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Asteroid Orbit
Asteroid Big Enough To Wipe Out An Entire City Will Zip Past Earth On Monday
Feb 17, 2014 11:14 AM E
A 270-meter-wide asteroid is going to brush past the Earth tonight at a distance of 2.1 million miles. Considering it's a rock big enough to destroy a city, that's pretty close. Worse, there are 1 million other asteroids in our neck of space that we have yet to discover.
Heliosphere
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
Feb 16, 2014 14:11 PM E
Scientists are learning more about the mysterious boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space. A magnetic ribbon there seems to act like a wind sock, aligning itself according to the influence of galactic magnetism.
Mars Rock
Mars Mystery Solved: NASA Says Strange Object Was A Rock, Not A Jelly Doughnut
Feb 15, 2014 15:50 PM E
Some people said it was debris from an asteroid impact. Others said it looked like a jelly doughnut. It was neither, NASA says. It was just a rock kicked over by the Mars rover.
Supernova
The Oldest Star In The Universe: Evidence Suggests That Some Early Star Explosions May Not Have Been So Powerful
Feb 09, 2014 17:38 PM E
Scientists have discovered the oldest star in the universe. It has been alive for 13.7 billion years, nearly as old as the universe itself, and it's right in our Milky Way backyard.
Martian Crater
NASA Photos: High-Resolution Image Captures New Martian Crater
Feb 07, 2014 13:46 PM E
The high-resolution camera orbiting Mars has sent back a dramatic new photo of an impact crater on the surface of the Red Planet. NASA scientists say the crater is probably only a few years old.
wine
How Astronauts Had Wine Banned From Their Space Menus In The 1970s
Feb 02, 2014 14:05 PM E
In an effort to make food menus more appealing for American astronauts during the 1970s, food scientists introduced wine. However, it never made it into space due to a series of unforeseen circumstances.
Challenger Explosion
Challenger Disaster Home Video: New Footage Surfaces 28 Years After Man Filmed Shuttle Explosion From His Front Lawn
Jan 28, 2014 14:01 PM E
A new home video of the Challenger shuttle explosion 28 years ago today shows the disaster unfold from the quiet lawn of a Florida home.
Dream Chaser
Dream Chaser 'Space Plane' Set For 2016 Test Launch; Could Put Astronauts Back In Space Before Boeing, SpaceX
Jan 25, 2014 13:09 PM E
A leading developer of privately-owned spacecrafts, which could soon replace the shuttle program, announced this week that it will test its Dream Chaser space plane on Nov. 1, 2016.
mars rock
Opportunity Rover Finds Mysterious Mars Rock: Where Did It Come From?
Jan 17, 2014 11:03 AM E
A rock has appeared in front of the Mars rover Opportunity, and NASA isn't sure where it came from. In two photos of the same spot on Mars, taken 12 Martian days apart, a rock appears suddenly in the later photo. NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres suspects the rover may have shifted around, kicking the rock in front of Opportunity's camera.
Galactic Center
Milky Way Black Hole Predicted To Swallow Gas Cloud Might 'Light' Up The Skies, Astronomers Say
Jan 14, 2014 16:16 PM E
The black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, is expecting a visitor about as massive as the earth sometime this spring. It's a gas cloud, and scientists can only wait to see what will happen as it passes by.
Super Earth
Galaxy's Abundance Of Gaseous Mini-Neptunes, Super-Earths Makes Possibility Of Life There Impractical
Jan 12, 2014 12:52 PM E
Somewhere around 85 percent of the galaxy's planets fall in a gray zone between our rocky, smallish Earth and the fairly large, gaseous Neptune — meaning they aren't necessarily ideal for life as we know it.
Hubble Photo
Crowdsourcing Astronomy: NASA Enlists Citizen Scientists With New Hubble Galaxy Photo
Jan 10, 2014 15:55 PM E
NASA and its partners have been on a mission lately to crowdsource the universe. So on Thursday the Hubble Space Telescope released another galaxy picture in the hope that citizen scientists will comb it for star clusters.
Hand of God
'Hand of God' In Space Captured In NASA Space Telescope Images: Appears To Be The Result Of A Recently Exploded Star
Jan 10, 2014 09:40 AM E
A NASA X-ray image taken exactly at the moment when a star exploded and an enormous cloud of material burst forth is being called the Hand of God.
International Space Station
International Space Station Could Orbit Even Longer: US Moves To Extend Operation
Jan 08, 2014 22:50 PM E
The International Space Station won't die just yet. On Wednesday, the residential orbiter received a mission extension from the United States government, a move that will likely keep it floating overhead for the next 10 years.
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