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Indian satellite destruction 'unacceptable' – NASA

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:14 PM

'That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight,' says NASA head Jim Bridenstine, as he cites the dangers of the move in relation to the International Space Station

MODI ON SPACE POWER. A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a local news channel in New Delhi on March 27, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

NASA scraps all-women spacewalk for lack of well-fitting suits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Had Christina Koch and Anne McClain done their spacewalk together, it would have been the first ever by two women astronauts

CHRISTINA KOCH. In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019 NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, looks on as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Astronauts on aborted Soyuz launch blast off successfully for ISS

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

'The Soyuz is now in orbit and the crew are on their way to the International Space Station,' says a commentator on NASA television.

NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, reacts as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14, 2019. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool/AFP

How a vintage film format brought 'Apollo 11' back to life

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The film injects new life into the most famous space mission of all time, which transfixed the world from July 16-24, 1969

APOLLO 11. US Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is shown walking near the Lunar Module 20 July 1969 during the Apollo 11 space mission. Visible as a reflection in Aldrin's visor is Neil Armstrong, the man who took the photo. Photo by NASA

SpaceX capsule back on Earth, paves way for new manned U.S. flights

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:04 PM

(UPDATED) After hours of suspense, the Crew Dragon touches down in the Atlantic Ocean at 8:45 am Friday, March 8, some 370 kilometers off the coast of the US state of Florida

SPACEX. This video grab taken from the NASA - Space X webcast transmission on March 8, 2019, shows SpaceX Dragon capsule with parachutes deployed. AFP PHOTO/NASA

SpaceX Dragon's final test – making it to Earth in one piece

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Crew Dragon will undock from the ISS on Friday at 0731 GMT and leave earth orbit and reenter the atmosphere 5 hours later

LANDING THE CREW DRAGON. This handout photo released NASA shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon onboard at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-1 mission on March 1, 2019 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. File photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA/AFP

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks with ISS

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:02 AM

Two hours after docking, the space station's 3 crew members – American Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko – open the hatch of the space capsule and, for the first time, penetrate its interior in space

DUMMIES. This video grab taken from the Space X webcast transmission on March 3, 2019, shows a dummy named Ripley onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard after the opening of the hatch during the Demo-1 mission. Handout photo/SpaceX/AFP

Life on Mars: My 15 amazing years with Oppy, NASA's record-breaking rover

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The little robotic geologist had transmitted thousands of images from the surface of the planet, transforming our understanding of Mars and paving the way for future exploration

'OPPY.' The little robotic geologist on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech

New SpaceX astronaut capsule successfully launched on ISS test mission

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) The only occupant on board SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule is a dummy named Ripley – but NASA plans to put two astronauts aboard later this year

REHEARSAL. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard takes off during the Demo-1 mission, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 2, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

What's the weather like on Uranus and Neptune? New images give important clues

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:16 AM

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope show a variety of intriguing weather patterns in the atmospheres of both Neptune and Uranus

PLANETS. Uranus (left) and Neptune (right) seen by Hubble. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley)

Pinoy app global finalist at NASA Space Apps Challenge

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The ISDApp seeks to communicate useful information to fishermen even without internet connection. It will complete against 24 other finalists chosen by NASA scientists and experts from 2,729 teams in 200 locations all over the world.

GLOBAL FINALIST. Team iNON (It's Now or Never) is behind the ISDApp. Photo courtesy of Michael Lance Domagas

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Feb 14, 2019 - 2:47 PM

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Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'There was silence. There were tears. There were hugs. There were memories and laughs shared. #ThankYouOppy #GoodnightOppy.'

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) in late March 2014 shows effects of recent winds removing much of the dust from the rover's solar arrays. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today

SATURN'S RINGS. This October 28, 2016 NASA file photo shows one of the last full views of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft acquired at a distance of approximately 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers). AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

In space, the U.S. sees a rival in China

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:33 AM

China launches more rockets into space than any other country, with 39 last year compared to 31 by the US, 20 by Russia, and 8 by Europe

SPACE RACE. his file picture taken early on December 8, 2018 shows a Long March 3B rocket, transporting the Chang'e-4 lunar rover, lifting off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Photo by STR/AFPChina OUT

Russia demands explanation over U.S. snub to space chief

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Dmitry Rogozin, chief of Russia's space agency and a nationalist politician known for his anti-Western rhetoric, is set to visit the US in February but NASA postpones his visit indefinitely

SPACE SNUB. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, meets with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/Pool/AFP

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Jan 03, 2019 - 1:37 PM

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NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The first detailed images allow scientists to confidently determine the body was formed when two spheres, or 'lobes,' slowly gravitated towards each other until they stuck together – a major scientific discovery

ULTIMA THULE. This handout image released January 2, 2019 by NASA, the first color image of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles (137,000 kilometers) at 4:08 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, highlights its reddish surface. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

NASA's New Horizons succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have a healthy spacecraft,' says the missions operations manager for the unmanned spacecraft

FLYBY. This artist's illustration obtained from NASA on December 21, 2018 shows the New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 –€“ nicknamed '€œUltima Thule'€ –€“ a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Handout by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/AFP

In first, NASA spaceship begins orbit of asteroid

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:26 AM

OSIRIS-REx enters asteroid Bennu's orbit after closely studying it for several weeks

ORBIT. This November 16, 2018 photo from NASA'€™s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, obtained December 3, 2018 courtesy of NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona, shows the asteroid Bennu from a distance of 85 miles (136 km). Photo from HO / NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona / AFP

NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Hurtling through space at a speed of 51,500 kilometers per hour, the spacecraft aims to make its closest approach within 3,500 kilometers of the surface of Ultima Thule

FLYBY. The New Horizons spacecraft is poised to zoom by Ultima Thule, an icy body in the Kuiper Belt, at a distance of just 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers). Image from NASA

NASA spaceship closes in on distant world

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The historic flyby to Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever studied, is set to 'take us back 4 and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system'

BEAMING UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe sending data towards the Earth. File Photo by NASA

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

NASA rings in New Year with historic flyby of faraway world

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The flyby takes place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, the most faraway world visited by a spacecraft so far

Steph Curry says moon landing conspiracy comments a joke

Dec 13, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player says he's still accepting the invitation from NASA to tour its facilities

SURPRISED. Steph Curry says he didn’t expect that causal comment on the lunar landings in the podcast will spark so many reactions. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry's moon theory leaves NASA baffled

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:20 AM

NASA invites NBA superstar Steph Curry to a tour of its facilities after the two-time MVP said the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax

CONSPIRACY THEORY. In one interview, Steph Curry doubts that a man landed on the moon in 1969. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

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Nov 27, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

The dramatic arrival of the $993 million spacecraft marks the 8th successful landing on Mars in NASA's history

SUCCESS. NASA engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018. Photo byAl Seib/Pool/AFP

Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The unmanned spacecraft – launched nearly 7 months ago – is NASA's first craft to attempt to touch down on Earth's neighboring planet since the Curiosity rover arrived in 2012

MARS AND INSIGHT. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, talks about Mars InSight during a pre-landing briefing, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

Before Mars landing, a nail-biting '6 and a half minutes of terror'

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Mars InSight is set to make a perilous landing on Mars

INSIGHT. This illustration shows a simulated view of NASA's InSight lander descending towards the surface of Mars on its parachute. Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Nov 24, 2018 - 4:00 AM

After a nearly seven-month voyage, Mars Insight nail-biting touchdown is expected on Monday

This artist's impression obtained from NASA shows InSight's entry, descent and landing at Mars. NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown on November 26, 2018, of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet. HO / NASA/JPL-CALTECH / AFP

NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the technological and medical hurdles are immense

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sponges from Mars? Study suggests water on the red planet could support life

Nov 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A new study shows that brine deposits below the surface of Mars can contain molecular oxygen – which is crucial for life on Earth

RED PLANET. Mars seen by the Viking orbiter. Image from NASA/JPL/USGSÂ

Neil Armstrong's huge souvenir collection to be auctioned

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Some items have historical value, such as flags or medallions he wore during the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Others do not – like a boy scout cap or a pin from his high school football team.

AUCTION. Items that belonged to US astronaut Neil Armstrong are displayed at Heritage Auctions October 2, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The goal of NASA's Parker Solar Probe is make a series of 24 flybys past our scorching star

UP CLOSE. Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Image courtesy Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

NASA's hobbled Hubble telescope is near normal again

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:22 PM

An attempt to revive the gyroscope by turning it in the opposite direction appears to have cleared any blockage, NASA reports

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

Aborted launch astronauts return to space next year – Russia

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague who survived an aborted flight are likely to go into space in the spring

Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Baikonur on October 11, 2018.  Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:28 PM

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin are safe after their Soyuz rocket fails shortly after blast-off

Trouble for Hubble: gyro fails on space telescope

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Hubble is currently down to two working gyros and needs at least 3 for optimal operations. But it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope.

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The ICESat-2 mission uses advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the Earth's melting ice sheets and how this affects sea level rise

RECORD MELTING. An aerial view made available by The Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team, flying NASA's G-III aircraft over Greenland at about 40,000 feet on March 26, 2016. Photo by NASA/EPA

Why NASA's next rockets might say Budweiser on the side

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine wants to try boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft and allowing its astronauts to appear in commercials and on cereal boxes

SOLAR PROBE. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls


NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The first, blurry images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) The unmanned Parker Solar Probe aims to get closer than any human-made object in history to the center of our solar system

SOLAR PROBE. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA postpones launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The next launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens at 3:31 am (0731 GMT or 3:31 pm Philippine time) on Sunday, August 12

SOLAR PROBE. This handout picture released by NASA on August 8, 2018, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA poised to blast off first spacecraft to explore Sun

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) The car-sized Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to blast off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida early Saturday

SOLAR PROBE. This handout picture released by NASA on August 8, 2018, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018.  Photo by NASA/AFP

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Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:08 PM

After the Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11, it will become the first spacecraft ever to fly through the Sun's scorching atmosphere, known as the corona

PARKER SOLAR PROBE. Photo by NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

Blend of novices, veterans to fly on 1st private U.S. spaceships

Aug 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Nine astronauts will be flying from US soil to space for the first time since 2011

GUIDE: Watching the July 28 'blood moon'

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century will be visible in the Philippines, and Mars will be right next to the eclipsing moon, according to NASA