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Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

/ Aug 1, 2018

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, is closer than it has been in the past 15 years, offering unusually bright views of the red planet's auburn hues. "The red planet and Earth haven't been this close since 2003, and won't be again until 2035," NASA said. Astronomers around ...

Nearby young star may be chomping a planet

/ Jul 19, 2018

Nearby young star may be chomping a planet

Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory spotted a 30-fold increase in iron on the edge of the ...

Alan Bean, moon-walker turned painter, dies at 86

May 27, 2018

Alan Bean, moon-walker turned painter, dies at 86

American astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973 before giving up his career to become a full-time painter, died in Houston on Saturday, officials said. Bean, ...