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Trump signs Space Policy Directive-3 aimed at reducing space junk

President Trump is signing a policy document Monday seeking to improve the tracking of space junk and limit future debris, but experts say the idea will be difficult to carry out.

NASA astronauts install high-def cameras during spacewalk

Tampa - Two US spacewalkers on Thursday outfitted the International Space Station with a pair of new high-definition video cameras designed to help visiting commercial spaceships dock there in the coming years.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

Discovery of lost data solves mystery of 'warming moon'

The United States' moon landing in 1969 represents, perhaps, the greatest achievement for mankind and scientific space development. But for a period of time during the 1970s, scientists discovered the moon was getting warmer. Now we know why.

NASA's Mars CubeSats notch another spaceflight first

On May 5, 2018, NASA launched a stationary lander called InSight to Mars. Riding along with InSight were two briefcase-sized CubeSats, the first of their kind of spacecraft to fly into deep space.

NASA to launch mission to study cosmic rays in the heliosphere

NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.

NASA astronauts train with Boeing and SpaceX on crew capsules

Houston - A joint commercial provider and NASA team will help ensure astronauts will be able to safely travel to and from the International Space Station aboard Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.

Two missions will take us closer to the sun than ever before

It has been an exciting year for space science and there is still a lot to look forward to as we near the halfway point of 2018. Soon, two missions will take us closer to the sun than we've ever gone before, providing insight into how our star works.

China just invited the world to its new orbital space station

China has taken s significant step toward international cooperation by inviting the world to its planned orbital space station. The China Space Station, or CSS, could become operational as soon as 2022.

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Tampa - Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

SpaceX launches Block 5 rocket primed for future crewed missions

Cape Canaveral - An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, called the Block 5, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit. The Block 5 will carry NASA crewed missions to the ISS.

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

Tampa - The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet.

Mock moon dust kills cells and alters DNA — What about real dust?

As NASA looks toward sending astronauts for extended stays on the moon, the health risks from breathing lunar dust become more significant. A new study, using simulated lunar dust found the dust is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells.

NASA warns SpaceX that 'load-and-go' fueling is dangerous

When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea — keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the rocket.

NASA successfully tests a nuclear reactor that works in space

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars, and destinations beyond.

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

One scientist's 30-year quest to get under Mars' skin

Paris - Philippe Lognonne has waited three decades to hear the heartbeat of Mars.

NASA launch of Insight will be visible to millions on West Coast

Snuggly sealed inside a heat shield and the nose shroud of an Atlas 5 rocket that will send it to Mars, NASA’s InSight lander is awaiting launch May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

NASA scraps its only planned robotic mission to the Moon

Washington - NASA is pulling the plug on its only planned robotic mission to the Moon’s surface. The space agency has reportedly canceled its Resource Prospector project, the same day new NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine was sworn in.

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Tampa - NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist."Three, two, one and liftoff!

SpaceX postpones launch of NASA's planet-hunter spacecraft

Tampa - SpaceX postponed the launch of NASA's new planet-hunting mission Monday in order to verify the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems, the California-based company said.

'TESS' to launch exoplanet-hunting mission next week

TESS, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is scheduled to launch from Florida next week to begin a two-year search for Earth-like planets around other stars. Liftoff is currently set for April 16 at 6:32 p.m. EDT (22:32 UTC).

NASA's InSight Mission will use seismology to look inside Mars

Pasadena - NASA's next mission to Mars should provide us with insights into the workings of Mars' interior. InSight, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, will measure Marsquakes to learn about the Martian crust, mantle, and core.

James Webb space telescope launch date pushed to 2020

NASA has announced a further delay to the James Webb Space Telescope’s launch. The agency had been targeting March-June 2019 for the much-heralded telescope’s liftoff, but technical problems and "avoidable errors" have pushed the launch date to 2020.

NASA receives $20.7 billion in omnibus appropriations bill

Washington - The White House’s original $19.9 billion NASA budget request proposed cuts to a number of Earth Science programs. However, the omnibus spending bill signed today gives NASA more than $20.7 billion, far above the original request.

NASA to go forward with 'Gateway' at expense of telescope

NASA is pressing forward on plans to build a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), an outpost for astronauts positioned in the space near Earth's moon, after getting a green light from the White House.

NASA study confirms initial findings — space can alter genes

Scott and Mark Kelly are identical twin brothers, and retired astronauts— the only identical twin astronauts in history. And the twin brothers presented NASA with a unique opportunity to study the effects of spaceflight on the human body.
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NASA announced the selection of SpaceX s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft to resupply t...
NASA announced the selection of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) when the Space Shuttle retires in 2010.
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This is the Swift SMC mosaic at full resolution. About 250 000 ultraviolet sources appear in this mo...
This is the Swift SMC mosaic at full resolution. About 250,000 ultraviolet sources appear in this mosaic of the Small Magellanic Cloud, which was assembled from 656 images taken by the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope aboard NASA's Swift satellite. The 57-megapixel SMC image has a total exposure time of 1.8 days. The image includes light from 1,600 to 3,300 angstroms -- UV wavelengths largely blocked by Earth's atmosphere -- and has an angular resolution of 2.5 arcseconds. Viewing in the ultraviole
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This visible image of Tropical Storm Isaac taken from NOAA s GOES-13 satellite shows the huge extent...
This visible image of Tropical Storm Isaac taken from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite shows the huge extent of the storm, where the eastern-most clouds lie over the Carolinas and the western-most clouds are brushing east Texas.
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NASA s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17  2011. It was taken fr...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet Vesta. Each pixel in the image corresponds to roughly 0.88 miles (1.4 kilometers).
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The overview of the New Horizon journey to the binary system  Pluto and Charon  and beyond
The overview of the New Horizon journey to the binary system, Pluto and Charon, and beyond
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A fairly bright comet dove towards the Sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close ...
A fairly bright comet dove towards the Sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close encounter
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The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
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The Earth has an amazing number of magnetic fields which interact both internally and with other ste...
The Earth has an amazing number of magnetic fields which interact both internally and with other stellar bodies in unpredictable but intriguing ways.
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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 Endeavours shuttle with the Earth displayed in the background
The Endeavours shuttle with the Earth displayed in the background
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The moon  in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
The moon, in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
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Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun.
Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun.
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NASA s latest vehicle makes deep space exploration possible
NASA's latest vehicle makes deep space exploration possible
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The solar arrays on NASA s InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed ...
The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. The image was taken on April 30, 2015.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed on May 5  2010...
International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed on May 5, 2010 the Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast, which appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. The sunglint improves the identification of the oil spill which is creating a different water texture (and therefore a contras
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The detailed  all-sky picture of the infant universe created from nine years of WMAP data
The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe created from nine years of WMAP data
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