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Lunar Showstopper: 1st super blue blood moon in 35 years
by Marcia Dunn - February 1, 2018 - 12:00am
The moon put on a rare cosmic show yesterday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.
Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours
by Marcia Dunn - December 17, 2017 - 3:38am
A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number.
NASA needs nickname for world beyond Pluto
by Marcia Dunn - November 8, 2017 - 7:57am
NASA is seeking a nickname for a tiny, icy world on the edge of the solar system that's the next destination for New Horizons, the spacecraft that surveyed Pluto.
Cassini spacecraft: 'Magnifying glass' at Saturn until end
by Marcia Dunn - September 15, 2017 - 1:20am
For more than a decade, NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn took "a magnifying glass" to the enchanting planet, its moons and rings.
Record-breaking Astronaut Peggy Whitson returns to Earth
by Marcia Dunn - September 3, 2017 - 8:42am
Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late Saturday, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. space endurance.
SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year
by Marcia Dunn - February 28, 2017 - 8:49am
SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.
Cool facts about 7 Earth-size planets circling single star
by Marcia Dunn - February 23, 2017 - 10:45am
Talk about an Earth-shattering discovery. Scientists have spotted seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, some or all of which could harbor water and possibly life. That's the biggest cluster of planets...
7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life
by Marcia Dunn - February 23, 2017 - 10:06am
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.
Scientists: Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old
by Marcia Dunn - January 12, 2017 - 8:54am
It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old.
Spacewalking astronauts upgrade station with new batteries
by Marcia Dunn - January 7, 2017 - 4:00am
Spacewalking astronauts hooked up fancy new batteries yesterday on the International Space Station's sprawling power grid.
SpaceX's Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying to Mars
by Marcia Dunn - September 28, 2016 - 1:38pm
On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, "Battlestar Galactica" style.
NASA spacecraft on way to asteroid to bring back samples
by Marcia Dunn - September 9, 2016 - 8:33am
The first NASA explorer of its kind took off on a seven-year quest Thursday, chasing after a big, black, unexplored asteroid to gather a few handfuls of gravel for return to Earth.
Explosion rocks SpaceX launch site in Florida during test
by Marcia Dunn - September 1, 2016 - 9:47pm
An explosion has rocked the SpaceX launch site in Florida. NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred Thursday morning. The test, considered routine, was in advance...
Spacewalking astronauts install new front door for visitors
by Marcia Dunn - August 20, 2016 - 3:36am
Spacewalking astronauts installed a new front door for visitors at the International Space Station on Friday, the crucial first step in welcoming commercial crew capsules as soon as next year.
Triple sunrises, sunsets at this strange new world
by Marcia Dunn - July 8, 2016 - 5:00am
Imagine a planet with triple sunrises and sunsets every day for part of the year, and nonstop daylight at other times.
Mars, Earth, sun line up perfectly in sky this weekend
by Marcia Dunn - May 20, 2016 - 1:06am
Last week, Mercury stole the show. Now it's Mars' turn.
Mercury a black speck as it makes rare transit of sun Monday
by Marcia Dunn - May 5, 2016 - 11:08am
Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively rare transit of the sun.
SpaceX aims to send 'Red Dragon' capsule to Mars in 2018
by Marcia Dunn - April 28, 2016 - 3:56am
SpaceX is shooting for Mars.
2 spacemen on way home after year aloft: 'We did it!'
by Marcia Dunn - March 1, 2016 - 8:31pm
Astronaut Scott Kelly closed the door Tuesday to an unprecedented year in space for NASA, flying back to the planet and loved ones he left behind last March.
Liftoff: 1st US shipment in months flying to space station
by Marcia Dunn - December 6, 2015 - 5:22pm
A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA's commercial delivery service.
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