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Scientists set for historic comet landing attempt

The picture taken with the navigation camera on Rosetta and released by the European Space Agency ESA shows a raised plateau on the larger lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It was captured from a distance of 9.8 km from the center of the comet (7.8 km / 4.8 miles from the surface) Oct. 24,  2014. On Wednesday, Nov. 12,  2014 the Philae lander will be detached from Rosetta to land on the comet. (AP Photo/ESA)

Scientists at the European Space Agency are poised to begin a historic attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.

Posted: November 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, British entrepreneur Richard Branson poses with SpaceShipTwo at a Virgin Galactic hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. The Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket exploded Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. Virgin Galactic would not say what happened other than that it was working with authorities to determine the cause of the "accident." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Virgin’s pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California on Friday, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert — and raising questions about the program’s future.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

China launches first mission to moon and back

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China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing’s ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth’s only natural satellite.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Blood moon’ awes sky watchers in Americas and Asia

The moon turns an orange hue during a total lunar eclipse in the sky above Phoenix in this April 15 file photo. AP

Stargazers in the Americas and Asia were treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that bathed the moon in a reddish tint to create a “blood moon.”

Posted: October 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mercury, the incredible shrinking planet

This NASA image obtained March 11, 2014 shows a new color mosaic created from MESSENGER which is part of a release  by NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) on March 7, 2014. The images for MDIS's high-resolution 3-color mosaic were acquired during MESSENGER's second year in orbit about Mercury. The 3-color mosaic was designed to complement the 8-color base map acquired during MESSENGER's primary mission. AFP PHOTO/NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/HANDOUT

Beneath its Sun-scorched exterior, the planet Mercury is cooling, which is causing it to shrink ever so slightly, scientists said Sunday.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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