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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

India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

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

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

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

SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon – report

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'A new timetable for the flight – now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer – hasn't been released,' reports The Wall Street Journal

SPACEX. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SpaceX postpones next-gen rocket launch

May 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The rocket's main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1

SPACE X. In this file photo, Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. File photo by Bruce Weaver/AFP PHOTO

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'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

SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The effort is part of SpaceX's mission to lower the cost of space flight by re-using costly, multimillion-dollar components that typically have been discarded into the ocean after each launch

SPACEX. This image still obtained from NASA video shows the liftoff of the recycled Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon cargo ship on April 2, 2018, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. AFP PHOTO / NASA TV

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

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Mar 13, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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A man wades through a lake at sunset in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

SpaceX carries out 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The satellite weighs 6 tons and is almost the size of a city bus, making it the largest geostationary satellite that SpaceX has taken into space

SPACEX. This still image from video courtesy of SpaceX shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 6, 2018, carrying the Hispasat, a Spanish telecommunications and broadband satellite. AFP PHOTO / SPACEX

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasts off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars

LIFTOFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. Jim Watson/AFP

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

'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

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system – study

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, say researchers

MYSTERIOUS VISITOR. The first confirmed object from interstellar space is a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a reddish hue. The asteroid 'Oumuamua is up to a quarter mile (400 meters) long, and 10 times as long as it is wide. Image courtesy NASA

New planet could support life – ESO observatory

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:23 PM

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory says

This artist’s impression shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b, with its red dwarf parent star in the background. ESO/M. Kornmesser

SpaceX launches, lands recycled rocket

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:13 AM

The Falcon 9's first stage had previously flown on a cargo mission to the International Space Station in February

LIFTOFF. The Falcon 9 rocket blasts off, carrying the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. Screengrab courtesy SpaceX

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

Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Cassini s last 5 orbits will take it through Saturn s uppermost atmosphere before a final plunge directly into the planet on September 15

CASSINI. An artist's rendition of the Cassini probe. NASA image

3 astronauts reach ISS for 5-month mission

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Russia s Roscosmos space agency says that the Soyuz MS 06 spacecraft successfully docked at the ISS at 0255 GMT

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos is seen on the right approaching the International Space Station on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The spacecraft docked to the station at 10:55 p.m. EDT. Credits: NASA Television

40 years on, Voyager still hurtles through space

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Voyager s main mission is to explore other planets including Jupiter Uranus and Neptune but it also carries the story of humanity into deep space

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

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

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

NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:21 AM

An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter in a long awaited journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet s Great Red Spot

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The 10 new Earth size planets bring the total to 50 that exist in habitable zones around the galaxy

MORE EXOPLANETS. NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The launch is another feather in the cap for scientists at ISRO who won Asia s race to Mars in 2014 when an Indian spacecraft reached the Red Planet on a shoestring budget

LIFTOFF. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) communication satellite GSAT-19, carried onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III ), launches at Sriharikota on June 5, 2017. Arun Sankar/AFP

A real scorcher: NASA probe to fly into sun's atmosphere

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The Parker Solar Probe will become the first to fly directly into the sun s atmosphere known as the corona

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

Cassini probe finds vast void between Saturn's rings

May 06, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Scientists have been surprised to find that not all that much – not even space dust – lies between Saturn s iconic rings

SATURN'S RINGS. This NASA handout illustration obtained April 6, 2017 shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission's grand finale. Handout photo by NASA/JPL-CALTECH/AFP

NASA spacecraft dives through Saturn's rings

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Cassini spacecraft skimmed closer than any previous spacecraft to the sixth planet from the Sun and lived to tell the tale

SpaceX hails 'revolution' after recycled rocket launch, landing

Mar 31, 2017 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED SpaceX officials have said that reusing hardware could slash costs – with each Falcon 9 launch costing over 61 million – by about 30

REVOLUTION. The SES-10 launch is the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Photo from SpaceX Flickr account

Trump, NASA and a rare consensus: Mission to Mars

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:47 PM

US President Donald Trump signs a law that says manned missions to deep space including to Mars will be the US space agency s main goal in the decades to come

NASA BILL SIGNED. US President Donald Trump, center, signs the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, alongside members of the Senate, Congress, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. NASA photo

Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination

Mar 12, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Private sector companies in particular are energized by the prospect of future space exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit where the International Space Station circles the Earth

The moon rises over the White House in Washington on November 13, 2016. Yuri Gripas/AFP

NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight

Feb 25, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Orion is being built with an eye to one day ferrying astronauts to Earth s neighboring planet Mars perhaps by the 2030s

ORION TEST FLIGHT. Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, testifies before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

Feb 15, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The launch means India now holds the record for launching the most satellites in one go surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014

Indian onlookers watch the launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) at Sriharikota on Febuary 15, 2017. Arun Sankar/AFP

India to launch 104 satellites in record mission

Feb 14, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The country s famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race

In this file photo, bystanders look on as the India Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) satellite INSAT-3DR, on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05) launches from Sriharikota on September 8, 2016. Arun Sankar/AFP

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dies

Jan 17, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Cernan was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 – his third space flight and the last scheduled US manned mission to the moon – in December 1972

LAST MAN ON THE MOON. Eugene Cernan in an official NASA photo. Photo courtesy NASA

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'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Deep space travel technology has always been unattainable outside the fertile imaginations of filmmakers from Woody Allen and Ridley Scott to James Cameron and Christopher Nolan – until now

Russia's Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying a International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad to the International Space Station (ISS) early on November 18, 2016 local time. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

2016 top science stories: Spacetime ripples, feathered dinos, a 'fairy' in space

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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All 'Original Seven' American astronauts now dead

Dec 09, 2016 - 11:28 AM

Here are the feats the Original Seven or Mercury 7 are best known for

MERCURY 7. This NASA photo taken on April 9, 1959, shows NASA introducing its first astronaut class, the Mercury 7, shown front row, (L-R): Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and M. Scott Carpenter; back row, Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. Handout photo by NASA/AFP

Mars One puts back planned colonization of Red Planet

Dec 08, 2016 - 4:13 PM

The Mars One consortium said its first manned mission to the Red Planet would now not happen until 2031 having previously targeted 2026

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