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Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future

For the first time in nearly seven years, the U.S. government has passed a new long-term vision for NASA's future. President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

Trump's 2018 budget will cut these four NASA missions

Under President Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget request, four NASA Earth science missions will be cut if the request makes its way into law.

Five amazing Canadian space facts you should know

With the announcement that Canso, Nova Scotia will be host to a new satellite launching rocket pad in the not-too-distant future, it’s the perfect time to show off some of Canada’s noteworthy space exploration facts.

NASA's Operation IceBridge survey to expand its Arctic reach

NASA's Operation IceBridge kicked off in 2009. Its primary mission is to monitor changes in the polar ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Now, for the first time, NASA will explore the Arctic's Eurasian Basin.

Sinking San Joaquin Valley of California seen from space

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have released satellite imagery that shows the extent of land subsidence in California's San Joaquin Valley. Some areas have dropped more than two feet in the past year.

SpaceX will send two tourists around the moon in 2018

SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk made a startling announcement Monday, saying two private individuals have hired his company to fly a manned mission around the moon in 2018.

Solar Probe Plus — Getting up close and personal with our sun

Our sun is a dwarf star of hot and glowing gasses. We know its interaction with the Earth drives our seasons, weather and more. But to understand the connectivity between the Earth and sun fully, we need to get up close, and a Solar Probe will help us.

Sticky valves cause of Juno spacecraft's longer orbit of Jupiter

On Thursday, NASA announced its Juno spacecraft circling the giant gas planet, Jupiter, would remain in its 53-day orbit pattern, instead of dropping to a planned 14-day pattern, for the remainder of its mission. NASA blames sticky valves.

Trump asks NASA to study feasibility of crew on rocket's flight

President Trump has directed NASA to conduct a feasibility study on adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, a project currently planned as an unmanned mission around the moon in 2018.

NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight

Miami - The US space agency said it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon.

NASA makes major announcement about exoplanets

Houston - NASA has made a major announcement about a new discovery “beyond our solar system.” The discovery relates to seven exoplanets, which could potentially support life.

NASA scientists want Pluto to become a planet again

A group of NASA scientists want Pluto’s status as a planet restored. Eleven years ago, the ninth planet in the solar system was downgraded to that of a dwarf planet. To scientists who are working on journeys to Pluto, that is simply not good enough.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from NASA launchpad with ISS cargo

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

Miami - SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff Saturday due to a "slightly odd" technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine.

NASA scientist born in US has to turn over phone at US border

Sidd Bikkannavar a natural-born American citizen claims he was detained on January 30 at Houston International Airport. This was just days after new president Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven countries.

Astronaut sets record, throws football more than 500,000 yards

Houston - It was “sort of a record” and there are a lot of “buts” associated with it. The ball was thrown by Astronaut Tim Kopra while orbiting the Earth on the ISS and it travelled 564,664 yards. The distance was measured relative to the Earth.

NASA opens exhibit marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 disaster

Cape Canaveral - NASA opened a new exhibit yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee. The three Apollo 1 astronauts died when their capsule caught on fire while they were performing pre-launch checks.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon dead at 82

Houston - Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at age 82. Although his family did not release details of the cause of the former astronaut’s death, he had been in ill health for several months. Cernan is being remembered as the last human to walk on the moon.

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station

Miami - French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station.

Construction of NASA's massive Space Launch System stand complete

Huntsville - NASA's enormous Space Launch System (SLS) is an advanced space vehicle, the world's most powerful rocket. It will be used to launch astronauts on missions to distant planets. An enormous stand has been built to test the rocket's biggest fuel tank.

Asteroid just flew by Earth and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

NASA announces first African-American space station crew member

While African-American astronauts have flown on the space shuttle and have visited the ISS on technical or supply missions, none have ever been a member of the crew. NASA announced Jeanette Epps will become the first black ISS crew member next year.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson became oldest woman to walk in space

When she took off for the International Space Station (ISS) in November, Peggy Whitson became the oldest woman to go into space. Yesterday the 56-year-old became the oldest woman to take part in a spacewalk.

The year in space — Headlines that made the news in 2016

From Space X successfully landing a rocket on a floating platform to NASA's Juno probe reaching Jupiter after a journey of 1.8 billion miles, 2016 has been a year of many accomplishments in the space industry. Let's look at a few of the stories.

NASA issues stunning photographs of Christmas in space

Houston - The astronauts on the International Space Station are celebrating Christmas Day in the same way as many people on Earth will celebrate the holiday. To add a special touch, NASA have issued some stunning December 25 pictures.

Ice homes designed for people to live in on Mars

The first humans to go to Mars may end up living in igloos or ice homes, built from the huge ice deposits found beneath the planet’s surface. The ice home would be a cost effective structure allowing space for four people to live and work in.

NASA's stunning photo shows widening rift in Antarctic ice shelf

Photos released on Friday from NASA's Operation Icebridge show with a stunning clarity that the huge rift in the Larsen C ice shelf is getting closer to causing a section of ice the size of Delaware to break off.

NASA's eight mini-satellites will measure hurricane intensity

Cape Canaveral - NASA successfully launched eight CYGNSS mini-satellites early Thursday morning aboard an air-launched Pegasus rocket. The satellites will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds, giving forecasters the ability forecast a hurricane's intensity.

Stephen Hawking, NASA, working on fastest spaceship ever built

Stephen Hawking and NASA are teaming up to send a tiny spaceship to Alpha Centauri. If the problems can be worked out, it will take about 20 years for the ship to reach the star system closest to the Earth.

Astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95

Former astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to orbit Earth, has died aged 95. Glenn also served as a marine and U.S. senator.
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Lush green vegetation in December. It s always summer in the tropics
Lush green vegetation in December. It's always summer in the tropics
ISS Expedition 33 crew return to earth
ISS Expedition 33 crew return to earth
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The oil slick appears as a dull gray on the water s surface and stretches south from the Mississippi...
The oil slick appears as a dull gray on the water's surface and stretches south from the Mississippi Delta with what looks like a tail
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On Sol 32 (Sept. 7  2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self p...
On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait
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NASA s prototype for the electroluminescent Z-2 spacesuits  slated to begin testing for Mars mission...
NASA's prototype for the electroluminescent Z-2 spacesuits, slated to begin testing for Mars missions in November 2014.
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Artist s impression of Comet Siding Spring passing before Mars
Artist's impression of Comet Siding Spring passing before Mars
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Pluto is shown on the right with its moon  Charon
Pluto is shown on the right with its moon, Charon
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Artist s concept of Kepler in the distant solar system.
Artist's concept of Kepler in the distant solar system.
By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Newly fallen snow in Nashville on Christmas Day  2010.
Newly fallen snow in Nashville on Christmas Day, 2010.
Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky took a record-breaking spacewalk of eight hours and seven minutes.
Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky took a record-breaking spacewalk of eight hours and seven minutes.
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Panoramic View From  Rocknest  Position of Curiosity Mars Rover:
A mosaic of images taken by the Mas...
Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover: A mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera on NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called "Rocknest" in October & November 2012.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
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This artist s conception illustrates Kepler-22b  a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitab...
This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone -- the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun. (NASA)
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An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7  2013. This image was captured by N...
An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7, 2013. This image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength of UV light that is particularly good for seeing flares and that is typically colorized in teal.
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View of comet 67P on November 4  2014.
View of comet 67P on November 4, 2014.
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Space Shuttle Endeavour
Space Shuttle Endeavour
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One of the first images from a second batch of images sent from the Curiosity rover is pictured of i...
One of the first images from a second batch of images sent from the Curiosity rover is pictured of its wheel after it successfully landed on Mars.
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Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the  Mex I AM  festiva...
Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the "Mex I AM" festival.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival event
The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions  one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 1...
The Sun erupted with two prominence eruptions, one after the other over a four-hour period on Nov. 16, 2012
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Daniel Zukowski  a University of Colorado Boulder graduate student  checks the status of a jalapeño...
Daniel Zukowski, a University of Colorado Boulder graduate student, checks the status of a jalapeño pepper plant growing in a computerized SmartPot, or SPOT. Telemetry in each SPOT sends data back to a computer.
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