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Science & Astronomy Archive
14 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Engineers at MIT suggest setting up orbital propellant depots to fuel future missions to the moon. Such en-route stations would mean spacecraft could launch with less fuel on board and hence carry heavier loads like larger scientific experiments.
13 March 2014, 05:14 PM ET
This amazing space wallpaper shows an ultra-bright young galaxy known as GN-z10-3, discovered in the Hubble GOODS North field (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey).
13 March 2014, 12:35 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured the M9.3-class flare on March 12, 2014. SDO cameras capture imagery at many wavelengths to study solar material and processes that are not visible to the human eye.
13 March 2014, 07:46 AM ET
Hundreds of “rogue” wandering black holes may dwell in the Milky Way – and now Harvard University researchers say they know how to detect them. The discovery of these strange objects could shed light on the formation of the Milky Way and other galaxies.
13 March 2014, 01:52 AM ET
A battered diamond that survived a trip from "hell" confirms a long-held theory: Earth's mantle holds an ocean's worth of water.
12 March 2014, 01:48 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the yellow hypergiant star HR 5171. This is a very rare type of star with only a dozen known in our galaxy. Its size is over 1300 times that of our Sun — one of the largest ten stars found so far.
12 March 2014, 12:01 PM ET
The slow process of capturing science data is about to go into serious overdrive with a NASA laser communication experiment set to launch to the International Space Station.
12 March 2014, 10:58 AM ET
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the icy target of Europe's Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander, has been spotted by the Very Large Telescope in Chile. It is the first sighting of the comet since October 2013.
12 March 2014, 10:23 AM ET
A very, very (very) small sample from John Glenn's Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 is launching to the International Space Station as part of a science experiment organized by professional NFL and NBA cheerleaders.
12 March 2014, 07:01 AM ET
A powerful telescope in Chile has imaged the largest yellow star ever discovered. The star, called HR 5171 A, shines 12,000 light-years from Earth in the center of a new image released today (March 12).
12 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A yellow hypergiant star and its 'joined at the hip' companion star have been observed using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer. This is the largest yellow star ever discovered.
12 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
When a distant planet appears as a point of light in a telescope, it's hard to imagine what things are like at the surface. Does rain fall? Is the atmosphere thick, or dissipating into space? How constant is the sunlight on its surface?
11 March 2014, 06:33 PM ET
The International Astronomical Union is discouraging people from buying the naming rights to Mars craters, insisting the monikers will never be "official." What do you think?
11 March 2014, 05:46 PM ET
A brilliant fireball blazed across an aurora-filled sky over remote Northwest Territories in Canada in these spectacular images by astrophotographer Yuichi Takasaka of the photography group The World at Night (TWAN). See his photos.
11 March 2014, 05:24 PM ET
NASA and asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources have teamed up to launch a contest series called "Asteroid Data Hunter," which asks the public to develop algorithms that can help identify space rocks in Earth's neck of the cosmic woods.
11 March 2014, 04:51 PM ET
The IAU, the authority that assigns "official" names for all celestial bodies and surface features, will not legitimize any purchased names for cosmic objects and their features, including Martian craters, IAU officials announced today (March 11).
11 March 2014, 04:08 PM ET
A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this stunning space wallpaper taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera on Sept. 10, 2013. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.
11 March 2014, 04:01 PM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter switched over to safe mode after unexpectedly swapping from one main computer to another. The glitch has suspended science operations, but mission officials are confident the probe can return to service soon.
11 March 2014, 11:54 AM ET
NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge is asking citizen scientists to improve how we identify asteroids. The contest runs through August 2014.
10 March 2014, 07:16 PM ET
Astronomers observing with the Anglo-Australian Telescope have found a strangely arranged population of faint galaxies penetrating what were thought to be huge empty regions of space. Termed 'tendrils' these strings of matter may interconnect.
10 March 2014, 06:03 PM ET
The oceans became a lethal sulfuric-acid stew after the huge asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, a new study suggests.
10 March 2014, 05:34 PM ET
This newly-released observation of Saturn's second largest moon could be mistaken for our own moon hanging in the night sky.
10 March 2014, 05:29 PM ET
See photos from the March 10, 2014 landing of the a Russian Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy to wrap up a 166-day space mission.
10 March 2014, 03:12 PM ET
Urging all Americans to open their imaginations to discoveries yet unmade, the President of the United States introduced the premiere episode of 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' on March 9th, 2014.
10 March 2014, 02:26 PM ET
The premiere of the new "Cosmos" series got a nod from the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. In a video beamed from space, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio shows how Newton's third law of motion works in microgravity.
10 March 2014, 11:33 AM ET
Only 12 million years old, or less than three-thousandths of the age of the Sun, Beta Pictoris, as seen in this space wallpaper, is 75 percent more massive than our parent star.
10 March 2014, 09:27 AM ET
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the host of the re-envisioned show, introduces a zero-gravity demonstration of Newton's third law of motion. Expedition 38's Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata prove the law aboard the International Space Station.
10 March 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Against a backdrop of sleek graphics and astronomical imagery, host Neil deGrasse Tyson brought a new generation of "Cosmos" viewers up to speed about our place in the universe.
10 March 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Researchers are developing flat, blanket-size landers that could be delivered en masse to worlds such as Mars or Jupiter's moon Europa. The approach could enable NASA to mount missions to places previously deemed too risky to explore, researchers say.
09 March 2014, 03:36 AM ET
Famed astronomer Carl Sagan shared the universe with millions with 1980's 'Cosmos.' That legacy lives on with 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which premieres March 9 on Fox.
08 March 2014, 04:16 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 March 2014, 01:17 PM ET
From a disintegrating asteroid to space junk cleanup, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 8, 2014.