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Navy Christens Research Ship Named for Sally Ride

The U.S. Navy has christened a new research vessel named in honor of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride.

Artist rendering of Kepler-421b (Credit: David A. Aguilar/CFA)

Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year Found

Using the Kepler telescope, astronomers have found an orbiting body with the longest year—704 days—of any transiting exoplanet yet discovered.

Left to Right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.

What If the Moon Landing Had Failed?

On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch, read about the chilling presidential speech prepared in case disaster struck the moon landing.

An artist’s rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014. (Credit: Mark Maxwell/ISEE-3 Reboot Project)

After 36 Years, Spacecraft May Be Headed Home

Thanks to a determined group of civilians, a spacecraft launched in the 1970s and shut down by NASA in 1997 may finally be coming back into Earth’s orbit.

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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.