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Russia demands explanation over US snub to space chief

Moscow - Russia's space agency on Saturday demanded an explanation after NASA put off a planned visit to the United States by Russia's controversial space chief.

NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Washington - Four billion miles from the sun floats Ultima Thule, an icy celestial body that NASA scientists announced Wednesday is aptly shaped like a giant snowman.

New Horizons 'phoned home' late Tuesday morning — All is well

Today, at 10:33 a.m. ET, NASA's New Horizons team got the call the world had been waiting for. The spacecraft’s systems were working. Its cameras and recorder were pointed in the right direction.

NASA speeds toward historic flyby of faraway world, Ultima Thule

Tampa - NASA counted down Monday to a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind -- a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule -- in the hopes of learning more about how planets took shape.

NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

Tampa - A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humankind, a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule some four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away.

On New Year's Day, New Horizons will meet Ultima Thule

After a journey of almost 13 years and more than 6.5 billion kilometers (4.04 million miles), NASA's New Horizons is about to meet a tiny, mysterious space rock called 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule.

Mark Rober admits YouTube glitter bomb video was partially faked

Mark Rober, the former NASA engineer who built a glitter bomb package that explodes after it has been stolen, has admitted that elements of his viral video were faked.

Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

Baikonur - Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia's Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks.

After dramatic plunge, InSight Lander sets down on Mars

NASA's InSight lander touched down safely on the Martian surface today (Nov. 26), pulling off the first successful Red Planet landing since the Curiosity rover's arrival in August 2012 — on the seventh anniversary of Curiosity's launch, no less.

Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Pasadena - Cheers and applause erupted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as a waist-high unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on Mars, capping a nearly seven-year journey from design to launch to landing.

Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

Los Angeles - NASA's top scientists admitted to sleepless nights, sweaty palms, stomach aches and moments of pure terror as their $993 million Mars Insight spacecraft approaches a high-drama finale Monday: landing on Mars.

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Tampa - NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet.

NASA floppy disks found in space

In a sign of the times and a testament to the age of the International Space Station, an astronaut has found old NASA floppy disks in space.

NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

Tampa - NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet, officials said Monday.

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.
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The milky blue colour of this phytoplankton bloom in Barents Sea strongly suggests that it contains ...
The milky blue colour of this phytoplankton bloom in Barents Sea strongly suggests that it contains coccolithophores.
Jeff Schmaltz - NASA Earth Observatory
File photo: SpaceX s Dragon space capsule approaches the International Space Station
File photo: SpaceX's Dragon space capsule approaches the International Space Station
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The LSDS team in Hawaii
From left to right: Fuk Li  director of the Mars Exploration Directorate at...
The LSDS team in Hawaii From left to right: Fuk Li, director of the Mars Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; Ian Clark, the LDSD principal investigator at JPL; Randy Lillard, the LDSD program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington; and Michael Gazarik, associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
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Computer generated 3-dimensional perspective view of the  crater farm  on Venus.
Computer generated 3-dimensional perspective view of the "crater farm" on Venus.
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A Type Ia supernova  SN1994D  is shown exploding in lower left corner of this image of the galaxy NG...
A Type Ia supernova, SN1994D, is shown exploding in lower left corner of this image of the galaxy NGC 4526 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA
The crow flew suddenly  seeming to caw a taunt --  Cannot capture me!
The crow flew suddenly, seeming to caw a taunt -- "Cannot capture me!"
Satoshi Furukawa working inside glovebox on LEGO ISS
Satoshi Furukawa working inside glovebox on LEGO ISS
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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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Astronauts-  specialists in extravehicular activity
Astronauts- specialists in extravehicular activity
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A winter storm in New England
A winter storm in New England
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In this photo released by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona  NASA s Curiosity rover and its parachut...
In this photo released by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona, NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute, left, descend to the Martian surface on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)
Lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer  an instrument th...
Lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover
NASA JPL Caltech
Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
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From Tajmar s Propulsion and Energy Forum paper  co-authored by G. Fiedler
From Tajmar's Propulsion and Energy Forum paper, co-authored by G. Fiedler
Martin Tajmar
Snowfall at Percy Priest Lake.
Snowfall at Percy Priest Lake.
A snow storm hitting a section of London
A snow storm hitting a section of London
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An image provided by NASA of the lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)
An image provided by NASA of the lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)
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Solar flare
Solar flare
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According to NASA astronomers: Hubble spectroscopic observations show that the Milky Way and many sp...
According to NASA astronomers: Hubble spectroscopic observations show that the Milky Way and many spiral galaxies recycle element-rich gas, while galaxies birthing stars in fiery bursts of activity lose fuel into intergalactic space faster, becoming "red and dead" sooner.
NASA; ESA; A. Feild, STScI
On June 27  2013  the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satell...
On June 27, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of smoke plumes hovering over Spain and the western Mediterranean Sea.
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