Want to Go Stargazing? Know the Stars of Early Summer

Early summer is an “in-between” time in the skies. The realm of the galaxies has moved off to the west, but the summer Milky Way has not yet arrived. This is the best time of year to observe globular clusters and double stars. The centerpiece of the early summer constellations is Boötes, the herdsman, with […]

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SyFy's 'Killjoys' Launches Bounty Hunters Across the Final Frontier

A trio of bounty hunters chase wanted criminals through space in the original science fiction series “Killyjoys,” which debuts on the Syfy network tonight (June 19). In the fictional world of “Killjoys,” people travel via spaceship through “the Quad,” a central planet and its three moons populated by an array of human cultures (the pilot […]

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Astronaut Spies Menacing Tropical Storm Bill from Space

This photo, taken by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station, shows Tropical Storm Bill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 15, 2015.Credit: Scott Kelly/NASA Tropical Storm Bill lurks menacingly near the coast of Texas in a photo taken from space yesterday (June 15). The image was captured from the International Space […]

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Methane in Mars Meteorites Suggests Possibility of Life

Meteorites from Mars found on Earth have traces of methane, adding weight to the idea that life could live off methane on the Red Planet, scientists say. But the methane detection alone is not proof that life exists on Mars now or in the past, they add.Credit: Image by Michael Helfenbein Methane, a potential sign […]

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In NASA First, Cubesats Headed to Mars with InSight Lander

JPL engineers Joel Steinkraus and Farah Alibay display a full-scale mechanical mock-up of a MarCO 6U cubesat.Credit: JPL WASHINGTON — Two tiny cubesats, the first NASA plans to send to another planet, will keep watch on the agency’s InSight mission as it descends to the Martian surface in September 2016, an agency official said June 9. […]

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