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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 »

American, two Russians back on Earth after half-year in space

In this photo provided by NASA, Expedition 38 flight engineer Mike Hopkins, of NASA, gives a thumbs up as he is helped from the Russian Soyuz TMA-10M capsule that carried him, commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, of the Russian Federal Space Agency, after it landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The astronauts returned to Earth after spending nearly six months on the International Space Station. AP

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) of over half a year, which saw the Olympic torch paraded in space.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Iran: Second monkey sent into space

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani  AP FILE PHOTO

Iran’s president says the Islamic Republic has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time, part of a program aimed at manned space flight.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China’s first lunar rover to land on moon Saturday—officials

The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe is prepared for launch at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang in southwest China's Sichuan province on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. China will the launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe in the early hours of Monday Dec. 2, 2013, that will send the country's first lunar lander and rover named "Jade Rabbit" onto the moon according to state media. AP FILE PHOTO

A space module carrying China’s first lunar rover is scheduled to land on the moon Saturday, authorities said Friday, describing the maneuver as the mission’s greatest challenge.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

In a composite image provided by NASA, Comet ISON nears the sun in an image captured at 10:51 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The sun was imaged by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, and an image from ESA/NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the solar atmosphere, the corona. Scientists are studying spacecraft images to find out whether a small part ISON survived its close encounter with the sun. (AP Photo/ESA&NASA SOHO/SDO)

A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Comet ISON vanishes as it circles the sun

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In this photo provided by NASA, Comet ISON shines in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Nov. 8 at 5:40 a.m. EST. At the time of this picture, Comet ISON was 97 million miles from Earth, heading toward a close encounter with the sun on Nov. 28. Located in the constellation of Virgo, it is now visible in a good pair of binoculars. AP

Comet ISON appears to have flown too close to the surface of the sun Thursday and vanished as it circled the fiery surface, astronomers said.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Will comet ISON survive its near brush with the Sun?

In this photo provided by NASA, Comet ISON shines in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Nov. 8 at 5:40 a.m. EST. At the time of this picture, Comet ISON was 97 million miles from Earth, heading toward a close encounter with the sun on Nov. 28. Located in the constellation of Virgo, it is now visible in a good pair of binoculars. AP

US astrophysicists are split over what will happen when the comet ISON passes near the sun Thursday, but a majority think it will break apart.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

One in five Sun-like stars may have Earth-like planets

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People observe the stars with a telescope on August 9, 2013 in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, northern France. AFP FILE PHOTO

As many as one in five Sun-like stars may have a planet the size of Earth, and the nearest could be in systems visible to the naked eye, US astronomers said Monday.

Posted: November 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Comet to come into view next week

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This March 2, 2013 photo made available by spaceweather.com shows the comet, Pan-STARRS, seen from Queenstown, New Zealand. The recently discovered comet is closer than it's ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to see it. AP

Stargazers may be able to view with their naked eyes a bright comet in the western horizon at sunset early next week, the astronomy section of the state weather bureau said.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Russia halts search for meteorite

A meteorite contrail is seen in this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region in Russia. AP

Russian authorities halted their search Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Bright streak of light reported over California

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Hours after a meteor exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,000 people and an asteroid passed relatively close to Earth, residents in California reported seeing an unusual flash of light over the San Francisco Bay area that left many startled and thrilled.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday

This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

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Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.

Posted: February 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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