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Curiosity rover idle as NASA investigates glitch

Mar 05, 15 Curiosity rover idle as NASA investigates glitch

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NASA's Curiosity rover has halted its exploration of Mars for at least a few days while the U.S. space agency conducts a test to determine what caused a short circuit. The mechanical glitch could either be a short-term problem or significantly hinder Curiosity's movements.

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Give E.T. a call

Mar 04, 15 Give E.T. a call

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"Any race able to harness the immense power generated by a star is unlikely to want to steal our coal." Since the dawn of time, man has gazed into the seemingly infinite heavens and asked the question: Are we alone in the universe?

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Space oddity: Astronaut Christ Hadfield’s flight suit bought in vintage store

Mar 03, 15 Space oddity: Astronaut Christ Hadfield’s flight suit bought in vintage store

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Call it a cosmic connection. Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s flight suit mysteriously shows up in local thrift shop, where it languishes unnoticed. A space medical researcher on her lunch break happens to see it. And buys it for $40.

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SpaceX successfully launches first all-electric ion thruster satellites

Mar 03, 15 SpaceX successfully launches first all-electric ion thruster satellites

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SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a debut payload of two satellites on Sunday night from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex. The satellites, which are the first fully electrically-powered ones to be launched, are powered by xenon-ion thrusters.

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The case of mysterious lights on Ceres

Mar 02, 15 The case of mysterious lights on Ceres

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It’s one of the oldest questions to plague humanity: Are we alone in the universe? Nobody knows the answer (for now), but something weird is out there: Namely, a pair of strange, shiny spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. Even NASA is “puzzled.”

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Methane-based life may exist on Saturn’s moon Titan

Mar 01, 15 Methane-based life may exist on Saturn’s moon Titan

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Researchers modeled a new type of life form that depends on methane for its survival. The theorized anaerobic life form, which is capable of performing reproduction and metabolism in a manner similar to that of life on earth, indicates that life is capable of thriving on Saturn’s moon Titan.

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Astronaut tweets Vulcan salute tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Mar 01, 15 Astronaut tweets Vulcan salute tribute to Leonard Nimoy

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International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo of the Vulcan salute Saturday, as the ISS passed over Massachusetts, in memory of Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" franchise and was a Boston native, died Friday at the age of 83.

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover takes a selfie

Feb 27, 15 NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover takes a selfie

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has debuted its latest selfie, which the space agency assembled from dozens of self-portrait pictures taken by the vehicle’s robotic arm. The composite image shows a sweeping view of Pahrump Hills on the Red Planet, where the six-wheeled robot has been working for five months.

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Do you want to be an astronaut when you grow up?

Feb 26, 15 Do you want to be an astronaut when you grow up?

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Back in the 1980s, when I was attending grade school, my teachers would always halt classes whenever NASA planned to launch a space shuttle so that we could watch the liftoff. Space travel was still new and exciting, and several times during my youth, I imagined what it would feel like to hitch a ride on one of the shuttles and travel amongst the stars.

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Is there life in the Mars expedition?

Feb 25, 15 Is there life in the Mars expedition?

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In 1997 a young Dutch student had a dream. "I saw the pictures beamed back from Mars by Nasa's Sojourner rover," Bas Lansdorp, now 37, remembers, "and I just had the feeling that I wanted to go there myself and explore." Now Mr. Lansdorp, who is the founder and chief executive of the Mars One project, says he is at last beginning to turn dream into reality.

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