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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Credit: Walt Disney Records
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.

Trump's 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 24, 2017 02:00pm ET
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The total solar eclipse of March 8-9, 2016, as seen by the NASA-NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft. Credit: NASA/DSCOVR-EPIC Team
Five NASA Earth-science missions are now on the chopping block.

Rocket Lab Waits Out Weather Delays

By Jeff Foust, SpaceNews Writer | May 24, 2017 12:04pm ET
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An image from DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 satellite showing the Electron rocket on the pad on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula May 23. Credit: satellite image @2017 DigitalGlobe
WASHINGTON - As weather continues to delay the first launch of its Electron rocket, Rocket Lab's chief executive said the company remains patient until conditions are right to attempt a flight.

'Space Aggressors' Train US Forces for Extraterrestrial Conflict

By Greg Walters, Seeker | May 24, 2017 12:29pm ET
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