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NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth, the US space agency said Thursday.

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

Washington - An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft.

Space blanket floats away during historic spacewalk

Miami - A space blanket floated away from American astronaut Peggy Whitson on Thursday as she made a historic spacewalk outside the International Space Station, setting a new record for the most spacewalks by a woman.

US astronaut breaks record for most spacewalks by a woman

Miami - American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday, breaking the record for the most spacewalks by a woman.

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future

For the first time in nearly seven years, the U.S. government has passed a new long-term vision for NASA's future. President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

Trump's 2018 budget will cut these four NASA missions

Under President Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget request, four NASA Earth science missions will be cut if the request makes its way into law.

Five amazing Canadian space facts you should know

With the announcement that Canso, Nova Scotia will be host to a new satellite launching rocket pad in the not-too-distant future, it’s the perfect time to show off some of Canada’s noteworthy space exploration facts.

NASA's Operation IceBridge survey to expand its Arctic reach

NASA's Operation IceBridge kicked off in 2009. Its primary mission is to monitor changes in the polar ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Now, for the first time, NASA will explore the Arctic's Eurasian Basin.

Sinking San Joaquin Valley of California seen from space

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have released satellite imagery that shows the extent of land subsidence in California's San Joaquin Valley. Some areas have dropped more than two feet in the past year.

SpaceX will send two tourists around the moon in 2018

SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk made a startling announcement Monday, saying two private individuals have hired his company to fly a manned mission around the moon in 2018.

Solar Probe Plus — Getting up close and personal with our sun

Our sun is a dwarf star of hot and glowing gasses. We know its interaction with the Earth drives our seasons, weather and more. But to understand the connectivity between the Earth and sun fully, we need to get up close, and a Solar Probe will help us.

Sticky valves cause of Juno spacecraft's longer orbit of Jupiter

On Thursday, NASA announced its Juno spacecraft circling the giant gas planet, Jupiter, would remain in its 53-day orbit pattern, instead of dropping to a planned 14-day pattern, for the remainder of its mission. NASA blames sticky valves.

Trump asks NASA to study feasibility of crew on rocket's flight

President Trump has directed NASA to conduct a feasibility study on adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, a project currently planned as an unmanned mission around the moon in 2018.

NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight

Miami - The US space agency said it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon.

NASA makes major announcement about exoplanets

Houston - NASA has made a major announcement about a new discovery “beyond our solar system.” The discovery relates to seven exoplanets, which could potentially support life.

NASA scientists want Pluto to become a planet again

A group of NASA scientists want Pluto’s status as a planet restored. Eleven years ago, the ninth planet in the solar system was downgraded to that of a dwarf planet. To scientists who are working on journeys to Pluto, that is simply not good enough.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from NASA launchpad with ISS cargo

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

Miami - SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff Saturday due to a "slightly odd" technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine.

NASA scientist born in US has to turn over phone at US border

Sidd Bikkannavar a natural-born American citizen claims he was detained on January 30 at Houston International Airport. This was just days after new president Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven countries.

Astronaut sets record, throws football more than 500,000 yards

Houston - It was “sort of a record” and there are a lot of “buts” associated with it. The ball was thrown by Astronaut Tim Kopra while orbiting the Earth on the ISS and it travelled 564,664 yards. The distance was measured relative to the Earth.

NASA opens exhibit marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 disaster

Cape Canaveral - NASA opened a new exhibit yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee. The three Apollo 1 astronauts died when their capsule caught on fire while they were performing pre-launch checks.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon dead at 82

Houston - Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at age 82. Although his family did not release details of the cause of the former astronaut’s death, he had been in ill health for several months. Cernan is being remembered as the last human to walk on the moon.

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station

Miami - French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station.

Construction of NASA's massive Space Launch System stand complete

Huntsville - NASA's enormous Space Launch System (SLS) is an advanced space vehicle, the world's most powerful rocket. It will be used to launch astronauts on missions to distant planets. An enormous stand has been built to test the rocket's biggest fuel tank.

Asteroid just flew by Earth and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

NASA announces first African-American space station crew member

While African-American astronauts have flown on the space shuttle and have visited the ISS on technical or supply missions, none have ever been a member of the crew. NASA announced Jeanette Epps will become the first black ISS crew member next year.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson became oldest woman to walk in space

When she took off for the International Space Station (ISS) in November, Peggy Whitson became the oldest woman to go into space. Yesterday the 56-year-old became the oldest woman to take part in a spacewalk.

The year in space — Headlines that made the news in 2016

From Space X successfully landing a rocket on a floating platform to NASA's Juno probe reaching Jupiter after a journey of 1.8 billion miles, 2016 has been a year of many accomplishments in the space industry. Let's look at a few of the stories.

NASA issues stunning photographs of Christmas in space

Houston - The astronauts on the International Space Station are celebrating Christmas Day in the same way as many people on Earth will celebrate the holiday. To add a special touch, NASA have issued some stunning December 25 pictures.
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The shuttle Endeavor docked at the ISS. This photo was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nesp...
The shuttle Endeavor docked at the ISS. This photo was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011.
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The storm can be seen on upper part of the image of Saturn
The storm can be seen on upper part of the image of Saturn
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A frozen pond in Switzerland
A frozen pond in Switzerland
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STS-134 Crew Arrives at Kennedy. From left are Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff  Andrew Feustel  C...
STS-134 Crew Arrives at Kennedy. From left are Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel, Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, Mission Specialist Mike Fincke and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.
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Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 26  2017. The iceberg is at the upper right in the image....
Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 26, 2017. The iceberg is at the upper right in the image. Note the cracks, evidence of additional calving to come.
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The crow flew suddenly  seeming to caw a taunt --  Cannot capture me!
The crow flew suddenly, seeming to caw a taunt -- "Cannot capture me!"
Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA s Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on...
Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010 using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument. With the Mississippi Delta on the left, the silvery swirling oil slick from the April 20 explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform is highly visible. The rig was located roughly 50 miles southeast of the coast of Louisiana.
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International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
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A cutaway model of the radiation belts with the 2 RBSP satellites flying through them. The radiation...
A cutaway model of the radiation belts with the 2 RBSP satellites flying through them. The radiation belts are two donut-shaped regions encircling Earth, where high-energy particles, mostly electrons and ions, are trapped by Earth’s magnetic field. The inner belt extends from about 1,000 to 8,000 miles above Earth’s equator. The outer belt extends from about 12,000 to 25,000 miles.
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This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image above.
This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image above.
Credit: Axel Mellinger, Central Michigan Univ.
The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
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Imagine a space trip taking seven months. What would you eat?
Imagine a space trip taking seven months. What would you eat?
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Final Day of Docked Operations
This view of space shuttle Atlantis and its Raffaello multi-purpose l...
Final Day of Docked Operations This view of space shuttle Atlantis and its Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module was taken by a crew member aboard the space station on the final day of joint activities between the crew members for the STS-135 and Expedition 28 missions.
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NASA s prototype for the electroluminescent Z-2 spacesuits  slated to begin testing for Mars mission...
NASA's prototype for the electroluminescent Z-2 spacesuits, slated to begin testing for Mars missions in November 2014.
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An illustration of the X-37B  the unmanned successor to the space shuttle.
An illustration of the X-37B, the unmanned successor to the space shuttle.
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Another view of the Hartley 2 comet taken by NASA
Another view of the Hartley 2 comet taken by NASA
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NASA image of tsunami debris in Pacific Ocean in April 2012.
NASA image of tsunami debris in Pacific Ocean in April 2012.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery

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