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Europa's icy plate tectonics may support life

8 September 2014 - 12:18pm
Jupiter's moon Europa may be the first world other than Earth to sport plate tectonics, only above its ocean instead of below






AUDIO: Meteorite strikes Nicaragua

8 September 2014 - 11:15am
A meteorite that landed near the Nicaraguan capital Managua on Sunday could have come from the 2014 RC asteroid which was passing the earth at the time, experts have said.

Meteorite lands in Nicaragua capital

8 September 2014 - 9:19am
A small meteorite which may have broken off an asteroid caused a 12m-wide crater near Managua's international airport, Nicaraguan officials say.

Plate tectonics found on Europa

7 September 2014 - 12:00am

Plate tectonics found on Europa

Nature 513, 7517 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/513153a

Author: Alexandra Witze

Discovery buoys bid for mission to Jovian moon.

Rosetta Comet is Darker than Charcoal

5 September 2014 - 7:48pm
A NASA instrument onboard Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has shown that the core of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is unusually dark--darker than charcoal-black--when viewed at ultraviolet wavelengths.

Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close … to Earth Sunday

5 September 2014 - 7:11am
A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand.