Early Earth May Have Absorbed Mercury-like Object
Planet Mercury
April 15th, 2015
A key ingredient of the early Earth may have been a chunk of rock much like Mercury, scientists say. This finding could help explain how Earth's magnetic field has lasted for billions of years, researchers added.
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Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts
Recent observations by planetary probes and telescopes on the ground and in space have shown that water is common throughout our solar system and the broader Milky Way galaxy.
April 8th, 2015
Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).
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1st Color Image of Pluto Snapped by Approaching NASA Probe (Photo)
Color View of Pluto and Charon
April 15th, 2015
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto has returned its first color image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon. The new photo was taken on April 9, from a distance of about 71 million miles (115 million kilometers).
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This Cosmic Ring Photo Is the One to Rule Them All
Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy SDP.81
April 9th, 2015
A new photograph of a distant galaxy looks like it was the inspiration for the 'one ring' in 'The Hobbit,' but it's actually a cosmic phenomenon in which the light from one galaxy is bent into a circle by the gravity of another galaxy.
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Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century Visible Early Saturday
July 2000 Lunar Eclipse
April 3rd, 2015
Don't forget to look skyward in the early hours of the morning tomorrow (April 4), to catch a glimpse of the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, and the third of a four-eclipse "tetrad" visible from the United States.
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Liftoff! US, Russia Launch Historic One-Year Space Mission
One-Year Mission Crew Launch
March 27th, 2015
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars.
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Dark Matter Illuminated in New High-Resolution Maps
Map of Dark-Matter Distribution
April 14th, 2015
The dark universe is coming into view, thanks to new maps that chart the location dark matter in the cosmos. The new maps, released today, show how dark matter affects the landscape of regular matter, and provides hints about dark energy.
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Explosive Culprit? Russian Fireball's Origins Found
Kola fireball
April 8th, 2015
A cracking fireball that exploded over Russia last year appears to share an orbit with a huge asteroid discovered in October 2014.
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Ancient Mars May Have Had Slow-Moving Monster Waves
Ancient Mars Ocean
April 1st, 2015
Ancient Mars may have featured oceans with huge, slow-moving waves. Studying the shorelines these waves may have carved could shed light on the ancient Martian climate, such as whether or not it had seas long enough for life to potentially develop.
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