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December 16, 2013

China to launch moon rock-collecting probe after successful landing of Chang'e 3

BEIJING — China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples […]
December 11, 2013

Mars One: the dream of a reality-TV funded colony in space gets closer

Applications for the Mars One expedition – a one-way trip to the red planet scheduled for 2025 – have now closed, with the non-profit organization behind […]
December 8, 2013

Celebrating the Holidays in Space

Celebrating the Holidays in Space Have you ever visited a foreign country and been taken back by the fact that they don’t celebrate the same holidays […]
December 7, 2013

DeGresse'd: Five Reasons Why It's Important to Explore Our Universe

When Americans first entered the space race, it was with an eye on the enemy Soviet Russia. Space exploration quickly captured the imagination of American children. […]
December 4, 2013

From SciFi to SciFact – The Artificial Womb

Two movies that prominently feature artificial wombs are sci-fi thrillers “The Matrix” and “The Island.” While both movies feature the wombs in more sinister plots, there’s […]
December 4, 2013

WHO'S OUT THERE–Lots of What?

I just found Peter Ward’s second book Life As We Do Not Know It: The NASA Search for (and Synthesis of) Alien Life, New York, Penguin Group, 2005. […]
December 2, 2013

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? The Asteroid Belt

If you remember, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about Mars. This time, I thought it would be a […]
November 29, 2013

Did part of Comet ISON survive its close encounter with a sun? Scientists say it ‘continues to surprise’

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Scientists were studying spacecraft images Friday to find out whether a small part of Comet ISON survived its close encounter with the sun. […]
November 28, 2013

Ison: Critical time for ‘comet of the century’

Astronomers are anxiously waiting to see if a comet survives its encounter with the Sun. Comet Ison will reach its closest approach to our star at […]