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Op-Ed: Losing Space Race 2.0 — China and Russia to share Moon base

Sydney - This agreement is more than historic. It’s a massive up of the ante in space exploration and development. The question now is “what about everyone else”? Particularly the US?

Perseverance 'SuperCam' begins hunt for past life on Mars

Paris - The bundle of instruments known as SuperCam on board the Perseverance Mars rover has collected its first samples in the hunt for past life on the Red Planet, mission scientists said Wednesday.

NASA picks SpaceX to launch 1st Gateway elements to the moon

Cape Canaveral - NASA has selected SpaceX to deliver the first two segments of the moon-orbiting Gateway space station for its upcoming Artemis program, which aims to put astronauts back on the moon. The elements will launch atop a Falcon Heavy rocket, sometime in 2024.

NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short

Washington - NASA conducted a test firing of the engines for its giant Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket on Saturday but they shut down earlier than planned, the space agency said.

NASA outlines science goals for future astronauts on Moon

Washington - The US space agency NASA published a voluminous report on Monday outlining the scientific priorities for the Artemis III astronauts it intends to send to the Moon in 2024.

SpaceX launches advanced ocean-mapping satellite into orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched an advanced ocean-mapping satellite into orbit for NASA and the European Space Agency Saturday (Nov. 21) in a stunning morning launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX Crew Dragon "Resilience" docks with ISS

Washington - A SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying four astronauts docked with the International Space Station Monday, the first of what NASA hopes will be many routine missions ending US reliance on Russian rockets.

Astronauts arrive at launch site for SpaceX crew flight to ISS

Four astronauts, one woman, and three men arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday for SpaceX’s second crew launch to the International Space Station (ISS), coming up next week. And NASA reminds us it's also time for Another #LaunchAmerica mission.

NASA seeks solutions for lunar loads

NASA has launched its crowdsourcing challenge, “Lunar Delivery.” With NASA’s recent discovery of water on the moon, the ability to take goods off of rovers and put them onto the lunar surface is more critical than ever.

NASA announces eight-nation space coalition under 'Artemis Accords'

Washington - NASA announced on Tuesday that eight countries have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Accords that outlines the principles of future exploration of the Moon and beyond.

Climate change fuels sharp increase in glacier lakes

Paris - The volume of lakes formed as glaciers worldwide melt due to climate change has jumped by 50 percent in 30 years, according to a new study based on satellite data.

Asteroid near-miss — 'We didn't see it coming' says NASA

No one detected the pick-up truck-sized asteroid that whizzed past Earth on Sunday until six hours after it had passed. It flew within about 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of our planet.

NASA opts to change 'inappropriate' nicknames of celestial bodies

NASA has signaled it is joining the social justice movement by changing unofficial and potentially contentious names used by the scientific community for distant cosmic objects and systems such as planets, galaxies and nebulae.

America's first crewed spaceship in decade splashes down off Florida

Washington - America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned to Earth safely on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane might delay SpaceX-NASA return trip from ISS

Washington - The first US astronauts to reach the International Space Station on an American spacecraft in nearly a decade might not come home this weekend as scheduled because of Hurricane Isaias, NASA said Friday.

NASA — Mars Perseverance rover set for launch on Thursday

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter, arrived at the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 28, 2020.

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its nuclear power source

The nuclear power generator for NASA’s Perseverance rover has been installed on the spacecraft atop an Atlas 5 rocket at Cape Canaveral, and mission managers gave a green light Wednesday to continue preparations for the rover’s July 30 launch.

Trump's space-themed ad pulled after it violated NASA guidelines

The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump has taken down an online ad tied to the recent Demo-2 commercial crew launch after complaints it appeared to violate NASA media guidelines, and criticism from one person who appeared in it.

US astronauts enter space station in milestone mission

Washington - NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade, a triumph for SpaceX and private enterprise.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station

Washington - A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two NASA astronauts docked Sunday with the International Space Station, the first time a crewed US spacecraft has performed the feat in nearly a decade.

NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel.

SpaceX launch moving ahead, weather uncertain

SpaceX's historic first crewed mission to the International Space Station was set to proceed as scheduled on Saturday, NASA said, although uncertainty remained over weather conditions.

Bob and Doug, the best friends on historic SpaceX-NASA mission

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, the astronauts set to launch into orbit on a SpaceX rocket Wednesday, are both former military pilots, both recruited by NASA in 2000, and both married to fellow astronauts.

Today marks the return of human spaceflight from US soil

When NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral in a SpaceX Crew Dragon Wednesday, it will be the first time Americans once again will launch from U.S. soil since 2011.

Q&A: NASA to explore Moon habitability Special

NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) has launched the 'Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload' challenge on thecrowdsourcing site, HeroX. The aim is for on innovators across the world to help solve one of their biggest challenges: Moon habitability.

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

Washington - NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.

NASA's ICESat-2 mission tracks the decline of ice sheets

Using the most advanced Earth-observing laser instrument NASA has ever flown in space, scientists have made precise, detailed measurements of how the elevation of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have changed over 16 years.

NASA picks Alabama student's entry for first Mars helicopter

An Alabama high school student named NASA's first Mars helicopter that will be deployed to the red planet later this summer. Ingenuity - the name submitted by Vaneeza Rupani, was selected for the 4 pound (1.8 kilograms) solar-powered helicopter.

NASA's 'worm' logo makes a comeback with SpaceX launch in May

The worm is back. NASA's sleek and wavy logo from the 1970s is set to make its return on a SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled to launch in May -- the first to carry astronauts to the International Space Station from American soil since 2011.

NASA announces May 27, date for manned flight to Space Station

Cape Canaveral - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted on Friday that a launch date of May 27, 2020, has been set for the launch of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station (ISS).
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Towards warp speed
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Scott Carpenter seen in his spacesuit in 1962.
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The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
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Buzz Aldrin was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11. On July 20  1969  he was the second human being...
Buzz Aldrin was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11. On July 20, 1969, he was the second human being to set foot on the Moon, following mission commander Neil Armstrong.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
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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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On the final orbit  Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere  sending back new and unique scie...
On the final orbit, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending back new and unique science to the very end.
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No explanation needed.
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During the STS-131 mission s first spacewalk  which lasted about 6.5 hours  NASA astronaut Rick Mast...
During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, which lasted about 6.5 hours, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio helped move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments.
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snow melting off the stones on the patio, 01/02/12
Icicles hang from a cliff at Percy Priest Lake.
Icicles hang from a cliff at Percy Priest Lake.
7 inches of snow and a half inch of ice made for a beautiful January morning.
7 inches of snow and a half inch of ice made for a beautiful January morning.
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Two giant belts of radiation surround Earth. The inner belt (red) is dominated by protons and the outer one (blue) by electrons. The space between the two belts is sometimes called the "slot."
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Fort Lauderdale  Florida  is at risk from rising sea levels.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is at risk from rising sea levels.
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Researchers found there is more oxygen in our solar system than in the interstellar medium
Researchers found there is more oxygen in our solar system than in the interstellar medium
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During the Winter Olympics  NASA will be studying how well researchers can measure snow from the gro...
During the Winter Olympics, NASA will be studying how well researchers can measure snow from the ground and space and provide better data for snowstorm predictions.
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The red planet  Mars.
The red planet, Mars.
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Series of photos showing the expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to its full size on May 28, 2016.
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