In the pastoral British countryside, amateur astronomers are on watch for asteroids and meteorites that threaten to smash into Earth. Tracking data forms the basis of an early warning system to prevent potential catastrophe.
AP (Dec. 11, 2013) NASA said Wednesday it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board. (Dec. ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 29, 2012) Stunning new images of the Milky Way, recently released by the European Southern Observatory, have excited astronomers and amateur star gazers around the world. But they are merely the latest of many ... watch video
Newsy (June 24, 2014) A group of students has launched an initiative to send a "time capsule" to Mars by 2017. The group plans to include media from people all over Earth.
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AP (July 17, 2012) Scientists are building a menu for a group of six to eight astronauts for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s. The menu must keep the astronauts healthy and happy and also offer a broad array of ... watch video
NASA (May 3, 2013) Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visits 2 NASA facilities that are key to development of the new space launch system and the agency's commercial group partnership with private ... watch video
July 1, 2015 This rich view of an array of colorful stars and gas was captured by the Wide Field Imager camera, on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. ... read more
June 30, 2015 Muscles need gravity to maintain optimal health, and when they do not have it, they deteriorate. A new report, however, suggests that this might not be true for all muscles, offering hope that there ... read more
June 29, 2015 33 Kepler stars have been selected for their solar like oscillations and a set of basic parameters have been determined with high precision showing that stars even older than ... read more
June 26, 2015 Researchers have found evidence that enigmatic objects in nearby galaxies -- called ultra-luminous X-ray sources (ULXs) -- exhibit strong outflows that are created as matter ... read more
June 26, 2015 New work offers a potential solution to a longstanding problem in the prevailing theory of how rocky planets formed in our own Solar System, as well as in others. The snag ... read more
June 25, 2015 A new supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a ... read more
Feb. 27, 2014 A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2006 DP14 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on the night of Feb. 11, ... read more
Sep. 13, 2013 The solar system is crowded with small objects like asteroids and comets. Most have stable orbits which keep them out of harm’s way, but a small proportion of them are in orbits that risk them ... read more
Sep. 10, 2010 Two amateur astronomers who independently observed and videotaped an asteroid striking the giant planet Jupiter on June 3 have opened the possibility, in effect, of a giant research lab in space for ... read more