Before It's Too Late: An 'Interstellar' Lesson for Humanity's Future (Op-Ed)
Interstellar Still
December 20th, 2014
The technology of the future can't wait.
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Colliding Galaxies Spark a Stunning Holiday Light Show (Photo)
This composite image of the grazing galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163 contains data from NASA's Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. (Chandra data shows up as pink, Hubble data as red, green and blue, and Spitzer data as red.)
December 16th, 2014
The new image shows "ultra-luminous X-ray sources" (ULXs) studding the spiral galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163, which are grazing each other about 130 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Canis Major.
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NASA Launches First Orion Deep-Space Capsule in Historic Test Flight
Lift Off of NASA's First Orion Space Capsule
December 5th, 2014
It's the spacecraft NASA has been waiting for. The space agency's new capsule, designed to help deliver humans to deep space destinations such as Mars someday, has just launched on its rigorous first test flight.
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Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014
Comet 67P/C-G seen from Rosetta
December 19th, 2014
The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.
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Space Diamonds in Gold Country: California Meteorite's Secrets Revealed
Fragments of the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite
December 10th, 2014
A meteorite that crashed down in California's gold country is showing off treasures of a different sort: small diamonds that could tell scientists more about the insides of asteroids.
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Experts Cast Doubt on Meteorite Study's Claims of Martian Life
Tissint meteorite
December 3rd, 2014
A debate has long raged among scientists over the possible existence of life on Mars, and a new study is adding fuel to the fire.
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Ripples in Space-Time Could Reveal 'Strange Stars'
Two Neutron Stars Collide
December 1st, 2014
Astronomers are searching for gravitational waves possibly emitted by "strange stars," superdense objects made of exotic matter.
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Meteor Radar? Solar Wind Could Help Predict Impacts
Meteor Incoming
December 19th, 2014
Near-Earth objects about the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor shower could potentially be detected by their interaction with solar wind as they travel through space.
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Giant Crater on Mars Was Once a Vast Lake, Curiosity Rover Shows
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
December 9th, 2014
Curiosity has found evidence that the 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater, which the rover has been studying since August 2012, hosted a large lake long ago. Runoff into this lake eventually built up Mount Sharp, mission scientists say.
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Drones and Planes Will Live-Track NASA's Orion Capsule Launch
NASA's Ikhana drone.
December 3rd, 2014
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
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