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Cornell team develops water-powered satellite for lunar orbit

A tiny satellite, about the size of a cereal box and powered by water, is in the running to become the first CubeSat to orbit the moon.

Meteorite explodes over Cyprus early Friday morning

Residents in Cyprus experienced a near-Earth encounter early Friday when a suspected meteorite exploded overhead with a flash of light and a thunderous roar that caused the ground to shake.

NASA's asteroid-sampling mission dependent on Canadian laser, OLA

At 7:05 p.m. EDT on Thursday, NASA will launch a rocket carrying OSIRIS-REx, a 6.2 meter (20.3 feet) spacecraft into the sky on an historic mission to bring back dust from the asteroid Bennu, and a Canadian instrument called OLA will play a key role.

NASA reschedules launch of troubled Mars InSight mission to 2018

NASA has set a new schedule for the launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars.

Juno flyby: NASA flies spacecraft closest ever to Jupiter

NASA has just flown a spacecraft closer to the windswept, gaseous planet of Jupiter than one has ever gone before. The Juno spacecraft is already sending back images from its successful flyby.

Astronaut Williams overtakes Kelly for most days in space

One of the most distinguished records in the increasingly-space-bound United States is an astronaut’s cumulative days logged in space.

NASA may have less than two minutes to rescue lost spacecraft

Twenty-two months ago, NASA lost contact with its Stereo-B spacecraft during a routine 72-hour test. The long silence ended on Sunday, when the probe — some 189 million miles away from Earth — finally said "hello" again to the space agency.

NASA moves on to next phase of Asteroid Redirect Mission

A movie trailer plays before you: the best space scientists of the private and public sector are teaming up to carry out an incredible mission — to relocate a scientifically-vital asteroid from space, into the orbit of the Moon.

Thousands of tiny robots will look 11 billion years back in time

An army of 5,000 tiny robots has been given a giant mission. Under the command of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), the robot soldiers will peer 11 billion years back in time (just 400,000 years after the Big Bang).

Super typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in Taiwan

Early on Friday morning, super typhoon Nepartak came knocking at Taiwan's door, bringing with it sustained winds of 150 mph with gusts of up to 185 mph, and churning up huge waves, keeping ships in port and causing airlines to cancel flights.

NASA begins testing of greenhouse gases over eastern U.S.

Hampton - NASA wants to improve on our scientists understanding of the sources of two very powerful greenhouse gases and how they interact in the atmosphere.

GM and NASA use space tech to give workers robotic hands

General Motors builds a ton of cars. Last year, the company sold more than 3 million cars, trucks, and SUVs just in the US.

What is the goal of Juno's mission to Jupiter?

Miami - NASA's Juno spacecraft on Tuesday began circling Jupiter on a 20-month mission to learn more about the origin of the solar system's most massive planet.The arrival was a triumph for the $1.

NASA's Juno spacecraft orbits Jupiter, 'king of solar system'

Miami - NASA celebrated a key triumph on Tuesday as its $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

NASA spaceship barrels toward Jupiter, 'planet on steroids'

Miami - Juno, an unmanned NASA spacecraft, is barrelling toward Jupiter on a $1.1 billion mission to circle the biggest planet in the solar system and shed new light on the origin of our planetary neighborhood.

NASA to test fire a megarocket booster Tuesday — Watch live

We can expect a lot of smoke, fire and noise when the second and final test of NASA's most powerful and biggest rocket booster is test-fired on Tuesday at Orbital ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

NASA unveils X-57, or 'Maxwell' as part of New Aviation Horizons

NASA has just unveiled the first new plane in a series that started in 1947 with the record-breaking X-1. This latest addition to the series is part of NASA's New Aviation Horizons initiative, and it is all-electric.

NASA grows human tissue to assess deep space missions

Houston - There are many perils associated with deep space missions. One concern related directly to people is the effect of prolonged time in deep space on the health of the astronauts. NASA has been looking into this issue.

NASA sets fire in Cygnus cargo ship after it leaves ISS

After a 12-week stay, the Cygnus resupply cargo ship departed the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Five hours after leaving the ISS, NASA set the cargo ship alight.

Ambitious plans for a Mars orbiter announced

The multi-billion-dollar company Lockheed Martin is planning to construct a space station that will orbit Mars. The platform will first be tested around the Moon.

NASA detects new moon in our solar system

Houston - A new moon around a dwarf planet has been detected beyond the reaches of Pluto. This has been detected by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

Seeds may have helped birds survive extinction of the dinosaurs

While there's plenty of evidence to suggest that dinosaurs were already in decline millions of years before the asteroid impact that spelled their doom, we know that those small, feathered theropod dinosaurs, otherwise known as birds, did survive.

NASA smacks down trolling climate change deniers on Facebook

Climate change deniers take note: If you hop on social media to deny that human-caused climate change is happening, don't cite NASA incorrectly. Because if you do, the U.S. space agency may embarrass you with a public smackdown.

Which off-the-wall NASA idea might become reality?

Houston - NASA engages in serious science but it needs to engage in outside-the-box thinking in order to generate new ideas and overcome problems. New Scientist recently looked at some of these, and the best are presented here.

NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Grandpa astronaut to break Scott Kelly's space record

Miami - A grandfather of three is poised to blast into space and the record books on Friday, becoming the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space, NASA said.

Sore, but no taller, astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Miami - US astronaut Scott Kelly said Friday he is battling fatigue and super-sensitive skin, but is back to his normal height after nearly a year in space.

Water table dropping all over globe — 4 billion people at risk

Water is a precious resource the world cannot do without, yet water scarcity is growing faster than previously thought. A new study shows that today, over four billion people are at risk from water shortages.

NASA's Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first big mission

NASA's Orion crew module pressure vessel has arrived and is now ensconced in an upgraded version of a test stand called the "birdcage" inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout (O and C) Building high bay at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

New Delhi - NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.
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An Progress resupply vehicle approaches the ISS in February 2014. The Progress 59 freighter is simil...
An Progress resupply vehicle approaches the ISS in February 2014. The Progress 59 freighter is similar to the one pictured (NASA).
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A healthy Columbia Glacier in Alaska in 1984.
A healthy Columbia Glacier in Alaska in 1984.
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FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossa...
FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars.
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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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Curiosity Rover s Travels  August to November 2012: NASA s Mars rover Curiosity landed at a site sub...
Curiosity Rover's Travels, August to November 2012: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity landed at a site subsequently named "Bradbury Landing," then moved to near "Point Lake," in drives totaling 1,703 feet (519 meters). It worked on scoops of soil for a few weeks at the drift of windblown sand called "Rocknest." The depression called "Yellowknife Bay" is a potential location for the first target rock for Curiosity's hammering drill.
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This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity  the rover of NASA s Mars Science ...
This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity, the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project
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New Horizons NASA spacecraft
New Horizons NASA spacecraft
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This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image above.
This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image above.
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Artist s impression of Pluto
Artist's impression of Pluto
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Mars Science Laboratory rover  Curiosity  inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA s Jet Prop...
Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
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NASA satellite image acquired May 9  2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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This artist s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and ...
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
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Using data from NASA s Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes  scientists made the most precise measure...
Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists made the most precise measurement yet of the size of a world outside our solar system, as illustrated in this artist's impression. The diameter of the exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-93b, is now known with an uncertainty of just one percent.
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An astronaut takes a  selfie  in space. Oxford Dictionaries  word of 2013 was  selfie
An astronaut takes a "selfie" in space. Oxford Dictionaries' word of 2013 was "selfie"
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NASA comparison of Earth and Kepler 452B
NASA comparison of Earth and Kepler 452B
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Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.