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Fate of Secret "Zuma" Satellite Unknown after SpaceX Launch

Rumors swirl around whether or not a mysterious spacecraft successfully entered and began operations in low Earth orbit

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Weird "Tubes" on Mars Are Probably Not Signs of Life

Crystalline growth, rather than biotic processes, are the likely explanation for strange Martian minerals glimpsed by NASA’s Curiosity rover

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Dust, Not Aliens, Is Likely Cause of Star’s Weird Dimming

Even so, the strange saga of Tabby’s Star is far from over

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To Find Life on Mars, Look Underground

Ancient, buried hydrothermal systems are ideal sites to search for Martian fossils

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Weird World: Evaporating Exoplanet’s Orbit Is Askew

The Neptune-mass planet GJ 436b has a comet-like tail and a bizarre orbit that takes it over the poles of its star

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Interstellar Visitor Stays Silent–for Now, No Signs of Aliens on ‘Oumuamua

The bizarre object is emitting no obvious radio signals, but observations and analyses have just begun

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ESPRESSO Gives Planet Hunting a Jolt

New high-performance instrument could reveal hidden habitable worlds around nearby stars

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"Equator Trap" May Hinder Search for Alien Life

Bizarre atmospheric circulation patterns could obscure signs of life on some nearby exoplanets

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SpaceX’s Planned Giant Rocket Could Chase Down Interstellar Asteroid

A new study charts potential courses for missions to ‘Oumuamua, an oddly-shaped space rock from another star

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Interstellar Message Beamed to Nearby Exoplanet

The radio signal directed at a world 12 light-years away included music and math lessons from Earth

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Meet ‘Oumuamua, the First-Ever Asteroid from Another Star

An interstellar space rock seen hurtling through the solar system now has a name

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New Planet on the Block May Be Habitable

The Earth-mass world orbits a dim, quiet star just 11 light-years away

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NASA "Twins Study" Shows How Spaceflight Changes Gene Expression

A nearly year-long stay on the International Space Station revealed boosts in gene methylation

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Curiosity Mars Rover Tests Drill after Long Delay

Dormant since late 2016, the rover’s rock-boring drill could soon come back online

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Demand for Stephen Hawking’s Thesis Crashes Web Site

Downloads of the physicist’s 1966 doctoral thesis overwhelm University of Cambridge servers

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U.S. Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says

The Trump administration set NASA on a new course at the first meeting of the National Space Council

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New Observations Deepen Mystery of "Alien Megastructure" Star

Orbiting dust could explain some—but not all—of the star’s bizarre behavior

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Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Go-Ahead

The ruling could allow the project to move forward after years of delays and opposition

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Sputnik Moments: Trio of Spaceflight Events Shook U.S. in 1957

The Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite 60 years ago

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NASA Postpones Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

The multibillion-dollar observatory is now scheduled to launch in spring of 2019

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Fast Radio Bursts Flash throughout the Cosmos

The mysterious and powerful cosmic outbursts could occur as often as once per second in the observable universe

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Binary Giant Black Holes Spotted at Galaxy’s Core

The objects are separated by less than one light year—the most compact pairing of supermassive black holes ever seen

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After Cassini’s End at Saturn, Outer Planets Exploration Shifts to Jupiter

NASA and the European Space Agency may soon launch new missions to the solar system’s largest planet

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Astronomers Discover Pitch-Black Exoplanet

The hellish world WASP-12b is darker than fresh asphalt in visible light, but glows red-hot in infrared

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Cassini’s End Marks New Beginning for Exploration of Saturn

NASA is now considering multiple proposals for a return to the ringed planet

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Hurricane Irma Closes Arecibo Observatory

The threat from the Category 5 storm has shuttered the world’s second-largest radio telescope until further notice

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Tropical Storm Harvey Shutters NASA’s Johnson Space Center through Labor Day

Essential operations to support the International Space Station will continue, with the center reopening on September 5

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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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