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Stephen Hawking Is Going Into Space

In an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking revealed that he would be heading into space with commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic. “I have already completed a zero-gravity flight which allowed me to float, weightless,” Hawking said. “But my ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would [...]

Our Sun Has Been Spotless For Over Two Weeks

For 15 days, dating back to March 7th, our sun has been spotless as observed by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). A NASA statement notes “this is the longest stretch of spotlessness since the last solar minimum in April 2010, indicating the solar cycle is marching on toward the next minimum, which scientists predict will occur [...]

Scientists Launch Campaign To Restore Pluto To The Planet Club

(Reuters) - A team of scientists seeking to restore Pluto to planethood launched a campaign on Tuesday to broaden the astronomical classifications which led to its demotion to a "dwarf planet" a decade ago. Six scientists from institutions across the United States argued that Pluto deserves to be a full planet, along with some 110 [...]

Russia Investigates Suspicious Prison Death Of Space Official

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators are looking into the death of a senior official for state space agency Roscosmos, who was found dead from stab wounds in a prison cell in Moscow. The body of Vladimir Yevdokimov, an executive director at the Russian equivalent of NASA, was found in the early hours of Saturday with [...]

Hubble Discovers Runaway Star, Indicates Breakup Of Multiple-Star System

As British royal families fought the War of the Roses in the 1400s for control of England's throne, a grouping of stars was waging its own contentious skirmish — a star war far away in the Orion Nebula. The stars were battling each other in a gravitational tussle, which ended with the system breaking apart [...]

Miniature Lab Begins Science Experiments In Outer Space

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - Orbiting the earth at more than 500 kilometers (300 miles), a tiny satellite with a laboratory shrunk to the size of a tissue box is helping scientists carry out experiments that take gravity out of the equation. The technology was launched into space last month by SpacePharma, a Swiss-Israeli company, which [...]

6 Sweet AF Star Wars Ice Cube Trays

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Here Is The First Image Of The TRAPPIST-1 System

Kepler has finally obtained our first true image of the TRAPPIST-1 system. Behold below in all it's pixelated glory. "During the period of Dec. 15, 2016 and March 4, the Kepler spacecraft, operating as the K2 mission, observed TRAPPIST-1 for 74 days. This animation shows 60 brightness measurements or photos taken by Kepler's onboard camera [...]

Star Discovered In Closest Known Orbit Around Likely Black Hole

Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star. This discovery was made using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA’s NuSTAR and CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array [...]

SpaceX Scrubs Rocket Launch In Florida Due To High Winds

(Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Tuesday delayed the launch of a rocket set to carry a commercial communications satellite into orbit, because of high winds at its Florida launch site. Wind gusts of up to 25 mph (40 kph) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida forced SpaceX to scrub the launch [...]