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  • LEGO Is Celebrating Female Scientists With a New 'Women of NASA' Set. See The New Figures

    October 18, 2017 2:39 PM 2

    LEGO will release a “Women of NASA” set in time for the holiday season, the company announced Wednesday. The set depicts four female scientists who have contributed to the advancement of space exploration. The figures include two astronauts, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, an astronomer, Nancy Roman, and a computer scientist, Margaret Hamilton. The 231-piece

  • Lego is selling a 'Women of NASA' set featuring 4 female scientists, engineers, and astronauts

    October 18, 2017 11:00 AM 3

    Lego announced on Wednesday that it's releasing a "Women of NASA" set. The $24.99 kit goes on sale November 1 — just in time for the holiday gift-giving season — and builds on a laudable trend of selling toys that are more inclusive of women. "Women of NASA" features four minifigurines of pioneering women from the space agency: astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison

  • Tiangong-1: Timeline of China's Out-of-Control Space Station That Will Crash to Earth in Coming Months

    October 17, 2017 6:25 PM 4

    As China’s massive spacecraft is expected to soon come back down to Earth, many questions surround the mysterious 8.5-ton laboratory module. Although there’s not an exact date the spacecraft is set to arrive, it should touch down between now and April 2018, according to The Guardian. Here’s what to know about Tiangong-1, the country's first space laboratory

  • A bright light seen across the universe, proving Einstein right

    October 17, 2017 4:18 AM 6

    Bay Area scientists announced today that they had seen the fireball cast off by colliding neutron stars 130 million light-years away, a landmark achievement in our quest to explore deep time and space. The first-ever sighting, part of a large body of discoveries by more than 70 international observatories announced in Washington, D.C., on Monday, advances

  • Spotlight: Scientists' dream comes true with detection of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

    October 16, 2017 11:36 PM 6

    Image made by Caltech and NASA shows the UV/IR/Radio discovery of neutron star merger in NGC 4993. Scientists announced Monday that they have for the first time detected the ripples in space and time known as gravitational waves as well as light from a spectacular collision of two neutron stars. (Xinhua/Robert Hurt of Caltech, Mansi Kasliwal of Caltech

  • Astronomers detected 100 Earths' worth of gold being forged in space — here's how much it's worth

    October 16, 2017 7:20 PM 4

    Such objects are the skeletons of massive stars that have cataclysmically exploded, leaving behind a core so dense that just a teaspoon's worth can weigh billions of tons. When the two neutron stars spiraled into each other, they created ripples in the fabric of space called gravitational waves. Special instruments on Earth later "heard" those murmurs

  • First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold

    October 16, 2017 4:17 PM 6

    Star collision scatters gold and platinum This is an artist's representation of two neutron stars colliding, which astronomers witnessed for the first time on August 17. The rippling space-time grid represents gravitational waves that travel out from the collision, while the narrow beams show the bursts of gamma rays that are shot out just seconds after

  • Chinese runaway space station will crash to Earth within months, expert warns

    October 16, 2017 1:56 PM 6

    The 8.5-ton Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”, satellite is now out of control and is doomed to plunge into the atmosphere, a top academic has warned. (Credit: Kin Cheung/AP) A Chinese space station will crash into Earth in a matter of months - and it could kill anyone who is standing beneath. The 8.5-ton Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”, satellite is now out of control

  • Astronomers develop computer simulation showcasing orbit of Planet Nine

    October 15, 2017 3:56 AM 5

    Astronomers have developed a computer simulation that suggests the orbit of mysterious planet 9 in the solar system. The research team suggests that the elusive planet 9 could be in the very far regions of the solar system. A research paper published in January 2016 suggested existence of a massive planet beyond Neptune. Due to large orbit of the planet

  • Americans will head to space again, but without a Russian taxi

    October 14, 2017 4:00 PM 24

    Since the Space Shuttle’s retirement six years ago, NASA has been buying spots aboard Russian Soyuz craft to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. It’s a politically awkward arrangement, to say the least, given more than a decade of strained relations, Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the dented American pride