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NASA announces eight-nation space coalition under 'Artemis Accords'

Washington - NASA announced on Tuesday that eight countries have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Accords that outlines the principles of future exploration of the Moon and beyond.

Climate change fuels sharp increase in glacier lakes

Paris - The volume of lakes formed as glaciers worldwide melt due to climate change has jumped by 50 percent in 30 years, according to a new study based on satellite data.

Asteroid near-miss — 'We didn't see it coming' says NASA

No one detected the pick-up truck-sized asteroid that whizzed past Earth on Sunday until six hours after it had passed. It flew within about 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of our planet.

NASA opts to change 'inappropriate' nicknames of celestial bodies

NASA has signaled it is joining the social justice movement by changing unofficial and potentially contentious names used by the scientific community for distant cosmic objects and systems such as planets, galaxies and nebulae.

America's first crewed spaceship in decade splashes down off Florida

Washington - America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned to Earth safely on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane might delay SpaceX-NASA return trip from ISS

Washington - The first US astronauts to reach the International Space Station on an American spacecraft in nearly a decade might not come home this weekend as scheduled because of Hurricane Isaias, NASA said Friday.

NASA — Mars Perseverance rover set for launch on Thursday

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter, arrived at the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 28, 2020.

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its nuclear power source

The nuclear power generator for NASA’s Perseverance rover has been installed on the spacecraft atop an Atlas 5 rocket at Cape Canaveral, and mission managers gave a green light Wednesday to continue preparations for the rover’s July 30 launch.

Trump's space-themed ad pulled after it violated NASA guidelines

The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump has taken down an online ad tied to the recent Demo-2 commercial crew launch after complaints it appeared to violate NASA media guidelines, and criticism from one person who appeared in it.

US astronauts enter space station in milestone mission

Washington - NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade, a triumph for SpaceX and private enterprise.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station

Washington - A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two NASA astronauts docked Sunday with the International Space Station, the first time a crewed US spacecraft has performed the feat in nearly a decade.

NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel.

SpaceX launch moving ahead, weather uncertain

SpaceX's historic first crewed mission to the International Space Station was set to proceed as scheduled on Saturday, NASA said, although uncertainty remained over weather conditions.

Bob and Doug, the best friends on historic SpaceX-NASA mission

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, the astronauts set to launch into orbit on a SpaceX rocket Wednesday, are both former military pilots, both recruited by NASA in 2000, and both married to fellow astronauts.

Today marks the return of human spaceflight from US soil

When NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral in a SpaceX Crew Dragon Wednesday, it will be the first time Americans once again will launch from U.S. soil since 2011.

Q&A: NASA to explore Moon habitability Special

NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) has launched the 'Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload' challenge on thecrowdsourcing site, HeroX. The aim is for on innovators across the world to help solve one of their biggest challenges: Moon habitability.

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

Washington - NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.

NASA's ICESat-2 mission tracks the decline of ice sheets

Using the most advanced Earth-observing laser instrument NASA has ever flown in space, scientists have made precise, detailed measurements of how the elevation of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have changed over 16 years.

NASA picks Alabama student's entry for first Mars helicopter

An Alabama high school student named NASA's first Mars helicopter that will be deployed to the red planet later this summer. Ingenuity - the name submitted by Vaneeza Rupani, was selected for the 4 pound (1.8 kilograms) solar-powered helicopter.

NASA's 'worm' logo makes a comeback with SpaceX launch in May

The worm is back. NASA's sleek and wavy logo from the 1970s is set to make its return on a SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled to launch in May -- the first to carry astronauts to the International Space Station from American soil since 2011.

NASA announces May 27, date for manned flight to Space Station

Cape Canaveral - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted on Friday that a launch date of May 27, 2020, has been set for the launch of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA hits Boeing with 61 fixes after 'high-visibility close call'

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) joint investigation into Boeing’s failed December CST-100 crew capsule spaceflight mission came up with a long list of corrections needed before the Starliner flies again.

Three new space-based instruments to advance air quality science

NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 10 a.m. EDT Monday, March 9, to discuss an international collaboration aimed at improving our understanding of air quality. The teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website.

Launch date set for ESA's Solar Orbiter mission 'to face the sun'

The ESA announced on Tuesday that its Solar Orbiter mission will launch from Cape Canaveral on February 6. The ESA-led mission will provide the first views of the Sun’s unchartered polar regions, giving unprecedented insight into how our star works.

Essential Science: Earth-size habitable-zone world detected

NASA has reported it has detected an Earth-like planet that has all the indications of being habitable. This forms part of the space agency’s attempt to seek out new planets of interest in the cosmos.

Joint mission will launch 2 satellites to track rising sea levels

One of the clear signs of climate change is rising ocean levels. Now a joint mission involving the US and Europe is launching a pair of satellites starting in November 2020, to provide more detailed information about rising sea levels.

Eyeing Moon, NASA hosts first public astronaut graduation ceremony

Houston - NASA on Friday celebrated its latest class of graduating astronauts at a public ceremony in Houston, honoring a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America's return to the Moon and eventual journey to Mars...

Core stage of NASA's SLS 'megarocket' to undergo 'key testing'

The heart of NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket is on the move. The 212-foot (65 meters) long core stage of the "megarocket" left New Orleans - headed for Mississippi by barge - for crucial tests to assess its readiness for launch.

Op-Ed: Conservatism vs science: Against America’s best interests

Washington - Would you call dismantling United States science programs and research “national scale sabotage”? Some would. The sheer scope of the Trump administration’s war on science is staggering. It’s systemic, and it’s dangerous.

NASA's Orion capsule takes a ride on the 'Super Guppy'

Transporting NASA's Orion space capsule from one place to another can be a daunting task, especially when it has a mass of about 8.5 metric tons (19,000 pounds). But NASA also has a very big plane that can do the job.
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Artist s representation of the Moon being formed from debris generated when a Mars-size object colli...
Artist's representation of the Moon being formed from debris generated when a Mars-size object collided with Earth.
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Cassini will bid  A final kiss goodbye  on Friday.
Cassini will bid "A final kiss goodbye" on Friday.
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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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A NASA photo of air pollution in Beijing. At the time that this Jan. 14 image was taken by satellite...
A NASA photo of air pollution in Beijing. At the time that this Jan. 14 image was taken by satellite, ground-based sensors at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported PM2.5 measurements of 291 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
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snow melting off the stones on the patio, 01/02/12
Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
The next tree tops are always nearby   as the crow flies.
The next tree tops are always nearby, "as the crow flies."
A computer-generated image of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Approximately...
A computer-generated image of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Approximately 95% of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites.
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Curiosity s First Sample Drilling: At the center of this image from NASA s Curiosity rover is the ho...
Curiosity's First Sample Drilling: At the center of this image from NASA's Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called "John Klein" where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013
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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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Jeanette Epps scheduled to become first African-American crew member of the International Space Stat...
Jeanette Epps scheduled to become first African-American crew member of the International Space Station
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The Indus River  near Kashmor  Pakistan  on Aug. 12.  overflowing onto land
The Indus River, near Kashmor, Pakistan, on Aug. 12., overflowing onto land
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A makeshift shelter for a homeless man in Nashville.
A makeshift shelter for a homeless man in Nashville.
A solar system including six planets around a star 2 000 light-years away has been spotted by astron...
A solar system including six planets around a star 2,000 light-years away has been spotted by astronomers
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The GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) data product.
The GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) data product.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
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Owen Maynard, centre, with Tom Kelly of Grumman who built the lunar module. (NASA)
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The craft will carry three Lego figures that represent the God Jupiter  his wife Juno and Galileo.
The craft will carry three Lego figures that represent the God Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo.
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Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 24  2017.
Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 24, 2017.
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Engineers use a replica of NASA's InSight lander, which will launch to Mars later this year, at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California on March 8, 2018.
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