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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 »