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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.

Ice homes designed for people to live in on Mars

The first humans to go to Mars may end up living in igloos or ice homes, built from the huge ice deposits found beneath the planet’s surface. The ice home would be a cost effective structure allowing space for four people to live and work in.

NASA's stunning photo shows widening rift in Antarctic ice shelf

Photos released on Friday from NASA's Operation Icebridge show with a stunning clarity that the huge rift in the Larsen C ice shelf is getting closer to causing a section of ice the size of Delaware to break off.

NASA's eight mini-satellites will measure hurricane intensity

Cape Canaveral - NASA successfully launched eight CYGNSS mini-satellites early Thursday morning aboard an air-launched Pegasus rocket. The satellites will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds, giving forecasters the ability forecast a hurricane's intensity.

Stephen Hawking, NASA, working on fastest spaceship ever built

Stephen Hawking and NASA are teaming up to send a tiny spaceship to Alpha Centauri. If the problems can be worked out, it will take about 20 years for the ship to reach the star system closest to the Earth.

Astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95

Former astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to orbit Earth, has died aged 95. Glenn also served as a marine and U.S. senator.

NASA admits it needs help dealing with astronaut poop

NASA is having a hard time figuring out what to do with space poop, or astronaut poop. This is why they're asking inventors to think of a solution.

Future solar storm could cause trillions in damage to technology

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth. Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires.

NASA helps earthlings spot the ISS with new interactive map

NASA has launched a new mapping tool to help people locate the International Space Station (ISS). ‘Spot the Station’ is an interactive map website that allows users to determine the time when they will be able to observe the ISS passing overhead.

NASA announces completion of largest space telescope

After two decades, U.S. space agency NASA announced the completion of the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope.

Planet on a heat bender — September the hottest month ever

While August tied with July this year in being the hottest month on record, September now claims the title of the warmest September in 136 years of record keeping, painting a frightening picture of global warming and climate change.

Dear NASA, Sweden wants you to send a condom into space

Sweden is known for being "sexually liberated," and is not squeamish about it either. So it's no surprise that they have sent a request to NASA, asking the space agency to send a condom into space.

Plumes of water may be erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa: NASA

NASA announced the Hubble Space Telescope has imaged what appears to be plumes of water coming from Jupiter's moon Europa. This could signal the possibility of life underneath the moon's frozen surface.
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NASA s TERRA satellite images on July 1  2015 show the thick smoke from Canadian wildfires.
NASA's TERRA satellite images on July 1, 2015 show the thick smoke from Canadian wildfires.
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Artist s conception of the 64 pound Cygnss satellite in orbit.
Artist's conception of the 64 pound Cygnss satellite in orbit.
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Mars rovers.
Mars rovers.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva  Switzerland  is covered entirely in ice
A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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The solar arrays on NASA s InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed ...
The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. This configuration is how the spacecraft will look on the surface of Mars.
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NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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At a Goddard cleanroom  technicians unveil the James Webb Observatory’s segmented mirror in prepar...
At a Goddard cleanroom, technicians unveil the James Webb Observatory’s segmented mirror in preparation for an alignment test this summer. The tool used to determine the segments’ alignment has inspired Goddard technologists to create another that offers picometer accuracy for next-generation observatories.
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This artistic rendering of the Gravity Probe B  one of the longest running NASA and Stanford researc...
This artistic rendering of the Gravity Probe B, one of the longest running NASA and Stanford research projects, shows the satellite orbiting the Earth, measuring space-time and devising a four-dimensional description of the universe, as width, height, length, and time.
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International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed on May 5  2010...
International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed on May 5, 2010 the Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast, which appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. The sunglint improves the identification of the oil spill which is creating a different water texture (and therefore a contras
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This composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known bl...
This composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighbourhood.
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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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Polar stratospheric clouds.
Polar stratospheric clouds.
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Rising from fire and smoke  NASA s twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission lau...
Rising from fire and smoke, NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission launches atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 Heavy rocket. Leaving from Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the spacecraft launched at 9:08:52 EDT Sept.10, 2011.
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Below the densely forested slopes of southern West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains is a layer cak...
Below the densely forested slopes of southern West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains is a layer cake of thin coal seams. To uncover this coal profitably, mining companies engineer large—sometimes very large—surface mines using strip mining methods. This image of a surface mine in Boone County, West Virginia from 2009.
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Artist s impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
Artist's impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
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A YouTube screenshot of a NASA video showing Earth-sized solar tornadoes on the surface of the sun o...
A YouTube screenshot of a NASA video showing Earth-sized solar tornadoes on the surface of the sun on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.
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NASA Completes Welding on Massive Fuel Tank for First Flight of SLS Rocket.
NASA Completes Welding on Massive Fuel Tank for First Flight of SLS Rocket.
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On Sol 32 (Sept. 7  2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self p...
On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait
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