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SpaceX's most recent rocket landing looks like something out of science fiction

SpaceX's most recent rocket landing looks like something out of science fiction The Elon Musk-founded private spaceflight successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket back on Earth after launching a secret payload for the U.The landing — back on solid ground at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida — looked surreal against the backdrop of a clear blue sky just after sunrise.

Incredibly bright star hogs all the attention in beautiful new galaxy photo

Incredibly bright star hogs all the attention in beautiful new galaxy photo Sometimes, an outrageously bright star can outshine an entire galaxy, but only if you're looking from the right spot.A new photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a bright star in the foreground upstaging a galaxy light-years from Earth.

Slip into the eerie silence between Saturn and its rings

Slip into the eerie silence between Saturn and its rings On April 26, NASA's Cassini spacecraft shot between Saturn and its innermost ring, going where no human-made object has gone before.One of those insights is that the area between the planet and its rings "sounds" different than other parts of space surrounding Saturn.

A huge wave of gas in a far-off galaxy cluster has a surprising origin

A huge wave of gas in a far-off galaxy cluster has a surprising origin The answer has to do with a cosmic near collision that occurred billions of years ago.The findings are detailed in a new study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Watch NASA's home movie of the first dive between Saturn and its rings

Watch NASA's home movie of the first dive between Saturn and its rings Well if this lil' home video doesn't fill you with excitement and awe, check your pulse because you're probably dead.Captured at 6,800 miles per hour (aka 45 times faster than a speeding bullet) the "movie" represents the exploration of uncharted territory for the $3.

Listen to the Eerie Void of Space

Listen to the Eerie Void of Space We’ve covered the Cassini probe a few times, but this little probe never ceases to impress.This time, Cassini went into the empty space between Saturn and its rings.

These shining cosmic objects aren't stars. Take a closer look

These shining cosmic objects aren't stars. Take a closer look The Hubble Space Telescope has given us many incredible views of the universe.From stars and nebulas shining hundreds of light-years away, to views of closer cosmic objects like Mars and Jupiter, the Hubble provides frequent reminders of just how small we are.

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected One of the reasons Cassini didn’t venture into this space before was the risk of damage from dust particles.The dust particles are only 1 micrometer across, but can cause damage to the probe’s instruments when they impact at high speed.

Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space

Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space Next up for the Falcon 9 is a May 15 mission to put an Inmarsat communications satellite in orbit.At the end of the month, SpaceX is also slated to send a CRS Dragon to the International Space Station.

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science “I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.While the gas giant’s north pole was in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, it’s now in full sunlight, which enables Cassini scientists to directly image it in reflected light.

This Week in Space: the ISS, a Heavy Rocket, and a Dance of Alien Planets

This Week in Space: the ISS, a Heavy Rocket, and a Dance of Alien Planets com, Aldrin remarked that “We must retire the ISS as soon as possible…We simply cannot afford $3.Now SpaceX has successfully tested the rocket module at the core of the upcoming Falcon Heavy as well.

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno Then there’s Jupiter’s incredibly strong magnetic field.766 Gauss, a whopping ten times more powerful than Earth’s magnetic field and twice what was as expected.

Curiosity Data Suggests Ancient Martian Lake Could Have Harbored Life

Curiosity Data Suggests Ancient Martian Lake Could Have Harbored Life NASA has previously released data from Curiosity that supports the idea that liquid water once flowed in Gale Crater (above).The new study is based on a detailed analysis of data from three and a half years of drill samples from Curiosity.

Cosmic Rays Could Be Even More Dangerous to Mars Explorers Than Thought

Cosmic Rays Could Be Even More Dangerous to Mars Explorers Than Thought A new predictive model of radiation effects indicates we could be vastly underestimating the damaging effects of cosmic rays on astronauts.That means a trip to Mars could include a doubling of cancer risk compared with previous estimates.

NASA Unveils Mars Rover Concept With Detachable Science Lab

NASA Unveils Mars Rover Concept With Detachable Science Lab The is a concept vehicle, meaning this design won’t even land on Mars.It’s a neat design, but there’s no guarantee NASA will adopt it for its real Mars rovers.

IKEA's New Micro-Living Collection Inspired by Mars Mission

IKEA's New Micro-Living Collection Inspired by Mars Mission Sure, it would be great to forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and move to Mars.The Swedish retailer joined NASA and students from Lund University School of Industrial Design to “use space knowledge for a better everyday life on Earth.

Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Might Fly in September

Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Might Fly in September Specifically, Musk said that all three of the rocket’s main engines should be Cape Canaveral in two or three months, putting a launch a month later.That’s huge because the Falcon Heavy will be by far the most powerful rocket humanity has deployed since the Apollo missions.

NASA-Funded Startup to Build Fusion-Powered Rockets

NASA-Funded Startup to Build Fusion-Powered Rockets These reactors are big and (currently) inefficient, but a NASA-funded startup called Princeton Satellite Systems is working on a small-scale fusion reactor that could power advanced fusion rockets.All the forms of rocket propulsion we currently have involve accelerating propellant out of a nozzle.

Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets

Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets That’s what NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been doing these past eight years.These exoplanets were detected by Kepler using what’s known as the transit method.

NASA's Quiet Supersonic Plane Could Soon Take Flight

NASA's Quiet Supersonic Plane Could Soon Take Flight It has been more than a decade since the Concorde was retired from service, and since then no passenger aircraft has exceeded the speed of sound.The agency is close to testing its design for Quiet Supersonic Transport, or QueSST, which could lead to passenger jets that can again reach supersonic speeds.