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  • ALMA telescope poised to peer into hidden corners of the cosmos

    ALMA telescope poised to peer into hidden corners of the cosmos

    The ALMA radio telescope array set to come on line this week will give astronomers an unprecedented look into areas of the universe obscured from other telescopes – from star nurseries in other galaxies to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

  • Russian spacecraft falls from the sky. Is the International Space Station in trouble?

    Russian spacecraft falls from the sky. Is the International Space Station in trouble?

    The second embarrassing loss of a Russian space vehicle in a week spells trouble for Russia's space program and its ability to maintain the International Space Station.

  • Want a space vacation? Russia luxury hotel in orbit will start at $1 million a week

    Want a space vacation? Russia luxury hotel in orbit will start at $1 million a week

    A Russian company says it'll launch a luxury hotel into orbit. The space resort will offer views of Earth, sightseeing flights around the moon, and, of course, zero-gravity cabins.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Black hole fires beam of energy at Earth while swallowing star

    Black hole fires beam of energy at Earth while swallowing star

    Black hole fires beams at Earth while destroying star: a massive black hole has been discovered devouring a star, causing the star to shoot beams of energy at Earth. The event is thought to occur only once every 100 million years.

  • Giant black holes a window into origins of earliest galaxies

    Giant black holes a window into origins of earliest galaxies

    Scientists have found evidence of supermassive black holes at the core of the earliest galaxies, a discovery that could shape theories about galaxy formation.