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SpaceX Leases Historic Launch Complex 39A from NASA for new Era of Commercial Space Launches

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, left, Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana announce that NASA just signed a lease agreement with SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., for use and operation of NASA’s KSC Launch Complex 39A.

Um, You Can See a Car on Mars

A recent image taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the Curiosity rover in “The Kimberly” area in Gale Crater on Mars.

Astronauts to Reveal Sobering Data on Asteroid Impacts

The bolide that impacted the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Feb. 2013 detonated with the equivalent of 530 kilotons  of TNT, injuring over 1,200 people.

German Impact Crater Could Have Hosted Early Life On Earth

Aerial view of Nördlinger Ries crater in Germany, a formation so subtle it was not even known as an impact crater until the 1960s.

Speedy Satellite Beams Pictures Of Massive Floods Only Weeks After Reaching Orbit

The Zambezi River in Namibia floods the Caprivi plain in this April 2014 picture captured from Sentinel-1A.

Shiny: Astronaut Wears ‘Firefly’ T-Shirt In First Instagram From Space

“Back on ISS, life is good,” wrote NASA astronaut Steve Swanson on April 7, 2014 in the first Instagram from space.

Rosetta’s Philae Lander Snaps a Selfie

Rosetta’s solar panels as seen by Philae’s CIVA imaging system on April 14, 2014. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA Philae is awake… and taking pictures!

Seeing Red: Spectacular Views of this Morning’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Going, going… the phases of last night’s total lunar eclipse. Photos by author. Did the Moon appear a little on crimson side to you last night?

Handy! 3-D Printing Could Build Moon Bases And Improve Devices Used In Space

Two 3-D replicas of a glove worn by European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel. The one on right is lifesize and the other at one-tenth scale.

Let’s Put a Sailboat on Titan

An illustration showing how a sailboat mission to Titan might land and become operational. Copyright: Estevan Guzman for Universe Today.

Why The Eclipse Forced A Shutdown Of Lunar Spacecraft’s Instruments

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA While people across North America marvelled at the blood-red moon early this morning, some NASA engineers had a different topic on their minds: making sure the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter would survive the period of extended shadow during the eclipse.

Is Saturn Making a New Moon?

A 750-mile (1,200-km) -long feature spotted on Saturn’s A ring by Cassini on April 15, 2013 Congratulations!

The Search for Gravitational Waves: New Documentary About LIGO Premieres on April 15

What happens when stars or black holes collide? Scientists have theorized that the energy released would disturb the very fabric of the space-time continuum, much like ripples in a pond.

Comet ISON Photo Contest Winners Rock the House!

“Comet ISON” — People’s Choice award winner: Eric Cardoso, Setúbal, Portugal. Credit: Eric Cardoso Comet ISON’s gone but positively not forgotten.

Webcasts and Forecasts for Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse

The December 21st 2010 Solstice eclipse. Photos by author. Are you ready for some eclipse action? We’re now within 24 hours of the Moon reaching its ascending node along the ecliptic at 13:25 Universal Time (UT)/ 9:25 AM EDT on Tuesday morning and meeting the shadow of the Earth just over seven hours earlier.(...) Read the rest of Webcasts and Forecasts for Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse (1,004 words) © David Dickinson for Universe Today, 2014.

Spin! Crab Pulsar Speed Jumps Linked To Billions Of Tiny Vortices

Artist’s conception of a gamma-ray pulsar. Gamma rays are shown in purple, and radio radiation in green.

How Not To Get Bored During A Year On The Space Station

When planning for long-duration space travel, many people would think along the lines of not forgetting a towel or something of that nature.

SpaceX Cargo Launch to Station “GO” for April 14 – Watch Live

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket preparing for April 14, 2014 liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Carnival of Space #349

Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. Welcome, come in to the 349th Carnival of Space!  The carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit.

Contingency Spacewalk Planned Next Week, But Dragon Must Arrive At Space Station First

NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff during a 2011 spacewalk on the International Space Station. Reflected in his visor is NASA crewmate Mike Fincke.