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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).

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.
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Artist s impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5  the coldest known brown d...
Artist's impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf star. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as other stars do.The new star is the fourth closest to our Sun, at 7.2 light-years from Earth.
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A park on the banks of Lake Geneva  Switzerland  is covered entirely in ice
A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice
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Melting snow banks revealed gray-green grasses in southeastern Wisconsin this unseasonably warm Janu...
Melting snow banks revealed gray-green grasses in southeastern Wisconsin this unseasonably warm January 2012.
NASA: GoPro Spacewalk
NASA: GoPro Spacewalk
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GOING PLACES: A demonstration copy of the Orion space capsule is open for visiting at the Kennedy Sp...
GOING PLACES: A demonstration copy of the Orion space capsule is open for visiting at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot  developed through a Space ...
Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors
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A crow watched the cloudy day brighten to partly sunny.
A crow watched the cloudy day brighten to partly sunny.
Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
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Lava swirls in a channel in Cerberus Palus  Mars
Lava swirls in a channel in Cerberus Palus, Mars
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The artist s concept depicts Kepler-69c  a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star l...
The artist's concept depicts Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
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The Stereo-B probe
The Stereo-B probe
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Prevailing model of the origin and expansion of spacetime and all that it contains.
Prevailing model of the origin and expansion of spacetime and all that it contains.
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An estimated 42 000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in la...
An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
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NASA artist s rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
NASA artist's rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
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Black hole devours a neutron star. Scientists say they have seen tantalizing  first-time evidence of...
Black hole devours a neutron star. Scientists say they have seen tantalizing, first-time evidence of a black hole eating a neutron star-first stretching the neutron star into a crescent, swallowing it, and then gulping up crumbs of the broken star in the minutes and hours that followed. Credit: Dana Berry/NASA
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Using data from NASA s Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes  scientists made the most precise measure...
Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists made the most precise measurement yet of the size of a world outside our solar system, as illustrated in this artist's impression. The diameter of the exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-93b, is now known with an uncertainty of just one percent.
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An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7  2013. This image was captured by N...
An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7, 2013. This image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength of UV light that is particularly good for seeing flares and that is typically colorized in teal.
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The heliospheric current sheet results from the influence of the Sun s rotating magnetic field on th...
The heliospheric current sheet results from the influence of the Sun's rotating magnetic field on the plasma in the interplanetary medium (solar wind). The wavy spiral shape has been likened to a ballerina's skirt.
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