Science & Astronomy

NASA Launches Satellite to Get the Dirt on Earth's Dirt
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launches NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory into space from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
January 31st, 2015
NASA newest Earth-observing mission has just launched to the ultimate height to study the dirt below our feet.
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Rock Art On Earth Draws Scientists to Ancient Lakes
'Swimmers' in the Cave of the Swimmers
January 30th, 2015
Seven thousand year-old rock paintings in the Sahara desert have, somewhat serendipitously, helped uncover evidence of ancient lake beds.
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See NASA Launch Rockets Into the Northern Lights in These Spectacular Photos
Four Rockets Launch with Aurora
January 31st, 2015
The gorgeous green glow of the northern lights served as a backdrop for bright white rocket tails in a set of amazing new photos. Five rockets launched from Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska this week carried experiments aimed at studying the science be
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Rosetta's Odd Comet Covered in 'Goose Bumps,' Pits, Cracks (Photos)
Comet 67P Regions
January 29th, 2015
The surface of a comet flying through deep space is pockmarked with weird features that are keeping curious scientists working with Europe's Rosetta comet mission busy.
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
Solar System Montage by NASA
January 28th, 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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Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust
Planck View of BICEP2 Field
January 30th, 2015
The signal that scientists with the BICEP2 experiment believed to be a sign of inflation in the early universe was actually light from interstellar dust. Today, scientists with BICEP2 and the Planck satellite announced their conclusion.
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Radioactive Bubbles May Have Punched Holes in Supernova's Heart
Caverns in Cassiopeia A
January 29th, 2015
Bubbles of radioactive metal may have punched holes in the heart of Cassiopeia A, a nearby supernova, according to new observations. Studying the bubbly interior could help scientists understand why supernovas pop their corks in the first place, and what
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Space Station Gets a New Laser, Fruit Flies and Wriggly Worms, Too
This video frame shows a robotic arm on the International Space Station, called the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System, installing NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) on the orbiting lab's Japanese Experiment Module on Jan. 22,
January 28th, 2015
On Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
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