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Space Exploration - A Presidential Priority

Wayne Hale | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Wayne Hale

America cannot afford to squander the opportunity to take full advantage of exploring the next great frontier: space. So it is time for the presidential candidates -- Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney -- to let America know where they really stand on the issue.

SkyCube to Set Precedent for Future CubeSat Missions

David Duran | Posted 08.24.2012 | Science
David Duran

From an iPhone (or Android), consumers will be able to request an image from the satellite, orbiting 600 kilometers above the Earth. They will be able to send a message to SkyCube from their phone as well.

Letter to Gale Crater

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 10.24.2012 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

The story of our exploration of Mars is being written every day, and I look forward to seeing what you add, Curiosity!

Life on Mars? Searching for Signs in the Cosmos and on Earth

Randall Amster | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science
Randall Amster

Finding life on Mars would be an amazing discovery, one that I truly hope we realize -- not to alleviate the mundane trappings of our existence, but more so to bring their lessons into sharper focus.

Curiosity -- America's Endangered Triumph

Ahmed Zewail | Posted 10.19.2012 | Science
Ahmed Zewail

The landing of the Rover Curiosity on Mars is a triumphant historic achievement, but the current state of curiosity-driven research may endanger America's capacity for future innovations.

Curiosity Rover Discovers Super PACs on Mars

Spencer Green | Posted 10.10.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

NASA scientists are still trying to determine by exactly how much Martian super PACs pre-date those on Earth and whether or not their contributions to political speech have been helpful or hurtful.

Curiosity for Life Elsewhere: We Are Now Entering the Post-Global Age

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.09.2012 | Science
Andrew Lam

By sending space probes to the edge of the solar system, by collecting Moon rocks and comet dust, by landing probes on Mars to dig for soils and search for signs of life, we are in constant exchange with outer space.

NASA Picks Three Private Firms To Develop Space Taxis

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 10.03.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA picked three aerospace companies Friday to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station. ...

The Push for More Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette

Karl Grossman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green
Karl Grossman

Plutonium has long been described as the most lethal radioactive substance. And the plutonium isotope used on the Curiosity rover is significantly more radioactive than the type of plutonium used in nuclear weapons or built up as a waste product in nuclear power plants.

Entrepreneurs Conquer Space In New Era Of DIY Exploration

XPRIZE | Posted 09.26.2012 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is the VP of Operations for Singularity University. She spent two decades in the private space sector...

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Reaches a Major Milestone in Space Exploration

James M. Gentile | Posted 09.23.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

American space exploration, built around manned space flights, fueled U.S. scientific and technological preeminence in the 20th century. Unmanned space exploration will be the key in the 21st century, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope promises to be an important part of it.

PHOTOS: All 56 Women Who've Been In Space

Posted 07.25.2012 | Science

Sally Ride, who died of pancreatic cancer Monday at the age of 61, was the first American woman to fly into space. But she was far from the last. In t...

Oldest Spiral Galaxy In Universe Discovered By Astronomers

Posted 07.19.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/18/2012 01:07 PM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have discovered the universe's most ancient spiral galaxy yet, a...

'Lava World' May Be Earth's Neighbor, Astronomers Say

Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/18/2012 01:24 PM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists have discovered what appears to be an alien planet just two-thir...

WOW: Dark Heart Of Distant Galaxy Dazzles In Hi-Def Illustration

Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/18/2012 10:55 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists using three telescopes spaced thousands of miles apart have caugh...

Mars Is Getting Big in the Windshield...

Jim Bell | Posted 09.16.2012 | Science
Jim Bell

About eight months ago, a NASA Atlas V rocket launched the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity toward its August 5 encounter with the Red Planet. Now, just a few weeks before the rover is set to land, people are starting to get nervous and excited.

Space Agency Cooks Up Menu For Mars-Bound Astronauts

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 07.17.2012 | Science

HOUSTON -- Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1960s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the early years of U.S. space ...

Is NASA Craft In Danger?

Posted 07.12.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 07/12/2012 09:51 AM EDT on SPACE.com The discovery of another moon around Pluto is exciting news for planetary science,...

PHOTO: Strange Vortex Discovered On Saturn's Moon

Posted 07.11.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/10/2012 07:18 PM EDT on SPACE.com A NASA spacecraft has spied a vortex swirling in the atmosphere high above...

How To Send Your DNA To The Moon

Posted 07.11.2012 | Science

By: InnovationNewsDaily Staff Published: 07/10/2012 12:44 PM EDT on InnovationNewsDaily Lunar fans stuck on Earth no longer have to settle for l...

Space Shuttle: On the Anniversary of the Last-Ever Mission (PHOTOS)

Anna Leahy | Posted 09.07.2012 | Science
Anna Leahy

Sunday, July 8, 2012, marks the first anniversary of the last launch of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis lifted off LC-39A at 11:29:03 after a very brief delay and began STS-135, the last mission in the three-decade-long program.

WATCH: Summer's Strongest Solar Flare Yet

Posted 07.07.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 07/06/2012 09:22 PM EDT on SPACE.com The most powerful solar flare of the summer so far erupted from the sun Friday (...

New Space Telescope Spies High Energy Objects

Posted 07.04.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/03/2012 04:20 PM EDT on SPACE.com NASA's newest space telescope has opened its X-ray eyes to take its first pi...

What I Found (And Found Out) At The National Archives

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.01.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

Preserving freedom is serious business. The Declaration of Independence is rather hard to read in places because it was stored in direct sunlight for many years -- a definite no-no for historical artifacts.

THIS WEEKEND: Space Station Trio To Make Homecoming Journey

Posted 07.01.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 06/30/2012 08:07 AM EDT on SPACE.com Three astronauts living on the International Space Station will return home to Eart...