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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.

NASA's asteroid-sampling mission dependent on Canadian laser, OLA

At 7:05 p.m. EDT on Thursday, NASA will launch a rocket carrying OSIRIS-REx, a 6.2 meter (20.3 feet) spacecraft into the sky on an historic mission to bring back dust from the asteroid Bennu, and a Canadian instrument called OLA will play a key role.

NASA reschedules launch of troubled Mars InSight mission to 2018

NASA has set a new schedule for the launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars.

Juno flyby: NASA flies spacecraft closest ever to Jupiter

NASA has just flown a spacecraft closer to the windswept, gaseous planet of Jupiter than one has ever gone before. The Juno spacecraft is already sending back images from its successful flyby.

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).
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This photo is a composite of three days  views (Aug. 23  24 and 25  1992) of Hurricane Andrew as it ...
This photo is a composite of three days' views (Aug. 23, 24 and 25, 1992) of Hurricane Andrew as it slowly moved across south Florida from east to wes
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Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters...
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) & Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth. The gas bridge extends approximately 10 million light-years between them. The image shows the 2 galaxy clusters as seen at optical wavelengths with ground-based telescopes & through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (in orange) with the Planck satellite.
NSA/JPL Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky
NASA s Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27  2010  to get a boost from Earth’s ...
NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27, 2010, to get a boost from Earth’s gravity. It is now on its way to comet Hartley 2, depicted in this artist’s concept, with a planned flyby on Nov 4.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery during its second servicing mission ...
The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery during its second servicing mission (STS-82)
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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
Credit: NASA/Swift/S. Immler (Goddard) and M. Siegel (Penn State)
A replica of NASA s Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the...
A replica of NASA's Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the Presidential viewing stand and President Barack Obama during the Inaugural Parade on Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
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NASA image of tsunami debris in Pacific Ocean in April 2012.
NASA image of tsunami debris in Pacific Ocean in April 2012.
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The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
The NASA photo shows the size and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy
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The next tree tops are always nearby   as the crow flies.
The next tree tops are always nearby, "as the crow flies."
I pretended this squirrel was advising   Eat plenty of nuts and seeds even when you must dig in snow...
I pretended this squirrel was advising, "Eat plenty of nuts and seeds even when you must dig in snow."
This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image above.
This optical view of the LMC is co-aligned with the Swift UV image above.
Credit: Axel Mellinger, Central Michigan Univ.
NASA: GoPro Spacewalk
NASA: GoPro Spacewalk
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From left to right  Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese  director of the God...
From left to right, Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; and former astronaut Frank Culbertson, now of Orbital Sciences Corp., pose in front of Orbital's Cygnus space capsule at Wallops near Chincoteague, Va., in 2012.
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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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Viewed at 261 000 miles (419 000 kilometers) from Saturn  the vortex of a massive polar hurricane ar...
Viewed at 261,000 miles (419,000 kilometers) from Saturn, the vortex of a massive polar hurricane around Saturn's north pole.
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Snow on the Serbia mountain Kopaonik
Snow on the Serbia mountain Kopaonik
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A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory on...
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
NASA/Bill Ingalls
At a Goddard cleanroom  technicians unveil the James Webb Observatory’s segmented mirror in prepar...
At a Goddard cleanroom, technicians unveil the James Webb Observatory’s segmented mirror in preparation for an alignment test this summer. The tool used to determine the segments’ alignment has inspired Goddard technologists to create another that offers picometer accuracy for next-generation observatories.
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GROVER underwent a test of its power consumption at Greenland s highest spot  Summit Camp  on June 2...
GROVER underwent a test of its power consumption at Greenland's highest spot, Summit Camp, on June 2, 2013.
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Skiing north-west in the direction of France s St-Martin-de-Belleville  beyond the Crêtes restauran...
Skiing north-west in the direction of France's St-Martin-de-Belleville, beyond the Crêtes restaurant, from the Tougnete summit
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