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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.

Astrophysisist Rashied Amini can help people find love Special

The former NASA employee has lent his expertise to Nanaya, an app that can determine whether or not a person will find true love based on science and probability. Digital Journal found out more.

100-foot diameter asteroid to pass close to Earth on March 5

A small asteroid that passed by Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles away two years ago is set to make a return appearance on March 5. This time, it could come much closer to Earth, perhaps as close as 11,000 miles, says NASA.

U.S. remembers astronauts killed, pledges to reach Mars

Washington - The US space agency marks the 30th anniversary Thursday of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger with a pledge to remember lost astronauts as it presses on toward Mars.

Astronaut’s photo of space flower a global milestone

Scott Kelly isn’t the first astronaut to tweet while in space, and he probably won’t be the last. However, on Monday morning he became the first astronaut to ever tweet a photo of a flower in full bloom grown in space.

A supernova just discovered is the brightest in recorded history

Astronomers have been calling the ASASSN-15lh supernova the brightest in history. The supernova is the largest explosion ever recorded in Space.
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Close-up of two UFOs monitoring 1966 Project Gemini spacecrafts
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TAKEOFF: Photo shows Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida  where a plann...
TAKEOFF: Photo shows Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where a planned resupply mission to the International Space Station is expected to be launched Thursday.
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Some claim that this photo from NASA's website appears to show a human-like figure towering over the Mars Curiosity Rover.
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Lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover
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Crows among bare, lacy branches seemed to be masquerading as wintry leaves.
Internal view of the Stanford torus space station design. Artist s description:  The 1975 NASA Ames/...
Internal view of the Stanford torus space station design. Artist's description: "The 1975 NASA Ames/Stanford University Summer Study worked out the broad engineering requirements for a toroidal shaped space colony design. This painting used the design, but I refused to fill the interior with the 'shopping mall gone mad' clutter of other drawings. Again the challenge of sustaining something like a closed ecosystem was a theme I wanted to emphasize. This design became known as the 'Stanford Torus'
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Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
A not in service bus turns into Davisville station.
A not in service bus turns into Davisville station.
Puppy prints in the snow.
Puppy prints in the snow.
Artist concept of NanoSail-D in space. Credit:NASA/MSFC
Artist concept of NanoSail-D in space. Credit:NASA/MSFC
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A lady braves the freezing cold temperatures and blowing snow as she walks along Yonge Street.
A lady braves the freezing cold temperatures and blowing snow as she walks along Yonge Street.
Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
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Towards warp speed
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McClelland with NASA astronauts Brian Duffy and David Leetsma in 1991
McClelland with NASA astronauts Brian Duffy and David Leetsma in 1991
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A sign of bygone times covered by snow, old steam engine displayed on a side track of a railway station in Wegliniec, Western Poland, 2010.
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence cou...
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
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