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NASA Curiosity rover

NASA Mars rover in safe mode; science halted

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Science experiments by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity have been put on hold as engineers troubleshoot a problem with its computer.

03/01/2013

Bret Lewis

Weird science

The guy who first blew the whistle on performance enhancing drugs just can’t leave well enough alone.

02/25/2013

A meteorite contrail is seen from a a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia. (Photo credit: Nasha Gazeta Newspaper/AP)

2 space rocks hours apart point out the danger

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And there isn’t much the world’s scientists and generals can do about it.

02/15/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Curiosity rover completes 1st drill into Mars rock

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To scientists’ excitement, the Curiosity rover has completed its first drilling on Mars and is preparing to analyze a pinch of powdery rock.

02/09/2013

Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says.

01/10/2013

Milky Way drawing

Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Astronomers estimate one in six stars in our Milky Way galaxy has a planet the size of Earth orbiting it. That translates to at least 17 billion Earth-size planets.

01/07/2013

(Photo credit: Carl Agee/ScienceMag.org)

Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in the Sahara

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 2-billion-year-old rock that broke from Mars and landed in the Sahara desert is quite different from other Martian meteorites. Not only is it older than most, it also contains more water, a yearlong analysis found.

01/03/2013

Earth city lights at night

New stunning nighttime views of Earth unveiled

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colorful auroras are lit up in new dazzling nighttime views of the Earth. The new images released Wednesday are courtesy of a newly launched NASA-NOAA […]

12/05/2012

NASA rover doesn't detect methane on Mars

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say initial sampling of Mars’ atmosphere by the NASA rover Curiosity did not definitively detect methane, a gas that can be a clue to determining if the red planet […]

11/02/2012

Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

WASHINGTON (AP) – European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they’ve found a planet that’s the closest you can get to Earth in location and size. It is the type of planet they’ve […]

10/17/2012

Falling, falling, falling

No doubt you’ve heard about Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner. He rode a balloon up 24 miles… jumped out… and reached speeds of 600 miles an hour before opening his chute.  Witnesses say he plummeted to […]

10/15/2012

Mars Curiosity about to really shake things up

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet’s sand. But only after NASA’s rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred. The […]

10/04/2012

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