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The Milky Weigh Galaxy

LONG BEACH, CALIF.—One of the unnerving aspects of astronomy as a science is how astronomers continue to argue over measurements you’d have thought they settled long ago.

January 5, 2009 — George Musser

Mars exploration rovers just keep going and going...

When NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers touched down on Mars, they were each tapped for three-month missions exploring the Red Planet. But five years later, both are still moving, providing a bright spot at a tumultuous time for the space agency...

January 5, 2009 — John Matson

Toyota to offer car powered by the sun?

Toyota won't just be adding solar panels to its popular Prius gas-electric hybrid car—like the solar electric conversion kit seen at left—it'll be powering a version of it exclusively via sunshine, according to The Nikkei , Japan's business newspaper...

January 5, 2009 — David Biello

Star wars: Will NASA and the Pentagon work together under Obama?

President-elect Barack Obama may put NASA to work with the Defense Department to better compete in space.

Unidentified sources tell Bloomberg News that Obama may tap Defense rockets for space travel because they may be cheaper and available before NASA's new Orion crew capsule and boosters, which won't be ready until 2015...

January 5, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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