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Launch date set for ESA's Solar Orbiter mission 'to face the sun'

The ESA announced on Tuesday that its Solar Orbiter mission will launch from Cape Canaveral on February 6. The ESA-led mission will provide the first views of the Sun’s unchartered polar regions, giving unprecedented insight into how our star works.

Essential Science: Earth-size habitable-zone world detected

NASA has reported it has detected an Earth-like planet that has all the indications of being habitable. This forms part of the space agency’s attempt to seek out new planets of interest in the cosmos.

Joint mission will launch 2 satellites to track rising sea levels

One of the clear signs of climate change is rising ocean levels. Now a joint mission involving the US and Europe is launching a pair of satellites starting in November 2020, to provide more detailed information about rising sea levels.

Eyeing Moon, NASA hosts first public astronaut graduation ceremony

Houston - NASA on Friday celebrated its latest class of graduating astronauts at a public ceremony in Houston, honoring a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America's return to the Moon and eventual journey to Mars...

Core stage of NASA's SLS 'megarocket' to undergo 'key testing'

The heart of NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket is on the move. The 212-foot (65 meters) long core stage of the "megarocket" left New Orleans - headed for Mississippi by barge - for crucial tests to assess its readiness for launch.

Op-Ed: Conservatism vs science: Against America’s best interests

Washington - Would you call dismantling United States science programs and research “national scale sabotage”? Some would. The sheer scope of the Trump administration’s war on science is staggering. It’s systemic, and it’s dangerous.

NASA's Orion capsule takes a ride on the 'Super Guppy'

Transporting NASA's Orion space capsule from one place to another can be a daunting task, especially when it has a mass of about 8.5 metric tons (19,000 pounds). But NASA also has a very big plane that can do the job.

NASA chooses five new companies to partner with Artemis Program

Five new companies, including SpaceX and Blue Origin, were chosen by NASA to join nine other vendors selected in November 2018, in its Commercial Lunar Payload Services program (CLPS) on Monday.

Op-Ed: Oxygen release on Mars – New options for life?

Cape Canaveral - The discovery of variable oxygen levels on Mars has created a fascinating, if frustrating, series of possibilities for science. Are the oxygen levels related to organic life, or some unknown inorganic process?

Op-Ed: Following humans into space, fungi and bacteria are real risks

Boulder - Humans live surrounded by microorganisms of all kinds. The most persistent are on skin and on anything around people. They’re also going into space and could become a serious issue.

Quantum leap in computing as scientists claim 'supremacy'

Paris - Scientists claimed Wednesday to have achieved a near-mythical state of computing in which a new generation of machine vastly outperforms the world's fastest super-computer, known as "quantum supremacy".

NASA paid SpaceX $5 million for employee safety review

During a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan in September 2018, Elon Musk sipped whiskey and puffed a little weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance. NASA was not impressed.

In first, spacewalk conducted by two women: NASA TV

Washington - US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk Friday, following a spacesuit flub earlier this year that caused the historic mission to be aborted.

Unhappy NASA boss to tour SpaceX facility on Thursday

Hawthorne - Elon Musk's SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California will be visited by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Thursday to check the progress of the company after he called it out for being “years behind schedule”.

NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar

Yangon - NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally.

Finally - James Webb Space Telescope assembled for the first time

Redondo Beach - The two major sections of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have been connected to each other for the first time, a milestone in the spacecraft’s assembly ahead of a 2021 launch.

Record number of wildfires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest

A record number of wildfires are burning away large areas of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, according to satellite imagery provided by the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

NASA's Valkyrie robot to help humans colonize Mars

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in its pursuit of Mars has reached an exciting milestone. The space agency has been developing robots to be sent to Mars and aims to have its humanoid robot, Valkyrie, establish a base.

NASA is drawing up a long checklist for the lunar 2024 project

The next mission to the Moon is on and a new team of astronauts are set to touch down on the lunar surface in 2024. With the date announced, how ready is NASA? Some commentators are wondering if the announcement is premature.

July on track to be hottest month ever after record-breaking June

An historic heatwave in Europe and unusually warm conditions across the Arctic and Eurasia caused the Earth's average temperature to soar last month, making June the hottest on record. However, July is on track to break that heat record.

NASA project proves the New Mexico chile is out of this world

A team of scientists at NASA is working to launch the Española chile pepper into space. This would be the first fruiting plant the United States has grown and harvested at the International Space Station.

Director Scott Faris talks 'Apollo 11 — The Immersive Live Show' Special

Pasadena - Director Scott Faris chatted with Digital Journal about "Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show," which will make its world debut on Friday, July 5.

Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system passes launch test

NASA's Orion capsule aced a critical launch-abort test this morning (July 2), showing that it can indeed get astronauts out of harm's way during a liftoff emergency and keeping the craft on target for a first crewed flight in 2022.

NASA — 'No doubt' SpaceX explosion delays flight program

Paris - The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April “no doubt” delays NASA’s drive to return Americans to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency’s chief said on Tuesday.

NASA will test 'green' fuel in Falcon Heavy mission next week

SpaceX's upcoming Falcon Heavy mission next week will not only be testing a new "green" propellant, but it will be carrying 20 satellites and materials that will support the Deep Space Atomic Clock as well as two additional experiments.

'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

Houston - After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time.

NASA renames street for 'hidden' black women mathematicians

Washington - NASA has renamed the street outside its Washington headquarters to honor three black female mathematicians whose pioneering work on the agency's early space program was chronicled in the film "Hidden Figures".

Op-Ed: White House explains Trump's tweet about NASA's moon mission

A day after President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on NASA’s plans to send humans to the moon, a White House official said the moon remained a goal of the agency’s programs as a step towards Mars.

NASA announces it's opening the Space Station to tourism

For a mere $35,000 per night, tourists will now be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced on Friday. The price does not include transportation, which will run around $85,000.

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

New York - NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station to business ventures including space tourism as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab.Price tag?
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Artist s impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5  the coldest known brown d...
Artist's impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf star. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as other stars do.The new star is the fourth closest to our Sun, at 7.2 light-years from Earth.
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The giant barge that will be used to transport the fuel tank prototype to Marshall is located at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015.
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
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The video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 171 angstrom shows sunspot 1402 erupting with an X1.8 class solar flare.
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Newly fallen snow in Nashville on Christmas Day, 2010.
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A NASA satellite image shows smoke from wildfires in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
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The FINDER locates humans hidden from view using Low-powered microwaves, about 1/1000th of the power generated in a cell phone.
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The crow flew suddenly, seeming to caw a taunt -- "Cannot capture me!"
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NASA's IRIS solar atmospheric observatory witnessed its strongest Solar Flare on Jan 28 2014, since launching in 2013.
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epic_1b_20170316023357_02Distance to Earth: 1,513,315 km 940,223 miles Distance between DSCOVR and Earth.
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Curiosity s First Sample Drilling: At the center of this image from NASA s Curiosity rover is the ho...
Curiosity's First Sample Drilling: At the center of this image from NASA's Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called "John Klein" where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013
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Yes, you can see the Great Barrier Reef from space. Satellite image of part of the Great Barrier Reef adjacent to the Queensland coastal areas of Airlie Beach and Mackay.
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The moon, in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
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Screen capture of Endeavour's arrival at Ellington Field in Houston, Tex. on Sept. 19, 2012
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NASA satellite photo shows the remains of Tropical Storm Ingrid on the east coast of Mexico. (September 16, 2013)
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Diagram of the habitable zones that both Earth and Kepler 452B inhabit
Diagram of the habitable zones that both Earth and Kepler 452B inhabit
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Mangkhut's eye from space
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