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NASA confirms discovery of exoplanet 21 light years away

Pasadena - NASA announced in a press release on July 30th that they had found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system. It's only 21 light years away.

Rocket could defy laws of physics, fly to moon in 4 hours

German scientists have confirmed that the so-called "EMDrive" rocket created by NASA could defy the known laws of physics and be capable of flying to the moon in just four hours.

Another Earth is found — but will we ever be able to reach it?

NASA's announcement on Thursday of its discovery of a cousin planet to Earth was historic, breathtaking but are we destined to merely be admirers from afar, or will we ever be able to visit?

Kepler Mission finds 'near-Earth-size' planet in habitable zone

NASA's announcement of a possible Earth-like planet was awaited with great anticipation, and the world was not disappointed today. The Kepler Mission found a near-Earth-size planet in a habitable zone, around a sun-like star.

Data from Pluto mission expected to keep arriving for 16 months

Laurel - The universe itself may be billions of years old, but that doesn't mean all of its components were created at the same time.

NASA releases 'epic' photo of Earth

Today NASA published another awe-inspiring glimpse of Planet Earth. The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has snapped its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

NASA releases first photos of Pluto's moon Nix

Palo Alto - NASA's long-journeying New Horizons spaceship has turned its attention to the five moons of Pluto as it sails by the solar system's most-distant denizens.

U.S. spacecraft sending back data for Pluto close-up

Laurel - Scientists are receiving data that will offer the closest look ever of Pluto later Wednesday, after the unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet.After a three-billion-mile (4.

Pluto: Flyby makes history and wows world

NASA's New Horizons made history by being the first spacecraft to reach the dwarf planet Pluto, the last unexplored world in the solar system.

NASA counts down to nail-biter Pluto flyby

Miami - After a near decade-long journey, an unmanned NASA spacecraft will make a close shave past Pluto on Tuesday, offering scientists a detailed glimpse of the dwarf planet's surface for the first time.

How to watch New Horizons reach Pluto tomorrow

When it comes to landmark achievements in space exploration, tomorrow — July 14 — will be a date for the history books as the day humanity reached Pluto for the first time.

NASA craft discovers heart shape on Pluto as flyby nears

Miami - There's a near-perfect heart shape on Pluto's rusty red surface which scientists are seeing for the first time as a piano-sized NASA spacecraft, New Horizons, hurtles toward the distant body on its way toward a historic flyby on July 14.

3 days until NASA space probe New Horizons reaches Pluto

After nine-and-a-half years of exploration, NASA's Space probe "New Horizons" has only three days remaining in its three-million-mile journey to Pluto.

NASA releases clearest photo ever of Pluto and its biggest moon

Right now, a piano-sized spacecraft is barreling through space at over 36,000 mph with an important destination: the dwarf planet Pluto and its system of five moons.

Pluto: NASA New Horizons photos show mysterious dark spots

The most recent views of Pluto sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have revealed four mysterious dark spots, each hundreds of miles in size.

Russian cargo ship brings food to space station, finally

Korolyov - A successful liftoff for a Russian Soyuz rocket on Friday from Kazakhstan was recorded by NASA TV. The mission will deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

Astronomers monitor extraordinary black hole 'eruption'

Astronomers worldwide are monitoring a newly awakened black hole after it released a blast of high-energy light. A black hole eruption is an extraordinary space phenomenon

SpaceX, NASA react to rocket fail and will 'get back to flight'

SpaceX and NASA answered questions about Sunday morning's Falcon 9 rocket explosion, but offered few explanations about why it happened. This is the third consecutive failed cargo mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk.

A 'new' crater on Mars as never seen before

Tucson - NASA has released a spectacular hi-res image of a “new” crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars taken by the HiRise instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Sounding out Mars: NASA starts trials for next lander mission

Pasadena - Trials have now started on NASA’s next piece of Mars wizardry, a stationary lander scheduled to head off to the Red Planet, March 2016.

Antarctic ice shelf could be gone in just a few years, says NASA

A NASA study has found that one of the major remaining ice shelves on Antarctica is melting much faster than previous suggestions. It could be completely gone in just a few years, fuelling sea level rise and making Antarctica a little smaller.

Robot squid to search for life in underground seas of alien moons

NASA scientists have come up with a pretty cool piece of machinery to fish around for alien life that may exist in subterranean seas found on many nearby moons.

NASA offering money for ideas on how to get to and colonize Mars

You may think the folks at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Admin. are a little spaced out after a recent press release. In it NASA asks the public for ideas on how to get humans to Mars so they can establish a colony there. Shouldn't they know?

NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

NASA may have discovered the secret to faster-than-light travel

The barrier to interstellar travel seems to have always been our inability to go faster than the speed of light. Now, NASA may have discovered the secret to the famous warp drive, which propelled the Starship Enterprise across the galaxies.

Pluto may have polar ice caps and nitrogen snow

NASA scientists are describing images of Pluto coming in from the New Horizon spacecraft as "incredible" and "stunning." The photos seem to show that the planet has ice caps, something which astronomers hadn't predicted.

NASA picks top team to hunt for aliens

NASA has just got serious about finding alien life. The space agency has picked a top team of scientists to hunt for extraterrestrials – and you may be able to participate.

Op-Ed: What you need to know about Hubble's 25th anniversary

That young whippersnapper the Hubble Space Telescope has now made a quarter of a century. Just when you’d think it’d be settling down and having kids, or at least dating more, it’s still rampaging around the skies looking for dazzling things.

NASA astronauts' GoPro POV spacewalk delivers stunning views

NASA has released stunning POV GoPro footage of life outside the International Space Station shot during spacewalk missions early in 2015. The footage gives an impression of the experience of spacewalk and wondrous beauty of Earth from 250 miles above.
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This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars  Earth and the sun during another period that occurs ...
This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during another period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective. This arrangement, and the period during which it occurs, is called the Mars Solar Conjunction.
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Antarctic Ozone Hole (2009)
Antarctic Ozone Hole (2009)
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Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
Photographs of winter weather (Yorkshire Dales)
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International Space Station (ISS)
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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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SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
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Snow on Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Snow on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
NASA Goddard s crossbow-like ballista is ready to fire a prototype harpoon into a bucket of material...
NASA Goddard's crossbow-like ballista is ready to fire a prototype harpoon into a bucket of material that simulates a comet's surface.
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Space Shuttle Discovery landing at Barksdale AFB  LA
Space Shuttle Discovery landing at Barksdale AFB, LA
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Crows among bare  lacy branches seemed to be masquerading as wintry leaves.
Crows among bare, lacy branches seemed to be masquerading as wintry leaves.
Image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic.
Image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic.
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This little-known galaxy  officially named J04542829-6625280  but most often referred to as LEDA 899...
This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy.
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Tradar image of Mercury s north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSE...
Tradar image of Mercury's north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSENGER images of the same area.
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NASA artist s conception of a human mission to Mars (1989 painting by Les Bossinas of NASA Lewis Res...
NASA artist's conception of a human mission to Mars (1989 painting by Les Bossinas of NASA Lewis Research Center).
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Panoramic View From  Rocknest  Position of Curiosity Mars Rover:
A mosaic of images taken by the Mas...
Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover: A mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera on NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called "Rocknest" in October & November 2012.
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Satoshi Furukawa working inside glovebox on LEGO ISS
Satoshi Furukawa working inside glovebox on LEGO ISS
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Hikers on snow  Mount Seymour  North Vancouver  Canada.
Hikers on snow, Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, Canada.
A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Mi...
A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii. The vehicle, part of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this June.
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