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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.

NASA forced to scrub plan to land unmanned ship on Mars

Lompoc - NASA has called off a planned mission to Mars early next year after scientists were unable to repair a leak in a key piece of science equipment.

NASA suspends March launch of InSight mission to Mars

Chicago - NASA announced on Tuesday it has suspended the March 2016 launch of its InSight mission to Mars because of problems with a key scientific component.

How NASA uses Earth Systems Science to analyse climate change Special

Greenbelt - Climate change doesn't mean temperatures are high just because we're using too much fossil fuels. Climate change involves a number of interactions of the Earth's systems. Digital Journal asked a NASA scientist to explain how these systems are measured.

Spacewalk repair needs only two whacks

Miami - Two solid whacks to a stuck brake handle was all it took for a spacewalking American astronaut to fix a stalled rail car outside the International Space Station, NASA said Monday.
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NASA s MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canavera...
NASA's MAVEN Mars atmospheric mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
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Images of the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the globe: Oct. 8, 2014.
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This squirrel rested only a moment amid a light snowstorm in mid-January 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin.
SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
SpaceX Dragon Launches to the International Space Station
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Bikes covered in snow in Helsinki, Finland
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This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
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The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft with Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin touches down near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010
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There is a simple explanation for the missing stars. To show stars requires a time exposure. You can...
There is a simple explanation for the missing stars. To show stars requires a time exposure. You can't shoot moving people with such an extremely slow shutter speed. You can shoot either the astronaut or the stars. It's awfully difficult to capture both.
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Composite x-ray/optical view of the NGC 6240
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Below the densely forested slopes of southern West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains is a layer cake of thin coal seams. To uncover this coal profitably, mining companies engineer large—sometimes very large—surface mines using strip mining methods. This image of a surface mine in Boone County, West Virginia from 2009.
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Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the "Mex I AM" festival.
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Christmas lights in the Eastern US seen from space
Christmas lights in the Eastern US seen from space
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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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CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday s flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth s closest asteroid encounter unt...
CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday's flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth's closest asteroid encounter until 2027.
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HEAVENLY BODY: This image of Mars showing Terra Meridiani can be found on nasa.gov, the U.S. space agency's official website.
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Another view of the Hartley 2 comet taken by NASA
Another view of the Hartley 2 comet taken by NASA
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Lush green vegetation in December. It s always summer in the tropics
Lush green vegetation in December. It's always summer in the tropics
Data from NASA s Chandra X-ray Observatory have been used to discover 26 black hole candidates in th...
Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have been used to discover 26 black hole candidates in the Andromeda galaxy, marking the largest number of potential black holes found in a galaxy outside of our own.
Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. Barnard, Z. Lee et al.; Optical: NOAO/AURA/NSF/REU Program/B. Schoen