Death by Meteorite? India Tragedy May Be 1st in Recorded History
asteroid in space
February 8th, 2016
For the first time in recorded history, a meteorite is reported to have killed a person.
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The 'Floating Hills' of Pluto (Photo)
Pluto's floating hills
February 5th, 2016
A newly released photo captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby last July shows that the vast Sputnik Planum region within the dwarf planet's "heart" is studded with chains and clusters of water-ice hills.
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Curiosity Rover on Mars Snaps Epic Selfie with Sand Dunes (Photo)
Curiosity selfie
February 2nd, 2016
The car-size Curiosity rover was hard at work investigating Namib Dune — part of a larger complex of shifting dark Martian sand called Bagnold Dunes — when it captured the photo on Jan. 19.
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Comets May Not Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star's Strange Flickering After All
Family of Comets
February 8th, 2016
It's looking less likely that a faraway star's strange dimming can be explained by a swarm of comets or an "alien megastructure."
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100-Foot Asteroid to Buzz Earth Next Month
Asteroid 2013 TX68
February 4th, 2016
The near-Earth asteroid 2013 TX68, which is thought to be about 100 feet long, will zoom past our planet on March 5. The space rock could come as close as 11,000 miles or stay up to 9 million miles away during the flyby, researchers say.
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Fungi Survive Mars-Like Conditions On Space Station
Astronaut Installing Fungi Experiment on Space Station
January 29th, 2016
Two species of tiny fungi from Antarctica survived an 18-month exposure to Mars-like conditions aboard the International Space Station, according to the study, which was published last month in the journal Astrobiology.
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Star Cluster Sparkles Like Jewels in Hubble Telescope View (Photo, Video)
Dazzling Diamonds of Trumpler 14
January 22nd, 2016
The new Hubble image depicts the star cluster Trumpler 14, a collection of about 2,000 young stars that lies 8,000 light-years from Earth, near the center of the Carina Nebula.
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Swirling Magnetic Sun Mesmerizes in NASA Animation
February 5th, 2016
A combination of computer modeling and solar imagery visualize the sun's magnetic structure, offering a peek at the intense and dramatic activity that keeps the star's engine running.
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Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago Shocked the World, Changed NASA
Crew of Challenger's STS-51L Mission
January 28th, 2016
Thirty years ago today, NASA suffered a spaceflight tragedy that stunned the world and changed the agency forever. NASA astronauts had died on the job before, but the Challenger disaster was something different altogether.
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