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Yale astronomers identify new exoplanet

A Yale graduate student working in collaboration with a Yale professor and a researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center recently discovered a previously overlooked planet 3,000 light years from Earth.

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Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station
A Soyuz space capsule carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has docked with the International Space Station after a two-day voyage. The docking took place smoothly at 0406 GMT Saturday at a height of 412 kil The Seattle Times: Home
Planets stripped bare by host stars
Astronomers have defined a class of planet that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars. BBC News | News Front Page | W
Stephen Hawking to Unveil New Space Exploration Project Tuesday
Stephen Hawking will announce a mysterious new space exploration initiative Tuesday, and there's plenty of reason to think it will be a pretty big deal. SPACE.com
Ancient Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat
The bombardment of Mars some 4 billion years ago by comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia likely enhanced climate conditions enough to make the planet more conducive to life, at least for a time, says a new study. ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Lost in space? The story of Japan's black hole-hunting 'Hitomi' satellite
Japan's space agency is struggling to reestablish contact with a wayward satellite it launched in February to study black holes mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Spectacular green comet to light up night sky over the UK this week - here's how to spot it
This week is the best time to spot the glowing green Comet LINEAR as it passes over the northern hemisphere mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Comet Double-Whammy: A Lesson in Planetary Defense?
We are in the middle of a double comet encounter -- do astronomers view this unprecedented event as a worrying near-miss? Or is it an exciting opportunity to learn more about these mysterious icy objects? Discovery News - Top Stories
Pluto Probably Has an Ocean Under its Surface
NASA's New Horizons probe has revealed geological surprises and a hint of underground ocean on the dwarf planet. Discovery News - Top Stories
NASA to Discuss Science Launching on Next Commercial Resupply Space Station Flight
NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 15, to discuss several science investigations launching on the next Orbital ATK commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. NASA Breaking News
Slippery Asteroid Surprises Scientists With Early Earth Flyby
The near-Earth asteroid 2013 TX68 flew by our planet at 8:12 a.m. EST Monday at a distance of about 2.54 million miles (4.09 million kilometers), according to researchers at the Minor Planet Center. SPACE.com
Hubble sets new cosmic distance record
The Hubble Space Telescope spies a galaxy that existed more than 13 billion years ago, very close to the dawn of star formation. BBC News | Science & Environme
Scientists tell people not to panic after discovering 100ft-wide asteroid could soon pass close to Earth
The space rock - known as 2013 TX68 - is expected to make its nearest approach to Earth early this month mirror.co.uk - Home - News
'Space Archaeologists' Show Spike in Looting at Egypt's Ancient Sites
Scientists used satellite images to monitor pyramids, tombs and buried cities from 2002 to 2013 Scientific American
Palm-Size Satellites Could Hunt for Alien Worlds
Tiny satellites could hitch a ride into orbit and spot alien worlds from afar. Discovery News - Top Stories
'Space Men:' Ascending to Earth's Deadliest Frontier
In a new PBS documentary, the pioneers of high-altitude exploration are celebrated as the trailblazers before human spaceflight was possible. Discovery News - Top Stories
'Last Man on the Moon' Shares Astronaut's 'Epic Tale' in New Documentary
As the new documentary 'The Last Man on the Moon' opens, the camera pans across a crowd at a rodeo until it centers on an older man taking his seat. Nothing about the man suggests he is a member of one of the most exclusive frater SPACE.com
We just found a black hole 21 billion times more massive than the sun
Newly discovered supermassive black hole in galaxy NGC 4889 might be biggest ever found. All MNN Content
Puzzling asteroid observations explained by destruction of asteroids close to Sun
For two decades it was thought that most near-Earth objects (NEOs) -- asteroids and comets that may pose a hazard to life on Earth -- end their existence in a dramatic final plunge into the Sun. A new study finds instead that most ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Antarctic Fungus Survives in Mars-like Conditions
After living for 18 months in a Mars-like environment outside the International Space Station, some Antarctic fungi were still living and dividing when examined by researchers back on Earth. Discovery News - Top Stories
Asteroid to zoom past Earth in March flyby - but how close will it come?
Is it time to call Bruce Willis? Asteroid 2013 TX68 is on course to pass by Earth in March but Nasa says we shouldn't be worried by fears of Armageddon Latest news, breaking news, cu
30 years since Challenger: Teacher-in-Space finalists gather
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of educators who competed alongside Christa McAuliffe to become the first teacher in space gathered Thursday to remember the seven astronauts who perished aboard Challenger 30 years ago. Denver Post: News: Breaking
Experience Earth Like an Astronaut: Glittering Blue
A cleverly stitched together set of imagery from Japanese weather satellite Himawari 8 creates a jaw-dropping HD time-lapse of a day-in-the-life of Earth—this is Glittering Blue Scientific American
NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved
NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency's ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be NASA Breaking News
New Horizons spacecraft still on track for Pluto flyby
The New Horizons spacecraft is still on track for its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto despite experiencing a technical glitch Saturday. In a statement released Sunday NASA said that New Horizons will resume normal science opera
New NASA images may solve Ceres 'bright spot' puzzle
series of new NASA images may explain the unusual bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres that have been puzzling scientists. The closest-yet images of Ceres were taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 3 and 4 from a distance of 8,4
A Resupply Mission in Trouble, are Astronauts?
The six astronauts aboard the International Space Station are having a little trouble getting new supplies.An uncrewed Russian cargo capsule carrying 6,000 pounds of food and other supplies for the space station is currently spinn
Nine Hundred Percent Over Budget
With the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope next week, people are again thinking about its big successor. The very first month that this part of Science 2.0, the communications portal, went live, in January of 2007, we
Italian Espresso Machine Headed for Space Station
The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espress
Mars rover Curiosity spots strange
Climbing up Mt. Sharp in the middle of Gale Crater, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has discovered two-tone veins of minerals that reveal multiple episodes of water flowing through rock — even after the lake that once filled the b
Space Shuttle Alarm Forces Relocation
A possible leak in the cooling system on the International Space Station has resulted in the evacuation of the U.S. crew from the American segment of the station to the Russian segment, NASA said Wednesday. The U.S. astronauts
Mars has gas, and Curiosity finds organic matter -- fuzzy signs of life?
It could be a sign, a vague one. A NASA rover has found the building blocks of life on Mars. They might be the product of past or present life on the Red Planet -- or they might not be. Either way, the samples of organic matte
Mystery of Exoplanet's Magnetic Field Unlocked
Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope were thrilled to catch a view of the Jupiter-sized exoplanet HD 209454b as it passed across the face of its parent star, relative to the observatory’s line of sight.But what they found
Philae touches down on the surface of a comet
Touchdown! The Philae probe has landed on the surface of a comet, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Wednesday. It is the first time a soft landing has been achieved on a comet. Led by ESA with a con
This Isn't CGI, It's The International Space Station
These days it can be hard to differentiate between computer generated imagery (CGI) and real life, particularly in a space setting. For example, the stunning computer renditions of space vistas and supermassive black hole in the b
Unmanned Rocket Explosion: What's Next for Space Industry?
Orbital Sciences, which built the Antares rocket that exploded in a massive fireball Tuesday, described the explosion as a "catastrophic failure." It certainly looked like it. Will this failure also be a setback for the burgeoning
Private Rocket Launches to International Space Station
A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station is ready to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia tonight (Oct. 27), and you can watch it live. If you live on the U.S. East Coast, you might even catch a glim
To the Moon and Back: China Tests Space Program
Up, up and away. Way away -- to the moon, in fact. China launched an experimental spacecraft early Friday that is scheduled to orbit the moon before returning to Earth, a first for the country's ambitious space program and conside
Possible Landing Sites Selected for Europe's ExoMars
European space officials are eyeing four possible landing sites on Mars for a life-seeking rover set to launch toward the Red Planet in 2018. All of the potential ExoMars rover landing sites are located near the Red Planet's equat
Beautiful View of the Wild Duck Star Cluster in Flight
A spectacular new photo shows a cluster of stars whose brightest objects form a triangle that has been likened to a flock of ducks in flight. The European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory in Chile captured the beauti
Titan's Polar Vortex is Packed with Toxic Cyanide
Since NASA’s Cassini mission discovered the swirling polar vortex in Saturn’s moon Titan’s atmosphere, scientists have been fascinated by this apparently seasonal phenomenon. Now, scientists analyzing Cassini data have found
Cubesats: A Space Junk Hazard?
Cubesats provide a valuable, low-cost research space platform for institutions, universities, laboratories and space agencies, but could their use create a new hazard for the increasingly crowded orbital environment? According
Solar System's Water is Older Than the Sun
Guess what Earth's been hiding from us, way down in its belly? Water! Lots and lots of water. So concludes a team of scientists who ran computer models comparing the ratios of hydrogen isotopes over time. Taking into account new i
India's Mars Orbiter Mission Arrives at the Red Planet
India has joined the Mars club. Could small amounts of liquid water exist on the surface of Mars? Salt may be a key to answering that question. India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe was captured by the Red Planet's gravity
Cassini Admires Trio of 'Oddball' Saturn Moons
There’s no denying it, Saturn has an astonishing array of moons of different shapes, sizes and compositions. In this newly-released observation from the 10 year-old NASA Cassini mission, the orbiter managed to capture three of t
SpaceX Dragon Supply Ship Delivers Mice, 3D Printer to Space Station
A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station today (Sept. 23) to deliver more than 2 tons of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA, including the first 3D printer in space and an int
Pair of Spacecraft -- Plus Comet -- Arriving at Mars
A new investigation in the quest to learn if Mars ever supported life begins this weekend with the arrival of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Unlike previous orbiters, landers and rovers, MAVEN’s focus is on Mars’ upper atmosphere.
Mystery Signal Could be Dark Matter Hint in ISS Detector
Analysis of 41 billion cosmic rays striking the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector aboard the International Space Station shows an unknown phenomena that is “consistent with a dark matter particle” known as a neutra
Dino-Killing Meteorite Gave Way to Leafy Forests
The meteorite that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago had more of an effect on evergreens and led plants that lose their leaves to dominate forests, reports a new study. The event wiped out about half of plant species,
Space Race: NASA to Announce Which Company Wins Space Taxi Contract
When the space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on July 21, 2011, Commander Chris Ferguson noted the poignant end of the shuttle program. "Mission complete, Houston, after serving the world for over 30 years, the shuttle has earn
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