Astronomers might have seen the very first stars in the universe. If so, these are incredible stars, some 1,000 times as massive as the Sun. The alternative: The objects might be early black holes consuming gas voraciously and spitting out radiation
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Japan's largest satellite was launched by the nation's most powerful rocket Monday to begin a mission testing technologies to aid the burgeoning mobile communications industry.
The French national space agency said its spacecraft will monitor approximately 120,000 stars with its 12-inch telescope during its 2 1/2-year mission. COROT involves a partnership with the European Space Agency, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain an
Nasa and Google said they will work together. One project would let viewers see details of Mars and Earth's moon in a format similar to satellite picture views of the world made popular by applications such as Google Earth.
Scientists studied comet grains collected by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, which revealed surprising results. In addition to discovering stardust, or particles older than the Sun, they found material from the hottest part of the solar system.
Instruments aboard the Venus Express spacecraft have obtained the first large-area temperature map of the southern hemisphere of Venus’ searing surface. By identifying hot spots, the new data could spot active volcanism.
An enormous plume erupting on Saturn’s moon Enceladus may be emanating from a substance much colder than liquid water. A new model suggests that these geyser jets spring from an ice phase called clathrate.
The international Cassini spacecraft spotted a nearly mile-high mountain range shrouded in hazy clouds on Saturn's giant moon Titan, scientists reported. The mountains, which stretch for nearly 100 miles, surprised researchers.
Africa has experienced a significant drying in the past three years, new satellite data reveals. The volume of water lost from the land amounts to 334 cubic km, which is almost as much as all Africans have consumed over the period.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station ran into a jam trying to fold up one of the space station's solar wing panels, a key step in the mission to rewire the outpost's electrical system.
From the ISC Kosmotras Space and Missile Complex in the Orenburg region of Russia, Genesis I ushered in a new era of private space vehicles. The spacecraft was designed to enter space and expand to increase its volume.
A major flare on the Sun earlier this week generated what scientists are calling a solar tsunami. The tsunami-like shock wave, formally called a Moreton wave, rolled across the hot surface, destroying two visible filaments of cool gas on opposite
The discovery of a long-sought molecule with a negative charge, the first-ever pinpointed in the depths of interstellar space, may just be the tip of an iceberg for researchers studying the chemistry of the cosmos.
Discovery lit up the sky late Saturday, blazing off for the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years — the latest step in NASA's ambitious schedule to complete the international space station.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will attempt its second launch of the Falcon 1 rocket in late January or early February, SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said here Dec. 5.
Humans will return to the Moon paving the way for treks to Mars and beyond. Astronomers don't want to be left in the dust. But they are split over the merits of lunar-based observatories compared with those in free space like the Hubble Space Tel
The changing appearance of gullies on Mars over the last 7 years suggests that liquid water flowed recently on the red planet and may still seep out in brief bursts. In what is billed as "the squirting gun," new images of known gulli
NASA unveiled plans yesterday to set up a small and ultimately self-sustaining settlement of astronauts at the south pole of the moon sometime around 2020
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"We've now seen 11 and possibly 12 lunar impacts since we started monitoring the Moon one year ago," said Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "That's about four times more hits than our computer models
As we search for extraterrestrial life, Earth in some sense always provides our framework. The data indicate that life does in fact exist on this planet, and it existed here sometime before about 3.5 billion years ago.
Humans must colonize planets in other solar systems traveling there using "Star Trek"-style propulsion or face extinction, renowned British cosmologist Stephen Hawking said.
An eruption of high-energy radiation recently signaled a tantrum unleashed by a black hole, astronomers announced. The event, which occurred near the crowded center of our galaxy, is a rare prize for astronomers.
The success of Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis 1 module, which has been operating in orbit since July 12, has put the company well ahead in its plans for bigger and more capable modules that eventually will host visitors in orbit.
Astronomers measured the spinning speed of three black holes, finding that one rotates at a breakneck 950 times per second, nearing its theoretical rotation limit of 1,150 spins a second. The black hole lies within the constellation Aquila (the Eagle
Suns that exploded 9 billion years ago have helped prove that a mysterious force called dark energy was pushing the universe apart even back then. They still do not understand dark energy -- which appears to be everywhere, pushing everything apart wi
Astronomers have spotted 20 new star systems in our local solar neighborhood, adding to a rapidly growing list of known stellar residents in our galaxy. The just-discovered stars reside within 33 light years of Earth and include the 23rd and 24th clo
Yet amidst this hostile [lunar] landscape a number of safer havens exist where the lunar surface escapes much of this sleet of radiation. One such benign feature, named Reiner Gamma, lies on the Moon’s Earth facing side and is marked by a 37-mile-lon
Thanks to a flotilla of Mars orbiters, there’s been a steady flow of information streaming in from that puzzling world. Scientists are piecing together a far more coherent view of “real time” versus “geological time” in dealing with the whole of Mars