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Russia sheds doubt on joint Lunar space station with U.S.

Moscow - The deteriorating political climate between Russia and the U.S. has apparently seeped into an agreement made last year between Moscow and the U.S. on the NASA-led moon-orbiting Deep Space Gateway.

NASA to study earth ice loss with lasers

NASA is planning to assess the impact of global warming on the polar caps by assessing the rate of ice loss from space. The process for doing so will be through laser scanning.

Kepler Space Telescope signals it's not finished with its mission

Despite a malfunctioning thruster and painfully low levels of fuel, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope is still soldiering on, collecting scientific data and looking for new exoplanets.

NASA's $1 million challenge: Turn CO2 into glucose on Mars

If you know your way around a chemistry lab, you may want to check out the latest challenge from NASA. The space agency is asking the public to figure out a way to turn carbon dioxide into glucose. Ah, there is one thing - it needs to happen on Mars.

NASA's crawler-transporter takes mobile launcher for a ride

The SLS Mobile Launcher reached a major milestone, as it rolled to Pad 39B atop Crawler Transporter -2 on Friday. It will be rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for a year’s worth of verification and validation testing this weekend.

OSIRIS-REx captures first images of asteroid Bennu

Osiris-REx, NASA's asteroid-sampling spacecraft, has captured its very first images of the deep-space target it’s currently hurtling toward — a nearly half-mile-wide space rock orbiting the Sun named Bennu.

NASA plans AI based GPS for space missions

NASA’s Frontier Development Lab is working with computer giant Intel to develop a new form of navigation in space. This adds an artificial intelligence element to a form of 'space-GPS'.

NASA launching advanced laser to measure Earth's changing ice

Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission to measure – in unprecedented detail – changes in the heights of Earth's polar ice.

NASA administrator sees lunar water as key to returning to moon

NASA chiefs are excited about the possibility of “exploiting” the recently discovered water on the Moon, stating it will help humanity’s bid for a lunar settlement and space exploration.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

Tampa - NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

Parker solar probe — A once in a lifetime dream to touch the sun

If the weather cooperates on Saturday, and everything goes according to plan, NASA will be sending a spacecraft to the sun. The Parker Solar Probe will get closer to the massive ball of gas and plasma we call our sun than any spacecraft has gone before.

NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Tampa - NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries.

NASA announces astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX launches for U.S.

Houston - NASA named nine astronauts Friday who hope to blast off next year on flights to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard commercial spacecraft built by Boeing and SpaceX.

First flights of crewed spacecraft won't happen until 2019

SpaceX and Boeing won't be flying crewed test flights of their new astronaut crew capsules until well into 2019, according to a new schedule NASA released on Thursday.

NASA can look at the factors leading to start and spread of fires

NASA researchers recently developed a model that analyzes various weather factors that lead to the formation and spread of fires. It is called the Global Fire Weather Database (GFWED).

Poll shows climate change should be NASA's top priority

NASA’s focus should not be on the cosmos but on Earth, according to a wide-ranging Bloomberg poll of Americans’ views on space.

Op-Ed: WIRED and Space.com bleat about NOT terraforming Mars

A new study says terraforming Mars can’t be done “with existing technology”. Well, duh. You don’t say. WIRED and Space.com have fearlessly agreed, stating it can’t be done. So there, nerds, says WIRED.

At 60, NASA shoots for revival of moon glory days

Tampa - Sixty years ago, spurred by competition with the Soviet Union, the United States created NASA, launching a journey that would take Americans to the moon within a decade.

Tech and science will keep the Parker Solar Probe from melting

On August 6, 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat.

Crew Dragon arrives at Cape Canaveral for first test flight

Under development and testing for years, the SpaceX Crew Dragon space capsule that will carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station arrived in Florida late this week.

GAO: NASA needs a backup plan to maintain presence at ISS

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is in jeopardy, according to a report published this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and they want NASA to come up with a contingency plan for getting American astronauts to the ISS.

NASA's Kepler Telescope 'close to death' as it runs out of fuel

The Kepler Space Telescope is almost out of fuel, which means its life is coming to an end, NASA announced on July 6, 2018. The space agency says it put the planet-hunting spacecraft into a “hibernation” safe mode.

Colorado firm to build drone for NASA study of Venus' atmosphere

NASA has awarded Boulder, Colorado-based Black Swift Technologies (BST) a contract to develop an unmanned aerial system (UAS) for atmospheric observations of Venus.

NASA backed project to find alien life

Is there life on other planets? This perennial question still fascinates. An international team of scientists, supported by NASA, have laid the groundwork for scanning the skies for life.

NASA's quiet supersonic X-plane gets a new name - X-59 QueSST

NASA’s newest experimental aircraft, designed with quiet supersonic technology and intended to help open a new era in faster-than-sound air travel over land, will forever be known in the history books as the X-59 QueSST.

Government releases national Near-Earth Object preparedness plan

While the chance of a large asteroid hitting the Earth may be remote, the consequences would be catastrophic. The federal government released a new report today outlining the steps the nation will take to prevent or prepare the country for such an event.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday expressed alarm over US President Donald Trump's call for the United States to dominate space exploration and his plan to create a separate branch of the military called a Space Force.

Trump signs Space Policy Directive-3 aimed at reducing space junk

President Trump is signing a policy document Monday seeking to improve the tracking of space junk and limit future debris, but experts say the idea will be difficult to carry out.

NASA astronauts install high-def cameras during spacewalk

Tampa - Two US spacewalkers on Thursday outfitted the International Space Station with a pair of new high-definition video cameras designed to help visiting commercial spaceships dock there in the coming years.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.
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Map showing the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg.
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The Grail probes will slip into the moon's orbit to study its uneven lunar gravity field
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SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
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Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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CLOSEUP: The dwarf planet Pluto as photographed by the LORRI and Ralph instruments aboard the New Horizons spacecraft on July 13.
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Composite x-ray/optical view of the NGC 6240
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Polar stratospheric clouds.
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity snapped this picture of Mount Sharp with its front Hazard Avoidance camera, or Hazcam. The photo was released by NASA on Aug. 6, 2012.
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This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander. The sites (A and C) are located on the larger of the two lobes that make up comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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Chuck kneels down to straighten his blankets before curling up to take a late afternoon nap.
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File photo: Armstrong on the surface of the moon
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These two images show a section of the sun as seen by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, on the right and NASA's SDO on the left. The IRIS image provides scientists with unprecedented detail of the lowest parts of the sun's atmosphere, known as the interface region
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