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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.

Russian cosmonauts wrap up spacewalk

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts on Monday added new equipment outside the International Space Station and took pictures to study its exterior during a five-and-a-half hour spacewalk.

NASA confirms discovery of exoplanet 21 light years away

Pasadena - NASA announced in a press release on July 30th that they had found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system. It's only 21 light years away.

Rocket could defy laws of physics, fly to moon in 4 hours

German scientists have confirmed that the so-called "EMDrive" rocket created by NASA could defy the known laws of physics and be capable of flying to the moon in just four hours.
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The storm can be seen on upper part of the image of Saturn
The storm can be seen on upper part of the image of Saturn
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A solar system including six planets around a star 2 000 light-years away has been spotted by astron...
A solar system including six planets around a star 2,000 light-years away has been spotted by astronomers
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Astronauts Ken Cockrell and Bob Zimmermann stop to talk with visitors
Astronauts Ken Cockrell and Bob Zimmermann stop to talk with visitors
Europa  a moon of Jupiter  appears as a thick crescent in this enhanced-color image from NASA s Gali...
Europa, a moon of Jupiter, appears as a thick crescent in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003.
Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Imagine a space trip taking seven months. What would you eat?
Imagine a space trip taking seven months. What would you eat?
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Visual modelling of a warp bubble
Visual modelling of a warp bubble
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Hurricane Ike lasted nine days. September 12  2008  the eye of Hurricane Ike approached the Texas co...
Hurricane Ike lasted nine days. September 12, 2008, the eye of Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast near Galveston Bay, making landfall at over the east end of Galveston Island in Texas
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NASA s MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canavera...
NASA's MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
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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.
How long will this winter holiday season continue to be mostly snow-free?
How long will this winter holiday season continue to be mostly snow-free?
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this video of a coronal mass ejection (CME) t...
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this video of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that blasted off the sun on January 27, 2012.
Credit: SOHO/ESA&NASA
From left to right  Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese  director of the God...
From left to right, Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; and former astronaut Frank Culbertson, now of Orbital Sciences Corp., pose in front of Orbital's Cygnus space capsule at Wallops near Chincoteague, Va., in 2012.
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Jupuiter s moon  Europa.
Jupuiter's moon, Europa.
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Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
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This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342  also known as Caldwell 5  includes data from NASA s Nuclear S...
This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.
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Road covered with snow.
Road covered with snow.
A view of the Northern Lights
A view of the Northern Lights
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery