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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to Attempt Daring Ocean Platform Landing after Dec. 19 Launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket will attempt precison landing on this autonomous spaceport drone ship soon after launch set for Dec.

New Pictures Of Philae’s Lonely Resting Spot On The Comet Emerge

This (in blue) is where the Philae lander came to rest on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The graphic is based on topographic modelling of the comet’s nucleus and Philae’s picture of a nearby cliff (in white).

The Universe’s Tour Guide

Satellites swarm around the Earth on the Hayden Planetarium’s dome. Credit: AMNH. The hazy, white horizon lifts away slowly, giving way to the blue and green, cloud-swept marble we call home.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover detects Methane, Organics on Mars

After a 20 month trek across Mars and careful analysis of data, NASA scientists have announced two separate detection of organics – in the surface and the air of Mars.

How To Experience ‘Zero Gravity’ Without Leaving Home: Virtual Reality

If you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spend on a “Vomit Comet” ride, and especially if you can’t afford to buy a ticket for a future weightless joyride in a spacecraft, virtual reality remains the best option to “experience” weightlessness.

Morning Star, We Hardly Knew Ya: Venus Express’ Best Discoveries In 8 Years

Artist’s impression of Venus Express entering orbit in 2006. Credit: ESA – AOES Medialab Venus Express is mostly dead.

Gallery: Saturn Moons Show How Not To Be Seen In Cassini Images

Tethys is mostly obscured behind Rhea as the moons orbit Saturn. The picture was captured by the Cassini spacecraft in April 2012 and highlighted in December 2014.

Astro-Challenge: Taming the Pup-Can You Glimpse Sirius B?

Can you see it? Sirius B amid telescope diffraction spikes. Credit: NASA/McDonald Observatory. Astronomy is all about thinking big, both in time and space.

Astrophotos: Views of the Geminid Meteor Shower from Around the World

A stunning moment captured as a Geminid meteor over Mt. Fuji is reflected in Lake Saiko on December 14, 2014.

How Many Horses Can A Rocket Carry? Cool Comic Comparison

An xkcd comic from December 2014 showing spacecraft mass and launch vehicle capacity in terms of horses.

Carnival of Space #384

Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Gadi Eidelheit at his The Venus Transit blog.

What’s Next for the Large Hadron Collider?

The LHC’s tunnel. Image Credit: CERN The world’s most powerful particle collider is waking up from a well-earned rest.

Venus Express Out Of Gas; Mission Concludes, Spacecraft On Death Watch

Artist’s conception of Venus Express. Image credit: ESA After surviving an eight-year mission and a daring plunge into part of the atmosphere of Venus, a plucky spacecraft orbiting the hothouse planet is finished its mission, the European Space Agency declared.

A Stunning Look at the Cliffs of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The Cliffs of Churyumov-Gerasimenko: an enhanced and procosessed crop of an image from Rosetta’s navcam.

SpaceX Continues to Expand Facilities, Workforce in Quest for Space

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Grasshopper reusable rocket launching from a concrete launchpad. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 with a dream of making commercial space exploration a reality.

XPRIZE Moon Robot Contest Deadline Pushed Back A Year To 2016

For the 18 teams racing to put a robot on the Moon, some good news — they have an extra year to get the job done.

Name That Crater On Mercury! MESSENGER Team Opens Public Contest

The crater Scarlatti (at center) shines clearly in this image of Mercury taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft.

Robotic Moon Lander Concept Raises $942K, Meeting Goal With A Day To Go

Artist’s conception of Lunar Mission One’s robotic lander touching down on the surface. Credit: Lunar Missions Ltd.

NASA and SpaceX targeting Dec. 19 for next Space Station Launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral launch pad 40 is slated to launch on Dec. 19, 2014 on the CRS-5 mission.

Pluto-like Objects Turn to Dust Around a Nearby Young Star

ALMA image of the dust surrounding the star HD 107146. Credit: L. Ricci ALMA (NRAO / NAOJ / ESO); B. Saxton (NRAO / AUI / NSF) A planetary system’s early days readily tell of turmoil.