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Domo Arigato, Mr. Pluto: Rock Band Styx Visits New Horizons Team

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sails away to Pluto, one bunch of musicians is particularly intrigued by its journey: Styx, the rock band that shares a name with Pluto’s smallest moon. Members of the iconic rock group recently met with … Continue reading

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Russian Cargo Spacecraft Arrives at Space Station

A robotic Russian resupply ship arrived at the International Space Station early Sunday morning (July 5), ending a streak of two straight cargo-mission failures. Russia’s Progress 60 freighter docked at 3:11 a.m. EDT (0711 GMT) Sunday, while the space station … Continue reading

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Pluto Probe Suffers Glitch 10 Days Before Epic Flyby

A glitch caused NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to go dark for more than an hour Saturday (July 4), just 10 days before its historic flyby of Pluto. The probe’s handlers lost contact with New Horizons at 1:54 p.m. EDT (1754 … Continue reading

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New Horizons space probe suffers glitch on approach to Pluto

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto. The probe has … Continue reading

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Lawsuit filed against U.S. over protections for rare wolf

(Reuters) – A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday against U.S. wildlife officials arguing that the government’s management plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, one of the most imperiled mammals in North America, does not go … Continue reading

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Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive … Continue reading

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Seabirds Smell Their Way Home

Coastal seabirds can fly over large swaths of ocean for days on end, not stopping until they reach their favorite feeding spot. Scientists have long wondered how these birds manage to find their way home. Turns out, for seabirds, the … Continue reading

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Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change

By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such … Continue reading

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NASA Slammed a Probe Into a Comet 10 Years Ago Today

When you’re watching the fireworks displays this Fourth of July, take a moment to reflect on some cosmic pyrotechnics that NASA pulled off a decade ago. On July 4, 2005, while zooming along millions of miles from Earth, NASA’s Deep … Continue reading

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Red, White & Blue! Stars Cluster in Festive Cosmic Portrait

A cluster of blue and white stars glows vividly against the red hydrogen gas of their surrounding stellar birthplace in a new cosmic portrait taken at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) La Silla Observatory in Chile. Reminiscent of the colors … Continue reading

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