NASA Picks SpaceX, Boeing to Fly US Astronauts on Private Spaceships
Sept. 16 - NASA has tapped the private spaceflight companies of SpaceX and Boeing to build and fly the commercial spacecraft for ferrying American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
NEXT: The Lure of Mars: Why We Keep Going Back
The Lure of Mars: Why We Keep Going Back
Sept. 19 - Mars' proximity to Earth, potential ability to support life and its status as a target for human exploration have made it a primary destination for robotic missions over the years.
NEXT: SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Ship Launch for NASA Due to Bad Weather
SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Ship Launch for NASA Due to Bad Weather
Sept. 20 - A commercial SpaceX Dragon supply ship packed with NASA experiments — including 20 mice destined for the final frontier — will have wait at least one more day to blast into space after bad weather thwarted a launch attempt early Saturday (Sept. 20).
NEXT: Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy
Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy
Sept. 17 - Astronomers have just discovered the smallest known galaxy that harbors a huge, supermassive black hole at its core. The relatively nearby dwarf galaxy may houses a supermassive black hole at its heart equal in mass to about 21 million suns.
NEXT: Jaw-dropping Aurora View Wins 2014 Astronomy Photo Contest
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to Build New Rocket Engine for US Launch Provider
Sept. 17 - Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company led by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has teamed up with a veteran space launch provider to build a new rocket engine designed to reduce U.S. dependence on Russian hardware.
NEXT: Europe Unveils Comet Landing Site for Historic Rosetta Mission
Jaw-dropping Aurora View Wins 2014 Astronomy Photo Contest
Sept. 18 - A bright green aurora reflects off a glacial lake against the backdrop of a snow-covered mountain range in an incredible photo that took home first prize in an astrophotography competition.
NEXT: Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to Build New Rocket Engine for US Launch Provider
Europe Unveils Comet Landing Site for Historic Rosetta Mission
Sept. 15 - European officials have chosen the landing site for Rosetta’s Philae lander, due to make landfall on its target comet in November.
NEXT: Spectacular Auroras from Solar Storms Wow Stargazers
Spectacular Auroras from Solar Storms Wow Stargazers
Sept. 15 - Back-to-back eruptions on the sun sparked a geomagnetic storm last week, which generated dazzling auroras over the northern latitudes. See amazing photos from stargazers lucky enough to see the view.
NEXT: Asteroid Science: How 'Armageddon' Got It Wrong
Asteroid Science: How 'Armageddon' Got It Wrong
Sept. 15 - In the 1998 movie "Armageddon," an asteroid the size of Texas threatens to collide with Earth in 18 days. To save the planet from destruction, a ragtag team of deep-sea oil drillers volunteers to divert the massive space rock by burying a nuclear bomb beneath its surface and blasting it into two pieces that will fly past Earth.
NEXT: US Military's Meteor Explosion Data Can Help Scientists Protect Earth
US Military's Meteor Explosion Data Can Help Scientists Protect Earth
The on/off use of secret satellite data is back on. The Air Force has detailed issues and solutions to provide a constant flow of bolide data to scientists. The NASA/AF agreement to share this information has been recertified and strengthened. According to one scientist, the new data reveals an unexpected source of bolides.
Solar Storm Auroras, Monster Black Hole and the Lure of Mars
Last week astronomers found the smallest known galaxy that harbors a supermassive black hole and a solar storm wowed stargazers. See the best stories from the week here.
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