European Cargo Ship Launches on Last Space Station Delivery Tonight: Watch Live

A rocket launch from South America Tuesday evening (July 29) will mark the beginning of the end for a venerable line of European cargo spacecraft. Europe's ATV-5 cargo ship will launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on July 29, 2014. Credit: ESA/M. Pedoussaut Enlarge The European Space Agency's fifth Automated […]

After early troubles, all go for Milky Way telescope

A billion-dollar telescope designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way is ready to start work after teething problems, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. Gaia "Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges… Gaia is now ready to begin its science mission," the agency said. Launched on December […]

ESA’s Venus Express climbs to new orbit following aerobraking experiment

Venus Express aerobraking. Credit: ESA – C. Carreau Enlarge ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months. The orbit-raising followed a month of aerobraking that saw the spacecraft surf in and out […]

Alaska’s ‘Hidden’ Forests Captured in Unprecedented Detail (Photo)

The new image from NASA's Earth Observatory shows a high-resolution of remote black spruce forests in interior Alaska. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory Enlarge In the middle of Alaska, a great expanse of forested land bigger than California has remained quite mysterious — until recently. NASA's Earth Observatory released a new high-resolution image of an Alaskan forest near […]

Pretty in Pink: New Moon Rock Reveals Rosy Secret

The rim of Moscoviense Basin on the moon's far side contains a new type of moon rock. Credit: NASA Enlarge A mysterious new moon rock has revealed its secrets to scientists on Earth, who cooked up a copy of the unattainable pink crystals in a searing hot crucible. The new moon rock was found five years ago by […]

From ‘Finding Nemo’ to minerals—what riches lie in the deep sea?

ENLARGE / Left: The first species ever recovered from the deep sea. Center: Rockfish use deep-sea carbonate formations at Hydrate Ridge, US, as a refuge. Right: Deep-sea corals such as the one pictured are a source of jewelery and other riches. Credit: SERPENT Project/D.O.B. Jones, L. Levin, UK's BIS Department As fishing and the harvesting of […]

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

Two female Sri Lankan leopard cubs, born on July 1, 2014, play in their cage in Maubeuge zoo, northern France, on July 29, 2014. The Sri Lankan leopard is a threatened species, with an estimated 700 living in the wild and 65 in captivity Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a […]

Great apes face extinction: conservationist Jane Goodall

The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned Tuesday, in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out. A chimpanzee at the zoo in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on June 12, 2014 "If we don't take action the great apes will disappear, because of both habitat […]

Book Review: Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree

“Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight” is a thoroughly enjoyable new biography about the first human to set foot on the Moon on NASA’s Apollo 11 mission written with gusto by Emmy winning NBC News space correspondent Jay Barbree. Book Cover: Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight; by Jay Barbree Enlarge Jay Barbee is a […]

Cassini spacecraft reveals 101 geysers and more on icy Saturn moon

This view looks across the geyser basin of Saturn's moon Enceladus, along fractures spewing water vapor and ice particles into space. Cassini scientists have pinpointed the source locations of about 100 geysers and gained new insights into what powers them. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Enlarge Scientists using mission data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct […]

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