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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - DECEMBER 05:  The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad on December 5, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The heavy-lift rocket will boost the unmanned Orion capsule to an altitude of 3,600 miles, and returning for a splashdown west of Baja California after a four and half hour flight.  .  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Dawn Of Orion: NASA Launch Opens New Era In Space

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft zoomed toward a high point of 3,600 miles on an orbital test flight Friday, ushering in a new era of exploration that could one day put people on Mars.

12/05/2014

An MIT study suggests changes to blueprints, plans, in order to successfully send a colony to Mars by 2025. (Image credit: Bryan Versteeg/Mars One)

Study: Private Mars Colony May Not Be Feasible

An MIT study suggests changes to blueprints, plans, in order to successfully send a colony to Mars by 2025.

CBS Tampa–10/16/2014

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by the Rosetta spacecraft on August 3, 2014. (Photo by ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA via Getty Images)

European Space Agency Sets Date For Comet Landing

The first ever attempt to land a man-made object on a comet will begin November 12th.

CBS Tampa–09/26/2014

(Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA Inspector Blasts Asteroid Protection Program

The space agency’s Inspector General warns the Near Earth Objects program needs to be better organized and managed, with a bigger staff.

CBS Tampa–09/15/2014

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 RC past Earth on Sept. 7, 2014. At time of closest approach, the space rock will be about one-tenth the distance from Earth to the moon. Times indicated on the graphic are Universal Time. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA: Asteroid Will Pass ‘Very Close’ To Earth On Sunday

NASA announced that a small asteroid will safely pass “very close” to Earth on Sept. 7.

CBS Tampa–09/04/2014

Scientists say data suggests the Earth's magnetic field could be ready to flip. (Nasa/Getty Images)

Data: Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakening 10 Times Faster Than Originally Thought

European astronomers say the Earth’s magnetic field could flip so that compasses would point south.

CBS Tampa–07/09/2014

Satellite data suggests field weakening in Western Hemisphere, magnetic north pole shifting over Siberia. (Image: European Space Agency)

Data: Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakening

Satellite data suggests field weakening in Western Hemisphere, magnetic north pole shifting over Siberia.

CBS Tampa–06/23/2014

Artist conception of a rocky planet in a binary star-system, one of which is a red dwarf. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt via Getty Images)

Scientists: The Universe’s Most Common Stars Could Make Alien Life Impossible

Red dwarfs are the most common stars in the universe, but their solar winds may blast a planet’s atmosphere into space.

CBS Tampa–06/05/2014

New research suggests that Earth microbes and bacteria could survive a trip to Mars on the outside of a spacecraft. (Getty Images)

Researchers: Spacecraft-Riding Microbes Could Colonize Mars

Research shows bacteria and other Earth microbes can survive on spacecraft.

CBS Tampa–05/16/2014

Artist conception of Kepler-186f, which  orbits a red dwarf star about 500 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.  (Image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

Astronomers Spot Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

Kepler-186f is a rocky planet that orbits a red dwarf star 500 light years away and exists in the Goldilocks zone, where conditions for life may be just right.

04/17/2014

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