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A self-portrait taken by the NASA rover Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

Research suggests ancient Martian lake may have supported life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that may have teemed with tiny organisms for tens of millions of years, far longer than scientists had […]

12/09/2013

This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP Photo/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

‘Monster’ cosmic blast zipped harmlessly by Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast. Orbiting telescopes got the fireworks show of a […]

11/21/2013

NASA's Maven, short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet’s radical climate change. The Maven spacecraft is due […]

11/18/2013

Technicians work on NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The robotic explorer is scheduled to blast off Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 on a 10-month journey to the red planet to study the atmosphere in an attempt to understand how Mars changed from warm and wet to cold and dry. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA’s newest Mars flyer to explore atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA hopes its newest Mars spacecraft lives up to its know-it-all name — Maven. The robotic explorer is due to blast off Monday afternoon on a 10-month journey to the […]

11/16/2013

In this frame grab made from dashboard camera vide shows a meteor streaking through the sky over Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/AP Video)

Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought. Meteors about the […]

11/06/2013

This artist's rendition provided by NASA shows Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. (AP Photo/NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

Study: 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit […]

11/04/2013

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stand guard near the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV – C25) at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

India vies for elite role in space with Mars trip

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is aiming to join the world’s deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for […]

11/04/2013

Senator John Glenn gives a eulogy during the funeral of fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Times Call, Lewis Geyer)

Space pioneer recalled as curious, adventuresome

 BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter had an adventuresome spirit and was driven to know everything he could about the universe, fellow space pioneer John Glenn said Saturday at Carpenter’s funeral. “Scott’s curiosity knew no […]

11/02/2013

In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo made available by NASA, the Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft is carried by a helicopter during a test in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/NASA, Carla Thomas)

Mini space shuttle skids off runway in test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new, smaller version of NASA’s space shuttle is recuperating from a rough first landing. The Dream Chaser space plane is being designed by Sierra Nevada Corp. It’s vying to […]

10/29/2013

This 2010 artist's rendering depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft with Jupiter in the background. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL, File)

NASA troubleshooting Jupiter-bound spacecraft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA says it’ll spend the next several days diagnosing a problem with the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft that appeared after it buzzed past Earth to propel itself toward the giant planet. Work […]

10/10/2013

In this Aug. 1962 photo, astronaut Scott Carpenter has his space suit adjusted by a technician in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  (AP Photo, File)

Scott Carpenter, 2nd US astronaut in orbit dies

DENVER (AP) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and first person to explore both the heights of space and depths of the ocean, died Thursday after a stroke. He was […]

10/10/2013

This 2010 artist's rendering depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft with Jupiter in the background. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL, File)

NASA spacecraft enters safe mode after Earth flyby

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA says its Jupiter-bound spacecraft is in safe mode soon after it used Earth as a gravity slingshot to hurtle toward the outer solar system. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday […]

10/09/2013

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