• Curiosity discovers possible water lake beds on Mars

    By Ted Bonnitt on December 8th, 2014

    There may once have been water lakes on Mars.

    That’s the current thinking at NASA, as the Curiosity rover begins its climb of the three mile high Mt. Sharp inside the large, Gale Crater on Mars.

    Rock layers and sediment suggest to geologists that there was once a standing lake where Curiosity is roaming.

    If the theory s confirmed, it would upend the current thinking that Mars only had short-lived, underground lakes.

    If there were standing lakes on the surface of Mars, it would mean that the red planet once had a warm and heavy atmosphere more hospitable to ...

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  • Orion splashdown in Pacific Ocean completes successful first mission

    By Ted Bonnitt on December 5th, 2014

    NASA's Orion spacecraft completed its first test flight today and passed with flying colors.

    Orion blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, orbited the Earth twice and landed on target in the Pacific Ocean at 8:29 am, PT. 

    The mission lasted four and a half hours.

    Orion is NASA’s next generation manned space vehicle designed for exotic, deep space exploration to comets and planets.

    This first test flight put the craft through the most stressful aspects of spaceflight, chiefly launch, reentry and landing. In its second orbit, the craft climbed to an altitude of 3600 miles and into ...

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  • Two UFO sightings in five minutes over Texas

    By Ted Bonnitt on December 4th, 2014

    Two UFO sightings 5 minutes apart in Texas were reported to have occurred on November 1, 2014.

    A hunter out just before daybreak at 6:40 am on the first day of deer hunting season had an experience he’ll “never forget” according to a report filed with the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

    The hunter, described by NUFORC as a “highly educated professional” was alert and in a tree stand looking through binoculars and straining to see his feeder in the darkness under clear, star lit skies when suddenly the area around him lit up brightly, “like someone turned ...

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  • UFO shrouded in orb stops traffic in Florida

    By Ted Bonnitt on December 2nd, 2014

    A “black, metallic UFO” enveloped in a large, white orb stopped traffic in Florida on the early evening of November 30, 2014.

    The object was spotted by several drivers who came to a stop to observe the strange sight, according to a witness report submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

    The reporting witness, whose name was not released by MUFON, was driving west on Midway Road in Port Charlotte, FL, at 6:34 PM when they “came to stop behind a few cars in the middle of the road.” People around him were looking up and to the North ...

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