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  • NASA’s SnowEx Completes First Test Flights

    February 23, 2017 12:24 PM 19

    NASA's mission to see how much water Earth has is on the go. The first flights of the SnowEx are finished. NASA has reported that scientists do not really know how much snow the Earth has. The snow on mountains and other places can be the water supply that people need. Snow is one of Earth's water resources and not much is known about it. NASA is using

  • Spitzer discovers star system with seven orbiting Earth-sized planets

    February 23, 2017 9:26 AM 18

    A star system, approximately 40 light-years from Earth, with seven Earth-sized planets, including three in the habitable zone, has been discovered by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Named TRAPPIST-1 because it was discovered by the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile, the star is an ultra-cool M-type dwarf star with eight

  • Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

    February 23, 2017 7:27 AM 13

    Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress cargo ship lifted off on schedule at 05:58 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian space agency Roscosmos

  • 7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

    February 23, 2017 5:22 AM 16

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets

  • Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star

    February 22, 2017 7:29 PM 18

    A newfound solar system just 39 light-years away contains seven warm, rocky planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying distant worlds and could be the best place

  • 7 Earth-Like Worlds Orbit a Star So Cool, You Didn’t Know It Existed

    February 22, 2017 6:06 PM 16 3

    Forty light years away, a small, orange star called Trappist-1 sits unnoticed in the sky. You can’t see it with your bare eyes—it burns colder than the brightly shining stars that fill the night sky, the ones that have inspired millions of people to imagine life beyond Earth. But most stars in the galaxy are neither big nor bright. And it’s those abundant

  • Watch Live: NASA Makes a Major Announcement About a New Space Discovery

    February 22, 2017 3:20 PM 15

    NASA on Wednesday will make a major announcement about a new discovery it made “beyond our solar system.” The national space agency said in a news advisory that it plans to unveil new findings on exoplanets, which are planets that orbit other stars outside of our solar system rather than the sun. NASA said it will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EST. It will then release

  • Russian space craft lifts off for international space station

    February 22, 2017 10:44 AM 16

    ALMATY A Russian Progress cargo space craft blasted off for the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the first such mission since a failed launch in December. The space craft, carried by the same Soyuz booster rocket as used for manned launches, took off at 11:58 (0558 GMT) with the launch broadcast live by NASA TV. It is due to dock with the space

  • Progress MS-05 Cargo Ship Successfully Launched to ISS While Dragon Closes In

    February 22, 2017 6:11 AM 25

    Russia successfully launched its Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:58 am ET this morning. It is the first Progress launch since a December 1, 2016 failure. Meanwhile, SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft, which was launched on Sunday, will arrive on ISS in a few hours at about 6:00 am ET. Russia uses Soyuz rockets

  • MYSTERY: Half-eaten shark on Florida raises speculation about what killed it

    February 21, 2017 6:52 AM 21

    A half-eaten shark that washed up on a Florida beach Saturday raised questions about a bigger fish possibly lurking in the water. A Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue lifeguard snapped a photo of the shark on New Smyrna Beach. Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Morris told News 4 Jax that the shark was “definitely” eaten by a bigger fish. She added