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The Violent Past of a Space Rock That Fell to Earth in Novato

August 15, 2014 | 4:24 pm

The Violent Past of a Space Rock That Fell to Earth in Novato

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Researchers reveal the dramatic history of humble-looking pebbles that rained down on Marin County.

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Northern California on Fire: The View From Space

August 3, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Northern California on Fire: The View From Space

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NASA satellites’ lyrical view of the state as lightning fires erupt throughout northern mountains.

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May Camelopardalids, We Hardly Saw You

May 27, 2014 | 1:58 pm

May Camelopardalids, We Hardly Saw You

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No, we didn’t see a meteor shower. But the late-night stars and pictures were pretty good.

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Tonight’s Meteor Shower: Never Before Seen and Maybe Up to 200 an Hour

May 23, 2014 | 5:27 pm

Tonight’s Meteor Shower: Never Before Seen and Maybe Up to 200 an Hour

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The May Camelopardalids, named after the ‘camel leopard’ constellation, might be phenomenal.

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Sends Back New Moon Images

February 14, 2014 | 10:19 am

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Sends Back New Moon Images

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The NASA spacecraft is designed to answer a 42-year-old mystery about lunar dust, but it’s also snapping photos along the way. …read more

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Regional Beauty Shot: The Bay Area, at Night, From Space

December 4, 2013 | 7:00 am

Regional Beauty Shot: The Bay Area, at Night, From Space

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Newly released photo shows our region in all its night-time splendor, a presence shining out into space.

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Some Things Stay Above the Government Shutdown Fray

October 3, 2013 | 8:58 am

Some Things Stay Above the Government Shutdown Fray

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Closure of federal services is bad. But in space, the sound of earthly controversy doesn’t carry far.

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Kepler Telescope Ends The Hunt For Other Earths

August 15, 2013 | 2:18 pm

Kepler Telescope Ends The Hunt For Other Earths

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It’s a sad day. After four years, the Kepler spacecraft has ended its search for habitable planets beyond our solar system. NASA confirmed today that it will no longer attempt to repair two failing, gyroscope-like wheels that kept Kepler steady, meaning that scientists cannot aim the telescope as precisely as they need to. The Kepler […]

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Asteroid Buzzes, Misses Earth — Not So For Meteor

February 15, 2013 | 11:58 am

Asteroid Buzzes, Misses Earth — Not So For Meteor

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth’s backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia’s Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet. Scientists the world over, […]

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September 21, 2012 | 2:11 pm

Photos, Video: Watch Endeavour Fly Over the Golden Gate

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(AP) Rather than roaring to space on an elevator of flame, the shuttle Endeavour’s final flight Friday was a leisurely, low-altitude journey past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Hollywood sign as well as other California landmarks. The workhorse rode piggyback atop a Boeing 747 to its home state and ultimately landed at Los Angeles […]

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