Science & Astronomy

Kepler Planet-Hunting Visionary Retires After 53 Years at NASA
Bill Borucki
July 3rd, 2015
Bill Borucki — who came up with the idea for the Kepler Space Telescope in the early 1980s and continued championing the concept through four failed proposals until the mission was finally approved in 2000 — is stepping down from NASA today (July 3).
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Domo Arigato, Mr. Pluto: Rock Band Styx Visits New Horizons Team
Styx Band Members and Showalter
July 2nd, 2015
The rock band Styx toured the control center for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, and learned more about Pluto's smallest moon, also named Styx.
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New Horizons Spots Methane Ice on Pluto
Ralph Spacecraft
July 2nd, 2015
With less than two weeks until its close encounter with Pluto, NASA's New Horizon's probe has detected methane ice on the surface of the dwarf planet. Methane was first discovered on Pluto in 1976.
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On Pluto's Doorstep: Latest Photos by New Horizons Probe
Surface Features Emerging on Pluto
July 2nd, 2015
Though the New Horizons spacecraft's Pluto flyby doesn't occur until July 14, great images from the probe are already rolling in. Here, Space.com highlights some of New Horizons' best Pluto pics from the close encounter's home stretch.
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Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber
X-Ray Light Show from Black Hole
July 2nd, 2015
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
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Astrobiology Students Use Art to Develop Critical Thinking Skills
Simulated View Europa
July 2nd, 2015
An undergraduate astrobiology professor uses art to strengthen her student's critical thinking skills. A new paper details her unique teaching approach.
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WATCH LIVE @ 12:55 a.m. ET Tonight: Russian Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station
Progress 60 Cargo Spaceship on the Pad
July 2nd, 2015
Russia's Progress 60 freighter is scheduled to blast off atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday (0455 GMT). Watch it live here at Space.com beginning at 12:30 a.m. EDT.
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