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Scientists Spot an Earth-Size Planet 500 Light-Years Away

Astronomers studying data from NASA’s Kepler space-based telescope announce they have discovered a distant planet that appears remarkably similar to Earth.

The BICEP2, or Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, telescope. (Credit: Steffan Richter/Harvard University)

Scientists May Have Found Key to Unlock Big Bang Mystery

New findings announced this week support the theory that the universe underwent a fast and furious expansion just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

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Asteroid Trio Gives Earth a Close Shave

Three asteroids passed by Earth this week closer than the distance from us to the moon.

Chinese rendering of Chang'e 3 lunar module and rover (Credit: Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering)

Chinese Spacecraft Lands on Moon

The unmanned Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3 and lunar rover Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) made a historic landing on the moon this weekend.

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Dinosaur Asteroid May Have Sent Life Into Space

The giant asteroid that hit Earth some 65 million years ago may have propelled rocks big enough to shelter life all the way to Mars and the moons of Jupiter.

Launch of Buran space shuttle on November 15, 1963. (Credit: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

The Lone Soviet Space Shuttle Launch, 25 Years Ago

On the 25th anniversary of the launch of Buran, look back at the one and only flight of the Soviet version of the space shuttle.

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Earth-Like Planets Found to Be Common

Using data from the Kepler space telescope, astronomers speculate that our galaxy holds billions of Earth-like planets.

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Scott Carpenter, Second American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 88

A member of the Mercury 7, Carpenter made his historic flight in May 1962.

Artist's rendering of Kepler-7b, on left, and Jupiter, on right. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT)

NASA Creates First Cloud Map of Exoplanet

The cloud map was produced using data from the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.

NASA artist's rendering of Voyager 1 entering interstellar space. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Houston, We (May) Have Left the Solar System

Voyager 1 is the first man-made object to reach interstellar space, NASA has confirmed.

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Remembering Space’s Female Pioneers

As we honor the historic heights reached by both Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride, here’s a look back at 50 years of women in space.

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Einstein’s Relativity Theory Passes Tough Test

A rare binary star system has put Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity to its most challenging test to date.

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New Super-Earths May Support Life

NASA announces the discovery of seven new distant planets, three of which may be able to support life.