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No Hidden Figures

10 hours 17 min ago
A new film shows how essential female scientists and engineers are to India’s burgeoning space program

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A NASA Spacecraft Might Bounce, Crunch or Sink on Europa

13 hours 2 min ago
Eyeing a potential lander in the 2030s, scientists are studying the icy moon's treacherous surface

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Q&A: Lawrence Krauss on The Greatest Story Ever Told

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:30
Hidden, impermanent balances in nature have shaped the history of physics, and could determine our universe’s future

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Chaotic Orbits Could Cause Catastrophic Collision

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:53
Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system’s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth-Mars collision is one distant outcome. Julia Rosen reports.

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Telescope Sets Sights on Universe's First Stars

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 08:30
 New funding will help the HERA observatory to peer deeper into the cosmic past than ever before

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New Detector Could Soon Narrow Down Gravitational-Wave Sources

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 05:30
Two U.S. detectors will soon be joined by an instrument in Italy that could help solve the mystery of where gravitational waves originate

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The Real Expanse

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 13:00
Human colonization of space would be terrifyingly hard, and that's the best thing about it

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Titan's Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 06:00
Bubbles of nitrogen gas may explain strange shape-shifting “magic islands” in the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's largest moon

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Dark Matter Did Not Dominate Early Galaxies

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 04:00
A new study finds the mysterious substance was at most a minor constituent of large galaxies in the early universe

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Enceladus' Buried Ocean is Just Beneath the Surface

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:00
New research suggests parts of the subsurface ocean are covered by as little as two kilometers of ice

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Capturing a Portrait of Humanity's Home

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:30
Vibrant images of our planet are common now, but it was only 70 years ago when we first caught a glimpse of Earth from a height of more than 100 miles. Watch a history of photographing Earth, from...

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Trump's NASA Budget Eliminates Crewed Mission to Asteroid

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 08:15
The Obama-era Asteroid Redirect Mission is one of several casualties of the $19.1-billion budget request

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US and Russia May Explore Venus Together

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 09:00
NASA officials are considering taking part in the upcoming Russian Venera-D mission

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Star in Record-Breaking Close Orbit Around Black Hole

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 09:45
 A white dwarf star in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae circles a black hole twice per hour

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(Probably Not A) Giant Alien Antenna

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 12:10
Astrophysicists propose that mysterious 'fast radio bursts' could, in very speculative theory, be produced by an antenna twice the size of the Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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What Is the Probability that Alien Life Exists?

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 07:00
Are we alone in the universe? If so, why? If not, where is everybody? Thankfully, math can help us with these astronomically profound questions.

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Jupiter Moon To Be Searched For Life

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:19
If anything's alive on the ice-covered ocean world of Europa, a future NASA mission hopes to find it.  

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Kepler Telescope Releases Trove of Data on Newfound Earth-Size Exoplanets

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:00
The planet-hunting observatory stared at the TRAPPIST-1 system for nearly three months

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How Old Observations Are Building Hubble's Legacy

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 04:30
Data from the space telescope will yield discoveries long after the instrument is kaput

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The International Space Station May Soon Host the Coolest Place in the Universe

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:30
The station's Cold Atom Laboratory will reach temperatures just a billionth of a degree above absolute zero

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