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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.

Trump calls for $2.7 billion moon-orbiting space station

As part of the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, NASA is planning to build the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in the 2020s, and if all goes as planned, it would be ready for human habitation by 2023.

Trump plans to privatize the International Space Station

Washington - NASA’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal will include plans to end funding for the International Space Station in 2025, but leaves open the possibility of handing part or all of the station over to the private sector.

NASA to use blockchain tech in distributed spacecraft missions

Distributive ledger technology also called DLT, has now emerged across a wide range of sectors, so it is no wonder that NASA is now looking into these applications of blockchain technology for distributed spacecraft missions (DSM).

NASA's 'space tech' continues to make impact on society

When we think of NASA, it is usually for its achievements in space exploration, the ISS, Hubble telescope, the Space Shuttle and more. But few people realize the agency's technological innovations are also used in every facet of our lives.

Trump wants to withdraw funding for International Space Station

It has been learned the Trump administration is preparing to end support for the International Space Station (ISS) program by 2025, to free up resources for higher priority, deep space missions such as Mars.

NASA begins tests of solar probe before launch to 'touch the sun'

NASA has begun testing its Parker Solar Probe that will 'touch the sun' when it launches into space this summer. The probe's journey will be humanity’s first visit to a star and will come as close as 3.9 million miles (6.3 million km) to the sun.

Two US spacewalkers start work on robotic arm repair

Miami - Two US astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to start a new round of repairs on the orbiting outpost's aging robotic arm, NASA said.

Op-Ed: US successfully tests small nuclear power plant for Mars mission

Washington - In what is actually a very large step forward, NASA has tested a small, “paper towel roll” sized nuclear power plant to deliver power for a Mars mission. The fallout from this idea, pun intended, will be interesting.

NASA's GOLD and ICON missions will study Earth's outer boundary

In a live feed on January 4, NASA researchers discussed the agency's January 25 mission: the launch of GOLD, the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk mission.

Human spaceflight to return to Florida's Space Coast in 2018

Cape Canaveral - U.S. Space Agency, NASA announced on Thursday its industry partners, Boeing and SpaceX, are targeting the return of human spaceflight for Florida’s Space Coast in 2018.

Essential Science: 3D printed rocket parts now a reality

Houston - A sign that 3D printing has matured sufficiently for products to be entrusted for use in one of the most risk adverse areas, additive manufacturing produced materials are to be used in spacecraft.

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.
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