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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.

NASA admits it needs help dealing with astronaut poop

NASA is having a hard time figuring out what to do with space poop, or astronaut poop. This is why they're asking inventors to think of a solution.

Future solar storm could cause trillions in damage to technology

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth. Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires.

NASA helps earthlings spot the ISS with new interactive map

NASA has launched a new mapping tool to help people locate the International Space Station (ISS). ‘Spot the Station’ is an interactive map website that allows users to determine the time when they will be able to observe the ISS passing overhead.

NASA announces completion of largest space telescope

After two decades, U.S. space agency NASA announced the completion of the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope.

Planet on a heat bender — September the hottest month ever

While August tied with July this year in being the hottest month on record, September now claims the title of the warmest September in 136 years of record keeping, painting a frightening picture of global warming and climate change.

Dear NASA, Sweden wants you to send a condom into space

Sweden is known for being "sexually liberated," and is not squeamish about it either. So it's no surprise that they have sent a request to NASA, asking the space agency to send a condom into space.

Plumes of water may be erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa: NASA

NASA announced the Hubble Space Telescope has imaged what appears to be plumes of water coming from Jupiter's moon Europa. This could signal the possibility of life underneath the moon's frozen surface.

Elon Musk's ambitious vision for the future of Mars Colonization

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, speaking to a rapt audience at the 67th International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico, finally told the world about his company's long-anticipated plans to colonize Mars.

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.
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International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
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Planning for NASA s 2020 Mars rover envisages a basic structure that capitalizes on the design and e...
Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisages a basic structure that capitalizes on the design and engineering work done for the NASA rover Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012
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NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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Photo taken by Curiosity rover in Mars' Gale Crater on April 3 shows light near the top of the frame to the left of center.
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Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
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Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
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Ice forming into new shapes in Lempäälä, Finland
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An astronaut takes a "selfie" in space. Oxford Dictionaries' word of 2013 was "selfie"
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Image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft,
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Nasa scientists have discovered atoms including helium, hydrogen, oxygen and neon in interstellar medium
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LORRI, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, shown through details of a schematic.
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SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
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Spectacular winter sunset near Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN
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Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on launch Pad-0A, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
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I was looking for NASA.
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The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in uptown Toronto covered with snow. For a short period of time Saturday morning, the park officials shut it down.
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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.
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The route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity since it landed on the Red Planet. The Glenelg area farther east is the mission's first major science destination.
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