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Science Wire | May 10, 2015

You are there! Sunset on Mars

A beautiful new timelapse showing sunset on Mars in mid-April, 2015, from the Mars Curiosity rover.

Science Wire | May 09, 2015

Geysers on Enceladus: Curtains not jets

Researchers thought Saturn’s moon Enceladus had jet-like geysers. But the jets may be optical illusions, caused by looking through a “fold” in curtain-like geysers.

Image via Shutterstock
Science Wire | May 09, 2015

Asteroids and comets seed exoplanets with water

Earth’s water likely came from asteroids and/or comets. New research suggests that small bodies in distant solar systems carry water to their planets, too.

Science Wire | May 08, 2015

What is a dwarf planet?

You’ll know in 60 seconds. New Space Shorts video from NASA.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | May 08, 2015

May 2015 guide to the five visible planets

Three planets are clearly visible at nightfall this month: Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury is fading – whereas Mars has already disappeared – into the glare of sunset.

Video cameras showed Progress 59 spinning out of control on April 28
Science Wire | May 08, 2015

Doomed Russian spacecraft burns up over Pacific

Roscosmos said the craft “ceased to exist” over the Pacific. The final time of reentry is 9:20 p.m. CDT (02:20 UTC), with an accuracy of plus or minus 1 minute.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Reuters
Science Wire | May 06, 2015

Traffic around Mars gets busy

With five active spacecraft now orbiting the planet, NASA has beefed up its traffic monitoring to make sure the Mars orbiters don’t get too close to each other.

Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969
Blogs | This Date in Science | Videos | May 06, 2015

This date in science: Neil Armstrong’s close call

On May 6, 1968 – more than a year before his famous first moonwalk – Neil Armstrong narrowly escaped disaster while training in the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.

Ultraviolet flash from May 5, 2015 X2 flare, via NASA SDO.
Science Wire | May 06, 2015

X2 solar flare on May 5

The flare created a pulse of UV radiation and X-rays that caused a strong radio blackout over the Pacific.

Science Wire | May 05, 2015

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter drops nearer moon

Flight controllers at Goddard Space Flight Center completed a maneuver that lowered the spacecraft’s orbit to within 12 miles (20 km) of the moon’s South Pole.