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December 10, 2015 9:45 AM Mystery Of The Bright Spots On Ceres May Have Just Been Solved

NASA also released stunning new flyover images of the dwarf planet. A second study, also in Nature, finds ammonia-rich clays on the planet. NASA said that while ammonia by itself would evaporate on Ceres, the molecules could bind to other minerals. "The presence of ammonia-bearing species suggests that Ceres is composed of material accreted in an environment 46

December 10, 2015 9:21 AM Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots Likely Made of Salt, Scientists Reveal

Scientists have finally able to solve the mystery of dwarf planet Ceres Scientists were perplexed by the bright spots on the crater of dwarf planet Ceres since they have been spotted earlier this year. But, now it seems they are inching closer to unlock the mystery. Thanks to the observations made by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, scientists have been able to provide 52

December 9, 2015 3:59 PM 'Tis the season for Mark Chesnutt

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December 8, 2015 5:13 PM Study: Sun capable of destructive superflare

WARWICK, England, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Researchers at University of Warwick located a solar superflare among stellar data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope. The massive burst featured wave patterns similar to flares emitted by our own sun. In a new paper on the discovery, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists suggest our own sun may be capable 56

December 7, 2015 8:39 PM Astronaut captures Cygnus spacecraft launch from space

The Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station and astronaut Scott Kelly captured a spectacular image of it in flight. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is in the middle of spending a whole year on board the International Space Station. He is using some of that ample time in zero gravity to become one of the most prolific photographers 73

December 7, 2015 4:01 AM Orbital Successfully Launches Atlas V Carrying Supplies to ISS

A US shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting Nasa's commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first US delivery since spring. To Nasa's relief, the weather 78

December 7, 2015 3:45 AM Orbital Cargo Ship Finally Flies Atop Hired Rocket

After an eight-month hiatus, a U.S. supply ship is en-route to the International Space Station following Sunday’s successful liftoff of an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship aboard a hired Atlas 5 rocket. Orbital has been out of the station cargo launch business since its Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Oct. 28, 2014. The company grounded 62

December 6, 2015 10:44 PM Cygnus Spaceship Launch Restarts Orbital ATK Cargo Missions for NASA

With a brilliant afternoon launch, the private spaceflight company Orbital ATK returned its Cygnus cargo ship to flight after a year on hiatus Sunday (Dec. 6), launching vital supplies and NASA gear to the International Space Station. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft on the OA-4 mission launches from the Space 70

December 5, 2015 7:04 PM NASA Releases New Video Showing Higher-Resolution Closeup Of Pluto

Pluto's shoreline of Sputnik Planum is seen in the highest-resolution images yet to come from New Horizons. John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute says the details support the idea that the mountains "are huge ice blocks that have been jostled and tumbled and somehow transported to their present locations." The best photos from the New Horizons 49

December 5, 2015 6:25 PM NASA releases 'best close-ups' of Pluto

NASA says scient­ists expect more images from the set over the coming days WASHINGTON: The US space agency has released a series of sharp Pluto snapshots, billing them as the best close-ups of the dwarf planet we may see for decades. On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons became the first spacecraft to pass by Pluto, offering scientists unprecedented insight 48