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  • Pluto moon discovery hints at future surprises for NASA probe

    Pluto moon discovery hints at future surprises for NASA probe

    Pluto moon: The tiny new moon — announced July 20 and called P4 for now — brings the number of known Pluto satellites to four.

  • Shuttle Atlantis releases tiny satellite before returning to Earth

    Shuttle Atlantis releases tiny satellite before returning to Earth

    Shuttle Atlantis put PicoSat, a US military satellite, into orbit Wednesday morning. See video below of space shuttle Atlantis leaving the International Space Station for the last time.

  • Russian telescope launch pulls national space program out of black hole

    The Spektr-R, a space telescope that was put in orbit Monday, is just one of the ways the Russian space program is getting back on track.

  • Dawn arrives at Vesta: Will scientists find a water-coated protoplanet?

    Dawn arrives at Vesta: Will scientists find a water-coated protoplanet?

    Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, may have a thin skin of water molecules like parts of the moon. Dawn, an orbiting spacecraft, arrives today to begin orbiting and observing.

  • The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles:

  • In Pictures Coming back to Earth

    The final flight of space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch on Friday morning. Now that the US shuttle program is coming to an end, we thought about what shuttle astronauts might do in the future. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, check out these images by California-based photographer Hunter Freeman.

  • Asteroid 2011 MD buzzes Earth, nearer than some satellites

    Asteroid 2011 MD buzzes Earth, nearer than some satellites

    Asteroid 2011 MD, reached its closest point to Earth just after 1 p.m. EDT, when it crept within 7,500 miles of Earth before whipping away again like a slingshot.

  • Star Wars Galaxies waves goodbye with an epic endgame

    Horizons Star Wars Galaxies waves goodbye with an epic endgame

    Star Wars Galaxies will go offline in September, Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts announced this week. But Star Wars Galaxies is just making room for another MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

  • School-bus sized asteroid to hurtle past Earth Monday morning

    School-bus sized asteroid to hurtle past Earth Monday morning

    At 9:26 AM Eastern time on Monday, a small asteroid will make an extremely close pass to our planet, but there is no chance that it will strike it, say NASA officials.

  • NASA's Dawn satellite has reached the asteroid belt. First stop: Vesta.

    NASA's Dawn satellite has reached the asteroid belt. First stop: Vesta.

    Vesta and Ceres, the two largest objects in the asteroid belt, have mystified scientists for centuries. With NASA satellite Dawn on final approach to Vesta, the wait is almost over.