Colossal Solar Flare on Mother’s Day, Strongest of 2013

The sun unleashed a colossal Mother's Day solar flare on Sunday (May 12), the most powerful solar eruption of 2013. It peaked Sunday night at 10:17 p.m. EDT (0217 GMT).

‘Mosaic’ Meteorite found in Antarctica may reveal Mars’ secret of life

To figure out if conditions on Mars were ever right for life, scientists have examined a meteorite that that formed there more than a billion years ago. Although the work is not specifically solving the mystery, it is laying the groundwork to answer this age-old question in the future, researchers say.

Astronomers Discover Massive Star-forming Galaxy Factory in Early Universe

Astronomers have found a star-generating galaxy that existed billions of years earlier than expected possible, churning out 2,000 times more stars than the Milky Way.

Astronomer discovers five-planet system with most Earth-like exoplanet yet

An astronomer has discovered perhaps the most Earth-like planet yet found outside the solar system by the Kepler Space Telescope. It’s one of two “super-Earth” planets orbiting a sunlike star in the Lyra constellation, discovered in the star Kepler 62's habitable zone, that swath of space the right distance from the star to potentially allow liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface, thus giving life a chance.

Protection from “Fireball”: Russia’s Roscosmos Plans to Join NASA in Asteroid Capture Mission

April 5, 2013 (TSR - RIA Novosti) - Russia’s space agency Roscosmos may join NASA’s ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and place it in high lunar orbit for...

Russian Soyuz capsule races to ISS in record time of 6 hours

March 29, 2013 (TSR - DW) - A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts has docked at the International Space Station, just six hours after blasting off. Typically, manned Soyuz...

South Africa and Russia Space Agencies sign Cooperation Agreement

March 27, 2013 (TSR) - The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, has welcomed the signing of an agreement between the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and...

Ancient tectonic plate still lodged under Western U.S., researchers find

The Isabella anomaly — indications of a large mass of cool, dehydrated material about 100 kilometers beneath central California — is in fact a surviving slab of the Farallon oceanic plate. Most of the Farallon plate was driven deep into the Earth’s mantle as the Pacific and North American plates began converging about 100 million years ago, eventually coming together to form the San Andreas fault.

Researchers find closest star system in a century

by Barbara Kennedy, Penn State University March 16, 2013 (TSR) - A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the sun, according to a paper that...

After “Fireball” Surprise: Russia to build anti-meteorite shield

March 12, 2013 (TSR-Xinhua) - Russia would build a system to protect the earth from meteors and other space debris, Russian federal space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. "Roscosmos has formed...

NASA’s Van Allen Probes Reveal a New Radiation Belt Around Earth

March 1, 2013 (TSR) WASHINGTON -- NASA's Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes...

Astronomers Calculate Russian Meteorite’s Orbit, Find It Has 80 Million Cousins called Apollo Asteroids

February 26, 2013 (TSR) - Thanks to dozens of video reports, scientists are getting a pretty good handle on the life history of the massive meteorite that exploded above...