Science & Astronomy

Weird 'Island' on Saturn Moon Titan Puzzles Scientists (Video, Photos)
Cassini Sees Weird Feature in Titan's Sea
September 30th, 2014
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an odd islandlike feature in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest hydrocarbon seas. Scientists don't know what to make of the structure, which covers about 100 square miles.
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This Huge Alien Planet Is Making Its Host Star Age Prematurely
Artist's concept depicting the giant alien planet WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light-years away.
September 29th, 2014
The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said.
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NASA Space Shuttle Data Tapped to Combat Climate Change
Topographic map of Africa
September 26th, 2014
The White House is looking to data from NASA's space shuttle program to help in the fight against climate change. NASA will publicly release hi-res topographic maps of the globe to help other nations prepare for a changing environment.
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NASA Exoplanet Mission to Hunt Down Earth-sized Worlds
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission is scheduled to launch in 2017 to hunt for Earth-size alien worlds.
September 28th, 2014
Following its 2017 launch, NASA's TESS mission should collect a wealth of information on new exoplanets, the majority of which should be available for follow-ups with ground-based telescopes.
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Much of Earth's Water Is Older Than the Sun
Planets Incorporate Interstellar Water
September 25th, 2014
The finding suggests that water is commonly incorporated into newly forming planets throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, researchers said — good news for anyone hoping that Earth isn't the only world to host life.
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Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)
This spectacular view of Mars from India's Mangalyaan spacecraft shows active dust storms in the Red Planet's northern hemisphere. This photo was released on Sept. 29, 2014, less than a week after the Indian Mars orbiter arrived at the planet.
September 29th, 2014
India's first spacecraft to visit Mars has beamed home its greatest photo of the Red Planet yet, a spectacular view that reveals the planet from pole to pole.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Drills 1st Hole into Huge Martian Mountain
Curiosity Drills Into Mount Sharp
September 26th, 2014
On Wednesday (Sept. 24), the 1-ton Curiosity rover drilled 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) into an outcrop at the base of the towering Mount Sharp, which rises 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) into the Martian sky.
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