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NASA tests robotics and laser-powered drills for Europa mission

Anchorage - Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the next target for some NASA scientists. Scientists are testing a robot equipped with a drill powered by laser energy carried through a fiber-optic wire.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Earth is heating up: 2013 smashes climate records

Maunaloa - Climate data shows that temperatures worldwide are continuing to rise and 2013 was no different, according to a report released July 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 4 comments

'Good luck and Godspeed' — 45 years after the Apollo 11 launch

Cape Canaveral - At 9:32 a.m. eastern time, three American astronauts left the confines of earth, speeding into space, destined to land on the moon and cement their status as American heros.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Student science heads for space

Houston - Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is scheduled to launch to the space station on July 11. The investigations represent a diversity of subjects from bacteria to tadpole shrimp and locations from Massachusetts to Arizona.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Super Moon will rise on July 12

The first of three consecutive "Super Moons" will rise above the Earth's skyline on Saturday July 12, 2014. Get your cameras ready.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 2 comments

Op-Ed: NASA Mars landing in 2030s? Forget it, U.S. has lost its balls

Sydney - When you remember the sheer enthusiasm of the Moon landings, the vague babblings about Martian landings are to put it mildly, unimpressive. The march of progress in space has become a limp-wristed square dance.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 6 comments

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

NASA — Striving to pass the smell-test

Space is weird. Someone had to say it. Objects float. Temperatures fluctuate by hundreds of degrees. Cosmic rays carry enough radiation to make Chernobyl look like a walk in the park.
In the Media by Mike Rossi

Happy 4th of July from NASA

Mountain View - NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California is celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary. A unique series of "Living Museum" exhibits highlighting the Center's research are on display at local businesses right now.
In the Media by Chikako Uchinami - 3 comments

NASA's Orion to launch new era in space flight

Cape Canaveral - Three years after the retirement of the space shuttle, the United States is preparing to re-enter the universe of manned space flight in December with the launch of NASA's new Orion space vehicle.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

ISS astronauts lose hair along with World Cup bet (Video)

It seems the World Cup mania has even hit the International Space Station and the astronauts on board have been following the various matches with interest. Then the US was set to play Germany, and that is when the fun really began.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Mars Curiosity Rover’s ‘anniversary’ in ancient glacial landscape

Torrejon - Ancient glaciers shaped the landscape of Gale Crater on Mars, while, in lower lying areas, rivers and lakes of extremely cold liquid water formed landscapes resembling those found in Iceland and Alaska.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Man claims to have lived on Mars for the last 17 years

An ex-marine under the pseudonym name of Captain Kaye claims he has spent the last 17 years living on Mars defending the human colonies from martians.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 10 comments

'Here we come, Mars' NASA testing its own UFO

Mars is still a realistic dream, not only for Mars One, but the European Space Agency and NASA. NASA has taken a giant leap forward in developing what they are hoping will be a viable flying-saucer shaped vehicle capable of withstanding Mars atmosphere.
In the Media by Karen Graham

$61 million paid for space operations business

Astrotech Corp. is to sell Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) business to Lockheed Martin Corp., for $61 million. The sale will generate more funds for space medicine.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Sun ejects giant CME at 1.5 million miles per hour

The sun emitted a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) on May 9, 2014, the first to be seen by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) of NASA, which was launched in June 2013 to closely observe the lower levels of the solar atmosphere.
In the Media by Sonia D'Costa

Enjoy high-speed Internet on the moon

Although wireless Internet is still not available at several places over the globe, a team of NASA and MIT research scientists have shown that it can be made available on the moon.
In the Media by Sonia D'Costa

Russia could bail on space station as tensions with U.S. worsen

Moscow - The Russian Federation is threatening to stop participating in the International Space Station project after 2020 in what appears to be a further deterioration of East-West relations.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Russian sanctions have boomerang affect on U.S. space program

Russia has announced that after 2020 they will no longer use the International Space Station. This notification comes two weeks after warning the U.S. that sanctions against the Russian space industry would have a "boomerang" effect.
In the Media by Karen Graham

NASA announces plans for a greenhouse on Mars

Wednesday, NASA announced that plants on Mars may begin growing by 2021 in isolated conditions. The next Mars rover will launch in mid-2020 and an experiment to send growing plant life with the rover to the Red Planet is in the works.
In the Media by Syra Sharif - 3 comments

Ice, liquid found on Jupiter's moon Ganymede, may harbor life

Think Mars is the ultimate life-harboring planet in our solar system? Think again. Recent findings from NASA indicate there may be life on not one, but two of Jupiter’s moons.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros - 4 comments

NASA reveals next-gen spacesuit prototype that could head to Mars

NASA announced the winner of the spacesuit prototype contest that launched last month, encouraging the public to cast their votes for the future of space travel fashion.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros - 3 comments

NASA data shows tornado-breeding weather system on the move

Washington - If the devastating plague of tornadoes in the last few days has been bad enough, there are more on the way. A large weather system is being tracked by NASA, showing a monster system over the Arizona/New Mexico region.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Astronomers discover freezing cold star in Earth’s backyard

Pasadena - The recent discovery of a brown dwarf star by astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope is remarkable in two respects.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Possibly habitable planet spotted 500 light-years away

Mountain View - An earth-size planet orbiting in its sun's habitable zone has been spotted for the first time, U.S. space scientists announced Thursday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Google buys New Mexico start-up drone maker Titan Aerospace

Is the race for high altitude unmanned drones on? Two major tech giants showed interests in start-up drone companies and another major purchase has been made today.
In the Media by Milton Este

Early risers can catch spectacular 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipse

Sky watchers across much of North America will get the chance to witness a total lunar eclipse for several hours on Tuesday, April 15 — but only if they rise early.
In the Media by Robert Myles

NASA acknowledges strange light on Mars

Pasadena - NASA acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that a camera on one of its Mars rovers had captured an image of what could be artificial light emanating from the planet's surface.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Civilization could crash in 15 years- NASA study

Sydney - NASA’s new study says the crunch time for civilization could be very near. Usually, when civilizations fall, it’s a big deal. Whether or not anybody will even notice the fall of this particular civilization is highly debatable.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

US-Russia tensions won't affect outer space operations, NASA says

Tensions between the United States and Russia on Earth will not affect operations on the International Space Station, NASA chief Charlie Bolden said Tuesday.
In the Media by Layne Weiss
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Artist rendered mobile robot
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The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions, one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 16, 2012
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A shot of winter scenery from the train window, winter in Poland, 2010.
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A melting snowman in Arizona
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NASA s prototype for the electroluminescent Z-2 spacesuits  slated to begin testing for Mars mission...
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NASA's prototype for the electroluminescent Z-2 spacesuits, slated to begin testing for Mars missions in November 2014.
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False-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars  where NASA s Curiosity rover landed on Au...
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False-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT) and the location where Curiosity collected its first drilled sample at the "John Klein" rock.
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An image provided by NASA of the lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)
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Bikes covered in snow in Helsinki  Finland
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Bikes covered in snow in Helsinki, Finland
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On June 27  2013  the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satell...
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On June 27, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of smoke plumes hovering over Spain and the western Mediterranean Sea.
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A lightning flash from a line of severe thunderstorms sweeping across the eastern United States was spotted from space by the Suomi NPP satellite on the night of Jan. 29, 2013.
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First X-ray View of Martian Soil
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First X-ray View of Martian Soil This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material. The soil sample, taken from a wind-blown deposit within Gale Crater, where the rover landed, is similar to volcanic soils in Hawaii.
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High-temperature fireballs found in space
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High-temperature fireballs found in space
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Ice forming into new shapes in  Lempäälä  Finland
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Ice forming into new shapes in Lempäälä, Finland
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Thick fog covers the area on Christmas morning 2012 in Fairfax County, Va. If memory serves, Route 28 is beyond the guardrail in this image.
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NASA s Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27  2010  to get a boost from Earth’s ...
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NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27, 2010, to get a boost from Earth’s gravity. It is now on its way to comet Hartley 2, depicted in this artist’s concept, with a planned flyby on Nov 4.
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Heating Martian Sand Grains: This plot of data from NASA s Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of...
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Heating Martian Sand Grains: This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM. The gases detected were released from fine-grain material, and include water vapor, carbon dioxide, oxygen and sulfur dioxide.
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