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June 19, 2017
Artist's concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system -- so compact, in fact, that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently confirmed that the system, called KOI-961, hosts the three smallest exoplanets known so far to orbit a star other than our sun.  NASA-JPL-Caltech
NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable 'Earth-like' worlds
June 19, 2017 - 9:00pm
May 8, 2017
Deaf test subjects prepare for zero-gravity flight. (Courtesy of Gallaudet University Archives, David Myers Collection)
How deaf men helped NASA understand motion sickness in space
May 8, 2017 - 2:58pm
February 22, 2017
Artist's concept shows what each of the TRAPPIST-1 planets may look like, based on available data about their sizes, masses and orbital distances.  REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech
Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life may be possible
February 22, 2017 - 4:12pm
February 18, 2017
A SpaceX rocket sits on launch pad39A on Saturday after it was scrubbed 13 seconds before it was expected to launch. The new window for the mission, which will send cargo and hundreds of science experiments to the International Space Station, will open Sunday morning. Pad39A is the launch site of a rocket that carried the first U.S. astronauts to the moon. It was also the site of the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
SpaceX launch scrubbed with 13 seconds to go
February 18, 2017 - 6:18pm
January 7, 2017
The left panel shows a false-color image of PGC 1000714. The right panel shows a B-I color index map that reveals both the outer ring (blue) and diffuse inner ring (light green). (Photo courtesy Ryan Beauchemin)play button
UMD student publishes paper about out-of-this-world discovery
January 7, 2017 - 6:09pm
October 11, 2016
Dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on Mars inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water are seen in an image produced by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Arizona. Scientists have found the first evidence that briny water may flow on the surface of Mars during the planet's summer months, a paper published on Monday showed. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
Obama sees human missions to Mars by 2030s
October 11, 2016 - 11:30am
September 1, 2016
A still image taken from video of smoke rising on the launch site of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Fla., this morning. (NASA / Reuters)
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes during test firing
September 1, 2016 - 10:11am
July 5, 2016
The planet Jupiter is shown with one of its moons, Ganymede (bottom), in this NASA handout taken April 9, 2007. (NASA / Reuters)
NASA's Juno spacecraft loops into orbit around Jupiter
July 5, 2016 - 10:43am
December 22, 2015
A remodeled version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Monday on the launcher's first mission since a June failure. (Reuters / Joe Skipper)play button
SpaceX rocket lands safely in pivotal space feat
December 22, 2015 - 9:03am
July 14, 2015
Pluto is pictured from a million miles away in this image taken on Saturday from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager. (NASA)
U.S. spacecraft flies by Pluto
July 14, 2015 - 9:24am
November 12, 2014
A handout artist impression showing lander Philae separating from the Rosetta spacecraft and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, made available by the European Space Agency on Wednesday. European scientists launched a probe from spaceship Rosetta on Wednesday in an historic attempt to examine the surface of a comet, starting a seven-hour descent that is seen as the most difficult phase of a ten-year mission. European Space Agency / Reuters
European spacecraft successfully lands on comet
November 12, 2014 - 10:29am
April 30, 2010
Emily Wach and Ehren Inkel, with the UMD Astronomy Club, pull tape and hold the ladder for Eric Norland, with the Arrowhead Astronomical Society, as Norland uses aluminized plastic sheeting to seal the opening between the two sections of a life-sized Hubble Space Telescope mock-up Thursday evening at UMD. (Bob King /
You're invited on a mission to space
April 30, 2010 - 12:00am
August 21, 2009
ASTRO BOB Blog: March of the mini constellations
August 21, 2009 - 11:51am
July 26, 2009
Reader's view: Moon landing caused international joke
July 26, 2009 - 4:02pm
July 19, 2009
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. He served as the Gemini 12 mission pilot in 1966 and as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. His book, "Magnificent Desolation," was published last month. (Associated Press)
Astronaut's view: Time to boldly go once more
July 19, 2009 - 12:00am