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NASA to start using freelance workers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is breaking into an even newer frontier, the freelance marketplace, with the start of the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL).

NASA develops material capable of healing its own bullet wounds

NASA has developed a new polymer technology that is capable of healing puncture wounds, using a gel that hardens after coming into contact with oxygen.

Op-Ed: NASA says 91.44cm sea level rise ‘locked in’ by existing warming

Sydney - The news isn’t great, but nobody would have expected it to be otherwise. An expected sea level rise of 3 feet, more or less, will definitely happen. NASA will be mounting a study to monitor and assess future sea level rises.

How cryogenic sleep might become a reality

Long-term cryogenic sleep or hibernation may be useful for space travel. But with NASA backing out of the project, earthbound applications may be more likely.

Saturn flyby reveals icy moon Dione's enigmatic craters

Scientists get their last look at Saturn’s icy moon Dione after NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a flyby this week taking fresh images.

Op-Ed: NASA has to tell people the world’s not ending — Again?

Sydney - Trust the Internet to deliver absolute crap. Someone said it was going to happen, so every bozo on the planet believed it. That well-known biscuit maker and occasional laundromat, NASA, says an asteroid isn’t going to hit Puerto Rico next month.

Russian cosmonauts wrap up spacewalk

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts on Monday added new equipment outside the International Space Station and took pictures to study its exterior during a five-and-a-half hour spacewalk.

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.
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NASA s Mars rover Curiosity used a mechanism on its robotic arm to dig up five scoopfuls of material...
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a mechanism on its robotic arm to dig up five scoopfuls of material from a patch of dusty sand called "Rocknest," producing the five bite-mark pits visible in this image from the rover's left Navigation Camera (Navcam). Each of the pits is about 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide.
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A view of the Northern Lights
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SpaceX Dragon Readies for Flight
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The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this image of Hurricane ...
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this image of Hurricane Sandy at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (17:45 Universal Time) on October 28, 2012. A line of clouds from a continental weather system runs south to north along the Appalachians, approaching from the west to meet the offshore storm.
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This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity  the rover of NASA s Mars Science ...
This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity, the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project
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After a nearly snow-free winter 2011-2012 snow covers Dane County in southeastern Wisconsin one mid-...
After a nearly snow-free winter 2011-2012 snow covers Dane County in southeastern Wisconsin one mid-January day.
Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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The next tree tops are always nearby, "as the crow flies."
NASA s TERRA satellite images on July 1  2015 show the thick smoke from Canadian wildfires.
NASA's TERRA satellite images on July 1, 2015 show the thick smoke from Canadian wildfires.
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This chart shows ocean heat content data to a depth of 2 000 meters  from NOAA.
This chart shows ocean heat content data to a depth of 2,000 meters, from NOAA.
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Enterprise on Apr. 19  2012  its last formal day at Smithsonian s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Enterprise on Apr. 19, 2012, its last formal day at Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
View of comet 67P on November 4  2014.
View of comet 67P on November 4, 2014.
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The LSDS team in Hawaii
From left to right: Fuk Li  director of the Mars Exploration Directorate at...
The LSDS team in Hawaii From left to right: Fuk Li, director of the Mars Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; Ian Clark, the LDSD principal investigator at JPL; Randy Lillard, the LDSD program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington; and Michael Gazarik, associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
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Diagramatic showing location of Horsehead Nebula in relation to surrounding objects
Diagramatic showing location of Horsehead Nebula in relation to surrounding objects
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STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson  signs an insignia decal for his mission in the Quest airlock of th...
STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, signs an insignia decal for his mission in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. The shuttle insignia is mounted next to that of the Expedition 28.
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Researchers prepare for a test of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) laser that will fly on NASA s M...
Researchers prepare for a test of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) laser that will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.
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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket  with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard  is seen on laun...
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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