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NASA's Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first big mission

NASA's Orion crew module pressure vessel has arrived and is now ensconced in an upgraded version of a test stand called the "birdcage" inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout (O and C) Building high bay at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

New Delhi - NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.

Astrophysisist Rashied Amini can help people find love Special

The former NASA employee has lent his expertise to Nanaya, an app that can determine whether or not a person will find true love based on science and probability. Digital Journal found out more.

100-foot diameter asteroid to pass close to Earth on March 5

A small asteroid that passed by Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles away two years ago is set to make a return appearance on March 5. This time, it could come much closer to Earth, perhaps as close as 11,000 miles, says NASA.

U.S. remembers astronauts killed, pledges to reach Mars

Washington - The US space agency marks the 30th anniversary Thursday of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger with a pledge to remember lost astronauts as it presses on toward Mars.

Astronaut’s photo of space flower a global milestone

Scott Kelly isn’t the first astronaut to tweet while in space, and he probably won’t be the last. However, on Monday morning he became the first astronaut to ever tweet a photo of a flower in full bloom grown in space.

A supernova just discovered is the brightest in recorded history

Astronomers have been calling the ASASSN-15lh supernova the brightest in history. The supernova is the largest explosion ever recorded in Space.

NASA forced to scrub plan to land unmanned ship on Mars

Lompoc - NASA has called off a planned mission to Mars early next year after scientists were unable to repair a leak in a key piece of science equipment.

NASA suspends March launch of InSight mission to Mars

Chicago - NASA announced on Tuesday it has suspended the March 2016 launch of its InSight mission to Mars because of problems with a key scientific component.

How NASA uses Earth Systems Science to analyse climate change Special

Greenbelt - Climate change doesn't mean temperatures are high just because we're using too much fossil fuels. Climate change involves a number of interactions of the Earth's systems. Digital Journal asked a NASA scientist to explain how these systems are measured.

Spacewalk repair needs only two whacks

Miami - Two solid whacks to a stuck brake handle was all it took for a spacewalking American astronaut to fix a stalled rail car outside the International Space Station, NASA said Monday.

NASA releases 'best close-ups' of Pluto

Washington - The US space agency has released a series of sharp Pluto snapshots, billing them as the best close-ups of the dwarf planet we may see for decades.

NASA resumes space-station missions on Thursday

Cape Canaveral - Commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station are expected to resume Thursday with the launch of a Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

US astronauts dodge ammonia on risky spacewalk

Miami - Two US astronauts successfully dodged hazardous ammonia flakes during a risky spacewalk Friday to complete the repair of a cooling system at the International Space Station.

Near-Earth asteroid to adorn the night sky on Halloween

Amateur space explorers are yet to get the best surprise they could have this Halloween as one “spooky” asteroid is expected to dash across Northern American skies on the evening of October 31.

NASA's K2 discovers dead star vaporizing a mini 'planet'

Mountain View - On its second mission, NASA's Kepler space telescope has found something that sounds dire, but is completely amazing: A dead star, known as a white dwarf, cannibalizing a small planet that exists within its solar system.

NASA's New Horizons Probe captures Pluto's blue hazes

“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

NASA is going to light up the night sky with vapor tracers

NASA will be putting on a light show Wednesday night using a barium and strontium lasers to test the viability of some new rocket tech, and to get a glimpse at naturally occurring ion flows.

Review: ‘The Martian’ is not just realistic from NASA’s perspective Special

Even though the possibility of events in ‘The Martian’ occurring remains science fiction, the story that unfolds is wholly comprehensible and human.

Layman help sought in solving dwarf planet mysteries

Paris - Throwing open the doors to the hallowed halls of science, stumped researchers welcomed help from the public Wednesday in solving a number of nagging mysteries about dwarf planet Ceres.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Speculation grows about NASA's big Mars announcement today

Washington - Wild speculation continues online over what NASA plans to announce today concerning what has been discovered about Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.

Liquid water found on Mars: NASA

Washington - Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars which makes it far more likely that life could be found there, the US space agency NASA said Monday.

NASA to start using freelance workers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is breaking into an even newer frontier, the freelance marketplace, with the start of the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL).

NASA develops material capable of healing its own bullet wounds

NASA has developed a new polymer technology that is capable of healing puncture wounds, using a gel that hardens after coming into contact with oxygen.

Op-Ed: NASA says 91.44cm sea level rise ‘locked in’ by existing warming

Sydney - The news isn’t great, but nobody would have expected it to be otherwise. An expected sea level rise of 3 feet, more or less, will definitely happen. NASA will be mounting a study to monitor and assess future sea level rises.

How cryogenic sleep might become a reality

Long-term cryogenic sleep or hibernation may be useful for space travel. But with NASA backing out of the project, earthbound applications may be more likely.

Saturn flyby reveals icy moon Dione's enigmatic craters

Scientists get their last look at Saturn’s icy moon Dione after NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a flyby this week taking fresh images.

Op-Ed: NASA has to tell people the world’s not ending — Again?

Sydney - Trust the Internet to deliver absolute crap. Someone said it was going to happen, so every bozo on the planet believed it. That well-known biscuit maker and occasional laundromat, NASA, says an asteroid isn’t going to hit Puerto Rico next month.
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A healthy Columbia Glacier in Alaska in 1984.
A healthy Columbia Glacier in Alaska in 1984.
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The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on ...
The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7 a.m. (EST) on March 7, 2011
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X-ray/Optical image of Andromeda s core.
X-ray/Optical image of Andromeda's core.
Credit: X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/R.Barnard, Z.Lee et al.), Optical (NOAO/AURA/NSF/REU Prog./B.Schoening,
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Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
After a nearly snow-free winter 2011-2012 snow covers Dane County in southeastern Wisconsin one mid-...
After a nearly snow-free winter 2011-2012 snow covers Dane County in southeastern Wisconsin one mid-January day.
An estimated 42 000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in la...
An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
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Saturn
Saturn
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Icicles cling to a rock face at Percy Priest Lake.
Icicles cling to a rock face at Percy Priest Lake.
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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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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Skiing north-west in the direction of France s St-Martin-de-Belleville  beyond the Crêtes restauran...
Skiing north-west in the direction of France's St-Martin-de-Belleville, beyond the Crêtes restaurant, from the Tougnete summit
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Record low temperatures in Russia
Record low temperatures in Russia
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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
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Space shuttle Discovery
Space shuttle Discovery
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Spectacular winter sunset near Radnor Lake in Nashville  TN
Spectacular winter sunset near Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN
The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery during its second servicing mission ...
The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery during its second servicing mission (STS-82)
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Lush green vegetation in December. It s always summer in the tropics
Lush green vegetation in December. It's always summer in the tropics
LORRI  the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager  shown through details of a schematic.
LORRI, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, shown through details of a schematic.
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