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  • China's moon landing is part of a new space race by emerging nations

    China's moon landing is part of a new space race by emerging nations
    China watched this month as the nation's first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface. It was a moment of national pride when images of the six-wheel rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were transmitted live back to Earth, showing the red and gold...
  • Long day of headaches for Russian spacewalkers

    Long day of headaches for Russian spacewalkers
    It was a day of headaches and broken records for two Russian spacewalkers Friday as the cosmonauts spent over eight hours installing two cameras on the exterior of the International Space Station, only to remove them when they failed to work. "Back...
  • NASA 'super ball bot' could one day bounce onto Saturn's moon Titan

    NASA 'super ball bot' could one day bounce onto Saturn's moon Titan
    Among all the challenges of sending robotic explorers to other planets and moons, nailing the landing has to be the most nail-biting part. Now, a team at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View has devised a strange, flexible "super ball bot"...
  • China state media posts images from moon rover

    China state media posts images from moon rover
    BEIJING – Chinese state media early Sunday began transmitting images and video taken by its moon rover, a gold-hued unmanned exploration vehicle named the Jade Rabbit after the story of a mythological Chinese moon goddess who kept a pet rabbit....
  • 10 awesome things from astronaut Chris Hadfield's new book

    10 awesome things from astronaut Chris Hadfield's new book
    When astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded videos from the International Space Station showing how to brush your teeth in space -- and make a sandwich and wring out a washcloth -- they were successful. But the response was nothing like the 18 million views...
  • Earth-like planets may be quite common, relatively close, study says

    Earth-like planets may be quite common, relatively close, study says
    Is the Earth a “cosmic freak” or a planetary average Joe around our galactic neighborhood? UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy says we’re in good company. With some clever sleight of hand, scientists using Kepler data have calculated...
  • India's Mars spacecraft begins journey to the Red Planet

    India's Mars spacecraft begins journey to the Red Planet
    And she's off! India's space agency successfully launched its 3,000-pound Mars Orbiter Mission probe on Tuesday, and you can watch video of it leaving Earth in a cloud of smoke in the box above. The spacecraft lifted off early Tuesday morning. It will...
  • Milky Way may host billions of Earth-size planets

    Milky Way may host billions of Earth-size planets
    There's no place like home, but scientists now say that Earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars in a so-called habitable zone are so common that there could be as many as 11 billion in the Milky Way alone. Using a clever method to detect Earth-size...
  • Discovery of Earth-like planets should be a Sputnik moment

    Discovery of Earth-like planets should be a Sputnik moment
    When “Star Trek” showed Capt. James T. Kirk writing on a handheld, touch-sensitive electronic notepad in 1967, most computer scientists, not to mention most viewers, thought it was absurd — a fun flight of fancy, yes, but certainly not...
  • Chelyabinsk asteroid smashed glass, burned skin, defied expectations

    Chelyabinsk asteroid smashed glass, burned skin, defied expectations
    Planetary scientists weren’t remotely expecting the 62-foot-wide Chelyabinsk fireball to shoot across Russian skies in February¬† -- they’d had their eyes peeled on a much bigger target that missed the Earth by a decent margin, the asteroid...
  • Sochi Olympic torch: A diving, climbing, spacewalking competitor

    Sochi Olympic torch: A diving, climbing, spacewalking competitor
    By the time that the Olympic caldron is lighted for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the torch relaying the symbolic flame of the competition will have been to the top of Europe's highest mountain, plunged to the depths of the world's deepest lake,...