How Do Scientists Search for Extraterrestrial Life?

By Mindy Weisberger, Live Science Senior Writer | May 18, 2017 01:03pm ET
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The James Webb Space Telescope, expected to launch in 2018, will offer views of distant galaxies in unprecedented detail, and could reveal undiscovered Earth-like planets. Credit: Northrop Grumman

Hi, Ho! 'Snow White' the Dwarf Planet Has Its Own Moon

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 18, 2017 04:42pm ET
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These two images, taken a year apart by NASAв─(tm)s Hubble Space Telescope, reveal a moon orbiting the dwarf planet 2007 OR10, known informally as в─°Snow White.в─² Each image shows the satellite in a different orbital position around its parent body. Credit: NASA, ESA, C. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory), and J. Stansberry (STScI)
The third-largest dwarf planet in our solar system has its own moon, a new study reveals.

'ExoCube' Kickstarter Wants Your Help in the Search for Alien Life

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | May 18, 2017 02:15pm ET
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This ExoCube features a tourmalated-quartz mineral sphere that represents the potentially habitable exoplanet Trappist-1f. Engraved inside the glass base is a 3D map of exoplanets within 28 to 31 light-years of Earth. Credit: The PLANETS Foundation
A team of astronomers needs your help with the hunt for alien life, and they're offering some pretty cool exoplanet swag in return.

Viktor Gorbatko, One of the First Soviet-Era Cosmonauts, Dies at 82

By Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor | May 18, 2017 11:32am ET
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Viktor Gorbatko, one of the first Soviet cosmonauts, died at age 82 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: Roscosmos
Viktor Gorbatko, one of the first Soviet-era cosmonauts and a veteran of three flights into space, died on Wednesday (May 17). He was 82.
"Roscosmos expresses deep condolences to the relatives and friends of Viktor Vasilyevich," the space agency wrote in a statement posted to its website.

Spectacular Purple and Gold Auroras Glow Over Denmark (Photos)

By Nina Sen, Space.com Contributor | May 18, 2017 03:00pm ET
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Astrophotographer Ruslan Merzlyakov took this image over Feggesund, Mors island, Denmark on April 22. Credit: Ruslan Merzlyakov | RMS Photography
Gorgeous purple and gold auroras light up the sky in these stunning images taken during a geomagnetic storm.
Astrophotographer Ruslan Merzlyakov captured several images of the intense light show over Mors island in northern Denmark on Earth Day, or April 22.

Rivers of Saturn's Moon Titan Reveal Mars-Like Evolution

By Ian O'Neill, Space.com Contributor | May 18, 2017 02:01pm ET
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Titan's Nile-like feature Vid Flumina, a network of steep-sided canyons filled with liquid hydrocarbons, is clearly visible un the upper left of this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI
The evolution of the hydrocarbon-rich surface on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may have more in common with the history of Mars' dusty landscape than with Earth's dynamic geology, scientists said in new research.

Spaceflight Purchase Electron Launch for Medium-Inclination Payloads

By Jeff Foust, SpaceNews Writer | May 18, 2017 01:22pm ET
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Spaceflight said it purchased an Electron launch from Rocket Lab to serve customers wanting to fly to medium-inclination orbits. Credit: Rocket Lab
WASHINGTON - Spaceflight, a company that arranges launches for small satellites, announced May 17 it is purchasing a launch from Rocket Lab for payloads seeking access to a less common orbit.

Should We Search for E.T.? 'Alien: Covenant' Cast Answers | Video

By Steve Spaleta | May 18, 2017 10:33am ET
Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride give their thoughts on the search for extraterrestrial life to Space.com contributor Tereza Pultarova.
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REVEALED: NASA discovers that there is a protective MAN-MADE bubble surrounding Earth

NASA has detected a man-made bubble surrounding Earth which they did not create - leaving many baffled.
By Sean Martin
The protective casing however was not formed by an intelligent extra- terrestrial race, but rather evidence that humanity's impact on Earth extends far beyond the planet itself.
The footprint that modern humans have left on Earth is unprecedented with our rise, especially the industrial revolution and its followthrough,
leaving a permanent scar on the planet.

US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

By Leonard David, Space.com's Space Insider Columnist | May 18, 2017 07:30am ET
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The Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking the development of a reusable military spacecraft XS-1 space plane. Several concepts for the spacecraft are seen here. Credit: DARPA
The U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will soon select a company to build its robotic XS-1 space plane, according to media reports.

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