Outer Space

Mysteries of Space : Analysis
An artist's impression of the free-floating planet CFBDSIRJ2149, which reflects little light because it doesn't orbit a star.

Meet the starless planet that floats alone

Just 130 light-years away from Earth is a curiously independent world at least four times bigger than Jupiter

NASA : Burning Question
NASA has long had its eye on a return to the moon, and with Obama's re-election, the space agency just might get there.

Will Obama's NASA take American astronauts back to the moon?

A big announcement concerning man's future in space might just be on the horizon

NASA : Fact Sheet
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (pictured) is one of two Americans currently aboard the International Space Station.

Are astronauts stuck in space allowed to vote?

Two Americans are currently in orbit hundreds of miles above Earth on the International Space Station. Talk about absentee voting...

Mysteries of Space : Fact Sheet
The colored swirls indicate the tail end of Saturn's massive storm that occurred sometime between 2010 and 2011.

Saturn's swirling megastorm that's bigger than multiple Earths

In 2010, astronomers spotted the beginnings of a massive maelstrom that has grown to encircle the ringed planet

NASA : Instant Guide
A composite image of NASA's Mars rover shows Curiosity extending its robotic arm for the first time, on Aug. 20.

Will the Curiosity rover ever come back to Earth?

NASA hopes that when humans set foot on Mars, they'll be able to bring the beloved rover home

Mysteries of Space : Burning Question
A person is silhouetted against the rising super moon in New Zealand on May 6: Some 4.5 billion years ago the moon and the Earth might have been one.

Was the moon once part of Earth?

Multiple studies add credence to the theory that a piece of our planet broke off billions of years ago, thanks to a massive collision between Earth and another orb

Mysteries of Space : Instant Guide
An artist's rendition of the newly discovered planet named PH1, seen in the foreground. The planet is 3,200 light-years away from Earth.

The newly discovered Star Wars-like planet with four suns

Luke Skywalker's home of Tatooine, with its two suns, is suddenly more than just science fiction

NASA : Best Video
NASA has created a futuristic exoskeleton called the X1, reminiscent of Marvel Comic's Iron Man suit.

NASA's Iron Man space suit

The space agency is working on a load-bearing exoskeleton to help astronauts work out and (potentially) lift heavy objects with augmented strength

Mysteries of Space : Fact Sheet
Scientists now believe they know why soil samples collected during the Apollo 11 Moon Mission contain water particles.

Where did the water on the moon come from?

Icy droplets on the lunar surface are more prevalent than we ever thought, and now scientists think they know how the particles got there

Mysteries of Space : Photos
This photo was created using NASA's Chandra X-ray satellite to show the death of four stars.

NASA's dazzling X-ray images of dying stars

In a couple billion years, our sun will explode into "amorphous pink blobs" called nebulae, like those pictured here

Mysteries of Space : Analysis
Roughly one-third of 55 Cancri e's mass comes from diamonds.

The rare super-Earth made of diamond

40 light years away, astronomers have found a jewel of a planet

NASA : Analysis
 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attached to the cargo-only capsule called Dragon lifts off from the launch pad on Oct. 7 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The spacecraft is carrying supplies, including ice cream, to the International Space Station.

What the SpaceX launch means for private space flight

The company founded by PayPal billionaire Elon Musk makes its inaugural run to the International Space Station, marking a big step for commercial space flight

Mysteries of Space : Instant Guide
This image of a methane lake on Titan was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The space boat that could explore Saturn's moon

Forget NASA's Curiosity. Now engineers are dreaming of a floating rover that would cruise around Titan — on land and sea

Mysteries of Space : Forecast
Geoengineers in Scotland want to exploit a well-positioned asteroid to generate a dust cloud that would help block the sun's harmful rays from Earth.

How asteroid dust could help us cool down Earth

Scottish space scientists cook up an otherworldly plan to shade our planet from the sun's harmful radiation

Mysteries of Space : Burning Question
This set of images provided by NASA compares rounded gravel fragments found both on Mars (left) and Earth (right).

Did the Curiosity just find proof of water on Mars?

Smooth pebbles and angular rocky outcroppings suggest an ancient river once flowed on the Red Planet's desert-like surface

Mysteries of Space : Opinion Brief
Thousands of colorful spiral galaxies existing billions of light years away are revealed in this shot, an amalgamation of 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs.

Revealed: The deepest view of the universe ever recorded

NASA researchers showcase an ultra-detailed composite portrait of one of space's farthest corners

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