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New NASA telescope to explore origins of universe

SPHEREx will survey the sky in optical as well as near-infrared light which, though not visible to the human eye, serves as a powerful tool for answering cosmic questions.

NASA’s Opportunity rover mission on Mars ‘bites the dust’

The record-breaking 15-year-long Mars mission of NASA's Opportunity rover was declared over after the US space agency failed to contact the robotic explorer for over eight months.

NASA’s Opportunity: The golf-cart sized rover on Mars that went beyond its mission life

Opportunity worked longer on the surface of Mars than any other robot, it was originally designed to explore the surface of Mars for three months but went on for more than 14 years.

Flare 10 billion times more powerful than solar flares discovered

"A discovery of this magnitude could have only happened in Hawaii," said Steve Mairs, astronomer and lead investigator of the team that discovered the stellar flare.

NASA spacecraft shrinking orbit to prepare for Mars 2020 Rover

"It is like using your cell phone. The closer you are to a cell tower, the stronger your signal," said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Blood cells may hold key to ‘fountain of youth’

The study showed blood cells retain epigenetic patterns in DNA methylation -- chemical groups attached to DNA -- that can be used to calculate their age.

NASA’s faraway space snowman has flat, not round, behind

Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored. New Horizons zipped past it at high speed, after becoming the first visitor to Pluto in 2015.

Andromeda is coming for our Milky Way galaxy, eventually

It turns out that the Andromeda galaxy is also going about 20 miles per second sideways. As a result, it will take a more winding path toward us, won’t arrive for another 4.5 billion years and won’t hit so hard, at least not at first

The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

Scientists have made a robot named Ai-Da who they say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand.

Earth may be experiencing warmest decade in over 150 years of record

Scientists predict that the global average surface temperature for the next five years will be one degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and the decade from 2014 to 2023 could end up being the warmest in over 150 years of records.

NASA’s New Horizons unveils unique shape of Ultima Thule

NASA's New Horizons unveils the shape of Ultima Thule as the larger lobe, nicknamed "Ultima," more closely resembles a giant pancake and the smaller lobe, nicknamed "Thule," is shaped like a dented walnut.

Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

These were the first CubeSats to venture into deep space, part of an $18.5 million experiment to see whether such compact, cheap devices might serve as radio relays at faraway worlds.