New Kind of Organic Molecule Found in Milky Way’s Biggest Star Factory

Surprises in the dark. (NASA GSFC)
Surprises in the dark. (NASA GSFC)

One of the many unanswered questions about the origin of life on Earth is: where did organic molecules – those containing carbon, from which life...

  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, Indian engineers work on the Mars orbiter spacecraft at the satellite center of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bangalore, India. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 (Wednesday morning in India). It's India's first interplanetary mission, and no nation has been fully successful getting to the red planet on its first try. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

    India Spacecraft Maneuvering Into Mars Orbit

    NEW DELHI—India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low... Read more

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    First 3-D Printer Has Entered Outer Space

    CAPE CANAVERAL—A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the... Read more

  • Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club April 5, 2011, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

    NASA: SpaceX to Deliver 3-D Printer to International Space Station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that... Read more

  • Artist's impression of the European Space Agency (ESA) probe Rosetta with Mars in the background. (C.Carreau/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cosmic Rays From Mars Entering Earth? It’s a Hoax; There’s No Need to Turn Off Your Phones

    There’s a hoax going around saying “cosmic rays from Mars” are entering the Earth, warning that people need to turn off their phones. The fake... Read more

  • In this Nov. 18, 201, photo NASA's Maven, short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, with a capital "N'' in EvolutioN, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet in September 2014 following a 10-month journey spanning more than 440 million miles. If all goes well, Maven will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    NASA’s Maven Spacecraft Reaches Mars This Weekend

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning... Read more

  • Screenshot of Swedish company website 'Space Travel Alliance.' (Karl-William Sandström/Space Travel Alliance)

    Space Tourism Planned by Swedish Company

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Space tourism may soon be a holiday option in Sweden. In the European space hub of the city of Kiruna in the far north... Read more

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    NASA Reveals New Spaceships—Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX (Infographic)

    For full size infographic click here   In a move to end U.S. dependency on Russia for access to space, including the International Space Station,... Read more

  • In this undated image provided by NASA, astronaut Randy Bresnik prepares to enter The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft for a fit check evaluation at the company's Houston Product Support Center. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, NASA will announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport. The contenders include SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp., and Boeing. (AP Photo/NASA)

    NASA, SpaceX, Boeing to Launch Americans Again From US Soil

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to... Read more

  • In this handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Soyuz rocket lifts off for the third time from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place the second pair of Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites into orbit, on October 12, 2012 in Kourou, French Guiana. Galileo will become fully operational by 2020 and intends to give Europe full independence from the US, Russian and Chinese controlled GPS systems. (S. Corvaja/ESA via Getty Images)

    European Space Agency Picks Site for Comet Landing

    BERLIN— The European Space Agency says it has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a maneuver that... Read more

  • A photo from European astronaut Alexander Gerst, from the International Space Station, shows the recent aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. (Alexander Gerst/Twitter)

    Aurora Borealis 2014 Pictures: Photos of Recent Northern Lights From Sweden, Iceland, UK, Space

    The auora borealis, or northern lights, has been hitting some parts of the world over the past couples days, thanks to a solar storm that... Read more

  • Famous Estonian´s aurora borealis, or northern lights, seen in Tallinn. (RAIGO PAJULA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Aurora Borealis Forecast 2014, Photos, Time: Live Stream Video for Northern Lights; Could Appear Sunday

    The Aurora Borealis can be seen in much of the northern United States as part of the solar storm that will be affecting the Earth... Read more

  • This photo released on June 23, 2014, by NASA, shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover self-portrait. NASA announced Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its long-term science destination since landing two years ago. Officials say drilling could begin as early as next week at an outcrop of rocks called Pahrump Hills. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS)

    NASA’s Rover Curiosity Finally at Mount Sharp in Mars

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA’s Curiosity rover is about to conduct some serious scientific drilling at Mars. The space agency announced Thursday that the rover has reached... Read more

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    Solar Flare Activity 2014: ‘Significant’ CME Launches Solar Storm Toward Earth

    An intense burst of radiation was emitted from the sun this week and is headed toward Earth. NASA reported that the “significant solar flare,” which... Read more

  • NASA's Orion spacecraft departs the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building heading for the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center to prepare for its first flight, scheduled for a test flight in early December, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    NASA’s Next-Gen Manned Spacecraft Preparing for Test Launch

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida gathered by the... Read more

  • As a form of a time capsule, NASA will be collecting tweets from the public about the future of space travel on a microchip to be sent to the asteroid Bennu. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA to Send Tweets Into Space (Video)

    When NASA launched their Voyager craft in the 70′s, each contained a space time capsule named the “Golden Record,” that included a photograph of the... Read more

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    Fall Equinox 2014: Time, Date, and Definition for Autumnal Equinox

    The September Equinox, also known as the Autumnal or Autumn Equinox, is set to take place later this month. The date will actually be different... Read more