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NASA may send smallsat mission to giant asteroid Pallas

Pallas, our solar system’s third largest and wholly unexplored asteroid, is the target for a potential SmallSat NASA flyby mission for possible launch in 2022.

NASA's Space Launch System may be replaced by commercial rockets

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s surprise announcement March 13 that NASA is considering moving Exploration Mission 1 off of the Space Launch System (SLS) took many in the industry by surprise.

NASA captures unprecedented images of supersonic shockwaves

Washington - NASA has captured unprecedented photos of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft, part of its research into developing planes that can fly faster than sound without thunderous "sonic booms".

Huge crack in Brunt Ice Shelf could calve iceberg larger than NYC

Cracks are snaking in two directions across the Brunt Ice Shelf on the northern coast of Antarctica. The fracturing ice shelf could soon release an iceberg about twice the size of New York City.

Space agencies preparing for 3-year round-trip journey to Mars

Getting to Mars is a journey that could involve 140 million miles of travel. Astronauts on a Mars mission will be subjected to extreme conditions requiring problem-solving skills and creative thinking. How are we preparing for a Mars mission?

SpaceX gains green light for Crew Dragon DM-1 mission to the ISS

NASA managers have given their approval for SpaceX to proceed with an uncrewed test flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 2, following a green light from the key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) on Friday.

NASA warns SpaceX and Boeing of design risks of launch systems

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

NASA and SpaceX aim for March launch of Crew Dragon capsule

NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March 2 launch of the first crew capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

Huge cavity in bottom of Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay

A massive cavity that is two-thirds the size of Manhattan and nearly the height of the Chrysler Building is growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica - a discovery that NASA scientists called “disturbing.”

Russia demands explanation over US snub to space chief

Moscow - Russia's space agency on Saturday demanded an explanation after NASA put off a planned visit to the United States by Russia's controversial space chief.

NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Washington - Four billion miles from the sun floats Ultima Thule, an icy celestial body that NASA scientists announced Wednesday is aptly shaped like a giant snowman.

New Horizons 'phoned home' late Tuesday morning — All is well

Today, at 10:33 a.m. ET, NASA's New Horizons team got the call the world had been waiting for. The spacecraft’s systems were working. Its cameras and recorder were pointed in the right direction.

NASA speeds toward historic flyby of faraway world, Ultima Thule

Tampa - NASA counted down Monday to a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind -- a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule -- in the hopes of learning more about how planets took shape.

NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

Tampa - A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humankind, a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule some four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away.

On New Year's Day, New Horizons will meet Ultima Thule

After a journey of almost 13 years and more than 6.5 billion kilometers (4.04 million miles), NASA's New Horizons is about to meet a tiny, mysterious space rock called 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule.

Mark Rober admits YouTube glitter bomb video was partially faked

Mark Rober, the former NASA engineer who built a glitter bomb package that explodes after it has been stolen, has admitted that elements of his viral video were faked.

Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

Baikonur - Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia's Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks.

After dramatic plunge, InSight Lander sets down on Mars

NASA's InSight lander touched down safely on the Martian surface today (Nov. 26), pulling off the first successful Red Planet landing since the Curiosity rover's arrival in August 2012 — on the seventh anniversary of Curiosity's launch, no less.

Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Pasadena - Cheers and applause erupted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as a waist-high unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on Mars, capping a nearly seven-year journey from design to launch to landing.

Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

Los Angeles - NASA's top scientists admitted to sleepless nights, sweaty palms, stomach aches and moments of pure terror as their $993 million Mars Insight spacecraft approaches a high-drama finale Monday: landing on Mars.

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Tampa - NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet.

NASA floppy disks found in space

In a sign of the times and a testament to the age of the International Space Station, an astronaut has found old NASA floppy disks in space.

NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

Tampa - NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet, officials said Monday.

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space.

NASA's Dawn asteroid mission ends as fuel runs out

Washington - Dawn, a NASA spacecraft that launched 11 years ago and studied two of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, has ended its mission after running out of fuel, officials said Thursday.

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun

Tampa - NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which launched earlier this year, has set a new record for becoming the closest human-made object to the Sun, the US space agency announced Monday."The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles (42.

NASA's InSight Lander one month away from Mars landing

One month from today, on November 26, NASA's InSight lander is scheduled to touch down just north of the Martian equator - almost seven months after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA fixes Hubble telescope the old-fashioned way — flip a switch

After the Hubble Space Telescope was put into safe mode due to a gyro failure on October 5, the one remaining gyroscope kept as a spare didn't work as expected, so there were some tense moments as NASA engineers turned to some unusual maneuvers.

NASA to use nanosatellites to track storms

NASA has begun using nanosatellites to track global storms. The technology is housed in hardware no large than shoebox. However, the tiny instrumentation on-board is highly accurate.

ISS crew may be there awhile says astronaut Chris Hadfield

Three people currently on board the international space station are "essentially marooned" on the ship for a while, renowned Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has told Euronews.
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This handout image from NASA  one of the first images from the Curiosity rover which landed on Mars ...
This handout image from NASA, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover which landed on Mars the evening of August 5, 2012, shows the wheel of the rover after it successfully landed on Mars.
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Because they don’t give off light  astronomers have a difficult time pinpointing a black hole s lo...
Because they don’t give off light, astronomers have a difficult time pinpointing a black hole's location. But when a black hole gets close enough to an object, like a star, for example, and begins consuming the object's mass, the matter that pours into its gravitational clutches can get so hot that it glows and releases energy in the form of X-ray light.
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Rising from fire and smoke  NASA s twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission lau...
Rising from fire and smoke, NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission launches atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 Heavy rocket. Leaving from Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the spacecraft launched at 9:08:52 EDT Sept.10, 2011.
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Astronaut Stephen K. Robinson anchored to the end of Canadarm2 during STS-114  2005
Astronaut Stephen K. Robinson anchored to the end of Canadarm2 during STS-114, 2005
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Diagram of Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometers for Mars  one of six scientific instruments ...
Diagram of Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometers for Mars, one of six scientific instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic.
Image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic.
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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in December 2018.
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in December 2018.
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A makeshift shelter for a homeless man in Nashville.
A makeshift shelter for a homeless man in Nashville.
A NASA telescope s view of the universe
A NASA telescope's view of the universe
NASA, ESA, H.Teplitz and M.Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst(ASU), Z. Leva
A pyrocumulonimbus storm combines smoke and fire with the features of a violent thunderstorm. Pollut...
A pyrocumulonimbus storm combines smoke and fire with the features of a violent thunderstorm. Pollutants from these storms are funneled into the stratosphere.
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SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
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An artistic rendering of Lockheed’s crewed lunar lander on the surface of the Moon
An artistic rendering of Lockheed’s crewed lunar lander on the surface of the Moon
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Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the spa...
Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the space station
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The plane carrying the Pegasus rocket with its eight mini-satellites gains altitude after taking off...
The plane carrying the Pegasus rocket with its eight mini-satellites gains altitude after taking off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.
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Downward-looking camera view of the area around Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa  a...
Downward-looking camera view of the area around Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, acquired Aug. 18, 2010, by the MISR instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft. The imaged area is 380 kilometers (236 miles) wide. The bright white feature above and to the right of image center is the Palabora Copper Mine, and the water body near upper right is Lake Massingir in Mozambique. Kruger National Park lies between these landmarks and stretches from north to south for some 350 kilometers (2
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The extreme ultraviolet light emitted by ionised helium on the sun indicates a temperature near 80 0...
The extreme ultraviolet light emitted by ionised helium on the sun indicates a temperature near 80,000 degrees Celsius
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This artist s concept illustrates the first known Earth Trojan asteroid  discovered by NEOWISE  the ...
This artist's concept illustrates the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, discovered by NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's WISE mission. The asteroid is shown in gray and its extreme orbit is shown in green. Earth's orbit around the sun is indicated by blue dots. The objects are not drawn to scale.
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Composite x-ray/optical view of the NGC 6240
Composite x-ray/optical view of the NGC 6240
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