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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.

Discovery of lost data solves mystery of 'warming moon'

The United States' moon landing in 1969 represents, perhaps, the greatest achievement for mankind and scientific space development. But for a period of time during the 1970s, scientists discovered the moon was getting warmer. Now we know why.

NASA's Mars CubeSats notch another spaceflight first

On May 5, 2018, NASA launched a stationary lander called InSight to Mars. Riding along with InSight were two briefcase-sized CubeSats, the first of their kind of spacecraft to fly into deep space.

NASA to launch mission to study cosmic rays in the heliosphere

NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.

NASA astronauts train with Boeing and SpaceX on crew capsules

Houston - A joint commercial provider and NASA team will help ensure astronauts will be able to safely travel to and from the International Space Station aboard Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.

Two missions will take us closer to the sun than ever before

It has been an exciting year for space science and there is still a lot to look forward to as we near the halfway point of 2018. Soon, two missions will take us closer to the sun than we've ever gone before, providing insight into how our star works.

China just invited the world to its new orbital space station

China has taken s significant step toward international cooperation by inviting the world to its planned orbital space station. The China Space Station, or CSS, could become operational as soon as 2022.

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Tampa - Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

SpaceX launches Block 5 rocket primed for future crewed missions

Cape Canaveral - An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, called the Block 5, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit. The Block 5 will carry NASA crewed missions to the ISS.

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

Tampa - The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet.

Mock moon dust kills cells and alters DNA — What about real dust?

As NASA looks toward sending astronauts for extended stays on the moon, the health risks from breathing lunar dust become more significant. A new study, using simulated lunar dust found the dust is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells.

NASA warns SpaceX that 'load-and-go' fueling is dangerous

When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea — keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the rocket.

NASA successfully tests a nuclear reactor that works in space

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars, and destinations beyond.

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

One scientist's 30-year quest to get under Mars' skin

Paris - Philippe Lognonne has waited three decades to hear the heartbeat of Mars.

NASA launch of Insight will be visible to millions on West Coast

Snuggly sealed inside a heat shield and the nose shroud of an Atlas 5 rocket that will send it to Mars, NASA’s InSight lander is awaiting launch May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

NASA scraps its only planned robotic mission to the Moon

Washington - NASA is pulling the plug on its only planned robotic mission to the Moon’s surface. The space agency has reportedly canceled its Resource Prospector project, the same day new NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine was sworn in.
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It was wonderful to wake up to a White Christmas in 2010.
The video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 171 angstrom shows sunspot 1402 erupting ...
The video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 171 angstrom shows sunspot 1402 erupting with an X1.8 class solar flare.
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This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22  a star system containing the first  habitab...
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first "habitable zone" planet discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The habitable zone is the sweet spot around a star where temperatures are right for water to exist in its liquid form. Liquid water is essential for life on Earth. NASA
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A satellite image of Syria. Understanding how the refugee situation developed is vital to understanding where it will go from here.
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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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This artist s concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA s Kepler mission o...
This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission on August 24, 2010. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9. This is the first star system found to have multiple transiting planets.
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Image of Venus produced using the same kind of radar being used on the ESA s Sentilel-1.
Image of Venus produced using the same kind of radar being used on the ESA's Sentilel-1.
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The International Space Station in orbit above Earth. The ISS is in a micro-g environment
The International Space Station in orbit above Earth. The ISS is in a micro-g environment
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as "Jake Matijevic." The red dots are where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it with its laser on Sept. 21, 2012, and Sept. 24, 2012, which were the 45th and 48th sol, or Martian day of operations. The circular black and white images were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles indicate where the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer trained
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Expedition 36 handover ceremony on board the ISS.
Expedition 36 handover ceremony on board the ISS.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Felisa Wolfe-Simon processing mud from Mono Lake to inoculate media to grow microbes on arsenic.
Felisa Wolfe-Simon processing mud from Mono Lake to inoculate media to grow microbes on arsenic.
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Graphic depicts passage of asteroid 2004 BL86
Graphic depicts passage of asteroid 2004 BL86,
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Images from Swift s Ultraviolet/Optical (white  purple) and X-ray telescopes (yellow and red) were c...
Images from Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical (white, purple) and X-ray telescopes (yellow and red) were combined in this view of GRB 110328A, which is now known as Sw 1644+57. The blast was detected only in X-rays, which were collected over a 3.4-hour period on March 28. Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan ImmlerImages from Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical (white, purple) and X-ray telescopes (yellow and red) were combined in this view of GRB 110328A, which is now known as Sw 1644+57. The blast was detected only in
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Eugene Andrew Cernan, 1934-2017
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An Progress resupply vehicle approaches the ISS in February 2014. The Progress 59 freighter is simil...
An Progress resupply vehicle approaches the ISS in February 2014. The Progress 59 freighter is similar to the one pictured (NASA).
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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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Space shuttle Atlantis  bright-white  iconic frame illuminates the darkness as it touches down on th...
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