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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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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

Space experts worry U.S. won't make it to Mars by 2030s

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Senator Bill Nelson says the White House decision to return to the Moon – a program former president Barack Obama halted in order to focus on reaching Mars – could drag down the whole process

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

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

Philippines to witness total lunar eclipse on July 28

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:40 PM

This is reportedly the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. The eclipse will start at 1:13 am Philippine Standard Time.

The rockets that are pushing the boundaries of space travel

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Today, NASA is so dependent on the private sector that the US space agency has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to send astronauts to space beginning next year, as soon as their capsules are ready

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for U.S. space domination

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Russian foreign ministry warns that the US is 'nurturing plans to bring out weapons into space with the aim of possibly staging military action there.'

CONCERNED. File photo shows Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaking to the media in Moscow. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump wants to dominate space, Moon and Mars

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'America will always be the first in space,' Trump says during a speech at the White House. 'We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led,' he adds.

SPACE FORCE.  In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

More building blocks of life found on Mars

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:34 AM

The unmanned Curiosity rover has also found increasing evidence for seasonal variations of methane on Mars, indicating the source of the gas is likely the planet itself, or possibly its subsurface water

ROVER. This NASA photo released June 7, 2018 shows a low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin" on lower Mount Sharp. Photo by NASA

U.S. spacewalkers to swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'

May 16, 2018 - 11:11 PM

Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia, the spacewalkers must take utmost care not to get any on their suits

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. Handout / NASA TV / AFP

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

May 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit. With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a 'marscopter,' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve,' says NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen

MARS HELICOPTER. NASA shows off its Mars helicopter in its NASA Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstration video. designed by NASA. Screengrab from NASA

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spacecraft to study quakes

May 05, 2018 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) InSight aims to be the first NASA spacecraft to land on Mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012

LAUNCHED. In this image released by NASA, a heavy fog rolling in as the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket with NASA's InSight spacecraft onboard awaits launch on May 4, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

One scientist's 30-year quest to get under Mars' skin

May 05, 2018 - 11:50 AM

With a little luck and some help from NASA, the instrument Philippe Lognonne designed to take the Red Planet's pulse will land before the year's end and press a high-tech ear to its dusty surface

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

NASA's newest Mars lander to study quakes on Red Planet

May 04, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Since the Earth and Mars were likely formed by similar processes 4.5 billion years ago, the US space agency hopes the lander will shed light on what made them so different

INSIGHT. NASA is set to launch its first lander to Mars since 2012. InSight aims to listen for quakes and unravel the mystery of how rocky planets like Earth form. Photo from NASA's Flickr account

Scientists shocked as NASA cuts only moon rover

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Resource Prospector is the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the Moon's surface

U.S. Senate narrowly confirms Trump's new NASA chief

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Jim Bridenstine has expressed an interest in returning humans back to the moon, has spoken of closer ties between NASA and the commercial space industry, and has voiced skepticism about human-caused climate change

NASA. Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma, will become the 13th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 7 months after US President Donald Trump named him to lead the agency. File photo from Bridenstine's Facebook page

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming

NASA'S TESS. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2018 obtained from NASA, technicians assist as the SpaceX payload fairing containing the NASA'€™s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is moved by crane to a transporter inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA'€™s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. File photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP

NASA's new planet-hunter to seek closer, Earth-like worlds

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is scheduled to launch Monday at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

TESS. Artist concept of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in front of a lava planet orbiting its host star. Image courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA pushes back giant space telescope launch to 2020

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful ever built and is to be deployed on a mission to give astronomers an unprecedented glimpse at the first galaxies that formed in the early universe

DELAYED. This NASA file photo released on May 16, 2017 shows the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope inside a cleanroom at NASA'€™s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas. File photo by Chris Gunn/NASA/AFP

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:13 PM

It is the first time SpaceX launches both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before

DRAGON. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle is secured to the International Space Station, delivering over 4,800 pounds of science and supplies to crew. Photo from NASA Twitter page

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:28 AM

However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life

NASA KEPLER. NASA's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence help discover a solar system with as many planets as our own. Photo from NASA Kepler and K2's Twitter account

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Trump: 'We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond'

AIMING FOR THE MOON. US President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1, with the aim of returning Americans to the Moon, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Being able to use the backup thrusters means the lifespan of Voyager 1 has been extended by 2 or 3 years

Uber teams up with NASA to make flying taxis

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Uber hopes to have demonstration flights ready by 2020

UBER AIR. Currently in development, the service plans to make use of vehicles that are able to take off vertically. Image from Uber


Birdie blitz puts China's Feng to share of lead in Japan LPGA

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:57 PM

World No. 1 Feng Shanshan of China is looking to become the first player to defend an LPGA title in 2017. She is a top-seven finisher in five out of her last six starts.

WORLD NO. 1. China's Shanshan Feng shown competing last September at the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in the French Alps town of Evian-les-Bains. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

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Close call: passing asteroid to test Earth's warning systems

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000 kilometers (27,300 miles) – just above the 36,000-km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth

ASTEROID 2012 TC4. Screenshot of animation from NASA/JPL-Caltech

Russia, U.S. shoot for the moon with joint lunar station project

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Russians and Americans will cooperate to build the systems needed to organize scientific missions in lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon

THE MOON FROM THE ISS. This NASA handout image of the Moon, released on August 8, 2017 was taken from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik as he pointed his camera and captured this image on August 3, 2017. Handout photo from NASA / AFP

Record-breaking NASA astronaut comes back to Earth

Sep 03, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Peggy Whitson 57 is the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space

International Space Station (ISS) crew member US astronaut Peggy Whitson reacts shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan on September 3, 2017 US astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down to Earth on September 3 with two Russian and American colleagues following her record-breaking 288-day stay at the International Space Station. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI ILNITSKY

NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:34 PM

The satellite will support critical space communication into the mid 2020s NASA says in a statement

ATLAS V AND THE TDRS-M. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M. TDRS-M. Liftoff was at 8:29 a.m. EDT. Photo by Bob Granath/NASA

NASA: Send a message to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:22 PM

The US space agency wants input via Twitter Instagram Facebook and other social media and the public will vote on what short message we on earth should send to the intrepid overachieving little space traveler

VOYAGER 1. An artist's depiction of Voyager 1 in space. Photo courtesy NASA JPL

3-man crew reaches International Space Station

Jul 29, 2017 - 2:09 PM

The crew from Italy Russia and the United States boosts the ISS back to full capacity

LIFTOFF. In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Photo by Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/NASA

NASA releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:22 AM

The US space agency s Juno spacecraft flew over the storm July 10 offering humanity s closest look yet at the iconic feature of our solar system s largest planet

UP CLOSE. This processed NASA handout image obtained July 12, 2017 shows the Great Red Spot on Jupiter taken by the Juno Spacecraft on its flyby over the storm on July 11. Image courtesy NASA/Juno Mission