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SpaceX
SpaceX Satellite Liftoff Planned For Tuesday, Delayed Again As Company Tries To Stake Claim In Commercial Launch Industry
Dec 02, 2013 16:34 PM E
As the company SpaceX tries to break up established monopolies in the commercial space industry, the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket was further delayed on Monday to give engineers more time to resolve technical problems.
Comet ISON's Approach To The Sun
Comet ISON Fades Away: No More Chances To View 'Comet Of The Century'
Dec 02, 2013 11:29 AM E
Comet ISON, which captivated viewers worldwide with its beauty, was declared dead by an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory Monday morning.
China's Moon Rover 'Jade Rabbit'
China Launches 'Jade Rabbit' Moon Rover To Scout Location for Space Station
Dec 01, 2013 13:41 PM E
China stepped boldly into its ambitious space program with the launch of its moon rover, named 'Jade Rabbit,' with the goal of setting up a permanent space station on the moon and launching future missions to Mars.
Moon
Could Japan's Plan For A Solar Power Plant On The Moon Work?
Nov 30, 2013 16:38 PM E
A Japanese engineering firm has made plans to build a solar power plant on the moon that would be strong enough to supply all the world with energy.
Our Solar System
Scientists Discover Earth-Like Planetary System
Nov 30, 2013 11:27 AM E
Although scientists have found thousands of planetary systems, most don't resemble our own. A recent finding, however, the planetary system KoI-351, bucks that trend, and it looks remarkably like our own planetary system.
Black Hole M1010 ULX-1
Strange Black Hole Throws Astronomers For A Loop: Unclear How A Small Black Hole Is Creating So Much Light
Nov 29, 2013 11:05 AM E
A black hole was recently found that shines almost twice as brightly than a black hole of its size should based on our current theories. This could change our thinking about the way black holes consume matter.
Comet ISON near the sun on Nov. 28, 2013
Did Comet ISON Survive Passage Near Sun? New Images Reveal Possibility That It Endured Star's Heat and Gravity
Nov 29, 2013 08:12 AM E
After comet ISON circled the sun on Nov. 28, 2013, scientists at first believe the comet to have entirely disintegrated. The latest news, however, is that it may have at least partially survived.
ISON Comet Update: It's Disintegrating, But Also Giving Off More Light And Becoming More Visible [VIDEO]
Nov 27, 2013 16:16 PM E
As ISON sheds some of its ice, astronomers can gain a better look inside to analyze its innards, formed at the same time as our solar system.
hominin
Cradle Of Humankind Cave In South Africa Yields Over 1000 Fossils
Nov 27, 2013 14:31 PM E
An archaeological team led by Lee Berger have found over a thousand fossils in the Rising Star cave in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind. At least one hominin skull was found among the many fossils. The cave is located about 30 miles from Johannesburg.
The Large Magellanic Cloud
New Photo Of Star Death In The Dragon's Head Nebula Of The Large Magellanic Cloud [PHOTO]
Nov 27, 2013 11:42 AM E
A new image taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile captures in great detail the Dragon's Head Nebula, an area of the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Asteroid Mining
The Outer Space Gold Rush: Asteroid Mining Could Be The Next Big Industry In Space
Nov 27, 2013 08:52 AM E
Several new mining companies are looking to the sky instead of the ground for the next big deposits of valuable minerals and other resources, part of what some are calling the next gold rush.
Mars in high-def
Secret To Water On Mars: Greenhouse Gases Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide
Nov 26, 2013 13:10 PM E
A new study proposes that greenhouse gases like hydrogen and carbon dioxide could explain why there once was water on Mars, but now the planet is dry.
Tycho Supernova
Reverse Shockwave, Moving At Mach 1,000, Illuminates The Remains Of Tycho Supernova
Nov 26, 2013 11:46 AM E
Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered that a reverse shockwave, moving at speeds of about Mach 1,000, is interacting with the supernova nebula and causing it to release heat and X-ray light.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched during a test in December 2010.
SpaceX Falcon Unsuccessful In Three Launch Attempts Monday; Aims For New Thursday Launch Date
Nov 26, 2013 08:43 AM E
SpaceX failed to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying an SES-8 TV satellite this past Monday, with glitches coming on each of three unsuccessful attempts.
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