Science & Astronomy

NASA's Epic Pluto Flyby Almost Didn't Happen on Time
Pluto Viewed  in False Color
July 27th, 2015
Scientists and engineers had to work at breakneck speed to get New Horizons launched during a brief window in January 2006, or the probe's highly anticipated Pluto encounter would have been pushed into 2016 at the earliest.
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Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet
Bright spots on Ceres
July 27th, 2015
The famous bright spots at the bottom of Ceres' Occator crater appear to be sublimating material into space, creating a localized atmosphere within the walls of the 57-mile-wide (92 kilometers) hole in the ground, new observations by NASA's Dawn spacecraf
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Weakened Solar Activity Could Speed Greenland Ice Melt
Greenland Iceberg
July 27th, 2015
Weak solar activity could slowly fire up the ocean circulation mechanism, increasing the amount of warm water and air flowing to Greenland.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – July 26, 2015
Earth's 'Cousin' Exoplanet, Kepler-452b
July 26th, 2015
Planet like an older Earth is found, Stephen Hawking signs on to an ambitious search for extraterrestrial life and a faulty strut is proposed as the cause of SpaceX's rocket explosion in Space.com's top news stories of the week.
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Galaxy Graveyard May Be Overflowing with Dark Matter
Coma galaxy cluster
July 24th, 2015
A vast cluster of dead galaxies roughly 300 million light-years from Earth may hold as much as 100 times more dark matter than visible matter, researchers say.
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Amazing Photos of Pluto Reveal Glaciers and Hazy Atmosphere
The dwarf planet Pluto is seen in true color in this stunning four-image mosaic created by photos from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during the probe's historic flyby in July 2015. NASA unveiled the image on July 24.
July 24th, 2015
Amazing new photos of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show a dwarf planet covered in rugged terrain, exotic flowing ices and a hazy atmosphere. NASA unveiled the new discoveries on July 24, 2015.
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