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  • This Is What the Spring Equinox Looks Like From Space

    March 20, 2018 6:11 PM 18

    For the Northern Hemisphere, Tuesday, March 20, marks the vernal, or spring, equinox — the first day of spring. The National Weather Service shared this image from space of the Earth just before “the sun crossed the equator,” or just before the start of spring. For those living north of the equator — the imaginary latitude line that marks the middle

  • Stephen Hawking lived with ALS a stunning 50-plus years: What to know about the nervous system disease

    March 14, 2018 1:41 PM 21

    At the age of 21, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with a fatal, motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors didn't think he had much time. The disease usually kills within two to five years. But, as always, the famed theoretical physicist proved everyone wrong. Despite several health complications

  • Scientists discover 15 new planets, including 'super-Earth' that could harbor liquid water

    March 14, 2018 11:00 AM 27

    Scientists have discovered 15 new planets, including a “super-Earth” that may have liquid water on its surface. The planets are orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system that are known as “Red Dwarfs.” One of the brightest Red Dwarfs, K2-155, has three “super-Earths,” one of which, K2-155d, could be within the star’s habitable zone. K2-155d, which

  • SpaceX Just Launched Its 50th Falcon 9 Rocket Into Space

    March 6, 2018 1:49 PM 26

    SpaceX has launched its 50th Falcon 9 Rocket, with the largest satellite payload the firm has sent into space so far. The rocket was launched from the Kennedy Space Centre, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., The satellite was deployed into geo-stationary orbit roughly half an hour into the flight, SpaceX said in a live webcast. A SpaceX spokesperson

  • 'Planet Parade' to light up night sky in March: How to watch the rare event

    March 6, 2018 12:15 AM 89

    A parade of five planets, including Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus (pictured) along with the bright star Antares, will light the sky starting March 7. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) Stargazers, get your binoculars ready: a string of bright planets, called a "Planet Parade," will grace the night's sky this week, and the show is expected to last several

  • Mountain lion caught after wandering through Texas neighborhood

    February 28, 2018 4:30 PM 121

    Laredo, Texas police captured and tranquilized a roaming mountain lion as the neighborhood residents stay safely indoors. Authorities in Texas were forced to evacuate some homes in a city on the southern border with Mexico on Sunday after a mountain lion wandered through the area. The Laredo Police Department said in a Facebook post the mountain lion ended

  • U.S.-Russian crew returns from space station: NASA TV

    February 28, 2018 7:46 AM 38

    (Reuters) - A capsule carrying two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station landed in snowy Kazakhstan on Wednesday after a five-and-a-half month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The Soyuz spacecraft brought back Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Alexander

  • SpaceX delays Falcon 9 rocket launch due to high-altitude winds

    February 21, 2018 3:24 PM 155

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Paz radar-imaging satellite and two prototype broadband internet satellites stands atop Space Launch Complex 4E at the Vandenberg Air Force Station ahead of an attempted launch on Feb. 21, 2018. SpaceX has delayed the launch to no earlier than Feb. 22. (SpaceX) SpaceX called off an attempted launch of its Falcon

  • NASA is sending a million-year-old piece of Mars back home

    February 15, 2018 4:11 PM 143

    File photo: The planet Mars showing showing Terra Meridiani is seen in an undated NASA image. (REUTERS/NASA/Greg Shirah) The ancient rock, named “Sayh al Uhaymir 008,” or “SaU008,” was once part of one of a meteorite that landed on Earth after blowing off from Mars millions of years ago. SaU008 was discovered in Oman in 1999 and is the only one of 200 similar

  • A NASA observatory just saw a total solar eclipse ... in space!

    February 15, 2018 2:45 PM 102

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a total eclipse from space on Feb. 11, 2018. (Joy Ng/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO) NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured gorgeous views of a total solar eclipse on Sunday (Feb. 11), making the mission's birthday even more special. The cosmic event was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory(SDO)