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  • Amazing haul of ancient human finds unveiled

    May 9, 2017 8:01 AM 8

    A new haul of ancient human remains has been described from an important cave site in South Africa. The finds, including a well-preserved skull, bolster the idea that the Homo naledi people deliberately deposited their dead in the cave. Evidence of such complex behaviour is surprising for a human species with a brain that's a third the size of ours. Despite

  • Secret U.S. Space Plane Lands With A Boom In Florida

    May 8, 2017 1:10 PM 6

    The Air Force's secret X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed at NASA 's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida on Sunday, setting off a sonic boom that surprised residents. The Air Force's experimental X-37B space plane announced the end of its nearly two-year mission by creating a sonic boom on Sunday that surprised residents along Florida's

  • Unmanned US Air Force space plane lands after secret, two-year mission

    May 8, 2017 12:15 PM 4

    The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said. The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, touched down at 7:47 a.m. EDT (1147 GMT) on a runway formerly used for landings of the now-mothballed

  • US spy satellite launched into space by Elon Musk's SpaceX

    May 1, 2017 6:51 PM 9

    Last month, Space Exploration Technologies Corp flew its first recovered booster on a second mission, a key step in company founder Elon Musk's quest to cut launch costs. For the past ten years the US military have carried out space launches with United Launch Alliance which is a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, a monopoly Musk has battled

  • SpaceX Just Performed Its Most Mysterious Mission Yet

    May 1, 2017 1:19 PM 19 1

    After a literal last-minute cancellation yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the details on most of SpaceX’s missions are very public, this one was purposely shrouded in mystery: the rocket was ferrying up a spy satellite, the NROL-76, for National Reconnaissance

  • NASA spacecraft completes first-ever dive between Saturn and its rings

    April 27, 2017 1:36 PM 3

    After 13 years in orbit around Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has completed the first stage of its most daring mission yet – diving into the narrow gap between the planet and its rings. In an update posted online, NASA confirmed that its Deep Space Network Gladstone Complex (DSN) in California’s Mojave Desert made contact with Cassini at 2:56 a.m. ET on Thursday

  • Cassini Goes Where No Spacecraft Has Gone Before

    April 27, 2017 1:36 PM 13

    For the probe, it’s one dive down between Saturn and its rings, 21 more to go before the end of its mission. During the dive, Cassini came within about 1,900 miles, or 3,000 kilometers, of Saturn’s cloud tops and within about 200 miles, or 300 kilometers, of the visible edge of the inner rings, according to JPL. The spacecraft then whipped back and away from Saturn

  • Cassini's Journey into the Unknown: NASA Engineer Talks Saturn Risks & Rewards (Video)

    April 27, 2017 11:35 AM 1

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has gone where no craft has ventured before: diving through the narrow gap between Saturn and its icy rings for the first of 22 planned plunges before it dives into Saturn's atmosphere Sept. 15. Space.com talked with Joan Stupik, a guidance and control engineer for Cassini at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about the risks

  • First Americans claim sparks controversy

    April 26, 2017 10:14 PM 4

    A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago - much earlier than has previously been suggested - has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in the New World no earlier than 25,000 years ago, so the find would push back the first evidence of settlement by more than 100,000 years. The study is based on analysis of animal

  • Humans May Have Occupied North America 100,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

    April 26, 2017 7:22 PM 5

    Early humans may have lived on the North American continent 130,000 years ago, more than 100,000 years earlier than scientists previously believed, according to a new study. The research examined ancient mastodon bones that bore "conclusive" signs of being handled by intelligent beings, the researchers said. When a new freeway was being constructed near San Diego