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Science Wire | Oct 01, 2014

U.S. and India to collaborate on Earth and Mars missions

Both NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization placed spacecraft in orbit around Mars last month. They’ll join forces on an Earth-orbiting mission set for 2020.

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Sep 30, 2014

Five myths about the moon

Moon myths, take that! Five of the most common myths about the moon explained.

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FAQs | Sep 30, 2014

How to watch a total eclipse of the moon

A total lunar eclipse is one of the most dramatic and beautiful – and easiest-to-view – of all astronomical events. Here’s what to look for.

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Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Mars and its atmosphere, seen by MOM spacecraft

Two early images from India’s MOM spacecraft. One shows an edge of Mars, with the planet’s tenuous atmosphere above. The other shows the whole planet. Beautiful!

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Curiosity rover drill pulls first taste from Mars mountain

The mission’s emphasis has changed from drive, drive, drive to systematic layer-by-layer investigation. “Curiosity flew hundreds of millions of miles to do this.”

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Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

The water in your bottle might be older than the sun

Up to half of the water on Earth and throughout our solar system likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space.

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Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

A young galaxy in the local universe?

The nearby dwarf galaxy DDO 68 – only 39 million light-years away – looks young. But its nearness to us in space suggests it’s not as young as it looks.

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Tonight | Sep 25, 2014

Moon and Mercury low in west after sunset September 25 and 26

Try to catch the young moon, Mercury and star Spica in the sunset direction on September 25 and/or 26. Best seen from S. Hemisphere. N. Hemisphere viewers … try it!

In this illustration, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) closes in on the Red Planet after a 10-month interplanetary journey, with its Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing. Image credit ISRO
Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Success! India’s Mars spacecraft enters orbit

In its first interplanetary mission, India successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday. Congratulations to India!

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Science Wire | Sep 24, 2014

Water vapor in atmosphere of exoplanet four times Earth’s size

The exoplanet HAT P-11b – about Neptune’s size – has an atmosphere that’s cloudless at high altitudes. That’s how astronomers could identify water vapor there.