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  • Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space, NASA says

    Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space, NASA says
    After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 entered into interstellar space more than a year ago. The final piece of evidence that led scientists to conclude that...
  • Voyager 1 exits solar system; let's hope aliens don't bring it back

    Voyager 1 exits solar system; let's hope aliens don't bring it back
    Voyager 1 has left the solar system. Now let’s hope it doesn’t come back marked “Return to Sender.” As my colleague Monte Morin reported Thursday: After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists,...
  • Voyager 1 exits solar system, takes Bach with it

    Voyager 1, the NASA space probe that left Earth in 1977, has officially exited the solar system and is now the first manmade object to enter interstellar space. And it took with it classical music. NASA on Thursday made the big announcement that the...
  • Astronomers tracking potential 'comet of the century' later this year

    Astronomers tracking potential 'comet of the century' later this year
    A comet looping behind the sun right now could emerge this fall as a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that shines in the sky so brightly, it is visible with the naked eye around the world — if it survives. Comet C/2012 S1, dubbed Comet ISON in honor...
  • Ocean volcano may be largest on Earth, biggest in solar system

    Ocean volcano may be largest on Earth, biggest in solar system
    A seamount in the northwestern Pacific Ocean may be the largest volcano on Earth, and could rival the largest in the solar system -- the mighty Olympus Mons on Mars -- according to oceanographers. Tamu Massif, a well-known seamount off Japan, turns...
  • Former JPL director dies at 81

    Former JPL director dies at 81
    Flags at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caņada Flintridge were lowered to half staff last week as the NASA center honored former JPL director Bruce C. Murray, who passed away at 81. Murray died on Thursday, Aug. 29 at his home in Oceanside after...
  • Bruce C. Murray dies at 81; former director of JPL

    Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words — or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic...
  • Bruce Murray, ex-JPL director who pushed planetary exploration, dies

    Bruce Murray, ex-JPL director who pushed planetary exploration, dies
    Bruce C. Murray, a planetary astronomer who joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1960 and went on to lead the lab 16 years later, died early Thursday at his home in Oceanside. The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s disease,...
  • Trojan asteroid in Uranus' orbit: Planets are 'playing ball' with it

    Trojan asteroid in Uranus' orbit: Planets are 'playing ball' with it
    Planetary scientists have detected a Trojan -- an asteroid-like object that shares a planet's orbit -- circling the sun ahead of Uranus. The discovery of 2011 QF99, the first of its kind for the ice giant planet, was reported Thursday in the journal...
  • Bruce Murray, former JPL director who pushed planetary exploration, dies

    Bruce Murray, former JPL director who pushed planetary exploration, dies
    Bruce C. Murray, a planetary astronomer who joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1960 and went on to lead the lab 16 years later, died early Thursday at his home in Oceanside. The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s disease,...
  • Has Voyager 1 left the solar system yet? A debate rages

    Voyager 1, where are you? At a distance of more than 11 billion miles from Earth, there is little question that Voyager has traveled farther in space than any other man-made object. However, the issue of whether or not the spacecraft has left the...