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  • Tracking meteorites
    The Wetumpka Meteorite
    Most geologists agree a large meteorite struck Alabama 80 millionyears ago leaving a vast horseshoe shaped crater near what is now Wetumpka.The massive crater was discovered in 1972 by two geologistswith the Alabama Geological Survey.There are...
  • 'Mystery Island' on Titan
    It's back!: 'Mystery Island' in Titan sea makes unexpected reappearance
    The mystery of an unusual feature in one of Titan’s hydrocarbon seas, dubbed the “mystery island,” has taken an interesting turn. After apparently disappearing following its initial discovery in 2013, it has now reappeared and...
  • Messenger photo of Mercury
    Mercury may have hosted a magma ocean in the distant past, according to NASA
    After analyzing data from NASA's MESSENGER space craft, scientists say that Mercury may have had a magma ocean in the distant past.Scientists looked at X-ray fluorescence data from MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury since March 2011. They...
  • Planck dust map of galaxy
    New dust map of galaxy casts doubts on gravitational waves discovery
    As sometimes happens, the celebrations may have been a bit premature. A new map of interstellar dust in our galaxy has cast doubts on the findings published last March about the discovery of gravitational waves, which would be evidence for left...
  • Stephen Hawking Atheist
    Stephen Hawking announces that he is an atheist
    Stephen Hawking, the world-famous author and theoretical physicist, cleared any doubts about his religious beliefs earlier this week when he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he is an atheist. According to an NBC report released on Tuesday, the...
  • Rosetta landing site
    Landing site selected for first-ever attempt to land on a comet
    A landing site has now been chosen for the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander, Philae, on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, it was announced last Monday,After several candidate landing sites had been considered, site J has now been selected...
  • Mount Sharp foothills
    ‘We’re Here!': Curiosity rover arrives at Mount Sharp on Mars
    After a long, and at times risky two-year journey, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has reached the base of the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, the primary destination since its landing back in 2012. Mount Sharp is about the same height as...
  • Europa
    Plate tectonics may increase chances for life on Europa
    Jupiter’s moon Europa is a fascinating little world, but particularly so for one reason: water. It’s deep alien ocean underneath the surface ice is reminiscent of our own planet, and since our oceans and seas are teeming with life,...
  • Clathrate layers and aquifers on Titan
    Rainfall on Titan may create propane aquifers, study suggests
    Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is a very alien yet eerily Earth-like world, with rain, rivers, lakes, and seas; seen from above, the landscape has a familiar look to it. But those lakes, seas, and rivers are fed by a different kind of...
  • Supermoon
    2014's final 'supermoon' to light up night skies Monday
    If you’re looking forward to the impending season full of changing leaves and sweaters and pumpkin-flavored everything, get excited because on Monday the night sky will in a way herald the end of summer. You may have caught a glimpse of last...
  • Asteroid 2014 RC
    Asteroid 2014 RC is this close to Earth
    Asteroid 2014 RC,only 60 feet wide, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly...
  • The cover of a new iBook on space created for disabled children
    Disabled kids can explore the stars through sound and touch in new iBook
    Children with low vision or blindness can experience deep-space images audibly and by touch through a new iBook textbook for the iPad and iPad Mini created by astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScl), the National Braille...
  • Asteroid
    Recently discovered asteroid will pass close to Earth
    A house-sized asteroid will pass very near Earth in a close call on Sunday, Sept. 7. The asteroid, termed 2014 RC, was discovered on August 31 by two different observatories. NASA reports that the asteroid will pass safely by Earth and all its...
  • Asteroid collision around Sun-like star NGC 2547-ID8
    Astronomers witness asteroid smash-up around Sun-like star
    Solar systems, including ours, are thought to begin as massive clouds of dust and gas surrounding young stars; over billions of years, planets form from repeated impacts of rocky debris. Asteroids and comets are left-over chunks of debris from...
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    Taking aim with ExoLance: a new way to search for life on Mars
    Is or was there life on Mars? That is one of the biggest and most hotly debated questions in planetary science. The manner in which the evidence has been searched for is also a topic of much discussion. The Viking landers in the 1970s were the...