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PEE-YEW! This Comet Frickin' Stinks

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.30.2014 | Science

Mix the aroma of rotten eggs with a whiff of horse stables, throw in a hint of ammonia and formaldehyde, and voila! You've got eau de Comet 67P/Churyu...

Asteroid To Zoom 'Very Close' To Earth

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

Breathe easy, Earthlings. A 60-foot asteroid is headed our way, but astronomers say it's nothing to worry about. Dubbed 2014 RC, the space rock wi...

Weird Structure Discovered Inside Meteorite

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.26.2014 | Science

Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they're not claiming that it's evidence of Red...

Meet The 'Mona Lisa' Meteorites

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science

They're being likened to the Mona Lisa -- four fossil meteorites that may be linked to an ancient cosmic crash in the early universe. Dr. Philipp H...

Buzz Aldrin Pooh-Poohs NASA's Asteroid Plan

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 04.24.2014 | Science

While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn't so happy with NASA's curr...

Essential Nutrient May Have Come From WHERE?

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 04.21.2014 | Science

An essential nutrient for life on Earth also cooks up in space, a new study finds. While scientists aren't yet sure of the exact recipe, they think...

Fly Me To The Mini-Moon?

Space.com | Leonard David | Posted 04.12.2014 | Science

A manned mission to an asteroid may be quite a bit less complicated than NASA had thought. The space agency is drawing up bold plans to capture a ne...

Asteroid Watchers Predict Rare Vanishing Act

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Skywatchers, get ready to see a rare vanishing act — and don't blink. In the wee hours of Thursday, a 45-mile-wide as...

WATCH: Hypervelocity Space Rock Smashes Into Moon, Sets New Record

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

The high-speed impact of a wayward space rock on the surface of the moon last year triggered the brightest lunar explosion ever seen, scientists say...

Space Agency Seeks 'Targets' For Ambitious Asteroid Mission

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

NASA has set up a "rapid response system" to pick the best candidates for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission. The space agency aims to use a rob...

WATCH: Massive Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

An asteroid the size of three football fields is set to make a close brush of Earth on Monday (Feb. 17), and you can watch the flyby in a live webcas...

Astronomers Spy First Asteroid Of 2014 (Just Before It Slams Into Us)

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Astronomers have spotted the first new asteroid of 2014 — a car-size space rock that apparently slammed harmlessly into Earth's atmosphere just aft...

Old Hunk Of Rock Turns Out To Be WHAT!?

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A hunk of rock found in a private collection is a rare meteorite, researchers have announced. The brown-black rock, which is small enough to fit in ...

LOOK: Strange Space Rock Has HOW MANY Tails!?

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.08.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid. The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid i...

Russian Meteor Sparks Ominous New Assessment Of Space Rock Risk

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 01.06.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the...

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

PHOTO: Long-Awaited Comet Looks 'Downright Weird,' Observers Say

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

With just one month to go before its dramatic solar rendezvous, skirting to within a hairbreadth of the surface of the sun, Comet ISON continues to b...

EXPLAINED: How Astronomers Home In On Killer Asteroids

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.28.2013 | Science

Searching for potentially Earth-destroying asteroids today isn't easy. They're dark, difficult to see from the surface of the planet, and there are ...

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Killer Asteroids

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.25.2013 | Science

Somewhere out there in the cosmos, odds are there's a big asteroid with our name on it—one that threatens not just to give Earth a close shave but a...

Strange Space Rock Reveals How Planet Lost Atmosphere

Space.com | Becky Oskin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The atmosphere of Mars may not have escaped into space billions of years ago, scientists say. Instead, the bulk of Mars' carbon dioxide gas could be l...

11 Cool Facts About Comets

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The world is set to go comet crazy next month, as the highly anticipated Comet ISON comes into view. "Comet ISON has the potential to be among the ...

Big Asteroid Headed Back To Earth

AP | Posted 10.21.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA says a big asteroid that whizzed by Earth last month unnoticed is probably nothing to worry about when it retur...

WATCH: Space Agency May Do WHAT With Asteroid?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science

Decades from now, people on Earth may be gearing up for an unprecedented celestial spectacle — the intentional smashing of an asteroid into the mo...

LOOK: Asteroid To Give Earth VERY Close Shave

Space.com | Megan Cannon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science

A tiny asteroid discovered just last week is set to zip by Earth on Wednesday (Sept. 18), passing between our planet and the moon. It is small enough...

LOOK: Fast-Moving Meteor Adds Flash To Folk Rock Concert

AP | JEFF MARTIN | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science

ATLANTA — NASA officials say brilliant lights in the sky and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia came from a meteor that streaked across ...