Towering Rock Once Hidden Beneath Earth Seen from Space

By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Contributor | May 17, 2017 12:38pm ET
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Shiprock, a stunning rock formation in New Mexico, stands out even from space. This image was taken April 12, 2017, by an instrument aboard NASA's Landsat 8 satellite. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Shiprock thrusts up from the surrounding New Mexico desert without warning. It's no wonder this abrupt landform is the center of a Navajo legend involving a giant bird that turned to stone - it's impossible to look at the sheer cliffs without wondering what created them.

NASA landmark discovery: Astronomers find SUPERMASSIVE black hole hurtling through galaxy

NASA is in hot pursuit of a supermassive black hole that is hurtling through its galaxy.
By Sean Martin
GETTYNASA finds astonishing supermassive black hole HURTLING through galaxy
The huge phenomenon which has a mass of approximately 160 million times that of our sun and is being propelled at an astonishing speed.
Boffins at NASA believe that it could have been formed when two smaller black holes collided and merged.

Buzz Aldrin Receives Prestigious Award, Details Vision for Mars Travel

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | May 17, 2017 07:00am ET
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Buzz Aldrin, a former NASA astronaut and the second person to walk on the moon, gives a speech at the Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony on May 13, 2017. Credit: Geoff Chesman/ImageLinkPhoto.com
NEW YORK - Former NASA astronaut and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and gave a speech about his dreams for human exploration of Mars during a ceremony here at the historic immigration site Saturday (May 13).

Maiden Flight for Rocket Lab's Mini Launcher Nears

By Irene Klotz, Space.com Contributor | May 17, 2017 06:50am ET
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Rocket Lab's Electron rocket, seen here in a hangar at the company's New Zealand launch site, is scheduled to launch for the first time on May 21. Credit: Rocket Lab
When Rocket Lab's small satellite launcher blasts off from New Zealand next week on its debut test flight, it will be more than just the Electron rocket that is on trial.
The flight, which Rocket Lab playfully named "It's a Test," also will serve

Pioneer Probe's Plaque Returns to Earth as Crowdfunded Replica

By Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor | May 17, 2017 09:00am ET
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Creative director Duane King had launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce replicas of the Pioneer 10 probe plaque. Credit: Duane King
A creative director obsessed with design and space exploration has launched a campaign to bring a "galactic greeting card" from billions of miles out into space back to Earth - by producing and offering exact replicas.

'Alien: Covenant' Stars Not Too Keen on Space Travel

By Tereza Pultarova, Space News | May 17, 2017 07:00am ET
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LONDON - As crewmembers of the Covenant spaceship, they spent years traveling toward the distant planet Origae-6, with the goal of establishing a colony to secure the survival of humanity.

Watch the Bright Dwarf Planet Ceres Spin in New Video

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 17, 2017 06:45am ET
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The dwarf planet Ceres shines and spins in a new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Ceres appears especially bright because Dawn captured the imagery while the dwarf planet was at "opposition" - that is, when the spacecraft was directly between Ceres and the sun.
"Based on data from ground-based telescopes and spacecraft that previously

Scorpius Constellation: Facts About the Scorpion

By Kim Ann Zimmermann | May 16, 2017 10:20pm ET
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The Scorpius constellation has intrigued people for centuries, not only for its distinctive shape, but also because it is one of the brightest constellations in the sky.
The name is Latin for scorpion, or literally translated as the "creature with the burning sting." However, Scorpius is not a scorpion to everyone. The Javanese people of Indonesia call this constellation Banyakangrem,

What is the Antikythera mechanism? Google Doodle marks discovery of ancient Greek computer

GOOGLE has updated its logo with a special Doodle marking the 115th anniversary of the Antikythera mechanism's discovery.
By Reiss Smith
The Antikythera mechanism was discovered on May 17, 1902 by Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais.
Stais was searching through artefacts from a Roman cargo shipwreck which had been discovered two years earlier when he spotted what looked like a set of brass gears attached to a wooden box resembling a clock mechanism.

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Gas-and-Dust Cocoon Engulfs Monster Black Holes When Galaxies Collide

By Samantha Mathewson, Space.com Contributor | May 16, 2017 05:42pm ET
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An artistв─(tm)s impression of a supermassive black hole growing in a normal galaxy with a doughnut-shaped structure of gas and dust around it (left), compared with a black hole in a merging galaxy, which is completely obscured by a sphere of debris (right). Credit: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
When galaxies collide, massive amounts of gas and dust create a cocoon of debris around the ravenous black hole at the center of the merger, a new study shows.

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