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Russian Rocket Launches International Crew of 3 Toward Space Station

Wednesday September 2, 2015    2:52 AM

A Russian carrying cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket Wednesday (Sept. 2) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. EDT (0437 GMT). It was 10:37 a.m. local time in Baikonur at launch time. You can . "We're doing great," Volkov radioed down to Mission Control in Russia after the successful liftoff. "Ever ... Full Story

Venus Displays Its Brilliant Morning Finery for the Fall

Saturday August 29, 2015    10:31 AM

Venus has  in the eastern morning sky for the past couple of weeks. As September opens, this resplendent "morning star" will be rising just as dawn's first glow begins to light up the sky, just before 5 a.m. local daylight time. By month's end, Venus will be rising around 3:30 ... Full Story

Sampling Enceladus: Is Earth Ready for Pieces of Saturn Moon's Plumes?

Friday August 28, 2015    5:43 AM

In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered that , sending material from the ice-covered moon's subsurface ocean far out into space. It's tempting to grab samples from Enceladus' plume and return them to labs on Earth for analysis as soon as possible, but a slower, more m ... Full Story

NASA: Rising Sea Levels More Dangerous Than Thought

Thursday August 27, 2015    1:40 AM

What's more, is already occurring. The open question, NASA scientists say, is just how quickly the seas will rise in the future. Rising seas The current warming of the seas and the associated expansion of their waters account for about one-third of sea level rise around the worl ... Full Story

Farewell Dione: Cassini Snaps Last Close Photos of Saturn Moon

Tuesday August 25, 2015    12:19 PM

The Cassini spacecraft recently got its last close views of Dione, a small icy moon orbiting Saturn, and the results are astounding. Images returned from the Aug. 17 flyby show a mottled surface of craters and ice. One image shows Dione in front of the rings of Saturn, emerging from shadow. The ... Full Story

See Saturn and the Moon Pair Off Tonight

Sunday August 23, 2015    1:13 AM

If the weather is clear in your area on tonight (Aug. 22), you'll have an opportunity to see what probably are for most people, the two most popular objects to look at through a telescope: Saturn and the moon. About an hour after sunset, roughly one-quarter of the way up in the south-sou ... Full Story

Fire blazes at Paris science museum; 2 firefighters injured

Thursday August 20, 2015    10:22 AM

PARIS (AP) â?? A fire damaged multiple levels of the main science museum in Paris on Thursday, and two firefighters suffered injuries fighting the flames.The blaze broke out overnight in a section of the Cite des Sciences in northeast Paris that is under construction, city fire service spokesman Gabriel Plus told The Associated Press. The cause ... Full Story

Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

Monday August 31, 2015    4:22 AM

Skeptics who stand in the way of action to respond to climate change will not be remembered kindly, he told Alaska reporters."I think the people who are slow to come to this table will be written up by historians as having been some of the folks most irresponsible in understanding and reacting to scientific analysis," he said.Kerry spoke one day before he and President Barack Obama will address the State Department's Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic. The purpose, according to the State Department, is to focus world ... Full Story

Hurricane Katrina's Stark Changes Endure in Images from Space

Saturday August 29, 2015    10:22 AM

, which made landfall along the Louisiana-Mississippi border as a Category 3 storm on Aug. 29, 2005, transformed the marshes that buffer New Orleans from the Gulf of Mexico by ripping apart and moving mats of dead grass. The storm stirred up and distributed soft underlying sediments, digging sev ... Full Story

India's 1st Mars Probe Captures Stunning 3D View of Huge Chasm

Thursday August 27, 2015    10:58 AM

The images, sent back by India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), show , a portion of the massive Valles Marineris system that stretches across much of the planet's equator. The images were taken July 19 and have a resolution of about 315 feet (96 meters). The new images show the chasm from a ... Full Story

Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony

Wednesday August 26, 2015    5:52 AM

The Netherlands-based nonprofit aims to establish a permanent settlement on the Red Planet, beginning with the touchdown of the first four pioneers in 2027. The biggest challenges facing the project are financial rather than technical, so a big donation from a deep-pocketed person concerned about his or her legacy could make a huge difference, Mars One representatives said. Mars One "is so ambitious and â?? I think 'crazy' is the right word â?? that we might actually get a phone call from a billionaire who says, 'I want to make this happen. I want the first city on Mars to be called Gatesville or Slim City," said Mars One co-founder and CEO Bas Lansdorp, presumably referring to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and ... Full Story

Origins of 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' Begin to Emerge

Tuesday August 25, 2015    9:55 AM

Debate about the credibility of the "gospel" began as soon as Harvard University professor Karen King reported her  in September 2012. Written in Coptic (an Egyptian language), the papyrus fragment contains a  that reads, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife �'" and als ... Full Story

'The Martian' Lands at NASA's Mars Mission Control (Photos)

Friday August 21, 2015    10:22 AM

"The Martian" star Matt Damon, director Ridley Scott and Andy Weir, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday (Aug. 18) â?? the same day a was released. The special "Martian Day" ... Full Story

Long Misunderstood, Hummingbird Tongue Works Like Micropump

Thursday August 20, 2015    9:19 AM

Since 1833, scientists thought that hummingbird tongues used â?? a phenomenon in which liquid flows through narrow areas, even working against gravity â?? to slurp up floral nectar. Researchers got this intriguing (but wrong) idea because the birds have long groves on their tongues that look lik ... Full Story

Full Moon Tonight Offers Sneak Preview of September Lunar Eclipse

Saturday August 29, 2015    10:40 AM

Some Native American fishing tribes referred to the as the "Sturgeon Moon," since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the "Full Red Moon" because, as the moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. After the Sturgeon Moon, the next full moon on the calend ... Full Story

Scientists Send Kombucha to Space in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Friday August 28, 2015    6:01 AM

Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) have placed the same bacteria and yeasts used to make Kombucha tea on the outside of the orbiting laboratory to see how the organisms fare in the . The Kombucha experiment is one in a series of "Expose" studies run by ESA to find out if mul ... Full Story

No, Mars Won't Be As Big as the Moon in the Sky Tonight

Thursday August 27, 2015    10:22 AM

Sorry, skywatchers: Despite what you may have heard, Mars won't look as big as the moon overhead tonight (Aug. 27). The "" has been popping up every Aug. 27 since 2003, when it was born in a widely misinterpreted email. The unknown sender of that message was trying to get people exci ... Full Story

'8 Days or Bust' +50: Gemini 5 Made History with 1st Crew Mission Patch

Tuesday August 25, 2015    12:28 PM

Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, seated snugly in the , had launched atop a Titan II rocket from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 21, 1965. Cooper, who two years earlier had flown on the longest of NASA's one-man Mercury missions, was now the first person to fly into orbit twi ... Full Story

Chinese Cave Graffiti Tells of Ancient Droughts & Strife

Monday August 24, 2015    5:16 AM

By tying the cave graffiti to ratios of chemical elements in the stalagmites growing in , a team of scientists created a snapshot of the climate over the last 500 years, said study co-author Sebastian Breitenbach, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Cambridge in England. The findings ... Full Story

Massive Aztec human skull rack found in Mexico City

Friday August 21, 2015    12:37 AM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archeologists have discovered a massive ceremonial skull rack from the heyday of the Aztec empire in the heart of Mexico City, a find that could shed new light on how its rulers projected power by human sacrifice, the team said on Thursday. The skull ra ... Full Story

'Base Jumping' Spider Soars from Rainforest Treetops

Thursday August 20, 2015    7:58 AM

No, this leaping arachnid isn't a daredevil; it has just figured out the most efficient way to move around in the forest canopy, which is where it lives in order to avoid the hazards of the forest floor, some 100 feet (30 meters) below. Selenops banksi is one of several in the genus Sel ... Full Story
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