Justin Bieber, future Virgin Galactic astronaut
June 6th, 2013
10:26 AM ET

Justin Bieber, future Virgin Galactic astronaut

Justin Bieber's reach could soon extend out of this world.

According to a tweet from Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, the 19-year-old pop star and his manager, Scooter Braun, have joined Ashton Kutcher as the latest celebrities to sign up for a ride on Branson's SpaceShip Two commercial space flight.

"Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts," Branson tweeted Wednesday. "Congrats, see you up there!"

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Mars rover drill collects rock sample
Rover's drill collected samples from Gale Crater on Mars.
February 9th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

Mars rover drill collects rock sample

A space-age jack of all trades, NASA's Curiosity rover recorded a first by using its drill to collect a sample from a Martian rock.

The rover sent images of the hole in sedimentary bedrock to Earth on Saturday, NASA said in a statement.

NASA said the rover will analyze the rock powder sample.

The flat rock is believed to hold evidence of wet environments that disappeared long ago, officials said.

Curiosity used a drill attached to the end of its robotic arm. It's the first time any robot has drilled such a sample on the Red Planet.

"The most advanced planetary robot ever designed now is a fully operating analytical laboratory on Mars," said John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for the agency's Science Mission Directorate. "This is the biggest milestone accomplishment for the Curiosity team since the sky-crane landing last August, another proud day for America."

In its first two months on Mars, Curiosity stumbled upon an area where it appears that water once flowed in a vigorous stream. Scientists said the rover spotted rock outcrops that seem to have formed in the presence of water, with rounded gravels that may have been transported by water.

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Meteor shower lit up the sky
CNN iReporter Abe Blair, a professional photographer, www.blindmanphotos.com shot pictures of the Perseid meteor shower over Crater Lake, Oregon for six to seven hours in August 2012.
January 3rd, 2013
01:39 PM ET

Meteor shower lit up the sky

By CNN Staff

Skywatchers set their alarm clocks for the early morning hours Thursday when the annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaked.

Meteor watchers could have expected to see 60 to 200 meteors an hour streak across the sky, according to NASA, but if you found that visibility was low, blame it on the moon: NASA warned that moonlight could make seeing the Quadrantids harder.

Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said by e-mail that the shooting stars would be visible after about 11 p.m. in each time zone in the United States, with the best viewing time from 3 a.m. until dawn. Now that the shower has peaked, skywatchers with clear, dark skies may be able to see a few more meteors around 11 p.m. EST.

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