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NASA to Test Making Oxygen, Key to Rocket Fuel, on Mars

published about 2 hours ago
The instruments on the robotic vehicle that will depart for the Red Planet in 2020 will include a device for making oxygen out of carbon dioxide.

Observatory: The Moon Is (Slightly) Flat, Scientists Say

published 1 day ago
Observatory: The Moon Is (Slightly) Flat, Scientists Say
“Like a lemon with an equatorial bulge” is how a planetary scientist, the author of the study, described the true shape of the moon.

Brand New Look at the Face of Mars

published Wed, Jul 23 2014 13:24 GMT
Brand New Look at the Face of Mars
A map captures the Martian craters, valleys and peaks in stunning detail and offers ideas on where the rovers of the future might land.

Henry Hartsfield Jr. Is Dead at 80; Flew, With Fortune, on 3 Shuttles

published Tue, Jul 22 2014 21:21 GMT
Henry Hartsfield Jr. Is Dead at 80; Flew, With Fortune, on 3 Shuttles
Mr. Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours in space, flew on the Columbia and the Challenger before they met disaster.

More Eyes on the Skies

published Mon, Jul 21 2014 15:16 GMT
More Eyes on the Skies
Construction is starting on several gargantuan observatories, mostly in Chile, the most ambitious spree of telescope-making in the history of astronomy.