Science & Astronomy

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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Fire Ends Mock Mars Mission in Utah Desert
Greenhouse Fire at Mars Desert Research Station GreenHab
January 28th, 2015
A greenhouse fire on Dec. 29 halted a simulated Red Planet mission at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
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Dwarf Planet Ceres Reveals Tantalizing Details in Best Photos Yet
Ceres Image Jan. 25, 2015
January 27th, 2015
Tantalizing new images of the nearest dwarf planet to Earth are revealing never-before-seen surface features of the mysterious space rock.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on Mercury?
Mercury With Subtle Colors
January 28th, 2015
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mercury. So did we. Mercury's gravity, temperatures and weather are all very different from Earth's. Here's how.
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Surprise! Water Once Flowed on Huge Asteroid Vesta
Gully and Fan-Shaped Deposit on Vesta
January 27th, 2015
Vesta was once thought to be dry, but gullies on the walls of impact craters suggest that water flowed briefly on the protoplanet's surface in the relatively recent past.
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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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Found! 5 Ancient Alien Planets Nearly As Old As the Universe
Artist's concept of the 11.2-billion-year-old star Kepler-444, which hosts five known rocky planets.
January 27th, 2015
The newfound exoplanets circle a star that's 11.2 billion years old and are all Venus-size or smaller. They are, therefore, all rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition.
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Big Earth-Buzzing Asteroid Has Its Own Moon (Photo, Video)
Radar image showing the near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 and its moon flying past Earth on Jan. 26, 2015.
January 27th, 2015
Asteroid 2004 BL86 cruised within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of Earth Monday morning — about 3 times the distance between our planet and the moon. And the space rock wasn't alone.
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