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Russian cargo ship brings food to space station, finally

Korolyov - A successful liftoff for a Russian Soyuz rocket on Friday from Kazakhstan was recorded by NASA TV. The mission will deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

Astronomers monitor extraordinary black hole 'eruption'

Astronomers worldwide are monitoring a newly awakened black hole after it released a blast of high-energy light. A black hole eruption is an extraordinary space phenomenon

SpaceX, NASA react to rocket fail and will 'get back to flight'

SpaceX and NASA answered questions about Sunday morning's Falcon 9 rocket explosion, but offered few explanations about why it happened. This is the third consecutive failed cargo mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk.

A 'new' crater on Mars as never seen before

Tucson - NASA has released a spectacular hi-res image of a “new” crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars taken by the HiRise instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Sounding out Mars: NASA starts trials for next lander mission

Pasadena - Trials have now started on NASA’s next piece of Mars wizardry, a stationary lander scheduled to head off to the Red Planet, March 2016.

Antarctic ice shelf could be gone in just a few years, says NASA

A NASA study has found that one of the major remaining ice shelves on Antarctica is melting much faster than previous suggestions. It could be completely gone in just a few years, fuelling sea level rise and making Antarctica a little smaller.

Robot squid to search for life in underground seas of alien moons

NASA scientists have come up with a pretty cool piece of machinery to fish around for alien life that may exist in subterranean seas found on many nearby moons.

NASA offering money for ideas on how to get to and colonize Mars

You may think the folks at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Admin. are a little spaced out after a recent press release. In it NASA asks the public for ideas on how to get humans to Mars so they can establish a colony there. Shouldn't they know?

NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

NASA may have discovered the secret to faster-than-light travel

The barrier to interstellar travel seems to have always been our inability to go faster than the speed of light. Now, NASA may have discovered the secret to the famous warp drive, which propelled the Starship Enterprise across the galaxies.

Pluto may have polar ice caps and nitrogen snow

NASA scientists are describing images of Pluto coming in from the New Horizon spacecraft as "incredible" and "stunning." The photos seem to show that the planet has ice caps, something which astronomers hadn't predicted.

NASA picks top team to hunt for aliens

NASA has just got serious about finding alien life. The space agency has picked a top team of scientists to hunt for extraterrestrials – and you may be able to participate.

Op-Ed: What you need to know about Hubble's 25th anniversary

That young whippersnapper the Hubble Space Telescope has now made a quarter of a century. Just when you’d think it’d be settling down and having kids, or at least dating more, it’s still rampaging around the skies looking for dazzling things.

NASA astronauts' GoPro POV spacewalk delivers stunning views

NASA has released stunning POV GoPro footage of life outside the International Space Station shot during spacewalk missions early in 2015. The footage gives an impression of the experience of spacewalk and wondrous beauty of Earth from 250 miles above.

NASA chief says we'll discover alien life in 10 to 20 years

A top NASA scientist has announced that we are on the verge of finding alien life. The view from the space agency experts is that it is not a question of if, but when we will discover it and that could be quite soon.

NASA believes alien life will be found by 2025

NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan, said during NASA panel discussion on the search for extraterrestrial life, that alien lifeforms will probably be discovered in the next two to three decades.

Former NASA engineer saw 9-ft alien with Space Shuttle astronauts

Clark C. McClelland, a man who says he was a NASA spacecraft operator, claimed in a statement first published on his website in 2008, that while monitoring a Space Shuttle mission in the 1990s, he saw a 9-ft tall alien with NASA astronauts in space.

NASA announces next steps on its ARM mission for Journey to Mars

On Wednesday, NASA announced additional details for future human expeditions into deep space, which will include going to Mars. The mission is ARM, or Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will test new astronaut capabilities by the mid-2020s.

NASA: Huge asteroid 2014-YB35 makes close Earth approach Friday

A massive space rock, asteroid 2014-YB35, about 1 km across, will hurtle past Earth on Friday at a speed of 23,000 mph, passing safely at a distance of 2.8 million miles at closest approach, about 11.7 times the distance of between Earth and Moon.

Jupiter's moon Ganymede has salt water ocean

It seems that the chances of finding life in our solar system are improving almost daily with this week's discovery of a gigantic salt water ocean inside Jupiter's moon, Ganymede.

Four NASA spacecraft launched to solve magnetic mystery

Cape Canaveral - Four NASA spacecraft launched on Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 10:44pm on a major mission. The purpose of the mission is to study the magnetic fields around the sun and the Earth.

Astronomers see same supernova several times with Hubble

One hundred years ago, astronomy was a small field, limited by the number of observations scientists made while peering through a telescope.

NASA scientists recreate building blocks of life in laboratory

NASA's Ames research lab has recreated uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory, in simulated deep space conditions.

NASA space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet

Washington - The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said.

Astronauts complete 3 spacewalks, fix ISS for future space taxis

NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore completed a series of three spacewalks that began on February 22, to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for future "space taxis."

Crescent moon highlights Venus and Mars for spectacular footage

Not since 2008 has a crescent-shaped new moon shone so elegantly on the rare planetary alignment of Mars and Venus, until now. On February 20, 2015, social sites around the world feasted on the spectacular viewings.

Astronauts prepare ISS for 'space taxis' with 7-hour spacewalk

Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts, spent nearly seven hours outside the International Space Station (ISS) to reconfigure it and install new docking stations for commercial crew vehicles.

Amazing NASA video reveals the far side of the moon

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has released a video showing what the far side of the Moon looks like, using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA cameras catch fireball

NASA cameras caught a massive fireball that erupted over Pittsburgh at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The fireball could be clearly seen from areas of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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Lava swirls in a channel in Cerberus Palus  Mars
Lava swirls in a channel in Cerberus Palus, Mars
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The Roman Forum blanketed in snow
The Roman Forum blanketed in snow
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Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
NASA satellite view of Spain in rather appropriate Spanish flag colors.
NASA satellite view of Spain in rather appropriate Spanish flag colors.
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Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health  the...
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health, the smog (grey) clearly visible from space
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A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory on...
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
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Jupuiter s moon  Europa.
Jupuiter's moon, Europa.
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA s Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface ...
This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
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Viewed at 261 000 miles (419 000 kilometers) from Saturn  the vortex of a massive polar hurricane ar...
Viewed at 261,000 miles (419,000 kilometers) from Saturn, the vortex of a massive polar hurricane around Saturn's north pole.
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File photo: Armstrong on the surface of the moon
File photo: Armstrong on the surface of the moon
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Auroras form when a  solar wind  of charged particles from the Sun enters Earth s magnetic field  ac...
Auroras form when a "solar wind" of charged particles from the Sun enters Earth's magnetic field, accelerating electrically charged particles trapped within. The high-speed particles then crash into Earth's upper atmosphere over the polar regions, causing the atmosphere to emit a ghostly, multicolored glow.
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Enterprise and Discovery come nose-to-nose  a historical event
Enterprise and Discovery come nose-to-nose, a historical event
This artist s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and ...
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
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False-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars  where NASA s Curiosity rover landed on Au...
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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snow melting off the stones on the patio  01/02/12
snow melting off the stones on the patio, 01/02/12
First X-ray View of Martian Soil
This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by...
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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CO2 levels as of July 2013.
CO2 levels as of July 2013.
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Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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This composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known bl...
This composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighbourhood.
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A frozen pond in Switzerland
A frozen pond in Switzerland
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