Weird Tailless Comet, First Ever Seen, Is a Building Block of Earth
Realistic depiction of a large, tailless comet
April 30th, 2016
A new kind of comet that is nearly tailless has been discovered — and the surprises don't stop there. It may even reveal clues about the building blocks of Earth.
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Elon Musk Will Launch Private Missions to Mars as Early as 2018
The private spaceflight company SpaceX announced Wednesday (April 27) that will begin launching Dragon space capsules to Mars as early as 2018.
April 28th, 2016
SpaceX aims to launch a private mission to Mars as early as 2018 using its Dragon spacecraft. The announcement, unveiled Wednesday April 27, puts a target on the Red Planet.
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'Axion-like Particles' Probably Not a Dark Matter Answer
Illustration of light in intergalactic space
April 25th, 2016
Astronomers are highly aware that the vast majority of matter in our universe is invisible, or 'dark.' So what the heck is it? Well, now we have a good idea as to what it probably isn't.
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Europe Aiming for International 'Moon Village'
Inside look at one idea the European Space Agency is exploring in its formulation of a "moon village" that incorporates 3D printing.
April 27th, 2016
The envisioned colony will be a permanent base for science, business, mining and even tourism on the moon, European Space Agency officials said.
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NASA Honors Prince by Tweeting Photo of Purple Nebula
The Crab Nebula
April 23rd, 2016
NASA paid its respects to Prince with a gorgeous space image that recalled the late musician's most famous album, Purple Rain.
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Alien 'Wow!' Signal Could Soon be Explained
"Wow!" signal printout
April 19th, 2016
Was the 1977 'Wow!' signal communications from an alien civilization? Or was it interference from a passing comet? In 2017, we may finally have an answer.
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Hubble Telescope Captures Sharpest Image Yet of Mysterious Red Rectangle
Star HD 44179
April 25th, 2016
The Red Rectangle is so named because of its strange shape and striking color. But this stellar nebula looks more like a cosmic "X" in this new image from Hubble.
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Spectacular Auroras Captured in Dramatic New Time-Lapse Video
April 19th, 2016
The shimmering atmospheric lighting displays known as auroras have never looked sharper than in a new NASA video.
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