Mysteries at Jupiter: NASA's Juno Probe Reveals Cyclones, Auroras & Surprises

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 25, 2017 02:01pm ET
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Huge cyclones rage near Jupiter's mysterious poles, and the giant planet's powerful auroras are fundamentally different from Earth's northern and southern lights.
Those are just two of the discoveries made by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first few close passes over Jupiter's poles, mission scientists report in two studies published online today (May 25) in the journal Science.

Rocket Lab Electron Booster Falls Short in Debut Test Launch

By Irene Klotz, Space.com Contributor | May 25, 2017 04:45pm ET
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The debut flight of Rocket Lab's miniature satellite launcher wasn't perfect, but the company is confident enough to proceed with plans for a second test launch this summer, founder and CEO Peter Beck said today (May 25).
Speaking to reporters less than 12 hours after the first Electron rocket bolted off its seaside launchpad in New Zealand, Beck said the booster's

'Star Wars'! 40 Surprising Facts from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Jasmin Malik Chua, Space.com Contributor | May 25, 2017 07:46am ET
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On May 25, 1977, a director named George Lucas gave the world its first glimpse of a galaxy far, far away. Who knew that a space opera about a farm boy who befriends a wizard and a smuggler pirate, frees a princess and liberates a galaxy would spawn a multibillion-dollar franchise and cultural touchstone? Not 20th Century Fox, and certainly not Lucas, who was convinced it would flop.

NASA's Proposed 2018 Budget Could Push Europa Mission to Late 2020s

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 25, 2017 07:45am ET
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Artist's illustration of the Europa Clipper, a NASA spacecraft that will study Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa during dozens of flybys. Credit: NASA
Congress will have to loosen the purse strings if it still wants NASA to launch a flyby mission to Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa by 2022, agency officials said.
The White House's 2018 federal budget request allocates $425 million for

June Full Moon 2017: How to See the Strawberry Minimoon

By Jesse Emspak, Space.com Contributor | May 25, 2017 07:55am ET
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In June, observers will see a special type of full moon that comes only once a year: the minimoon, or a full moon that appears slightly smaller than usual.

What Happens When Galaxies Collide?

By Paul Sutter, Astrophysicist | May 25, 2017 07:44am ET
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This beautiful new composite image of two colliding galaxies was released by NASA's Great Observatories. The collision between the Antennae galaxies, which are located about 62 million light-years from Earth, began more than 100 million years ago and is still occurring. Credit: NASA, ESA, SAO, CXC, JPL-Caltech, and STScI [Full Story]

NASA Re-Embraces the 'Worm,' Its Retro Cool Retired Logo, for New Merchandise

By Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor | May 25, 2017 10:15am ET
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Close-up of the NASA "worm" logo as it appears on a space patch-adorned leather tote designed by luxury brand Coach. Credit: Coach
The "worm" is back in at NASA - sort of.
Twenty-five years after the space agency unceremoniously retired the worm, its simple but iconic logotype, in favor of returning to its original 1958 graphic insignia, the retro logo has fallen back into NASA's good graces, at least when it comes to its use on merchandise.

Celebrate Star Wars' 40th Anniversary with Epic Soundtrack and Encyclopedia [Deal]

By l | May 25, 2017 09:50am ET
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Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars," George Lucas' epic space opera. Originally released in theaters on May 25, 1977, Its pull has been so strong that 40 years after its original release, fans are still eagerly awaiting the next installment: "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi." While there are hundreds of ways to celebrate the movie's special anniversary, below we're listing two of our favorite.
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The World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Is Now Up and Running

By Ian O'Neill, Space.com Contributor | May 24, 2017 05:54pm ET
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XENON1T installation in the underground hall of Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. The three-story building on the right houses various auxiliary systems. The cryostat containing the LXeTPC is located inside the large water tank on the left, next to the building. Credit: Photo by Roberto Corrieri and Patrick De Perio
After three years of construction, the world's most sensitive dark matter experiment is online, and scientists report that the detector is operating as designed.

US Military's XS-1 Space Plane Will Be Built by Boeing (Video)

By Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor | May 24, 2017 12:45pm ET
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The U.S. military's new XS-1 space plane will be built by Boeing, and it's called the Phantom Express.

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