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U.S. and Russia to Cooperate on Space Threats


Russia and the United States will work together to improve protection against meteorites and other space threats, Russia’s emergencies minister said on Tuesday following a joint Russia-US working group meeting in Washington.

Asteroids That Buzz Planet Earth



“We have decided that the US Federal Emergency Management


3 Chinese Astronauts Lift-off to Experimental Space Lab

Shenzhou 10 takes three astronauts to experimental space laboratory where they will give a lecture to students on Earth

Chinese astronauts, from left, Wang Yaping, mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang prepare to board the Shenzhou-10. Photograph: AFP/Getty

A Chinese-manned spacecraft has blasted off with three astronauts on


Alien Life: Next Phase of Search

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With more and more Earth-like alien planets being discovered around the galaxy, humanity should now start planning out the next steps in its hunt for far-flung alien life, researchers say.

On Thursday (April 18), scientists announced the discovery of three more potentially habitable exoplanets — Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Kepler-69c — further suggesting


FDR Fusion Drive Could Cut Mars Travel to 30 Days

NASA, and plenty of private individuals, want to put mankind on Mars. Now a team at the University of Washington being funded by the space agency is about to start building a fusion engine that could get humans there in just 30 days and make other forms of space travel obsolete.


Voyager One Has Left the Solar System

It was a threshold crossed in the deepest reaches of space: A spacecraft launched from Earth has now entered new and unexplored territory that may or may not be outside our solar system. A press release issued at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday morning by the American Geophysical Union noted that Voyager I had exited our solar


Chinese Space Junk Destroys Russian Satellite

A small Russian spacecraft in orbit appears to have been struck by Chinese space junk from a 2007 anti-satellite test, likely damaging the Russian craft, possibly severely, has learned.

Dots Representing Objects Orbiting Earth

The space collision appears to have occurred on Jan. 22, when a chunk of China’s Fengyun 1C satellite, which



Russia Meteorite

The chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology said today that the committee would hold hearings next week “to settle the question, once and for all, of whether meteors exist.”

In this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk


Russian Lawmaker Calls for International Meteor Defense System

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Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has called for leading powers to work together to develop a system to intercept objects falling from space, after a meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural mountains injured about 1,000 on the ground below.

“Neither we nor the Americans have such technologies,” Rogozin told Interfax news agency.


Close Pass by Asteroid Expected Next Week


An asteroid will give Earth a historically close shave next week, but there’s no chance that the space rock will slam into our planet on this pass, experts say.

Projected Trajectory of approaching Asteroid

The 150-foot-wide (45 meters) asteroid 2012 DA14 will zoom within 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) of


Iran Launches Monkey Into Space

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Iran on Monday successfully sent a monkey into orbit, paving the way for a manned space flight, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told state television.

Iranian scientists hold a monkey which they sent up into space in a capsule

Arabic-language channel Al-Alam and other Iranian news agencies said the monkey returned alive after travelling in


Earth-sized Planet Orbits One in Six Stars

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The results of a new analysis of Kepler data show that one in six stars has an Earth-sized planet in a tight orbit. About a fourth of all stars in the Milky Way have a super-Earth, and the same fraction have a mini-Neptune. Only about 3 percent of stars have a large Neptune, and


Kepler Suggesting 262 Potentially Habitable Worlds


NASA Kepler released last month 18,406 planet-like detection events from its last three year mission to search for exoplanets (Kepler Q1-Q12 TCE). Further analysis is required by the NASA Kepler Team and the scientific community to extract and identify true planets, including those potentially habitable. The Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo


Top 10 Images From NASA in 2012

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Each and every day the folks over at NASA choose an image to share with the world. Sometimes it reflects current projects at NASA, sometimes it’s scientifically interesting, and sometimes, it’s just pure beauty.

For the second year in a row, we’ve gone through an entire years worth of photos and picked out


Hubble’s Deepest View Yet

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Objects like UDFj-39546284 are at the limit of the Hubble telescope’s vision

In doing so, they have identified six new galaxies of stars that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang itself.

The study also updates a distance estimate for a seventh galaxy, placing it further back


X-37B: Military Drone in Space


The United States is planning a new launch of its tiny, pilotless military space plane on Tuesday as part of a futuristic Air Force program that has fueled speculation over its mission.


The X-37B, which weighs five tonnes and is 29 feet (8.9 meters) long, can return material to Earth in the way


China Practicing to Grow Vegetables on Mars


Chinese astronauts are preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the moon after researchers successfully completed a preliminary test in Beijing, state media reported.

Four kinds of vegetables were grown in an “ecological life support system”, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water


Voyager 1 Hits New Region of Space

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The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not know existed.

Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, have been speeding away from the sun toward interstellar space, or the space between stars.

Over the summer, Voyager 1, which is farther along in its


Los Alamos Laboratory Tests Nuclear Power Source for Space Travel (Video)

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DUFF is the first demonstration of a space borne nuclear reactor system to produce electricity in the United States since 1965.

John Bounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Advanced Nuclear Technology Division makes final adjustments on the DUFF experiment, a demonstration of a simple, robust fission reactor prototype that could be used as a


Warp Drive Looked at More Seriously


The Concept of faster than light travel is now being looked at more seriously, as something possible, not just in the realm of science fiction anymore.

HOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.


Japan’s H2 Transfer Vehicle Contracts Virus

Japanese H2 Transfer Vehicle

WASHINGTON — Japan’s space agency said Jan. 13 that a virus first discovered on one of its computers this past summer leaked some technical specifications and operations data about the nation’s space cargo ship, the H-2A Transfer Vehicle (HTV), outside of the agency.

The first data leaks occurred between


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