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NASA requests $1.6 billion for upcoming Artemis Mission

Washington - NASA’s ambitious plan to put the first woman on the surface of the Moon by 2024 is now officially named Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the Moon and twin sister of the god Apollo. NASA also needs some money, about $1.6 billion.

NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge has two winners of $700K prize

In the third and final phase of the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, two teams met on May 1-4 in a head-to-head challenge at Caterpillar’s Demonstration and Learning Center in Edwards, Illinois, competing for a prize package totally $700,000.

Metals fraud leads to $700 million satellite failure

NASA is blaming a serious case of metals fraud on a $700 million satellite failure, linked to two aborted satellite missions. This is based on an investigation undertaken by the U.S. space agency.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule exploded during engine test

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule on Saturday during an engine test fire.

NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Washington - NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to nearly 11 months, which would set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, the US space agency said Wednesday.

NASA’s twins study explores long-term life in space

How effectively can be survive and thrive in space? Does long exposure to micro-gravity affect our mental and physical capabilities? To understand this, NASA has completed a fascinating study on twins.

NASA selects SpaceX to provide launch services for DART mission

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has been awarded a launch services contract for NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, scheduled to take place in June 2021.

NASA announces three winners of 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge

Teams competing in NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge completed the latest level of the competition – complete virtual construction – and the top three were awarded a share of the $100,000 prize purse.

NASA may send smallsat mission to giant asteroid Pallas

Pallas, our solar system’s third largest and wholly unexplored asteroid, is the target for a potential SmallSat NASA flyby mission for possible launch in 2022.

NASA's Space Launch System may be replaced by commercial rockets

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s surprise announcement March 13 that NASA is considering moving Exploration Mission 1 off of the Space Launch System (SLS) took many in the industry by surprise.

NASA captures unprecedented images of supersonic shockwaves

Washington - NASA has captured unprecedented photos of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft, part of its research into developing planes that can fly faster than sound without thunderous "sonic booms".

Huge crack in Brunt Ice Shelf could calve iceberg larger than NYC

Cracks are snaking in two directions across the Brunt Ice Shelf on the northern coast of Antarctica. The fracturing ice shelf could soon release an iceberg about twice the size of New York City.

Space agencies preparing for 3-year round-trip journey to Mars

Getting to Mars is a journey that could involve 140 million miles of travel. Astronauts on a Mars mission will be subjected to extreme conditions requiring problem-solving skills and creative thinking. How are we preparing for a Mars mission?

SpaceX gains green light for Crew Dragon DM-1 mission to the ISS

NASA managers have given their approval for SpaceX to proceed with an uncrewed test flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 2, following a green light from the key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) on Friday.

NASA warns SpaceX and Boeing of design risks of launch systems

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

NASA and SpaceX aim for March launch of Crew Dragon capsule

NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March 2 launch of the first crew capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

Huge cavity in bottom of Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay

A massive cavity that is two-thirds the size of Manhattan and nearly the height of the Chrysler Building is growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica - a discovery that NASA scientists called “disturbing.”

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.
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Expedition 36 handover ceremony on board the ISS.
Expedition 36 handover ceremony on board the ISS.
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DOWN TO EARTH: NASA s new Orion space capsule is picked up by the USS Arlington while practicing rec...
DOWN TO EARTH: NASA's new Orion space capsule is picked up by the USS Arlington while practicing recovery maneuvers at Naval Station Norfolk off Virginia last year.
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Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this eruption from 
March 19  2011
Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this eruption from March 19, 2011
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Jim Bridenstine  right  is sworn in as the 13th NASA Administrator by Vice President Mike Pence as B...
Jim Bridenstine, right, is sworn in as the 13th NASA Administrator by Vice President Mike Pence as Bridenstine's family watch, Monday, April 23, 2018 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
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Full solar disc view. June 7  2013.
Full solar disc view. June 7, 2013.
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epic_1b_20170316023357_02Distance to Earth: 1 513 315 km 940 223 miles Distance between DSCOVR and E...
epic_1b_20170316023357_02Distance to Earth: 1,513,315 km 940,223 miles Distance between DSCOVR and Earth.
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Inflated BEAM module (balloon structure at top center) berthed to the Tranquility node of ISS.
Inflated BEAM module (balloon structure at top center) berthed to the Tranquility node of ISS.
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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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Lava swirls in a channel in Cerberus Palus  Mars
Lava swirls in a channel in Cerberus Palus, Mars
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This squirrel rested only a moment amid a light snowstorm in mid-January 2012 in Madison  Wisconsin.
This squirrel rested only a moment amid a light snowstorm in mid-January 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Hubble telescope captured this image of P/2010 A2
The Hubble telescope captured this image of P/2010 A2
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Curiosity Digs In: These 2 photos show a  bite mark  where NASA s Curiosity rover scooped up some Ma...
Curiosity Digs In: These 2 photos show a "bite mark" where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil. Scientists enhanced the color in this version to show the Martian scene as it would appear under lighting conditions on Earth.
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The Great Red Spot as seen from Voyager 1 This dramatic view of Jupiter s Great Red Spot and its sur...
The Great Red Spot as seen from Voyager 1 This dramatic view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and its surroundings was obtained by Voyager 1 on February 25, 1979, when the spacecraft was 5.7 million miles (9.2 million kilometers) from Jupiter. Cloud details as small as 100 miles (160 kilometers) across can be seen here. The colorful, wavy cloud pattern to the left of the Red Spot is a region of extraordinarily complex and variable wave motion. To give a sense of Jupiter's scale, the white oval storm
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This is the Swift SMC mosaic at full resolution. About 250 000 ultraviolet sources appear in this mo...
This is the Swift SMC mosaic at full resolution. About 250,000 ultraviolet sources appear in this mosaic of the Small Magellanic Cloud, which was assembled from 656 images taken by the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope aboard NASA's Swift satellite. The 57-megapixel SMC image has a total exposure time of 1.8 days. The image includes light from 1,600 to 3,300 angstroms -- UV wavelengths largely blocked by Earth's atmosphere -- and has an angular resolution of 2.5 arcseconds. Viewing in the ultraviole
Credit: NASA/Swift/S. Immler (Goddard) and M. Siegel (Penn State)
Prevailing model of the origin and expansion of spacetime and all that it contains.
Prevailing model of the origin and expansion of spacetime and all that it contains.
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The breakup of the northern section of the Larsen B ice shelf is shown in this image from the Multi-...
The breakup of the northern section of the Larsen B ice shelf is shown in this image from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR). The collapse occurred during February and March, 2002.
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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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People who came to watch the launch walk away after an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Cor...
People who came to watch the launch walk away after an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded (background) October 28, 2014 just seconds after lift-off from Wallops Island, Virginia
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Spacecraft that are on trajectories to leave the Solar System. (Note: Voyager 1 left the solar syste...
Spacecraft that are on trajectories to leave the Solar System. (Note: Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012).
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A Stirling engine running. Note the flame heating the air on the right.
A Stirling engine running. Note the flame heating the air on the right.
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