Science & Astronomy

NASA Mission to Europa Will Seek Conditions for Life
2014 Version of Europa Image
May 26th, 2015
The Europa probe will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will help researchers gauge the Jupiter moon's ability to support life as we know it.
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Hints of Salty Water on Mars Raises Planetary Protection Concerns
Recurrent Slope Lineae on Mars
May 27th, 2015
Orbiting spacecraft of Mars have imaged over the past several years dark, finger-like features – now called 'recurring slope lineae' - or RSL for Martian short-hand. These dark flows have been observed at low and middle latitudes on Mars.
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Cheers! Bubbly 'Champagne Flow' of Stars Revealed in New Image, Video
This spectacular view of the nebula RCW 34 showcases a formation that scientists call "champagne flow" as young stars form. The nebula is located in the southern constellation Vela (The Sails) and observed by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large
May 27th, 2015
A dramatic new picture of young stars shows captures a cosmic "champagne flow" as the stars blow away hot hydrogen gas around them. The image was captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.
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New Journal Tackles the Science of Weightlessness
Virts Performs Microgravity Experiment
May 26th, 2015
Science experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
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Slippery Slopes on Mars Send Curiosity Rover on Detour
Rough Terrain Ahead of Curiosity Rover
May 23rd, 2015
The Curiosity team mapped out a new route to some interesting rocks using images captured by Curiosity and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the Red Planet since 2006.
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Dying Star May Have Torn Alien Planet Apart (Video)
NGC 6388 Globular Cluster
May 27th, 2015
Scientists using several telescopes, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, found evidence that a planet in an ancient cluster of stars on the edge of the Milky Way drifted too close to a white dwarf star and was ripped apart.
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Mysterious New Type of Star Cluster Carries Extra Baggage
Elliptical Galaxy NGC 5128
May 26th, 2015
Astronomers studying the globular star clusters orbiting the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have stumbled upon a fascinating discovery — the clusters are too massive.
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