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{FD} Arizona meteorite fetches record-breaking $237,500 at auction

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A rare meteorite that plowed through the Arizona desert nearly 50,000 years ago sold for a staggering $237,500 during an online auction. Continue reading

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{FD} Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster headed for Earth or Venus crash (in a few million years)

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Elon Musk’s space car is headed for a hell of a crash a few million years down the road, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} A NASA observatory just saw a total solar eclipse … in space!

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured gorgeous views of a total solar eclipse on Sunday (Feb. Continue reading

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{FD} Origins of Earth’s weird ‘pulsating auroras’ nailed down

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The origins of intense flickering displays of light high up in Earth’s atmosphere are now revealed after a decades-long hunt, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Photographer catches ‘Boogie Man Nebula’ lurking behind light pollution

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The “Boogie Man Nebula” haunts the cosmos in this deep-space image by astrophotographer Jeff Johnson. Continue reading

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{FD} Supersonic plane that could transport people faster than the speed of sound gets full funding under Trump’s NASA budget proposal

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The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for NASA includes full funding for an experimental supersonic airplane that could one day transport commercial-airline passengers faster than the speed of sound. Continue reading

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{FD} Life detection on Mars: Are Red Planet protocols in place?

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Finding evidence for life on Mars has been a decades-long ambition for NASA, which has spent billions of dollars to send machines wheeling over, poking and probing the Red Planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Asteroid skimming past Earth may loom larger than exploding Russian meteor

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A newly discovered asteroid that will fly safely past Earth today (Feb. 9) may be larger than a celestial object that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, five years ago. The newly found interloper, called 2018 CB, is estimated to be from 50 to 130 feet … Continue reading

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{FD} Magnetic ‘cages’ on the Sun could limit the strength of dangerous solar flares

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New research may have identified a mechanism that limits just how powerful explosions from the sun can become, shedding light on their ability to damage communication satellites and power grids. Continue reading

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{FD} Astronomers detect a swarm of tiny objects orbiting alien sun

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There are tiny comets orbiting foreign suns. Continue reading

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{FD} President Trump congratulates SpaceX on Falcon Heavy rocket success

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When SpaceX launched its giant Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6), President Donald Trump was apparently watching. Continue reading

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{FD} What makes Jupiter’s Great Spot red? It’s still a mystery

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has swirled for hundreds of years, but the source of its distinctive color remains a mystery. Continue reading

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{FD} Debris from fallen space shuttle Columbia has new mission 15 years after tragedy

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Fifteen years after the space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven were lost returning home from a 16-day mission, pieces of the winged orbiter are still being found and the debris is now being used by NASA to educate and inspire a new generation of … Continue reading

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{FD} Meteorites brought water to Earth during the first two million years

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A new study of a rare basaltic meteorites called angrites suggests that volatiles, which are elements with relatively low boiling points such as water, could have been brought to our planet by meteorites during the first two million years of the Solar … Continue reading

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{FD} Opportunity Mars rover wheels past 14 years of exploration

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover has now been exploring the Red Planet for more than 14 years. Continue reading

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{FD} Signal detected by amateur astronomer came from long-lost satellite, NASA confirms

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An amateur astronomer has made contact with a long-lost NASA satellite, the agency announced Tuesday (Jan. 30). Continue reading

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{FD} Escape from Mars! Red-planet dust storms linked to atmosphere loss

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Dust storms that take over the Martian globe play a key role in promoting gas escape from the Red Planet’s atmosphere , according to a new study. Continue reading

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{FD} Jupiter moon Europa’s possibly porous surface could doom a lander

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Putting a lander down on Jupiter’s potentially life-supporting moon Europa could be even trickier than engineers had thought. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA’s next Mars lander passes key test ahead of May launch

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LITTLETON, Colo. — NASA’s next Mars mission — a lander designed to probe the Red Planet’s deep interior and eavesdrop on rumbling Marsquakes — is reaching “ship and shoot” status. Continue reading

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{FD} In hunt for alien life, oxygen isn’t the only possible sign

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Alien-life hunters should keep an open mind when scanning the atmospheres of exoplanets, a new study stresses. Continue reading

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{FD} Jupiter’s stripes reveal stunning details in new Juno probe images

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The ribbons of multicolored gas that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere are on display in two new images from NASA’s Juno probe . Continue reading

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{FD} NASA honors fallen astronauts in ‘day of remembrance’ ceremonies today

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To honor the upcoming anniversaries of three deadly disasters that claimed the lives of 17 NASA astronauts over the years, the space agency will host its annual Day of Remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia today (Jan. Continue reading

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{FD} Monster-black-hole jets may finally explain 3 superfast cosmic particles

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Supermassive black holes may provide the key to understanding some of the most energetic particles in the universe. Continue reading

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{FD} Weird winds blow the ‘wrong way’ on scorching hot exoplanet

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If you’re looking to beat the heat on exoplanet CoRoT-2b , astronomers found the hottest spot in a surprising location. Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force maintains trust in SpaceX after secret Zuma mission, report says

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The U.S. Air Force has given SpaceX a qualified vote of confidence in the wake of the presumed loss of the mysterious Zuma satellite, according to Bloomberg News. Continue reading

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{FD} Christa McAuliffe’s lost Challenger lessons to be taught on Space Station

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Two educators turned astronauts will film science lessons while aboard the International Space Station that were originally planned to be performed by the late Christa McAuliffe, the first “teacher in space” who died on the space shuttle Challenger in … Continue reading

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{FD} Saturn’s moon Titan may have Earth-like ‘sea level’

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Saturn’s moon Titan and Earth are even more alike than previously thought: New research shows that the giant moon has a global sea level, just like our own planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Astronaut set to be first African American on Space Station crew removed from flight

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A NASA astronaut who was slated to become the first African American to serve as a member of the crew aboard the International Space Station has been removed from her upcoming mission. Continue reading

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{FD} Lunar fountain? Accessible ice could lurk in Moon’s lava tubes

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New images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water. Continue reading

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{FD} Earth resides in an oddball solar system

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Our solar system may be an oddball in the universe. Continue reading

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{FD} Discovery of organic molecules explains universe’s infrared glow

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The universe is filled with faintly glowing infrared light, and for decades, astronomers have been trying to figure out why. But now, they’ve finally determined the source of this strange cosmic radiation: It is emitted by an org… Continue reading

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{FD} Five-exoplanet system discovered thanks to citizen scientists

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A family of four planets orbiting a distant star was discovered last April, with the help of citizen scientists around the world. Continue reading

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{FD} SpaceX dragon capsule returns to Earth after Space Station delivery

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A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station and returned to Earth Saturday (Jan. Continue reading

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{FD} How John Young smuggled a corned-beef sandwich into space

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While John Young, who died on Jan. 5 at age 87 , is famous for his Apollo 16 moonwalks and his role as commander of the first space shuttle mission, the NASA astronaut is also remembered for a small scandal he triggered with a sneaky act: smuggling a c… Continue reading

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{FD} Big sheets of water ice lie just beneath the surface of Mars

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Sizable deposits of water ice lurk just beneath the surface in some regions of Mars, a new study reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Is ET real? Mysterious radio blasts from a distant galaxy draw attention of alien hunters

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Repeating bursts of radio waves coming from a distant dwarf galaxy probably aren’t signals from an extraterrestrial civilization, but that hasn’t stopped a group of E.T. hunters from investigating this peculiar phenomenon. Continue reading

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{FD} Monster black hole unleashes messy double ‘burp’

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The giant black hole at the center of a distant galaxy has been spotted taking in gas and letting out two mighty “burps” of high-energy particles, lending support to the theory that such galactic cores go through cycles of messy activity. Continue reading

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{FD} UFO legacy: What impact will revelation of secret government program have?

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Believers in aliens visiting Earth’s friendly skies via Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) couldn’t ask for more: A secretive government group backed by federal “black money,” a talkative former U.S. military intelligence official, fighter-jet video of… Continue reading

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{FD} Meteorite’s origins point to possible undiscovered asteroid

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A new analysis of a meteorite called Bunburra Rockhole has revealed that the rock originated from a previously unknown parent asteroid, allowing scientists to understand the geology of the parent body. Continue reading

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{FD} New tech could help astronomers see planets around Alpha Centauri

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Technology in development could capture images from an Earth-size planet in the nearby Alpha Centauri system in the 2020s, new research suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Those weird ‘tubes’ on Mars probably aren’t signs of life

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If you heard that NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity just spotted signs of life on the Red Planet — well, don’t get your hopes up. Continue reading

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{FD} The hole in Earth’s ozone layer is healing, first-of-its-kind study shows

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Efforts to heal the hole in Earth’s ozone layer over Antarctica appear to be paying off, according to a new, first-of-its-kind study that looked directly at ozone-destroying chemicals in the atmosphere. Continue reading

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{FD} Strange dimming star may be scarfing down wrecked planets

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Vast orbiting clouds of planetary wreckage could be causing a distant young star’s strange dimming behavior, a new study shows. Continue reading

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{FD} Super blue blood-Moon 2018: When, where and how to see it this month

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January skywatchers are in for a rare treat: a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon all in the same month. Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious x-ray emission may reveal nature of dark matter

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X-ray light from the Perseus cluster of galaxies may finally reveal the true nature of one of the most mysterious substances in the cosmos: dark matter. Continue reading

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{FD} Supersize stars may be more common than previously thought

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Heavyweight stars up to hundreds of times the mass of the sun may be more abundant than previously thought, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} No alien megastructure: Star’s weird dimming likely caused by dust

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Well, we always knew the alien-megastructure idea was a long shot. Continue reading

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{FD} Asteroid-bound spacecraft snaps color pic of Earth and Moon

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About halfway through its two-year trek to the asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft took some stunning images of Earth and the moon as it whizzed past its home planet last fall. Continue reading

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{FD} New image reveals enormous bubbles across red giant star’s surface

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Astronomers spotted giant bubbles on the surface of a huge red-giant star, showing for the first time the convective cells that move heat around in these enormous objects. Continue reading

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{FD} Astronauts identify mystery microbes in space for the 1st time

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NASA astronauts successfully sequenced the DNA of microbes found aboard the International Space Station, marking the first time unknown organisms were sequenced and identified entirely in space. Continue reading

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