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Boeing challenge — 'We are going to beat SpaceX to Mars'

In an interview on CNBC Thursday morning, hosted by Jim Cramer, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg threw down the gauntlet, so to speak - Making the bold claim that Boeing will beat SpaceX to Mars.

'Take me home' unit keeps astronauts from becoming lost in space

Watch enough science fiction movies and there will be a scene where an astronaut gets into trouble and ends up floating away into the vast reaches of space. But astronauts today have a "life jacket" that keeps that scenario from happening.

Kilopower Project — NASA testing space-rated fission power unit

NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that could literally “empower” human crews on the Mars surface. The agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has provided multi-year funding to the Kilopower project.

Sunday's full moon kicks off 'Supermoon Trilogy'

Starting Sunday night and continuing through the end of January, the night sky is going to give stargazers and astronomers a triple-treat. The world is in for a "Supermoon Trilogy," says NASA.

NASA uses 'Plan B' to reorient Voyager 1 in interstellar space

NASA scientists needed to reorient the 40-year-old Voyager 1 - the space agency's farthest spacecraft so its antenna would point toward Earth, 13 billion miles away. Their first option, thrusters for reorienting the probe were wearing out. Enter Plan B.

NASA tool will help coastal cities plan for rising ocean levels

With rising sea levels being one of the most noticeable results of climate change, being able to locate and pinpoint which glaciers and ice sheets are contributing to local sea level rises will be very helpful in how we prepare for the future.

Flat-Earther to launch himself in steam rocket on Saturday

As the first step in his flat-Earth space program, "Mad" Mike Hughes plans to launch himself 1,800 feet (550 meters) high in his home-made scrap metal rocket and fly through the air at 500 mph (800 kph) above the Mojave desert on Saturday.

NASA's version of a Hall Thruster breaks records in testing

A thruster prototype being developed for future missions to Mars has broken several records during recent tests, with project team members saying it is possible the technology could take us to the Red Planet within 20 years.

US astronauts begin third October spacewalk to repair ISS robotic arm

Miami - Two American astronauts floated outside the International Space Station Friday for the third spacewalk this month aimed at repairing the orbiting outpost's robotic arm and replacing old video cameras.

US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station

Miami - Two US astronauts installed a high-definition video camera at the International Space Station Tuesday and made more progress on repairs to the lab's robotic arm, NASA said.

US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm

Miami - Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said.

NASA's $3.9bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

Tampa - After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made an intentional death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about ...

After 20 years, Cassini spacecraft to make ultimate sacrifice

On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.

Trump names former Navy aviator to head NASA

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Friday he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA.

NASA launch of TDRS-M satellite signals the end of an era

The end of an era came about this morning when a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared off the pad with NASA’s newest communications Tracking and Data Relay Satellite M (TDRS-M).

NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch

Washington - NASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for the 40th anniversary of its launch.

NASA releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

Miami - NASA on Wednesday released a series of stunning images of a raging storm on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, snapped earlier this week as an unmanned probe zipped by.

NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter, in a long-awaited a journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet's Great Red Spot.

NASA denies running child slave colony on Mars

A guest on Alex Jones' Infowars channel said NASA has a child slave colony on Mars. NASA responded and denied such as thing.

NASA's 'OMG Mission' - Greenland's glaciers are melting fast

Due to climate change, glaciers in Greenland are melting faster than previously thought. A new video released today by NASA shows how the agency is keeping track of the magnitude of the changes occurring in the Arctic, now being measured in feet per day.

Top ten recent discoveries about Mars

Houston - NASA’s space probe MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars since late 2013. In this time the probe has captured masses of information which has been sorted through by NASA scientists. We review the ten most interesting.

NASA renames Touching the Sun mission the 'Parker Solar Probe'

NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission has been given a name that is more in line with the scope of the agency's mission. The mission is being renamed in honor of astrophysicist Eugene N. Parker, who predicted the existence of the solar wind in 1958.

Greenland's Rink Glacier exhibiting ominous new type of ice loss

While climate scientists have been watching the effects of climate change on Earth's glaciers and ice shelves, something much more ominous and worrisome has been happening to one of Greenland's outlet glacier's that holds back literally megatons of ice.

NASA will not put a crew on first launch of Space Launch System

After studying the feasibility and costs involved in putting a crew on board NASA's first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) mega- rocket, NASA announced on Friday the launch will remain unmanned.

'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk

Miami - So what is it like to float out into the vacuum of space?

NASA wants you to make its ancient software 1,000 times faster

NASA has launched a competition designed to attract programmers familiar with an obsolete language used to build one of its mission-critical design systems. The company now wants the program to run orders of magnitude faster, using the ancient technology.

NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth, the US space agency said Thursday.

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

Washington - An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft.

Space blanket floats away during historic spacewalk

Miami - A space blanket floated away from American astronaut Peggy Whitson on Thursday as she made a historic spacewalk outside the International Space Station, setting a new record for the most spacewalks by a woman.
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Comparative timeline of Earth and Kepler 452B s age
Comparative timeline of Earth and Kepler 452B's age
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Artist depiction of Voyager spacecraft
Artist depiction of Voyager spacecraft
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An artist s concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
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The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope  formerly GLAST  detects a NOVA as it develops on the constellat...
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, detects a NOVA as it develops on the constellation Cygnus, V407 Cyg.
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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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Robonaut2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength  yet it is safe enough to work si...
Robonaut2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. It is able to lift, not just hold, this 20-pound weight (about four times heavier than what other dexterous robots can handle) both near and away from its body.
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The next generation of NASA s Space Launch System will be 364 feet tall in the crew configuration  w...
The next generation of NASA's Space Launch System will be 364 feet tall in the crew configuration, will deliver a 105-metric-ton (115-ton) lift capacity and feature a powerful exploration upper stage.
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Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Possible Sources & Sinks of Methane on Mars:  Potential non-biological sources include comets  d...
Possible Sources & Sinks of Methane on Mars: Potential non-biological sources include comets, degradation of interplanetary dust particles by ultraviolet light, and interaction between water and rock. A potential biological source would be microbes, if microbes ever lived on Mars. Potential sinks for removing methane from the atmosphere are photochemistry in the atmosphere and loss of methane to the surface.
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Black hole devours a neutron star. Scientists say they have seen tantalizing  first-time evidence of...
Black hole devours a neutron star. Scientists say they have seen tantalizing, first-time evidence of a black hole eating a neutron star-first stretching the neutron star into a crescent, swallowing it, and then gulping up crumbs of the broken star in the minutes and hours that followed. Credit: Dana Berry/NASA
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Artist s concept of one of the eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites deployed ...
Artist's concept of one of the eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites deployed in space.
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Saturn
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This handout image from NASA  one of the first images from the Curiosity rover which landed on Mars ...
This handout image from NASA, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover which landed on Mars the evening of August 5, 2012, shows the wheel of the rover after it successfully landed on Mars.
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A NASA photo of air pollution in Beijing. At the time that this Jan. 14 image was taken by satellite...
A NASA photo of air pollution in Beijing. At the time that this Jan. 14 image was taken by satellite, ground-based sensors at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported PM2.5 measurements of 291 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
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A view of a region of a walking trail in uptown Toronto covered with snow.
A view of a region of a walking trail in uptown Toronto covered with snow.
NASA s Global Hawk flew five science missions into Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nadine  plus the transit...
NASA's Global Hawk flew five science missions into Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nadine, plus the transit flight circling around the east side of Hurricane Leslie. This is a composite of the ground tracks of the transit flight to NASA Wallops plus the five science flights. TD means Tropical Depression; TS means Tropical Storm.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
On July 7 at 02:30 UTC (July 6 at 10:30 p.m. EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA s Terra satellite...
On July 7 at 02:30 UTC (July 6 at 10:30 p.m. EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Super Typhoon Nepartak approaching Taiwan.
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