Astronomy

This image released by Disney-Marvel shows Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, in a scene from, "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2." (Disney-Marvel via AP)
May 01, 2017 - 11:58 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baby Groot was born at the end of the first "Guardians of the Galaxy" film, and the extraterrestrial, treelike creature is a tiny, scene-stealing superhero in "Vol. 2." Voiced by Vin Diesel, the computer-generated character can only say one thing — "I am Groot" — but it means...
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This combination of April 26, 2017 images show features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it became the first spacecraft to venture between Saturn and its rings. (JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/NASA via AP)
April 27, 2017 - 1:04 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it. Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The...
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FILE - in This Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, the moon rises over a logo for AVIC or Aviation Industry Corp in Beijing, China. China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon. The chief engineer for China’s space agency disclosed the talks Wednesday in Chinese state media. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File )
April 26, 2017 - 7:00 am
BEIJING (AP) — Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports. The secretary general for China's space agency...
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April 26, 2017 - 1:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, disclosed the talks Wednesday in Chinese state media. Further details on what the collaboration could entail were not...
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In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 photo, Carol Mersch holds a copy of a microfilm Bible that flew in orbit around the moon on Apollo 13 during an interview in her home in Tulsa, Okla. Behind her are some of the photographs and space program memorabilia she has collected. Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space are today landlocked inside an Oklahoma court vault while a legal battle rages in two states over their rightful owner. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 22, 2017 - 11:06 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes. Eight of the 10 tiny holy books in dispute landed...
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This image made available by NASA in April 2017 shows a still from the short film "Cassini's Grand Finale," with the spacecraft diving between Saturn and the planet's innermost ring. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached Saturn in 2004 and has been exploring it from orbit ever since. Cassini’s fuel tank is almost empty, so NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
April 21, 2017 - 1:11 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini swings past Saturn's mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. "That last kiss goodbye," as project manager Earl Maize calls it, will push Cassini onto a...
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February 11, 2016 - 10:44 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Chad Hanna, Pennsylvania State University (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics went to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne “for decisive contributions...
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December 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Marc D Rayman, NASA (THE CONVERSATION) More than a thousand times farther from Earth than the moon, farther even than the sun, an extraordinary extraterrestrial expedition is taking...
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August 17, 2015 - 5:43 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Brett Carter, RMIT University and Alexa Halford, Dartmouth College (THE CONVERSATION) The Earth’s magnetic field – known as the “magnetosphere” – protects our atmosphere from the “solar...
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December 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David A Weintraub, Vanderbilt University (THE CONVERSATION) Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder”...
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