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Space Junk Litters the Solar System

The remains of human space exploration are strewn across the solar system, from dozens of dead spacecraft abandoned on the moon to the comet lander Philae, declared out of contact last week.

15 hours ago — Lydia Chain and Jennifer Hackett

GPS and the World's First "Space War"

Satellite-based navigation proved its mettle during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, leading to what some say is an overdependence on “jammable” GPS technology

21 hours ago — Larry Greenemeier

The Comet That Battered Jupiter, and Shook Congress

After Shoemaker–Levy 9 wrecked havoc on the solar system’s largest planet in 1994, for a rare moment on Earth politics were not parochial, but astronomical. Its political and scientific legacy still shines today

February 1, 2016 — Christine Gorman

Scientists Try to Grow Peruvian Potatoes on "Mars"

A South American experiment seeks to find if potatoes could be grown on Mars as a food source for future astronauts. They also hope the data will help them better understand how this staple may be affected by climate change on Earth 

February 2, 2016 — Andrea Small Carmona

Pluto Killer Thinks He Has New Ninth Planet

Caltech astronomer Mike Brown, the driving force for demoting Pluto, now claims evidence for a massive, distant replacement ninth planet in our solar system 

January 25, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

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