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What Does It Take to Be an Astrophysicist?

12 January, 2018 - 13:26
Jumping into the world of astronomy and physics as a career can seem daunting, especially for precocious high schoolers with a passion for the field.

Puerto Rico Blackout Looked Striking from Space, Astronaut Tells Students in Q&A

12 January, 2018 - 11:38
Astronaut Joe Acaba says it was very difficult to see the island of Puerto Rico from space after Hurricane Maria swept through the region on Sept. 20.

US Launches New Spy Satellite on Secret Mission

12 January, 2018 - 11:20
The NROL-47 spacecraft soared into Earth orbit today (Jan. 12), riding atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket that lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:11 p.m. EST (2211 GMT; 2:11 p.m. local California time).

Winter Skywatching: See Taurus, the Angry Bull

12 January, 2018 - 10:27
Now is a great time to see the constellation Taurus, the Bull. Here's what to look for.

Comet's Record-Breaking Slowdown Could Cause It to 'Wobble' Like a Top

12 January, 2018 - 10:25
In 2018, an icy rock known as 41P slowed its spin at an unprecedented rate, about 10 times that of the next-ranked comet.

Why Do Hurricanes Have Eyes? Scientists Still Don't Really Know

12 January, 2018 - 09:27
A new paper offers the most complete model yet of how a hurricane gets its eye.

Out-of-This-World Diamond-Studded Rock Just Got Even Weirder

12 January, 2018 - 09:19
The mysterious Hypatia stone fits no known profile.

Rocket Booster Falls from Sky and Explodes in Chinese Town After Satellite Launch

12 January, 2018 - 07:47
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket booster may have fallen from the sky and exploded near a town in southwest China today (Jan. 12), according to the GB Times and social media reports.

Pentagon Shuts Down Questions About Zuma, and Raises More Questions

12 January, 2018 - 07:27
When a big-ticket military weapon development or procurement goes off the rails for any reason, the Pentagon as a rule does not deflect media questions to the contractor that the government hired to do the work.

'World's Most Magnificent Time Machine,' the James Webb Space Telescope, Leaving Houston

11 January, 2018 - 18:40
It survived a hurricane and is now off to earthquake territory: The James Webb Space Telescope has come out of its deep freeze and will soon leave Houston to unite with its sun shield and spacecraft bus in California to prepare for a 2019 launch.

Mysterious Radio Blasts from a Distant Galaxy Draw Attention of Alien Hunters

11 January, 2018 - 18:35
Repeating bursts of radio waves coming from a distant dwarf galaxy probably aren't signals from an extraterrestrial civilization, but that hasn't stopped a group of E.T. hunters from investigating.

SpaceX Delays Commercial Crew Test Flights to Latter Half of 2018

11 January, 2018 - 14:00
SpaceX has delayed its two commercial crew test flights by four months, according to a new NASA schedule released Jan. 11.

France, Germany Studying Reusability with a Subscale Flyback Booster

11 January, 2018 - 13:25
Reusable rocketry in Europe took a step forward last year with a funding boost for Prometheus, a program meant to develop a reusable engine manufacturable at one-tenth the cost of the Ariane 5's first-stage liquid engine.

How Astronomers Are Measuring Monster Black Hole Masses Faster Than Ever Before

11 January, 2018 - 13:15
A new, ultrafast method of measuring the mass of massive black holes in distant galaxies could help scientists better understand how these monsters influence the lives of galaxies.

Separated by a Century, Two Astronomers Study the Same Strange Stars

11 January, 2018 - 13:12
An age-old astronomy technique reveals new clues about the vast number and type of stars in the universe.

NASA Prepares to Buy Earth Science Data from Small Satellite Constellations

11 January, 2018 - 13:00
NASA plans to begin awarding sole source contracts in March to companies flying small satellite constellations as part of an Earth science data pilot program.

Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon

11 January, 2018 - 12:50
A brief biography of the naval aviator, test pilot, astronaut.

The Most Extreme Human Spaceflight Records

11 January, 2018 - 12:34
A look at some of the records people have set during spaceflight.

Monster Black Hole Unleashes Messy Double 'Burp'

11 January, 2018 - 10:53
The giant black hole at the center of a distant galaxy has been spotted taking in gas and letting out two mighty "burps" of high-energy particles, lending support to the theory that such galactic cores go through cycles of messy activity.

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity Soars on 7th Glide Flight (Photo)

11 January, 2018 - 09:57
The spacecraft completed its seventh unpowered "glide flight" today (Jan. 11) over Mojave, California, Virgin Galactic representatives said.