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Earth-like planets just got closer

Red Dwarf

Researchers find that 6% of red dwarf stars host habitable, Earth-sized planets - meaning the closest may be just 13 light-years away.


Earth safe from asteroid's close flyby next week


An asteroid will give Earth a historically close shave next week, but there's no chance that the space rock will slam into our planet on this pass, experts say.


'Fireflies' to scope asteroids for mining

Asteroid Mining

Another company joined the commercial space race Tuesday with ambitious plans to mine asteroids near Earth, but experts say the physics and economics of the Final Frontier remain still daunting.


Astronomers Find The Largest Known Spiral Galaxy

Based on information from the GALEX program, astronomers have crowned spiral galaxy NGC 6872 the largest known galaxy in the universe.


Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth


Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says....


As a stepping stone to Mars, Nasa plans to lasso asteroid; turn it into a moon-orbiting space station


Nasa scientists are planning to capture a 500 ton asteroid , relocate it and turn it into a space station for astronauts on their way to Mars. The White House's Office of Science and technology will consider the £1.6bn plan in the coming weeks as it prepares to set its space exploration agenda for the next decade.


Nearest Sun-like star has planets


Astronomers trawling through a mess of stellar data discover that Tau Ceti, our nearest single Sun-like star, hosts five planets - one in its "habitable zone".


Ask Science: Probes Will Crash Into the Moon’s Dark (Not Far) Side Today

At 5:28 p.m. Monday, NASA’s Grail spacecraft will crash into the Moon’s shadows. (What would you call the half of the Moon facing away from the Sun?)


Huge asteroid set to buzz Earth

A giant asteroid will make a flyby of Earth over the next few days, and armchair astronomers can watch the action live on their computers.


Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

Mystery Spacecraft

The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind. The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday hidden on top of an Atlas V rocket. As if on cue, clouds quickly swallowed up the rocket as it disappeared out over the ocean.


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