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Pinoy-made ocean waste collector, dengue mapper to join NASA global hackathon

Nov 15, 2019 - 2:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The teams behind the projects will join others from around the world to be evaluated by NASA in early December for the selection of the 30 global finalists

Stand-up scientists use comedy to reach beyond the ivory tower

Nov 11, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Several scientist-comedians from across the US believe that laughter can be a powerful tool for communicating complex concepts

COMEDY. Kasha Patel, a chemist and science writer for NASA, performs her stand-up comedy act at State College, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2019. Photo by Issam Ahmed/AFP

A new dream for all-female spacewalk duo: To walk on Moon

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:37 AM

NASA is seeking to return to the Moon by 2024. And the space agency promises when two astronauts will stride its surface, the first time humanity has done so since 1972, and at least one of them will be a woman

This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. After an infamous spacesuit flub earlier this year that resulted in accusations of sexism, NASA now plans to carry out the first all-female spacewalk this week, it said on October 15, 2019. Koch and Meir will venture outside the International Space Station either October 17 or October 18 to replace a power controller unit that failed over the weekend. HO / NASA / AFP

U.S. makes history with first all-female spacewalk

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism

FIRST. This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. AFP PHOTO / NASA

Red planet rumbles: NASA's recordings of 'marsquakes' let us listen to the martian heartbeat

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:00 AM

While the vibrations have been altered a bit so our ears can actually pick them up, you can now hear the marsquakes for yourself!

MARS. Photo from NASA/JPL

First Arab on ISS returns to Earth

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Although Hazzaa al-Mansoori's mission was short – 8 days in total – it has been the source of great pride in the UAE, a newcomer to the world of space with ambitions to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021

SAFE. In this image released by NASA, Russian space agency rescue team members and United Arab Emirates (UAE) specialists carry UAE astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule about 150kms (90 miles) southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan on October 3, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Bill INGALLS

Europa: There may be life on Jupiter's moon and two new missions will pave the way for finding it

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Europa is thought to be able to harbor simple, microbial life in its liquid, internal ocean beneath its icy surface

Europa, Jupiter's moon. Image from NASA

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The lifesize robot named Fedor – short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research – copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to help carry out tasks remotely

High above Greenland glaciers, NASA looks into melting ocean ice

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Oceans Melting Greenland – or OMG – is on a mission to collect data on how oceans contribute to the rapid melt of Greenland's ice

GLACIERS. An aerial photo taken on August 17, 2019 shows a view of the Apusiajik glacier, near Kulusuk, a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality located on the island of the same name on the southeastern shore of Greenland. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

NASA investigating 1st crime committed in space – report

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The estranged wife of astronaut Anne McClain accuses her of identity theft and improperly accessing her wife's private financial records

THE ACCUSED. Ground personnel carry NASA astronaut Anne McClain shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/Pool/AFP

NASA International Space Apps Challenge now open for registration

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The worldwide hackathon is now on its 8th year, with last year’s version boasting 18,000 participants across 75 countries

Screenshot from International Space Apps Challenge website


NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:13 AM

With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface

In this picture taken on July 19, 2019 shows the NASA's new robotic space explorer at their base at the Lambahraun lava field in Iceland where they are getting it ready for the next mission to Mars. To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface. Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:29 AM

'Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the Moon, and his legacy is immeasurable,' says NASA chief Jim Bridenstine

PIONEER. This file photo shows a portrait of Christopher Kraft taken in 1979. File photo from Wikipedia

Space crew to blast off for ISS on moon landing anniversary

Jul 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The July 20 blast off comes on the same date that NASA's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969, marking a defining moment in the so-called 'space race' with the Soviet Union

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

Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: What it's like on the Moon

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Here are impressions of some of American men who walked on the Moon, collected from a series of oral history interviews by NASA

Small step, giant memories: Neil Armstrong's moonwalk remembered

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:34 AM

The grainy pictures coming back on the night of July 20, 1969, from a quarter of a million miles (380,000 kilometres) away fascinates viewers young and old

TO THE MOON. A mounted slowscan TV camera shows Apollo 11 space mission US astronaut Neil Armstrong as he climbs down the ladder from the lunar module "Eagle" on July 21, 1969, thus becoming the first man in history to set foot on the moon's surface. File photo by NASA/AFP

NASA tests launch-abort system for moon-mission capsule

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The exercise aims to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the Orion capsule in the event of an explosion or other problem shortly after launch of the rocket taking them into space

TEST. This NASA photo obtained July 2, 2019 shows Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 am EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT

Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:47 PM

NASA's Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques emerge from the space craft to applause from support crews

LANDING SAFELY. This handout photo released by NASA shows Expedition 59 astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) being helped out of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on June 25, 2019. Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls/AFP

NASA's Curiosity rover finds new methane spike on Mars

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern,' says Paul Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center

'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Lawyer and retired NASA special agent Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find moon rocks that went missing after being given as gifts to nations

Joseph Gutheinz, an attorney known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," poses in his office on May 22, 2019 in Friendswood, Texas. Gutheinz has long been dedicated to tracking down missing Apollo moon rock samples. - After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time. Dozens of the "goodwill" moon rocks -- some only the size of a grain of rice, others as big as a marble -- have since gone missing, and Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find them. (Photo by Loren ELLIOTT / AFP)

Apollo moon rocks help transform understanding of the universe

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:10 PM

While lunar samples have been in NASA hands for 5 decades, new discoveries are still being made

Moon rocks are on display at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on May 23, 2019. - Moon rocks look rather nondescript -- they are often gray in color -- but for NASA planetary scientist Samuel Lawrence, they are the "most precious materials on Earth." What is certain is that the lunar samples first gathered by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong nearly 50 years ago have helped transform our understanding of the cosmos. (Photo by Chris Lefkow / AFP)

NASA renames street for 'hidden' black women mathematicians

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson provide pivotal contributions to space flight research from the 1940s through to the 1960s, when the United States first sent men to orbit and then walk on the moon

KATHERINE JOHNSON. Katherine Johnson, NASA employee, mathematician and physicist, in 1966. Photo by NASA

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year, says NASA.

NASA The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing

May 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The year was 1969, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. He said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'

In this May 18, 1969 image obtained from NASA, Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford, heading to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad, pats the nose of a stuffed Snoopy held by Jamye Flowers (Coplin), astronaut Gordon Cooper’s secretary. As the sight of planet Earth grew ever smaller, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. The year was 1969, and his vessel was the first to be equipped with a color camera, which was beaming live images to an awestruck global audience. "I was feeling real high," Stafford recalled. "I said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'" Handout / NASA / AFP

NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission

May 24, 2019 - 11:49 AM

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirms that Artemis 1 will be an uncrewed mission around the Moon planned for 2020

NASA. Administrator James Bridenstine testifies during a hearing before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee March 27, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

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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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

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Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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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