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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.

NASA says Boeing is delaying America's return to space

The NASA Office of Inspector General issued a scathing report on Wednesday, saying Boeing's poor “management, technical, and infrastructure issues” have resulted in delays and vast cost overruns for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).

One-person spacecraft could replace many spacewalking activities

A single-person spacecraft designed to eventually replace the bulky spacesuits worn by astronauts during spacewalking activities passed two key pressure tests in September, according to company representatives.

Lockheed-Martin reveals plans for reusable lunar lander

On Wednesday, October 3, aerospace giant Lockheed Martin revealed its concept for a reusable, single-stage spaceship capable of ferrying four astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of the moon.

NASA's 3-part plan to send humans to Mars

NASA has unveiled an ambitious three-stage plan, outlining the agencies next phases for human pace missions. The National Space Exploration Plan, backed by President Trump, includes visits to the Moon and to Mars.

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.
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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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NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
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Artists s concept of Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)
Artists's concept of Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)
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The Four RS-25 Engines that will Power SLS.
The Four RS-25 Engines that will Power SLS.
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A pyrocumulonimbus cloud towers over thick smoke from fires burning near Canberra  Australia  in 200...
A pyrocumulonimbus cloud towers over thick smoke from fires burning near Canberra, Australia, in 2003. The cloud's strong winds caused the fires to explode into the Australian city.
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On November 30  2001  MODIS captured this image of southeastern Asia. The image focuses on the count...
On November 30, 2001, MODIS captured this image of southeastern Asia. The image focuses on the countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, left to right respectively. Deforestation is clealy seen.
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Bruce McCandless tested the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) on the first tetherless spacewalk in Febru...
Bruce McCandless tested the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) on the first tetherless spacewalk in February 1984.
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The astronauts are  from left to right: Sunita Williams  Josh Cassada  Eric Boe  Nicole Mann  Christ...
The astronauts are, from left to right: Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover.
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A lightning flash from a line of severe thunderstorms sweeping across the eastern United States was ...
A lightning flash from a line of severe thunderstorms sweeping across the eastern United States was spotted from space by the Suomi NPP satellite on the night of Jan. 29, 2013.
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The moon  in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
The moon, in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
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Scott Carpenter seen in his spacesuit in 1962.
Scott Carpenter seen in his spacesuit in 1962.
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Astronaut Terry Virts practices his Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) training aboard the Intern...
Astronaut Terry Virts practices his Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) training aboard the International Space Station.
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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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The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence cou...
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
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NASA s Mars rover Curiosity snapped this picture of Mount Sharp with its front Hazard Avoidance came...
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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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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Nasa scientists have discovered atoms including helium  hydrogen  oxygen and neon in interstellar me...
Nasa scientists have discovered atoms including helium, hydrogen, oxygen and neon in interstellar medium
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This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image.
This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image.
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