - and perhaps as much as 330 feet - underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the formation of the Earth and moon, as well as the feasibility of a manned lunar outpost in the area, project organizers said.


  10. Philae Comet Lander's Big Bounce Captured in Amazing PhotosRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2014 |

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured these photos of the Philae lander descending toward, and then bouncing off, the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during its historic touchdown on Nov. 12, 2014. The Philae lander's big bounce off a comet last week was captured by its orbiting mothership in a series of stunning photos.


  11. Could There Be Organic Matter on Mars?Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 |

    Micrometeorites are some of the most abundant material to fall on Mars, and contain organic carbon that may form chloromethane when heated. The origins of organic matter found by Mars lander missions have long been debated, but a new study suggests a way to find out whether these chemicals of life came from the Red Planet or elsewhere.


  12. Riding a Comet: What's Next for Rosetta's Philae After Historic Landing?Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 |

    The next few days will be action-packed for Europe's Philae lander, if the probe did indeed manage to survive its historic comet landing intact. Philae, part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko early Wednesday , becoming the first spacecraft ever to make a soft landing on one of these icy remnants of the solar system's long-ago formation.


  13. Double Comet Landing? Philae Probe May Have Bounced During TouchdownRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2014 |

    The European spacecraft that performed the first-ever soft landing on a comet might have done so not just once, but twice. The Philae lander, part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission , made history Wednesday morning when it touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


  14. Chinese Moon Probe Returns to EarthRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2014 |

    A Chinese moon probe came screaming back to Earth Friday , just as many folks were heading out to go trick-or-treating. China's latest moon mission, which some people are calling Chang'e 5 T1 , returned to Earth at around 6 p.m. EDT Friday , ending an eight-day unmanned flight designed to test out technology for a future lunar sample-return project.


  15. Your Help Wanted to Name Rosetta Mission's Comet Landing SiteRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 |

    A mosaic from the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe shows "Site J," the mission's touchdown site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for a lander called Philae. The European Space Agency doesn't want the first-ever soft landing on a comet to take place at "Site J." ESA officials are asking the public to come up with a better name for the spot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where the Rosetta mission will drop a lander during a historic, unprecedented maneuver on Nov. 12. If your entry is selected, you'll have a chance to watch the landing live from ESA's mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany.


  16. Giant Sun 'Filament' Is 1 Million Miles LongRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 8, 2014 |

    The super-long sinuous filmanet on the sun , which was spotted by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 30, extends for 1 million miles - about 100 times the width of Earth, agency officials said.


  17. Rosetta Spacecraft's Comet Companion Is Spouting JetsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 3, 2014 |

    A European spacecraft's comet companion is starting to wake up as it gets closer and closer to the sun. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe , which arrived in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August after a 10-year deep-space chase, has photographed jets of gas and dust erupting from the icy wanderer's surface.


  18. New 'Theory of Everything' Trailer Shows Stephen Hawking's StrugglesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2014 |

    A new trailer for the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" is out, and it takes viewers even deeper into the personal life of the famed astrophysicist. The 2.5-minute trailer, which came out today , is the second Focus Features has released to tout the film, which hits theaters in the United States on Nov. 7 - interestingly, the same day as the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan sci-fi epic " Interstellar ."


  19. European Spacecraft to Make Historic Comet Landing on Nov. 12Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2014 |

    This image from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft shows the mission's planned landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta will attempt to drop a lander on the comet on Nov. 12, 2014.


  20. Epic Big Bang Discovery Might Just Be Space DustRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 |

    In March, a team of scientists announced that they had found evidence of primordial gravitational waves , hypothesized ripples in space-time whose existence would suggest that the universe did indeed expand many times faster than the speed of light in the first few instants after the Big Bang, as posited by the "cosmic inflation" theory. But some outside researchers quickly raised questions about the discovery, which was made using observations by the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization telescope in Antarctica.


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