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Deadline for Google Lunar X Prize Extended to March 2018

The remaining teams in this private space race have more time—and the opportunity for more money—on their way to the Moon

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Deadline for Google Lunar X Prize Extended to March 2018

The remaining teams in this private space race have more time—and the opportunity for more money—on their way to the Moon

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New Group Works to Preserve Apollo Lunar Landing Sites

For All Moonkind is working with space agencies to develop formal protections for space archaeology sites

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Space-Based 3-D Printing Reaches Milestone

Successful test suggests “Archinaut” system could soon assemble huge structures in orbit

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Space-Based 3-D Printing Reaches Milestone

Successful test suggests “Archinaut” system could soon assemble huge structures in orbit

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NASA’s Pluto Probe May See Double During Next Flyby

When New Horizons flies by Kuiper belt object MU69 in 2019, it may find two space rocks rather than one

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Stellar Winds Could Be Bad News for Life on TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Two new studies suggest the system’s potentially habitable planets could have lost their atmospheres long ago

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No Evidence for Past Martian Civilization, Scientists Tell Congress

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asks about ancient aliens during a routine hearing

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Astronomers Detect Strange Signals from Red Dwarf Star

The radio bursts are tantalizing, but probably not transmissions from talkative aliens

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White House Selects Leadership for National Space Council

 Scott Pace, the director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, will be the Council’s executive secretary

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Toxic Compounds May Sterilize Martian Soil

Microbes could be killed off by perchlorates exposed to ultraviolet radiation on the planet’s surface

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SpaceX Launches Rocket With "Highest-Ever Reentry Force"

The company has now landed a recycled rocket for the second time

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Elon Musk Publishes Plans for Colonizing Mars

The billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX wants to make humanity a "multi-planetary species”

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What’s Next for NASA’s New Astronaut Class?

A dozen new candidates were chosen from more than 18,000 applicants. Now the real work begins

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Celestial Harmonies Pin Down Orbit of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 h

Orbital resonances reveal the Earth-size world circles its star every 19 days

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NASA Calls for Europa Mission Instrument Ideas

Researchers should begin planning instruments to go on a potential life-hunting lander mission to Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa, the space agency said

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"Snow White" the Dwarf Planet Has Its Own Moon

Astronomers have found a moon orbiting the third-largest dwarf planet in our solar system

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Astronomers Find Water and Weird Clouds on Extrasolar "Warm Neptune"

Two space telescopes reveal the distant exoplanet HAT-P-26b has an atmosphere rich with hydrogen, helium and water vapor

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Scientists Push to Orbit Pluto

After New Horizons’ 2015 encounter with the dwarf planet, researchers are hoping to go back—to stay

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Earth-Mass "Ice Ball" Planet Found 13,000 Light-Years Away

The chilly, distant world is the smallest yet found via the “microlensing” planet-hunting technique

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NASA Funds 22 Futuristic Ideas for Space Exploration

The research grants provide funding for new studies of spacecraft propulsion, synthetic biology and more

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Citizen Scientists Spot Candidates for Planet Nine

A crowdsourced science project to find the hypothetical new world has turned up four curious candidates

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New Supply Could Prevent Deep-Space Plutonium Shortage

Public-private partnerships may boost available nuclear fuel for space exploration

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Gravitational Waves Send Supermassive Black Hole Flying

The billion-solar-mass object is the largest runaway black hole ever seen

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Titan’s Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

Bubbles of nitrogen gas may explain strange shape-shifting “magic islands” in the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s largest moon

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Enceladus’s Buried Ocean Is Just beneath the Surface

New research suggests parts of the subsurface ocean are covered by as little as two kilometers of ice

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Star in Record-Breaking Close Orbit around Black Hole

 A white dwarf star in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae circles a black hole twice per hour

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Could SpaceX Get People to the Moon in 2018?

The private launch company must overcome several hurdles to meet its aggressive schedule for an ambitious lunar mission

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Could Pluto Regain Its Planethood?

A proposed new definition for what constitutes a "planet" could reinstate the demoted icy world

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North Korea’s Missile Threats to the U.S. May Not Be Empty for Long

North Korea has always talked the talk, and now it seems to be walking the walk as never before

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