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Sad News for Zero-G Sex Study: The Geckos Are Dead
When a Russian experiment to see how geckos reproduced in weightlessness returned to Earth, scientists were dismayed to find that the geckos had died.
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Stellar Images: Best of the Month in Space
Take a look at the year's brightest supermoon, a spacewalker's-eye view of the world and other outer-space highlights from August 2014.
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SpaceShipTwo Rocket Plane Glides Through a Dry Run
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane was set loose on Thursday for a gliding test flight — and a checkout of its propulsion system's plumbing.
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Wham! Planetary Impact Detected in Distant Star System
Astronomers have spotted the wreckage of a collision around a distant star, a find that could shed light on how our own solar system took shape.
Astronaut Captures Aurora in Stunning Time-Lapse
An astronaut living on the International Space Station posted this video of an aurora –- an atmospheric light display far above the earth.
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NASA Green-Lights Giant Rocket, but Schedule Slips
NASA says it has given the formal go-ahead for its heavy-lift Space Launch System, but the first test launch might have to slip to November 2018.
SS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center
Strange Spikes Across Siberia Puzzle Astronauts
The sight of dark-green features running along the Kulunda Steppe left astronauts stumped, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
Spectacular Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun
Two spacecraft captured video of an explosive solar flare on Sunday morning. Thankfully, it's not pointed at Earth.
SpaceX Holds Up Satellite Launch for 'Triple-Check'
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the launch of the Asiasat 6 satellite has been postponed to provide extra time for a "triple-check" of the Falcon 9 rocket.
Left Your Car Door Open? Super-Hi-Res Satellite Can Tell
DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite has sent back its first ultra-high-resolution views of Earth less than two weeks after its launch.
Space Junk Tracking Site Planned in Australia
Lockheed Martin and Australia-based Electro Optic Systems are partnering up to establish a new laser-based space junk tracking site.
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Crowdfunded Space Elevator Experiment Is Coming Up
The idea of riding an elevator into outer space is still a giant leap, but a crowdfunded experiment could soon take one small step toward that goal.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
Thigh Bone on Mars? It's Just a Weird Rock, NASA Says
A photo from the Curiosity rover on Mars may look as if it shows a thigh bone, but NASA says it's just a weathered Martian rock.
China National Space Administration
Satellite Shows Stunning Views of China From Above
China's first satellite with high-resolution imaging equipment has taken some spectacular shots of the country.
Dan Durda / SwRI / JHUAPL / NASA
Planets Align for New Horizons' Mission to Pluto
The planets were literally aligned for NASA's celebration of its Voyager mission to the outer planets and its upcoming New Horizons mission to Pluto.
Anomaly Spoils Army's Hypersonic Missile Test
The latest test of a hypersonic weapon had to be terminated shortly after Monday's liftoff due to a "flight anomaly," the Defense Department said.
SpaceX Delays Satellite Launch After Blowup
SpaceX is delaying this week's Falcon 9 rocket launch by a day to review the circumstances behind a test flight that ended in an explosion on Friday.
Rocket Failure? SpaceX Has Opportunity in Detonation
The detonation of the rocket after a problem during a test flight is being called an opportunity to learn more about the experimental craft.
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SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Texas Test Flight
A SpaceX prototype rocket automatically detonated Friday after an "anomaly" during a flight over McGregor, Texas, the company said.
SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight
An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.
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SpaceX Explosion a Setback, But Program Continues
The news of a rocket from SpaceX exploding mid-test Friday served as a reminder that the pursuit of extraterrestrial travel is not without risks.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Traces of One of Universe's First Stars Detected
An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's first stars.
Reid Wiseman / NASA
Astronaut Snaps Stunning Photos of Aurora from Space
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is adding to his collection of amazing images taken his special vantage point 150 miles above Earth.
NASA via AP
'Beam Me to Mars' Lets You Send Message to Red Planet
You may never set foot on Mars, but your words and pictures could land there later this year.
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