Science & Astronomy

NASA Moon Orbiter, Mars Rover Face Budget Chopping Block
Illustration of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
March 27th, 2015
Despite a forward-looking and overall healthy NASA planetary science program budget, two on-duty spacecraft are now on the chopping block.
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On Comet, Philae Lander Still Silent as Europe Keeps Listening
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on March 18, 2015
March 26th, 2015
The first spacecraft to make a soft-landing on a comet is still quiet on the dusty cosmic body, despite being hailed by another probe orbiting the lander.
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New Evidence May Identify Mystery Object at Milky Way Galaxy's Core
Dusty Cloud G2
March 26th, 2015
Known to many as "G2," the unidentified object making a loop around the monster black hole at the center of our galaxy could be a cloud of gas, or it could be a star, depending on who you ask.
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Take Stunning Moon Shots, From Your Driveway (Gallery)
A daytime picture of the moon
March 27th, 2015
For moon shots, a rural sky is not always necessary.
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Dark Matter Probably Isn't a Mirror Universe, Colliding Galaxies Suggest
Galaxy Merger A370 Overlaid with Dark Matter
March 26th, 2015
Dark matter living in galaxy clusters doesn't splatter when the galaxies collide, according to new research. The finding suggests dark matter particles, whatever they are, are not part of a "dark sector" that mirrors our own universe.
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
Solar System Montage by NASA
March 25th, 2015
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
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Length of Saturn's Day Measured Like Never Before
Saturn Seen by Cassini Spacecraft
March 25th, 2015
The 15-minute uncertainty of how fast Saturn spins may have been put to rest, using mathematics.
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Supermoon vs. Minimoon: Sizing Up Earth's Satellite
supermoon, minimoon
March 27th, 2015
How super is a supermoon? Here's a minimoon for context.
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Moon's Iron Core May Reveal Solar System Secrets with X-Ray Scan
The Moon Has an Iron Core
March 26th, 2015
The iron heart of Earth's moon has been measured more precisely than ever before. In a new study, scientists used X-rays to study the type of iron likely presence in our lunar companion's core.
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Astronomers On the Hunt for Exomoons That May Host Alien Life
Exomoons Illustration
March 25th, 2015
The search for alien life doesn’t end within the boundaries of our solar system. Scientists are now search for moons orbiting alien planets that might play host to extraterrestrial life.
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