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The ISS rocket sent by NASA is full of experiments that may change lives

The ISS rocket sent by NASA is full of experiments that may change lives

As part of NASA’s latest launch to the International Space Station on Dec. 5, the space agency sent up 5,600 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The cargo mission supports the ISS’ crew members and dozens of experiments on the orbiting space lab. Included in that payload is

NASA chief asked Elon Musk to stop drinking and smoking pot

Elon Musk will have to lay off the booze and pot if he wants to continue doing work for NASA, the agency’s chief warned this week, while laying into the SpaceX founder for his recent erratic behavior. “I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of

NASA’s InSight delivers amazing Mars photos

NASA’s spacecraft that landed on Mars on Monday has beamed back its first clear photo of the desolate Red Planet. “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home,” NASA tweeted late Monday, hours after its new InSight lander touched down. The image came after the rover had earlier sent back a somewhat

Elon Musk’s smoking video prompted NASA to investigate

NASA has launched a safety probe into SpaceX and Boeing, which are under $6.8 billion contracts to fly its astronauts to space, because Elon Musk sipped whiskey on the rocks and smoked pot — legally — on a podcast, according to a new report. Officials at the space agency will hold hundreds of “pretty invasive”

NASA Announces 2020 Rover Landing site

It’s been many years in the making, but NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission is currently in the home stretch. Scientists and engineers are working hard on all the hardware that the rover will use to do its job, but up until today, NASA still hadn’t actually decided where on the Red Planet the rover would land. Now

Mysterious signal from Space is not NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover has been sitting still on Mars since June. It was then that a massive dust storm began to swallow up the planet, cutting off the sunlight to the rover’s solar panels and forcing it to go dormant. The Opportunity team has been waiting patiently for the rover to wake back up

NASA reveals more information about the first interstellar object

NASA reveals more information about the first interstellar object

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California have found new information about the size and reflectivity of `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered within our solar system last year. “We estimated the size and reflectivity of `Oumuamua as a comet-like body, and suggested a science-based explanation for the various observations,” David Trilling, lead

Here’s how NASA’s Mars InSight will call home after a massive landing

Here's how NASA's Mars InSight will call home after a massive landing

Like any dutiful creation, NASA’s Mars InSight lander has promised to phone home upon safely reaching its destination on Nov. 26. But it won’t be a detailed conversation, and NASA engineers can’t actually be sure when the call will come — or even whether it will come from the InSight lander itself. All told, the team has developed five

NASA predicts people on Mars in 25 years

NASA predicts people on Mars in 25 years

US space agency NASA believes it can put humans on Mars within 25 years but the technological and medical hurdles are immense. Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists must overcome before any future astronaut can set foot on the Red Planet, top NASA

Why NASA chose a vanilla ice cream landing site for InSight Lander on Mars

Why NASA chose a vanilla ice cream landing site for InSight Lander on Mars

Sometimes, boring is best — and that’s certainly true when you’re trying to set a lander down on the surface of Mars, where any eventfulness is likely bad news. That’s why scientists carefully chose a flat, featureless expanse of the Red Planet called Elysium Planitia for NASA’s InSight mission to touch down on to maximize the odds

There is a creepy orange “airglow” around the earth

No, you’re not looking at a strange alien planet or the Earth through an Instagram filter – this orange glow is known as an airglow, courtesy of NASA. According to the space agency, the airglow is “diffuse bands of light that stretch 50 to 400 miles into our atmosphere.” It typically occurs when molecules, largely nitrogen and oxygen,

RIP, Kepler: NASA’s revolutionary planetary hunting telescope runs out of fuel

RIP, Kepler: NASA's revolutionary planetary hunting telescope runs out of fuel

The most prolific planet-hunting machine in history has signed off. NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has discovered 70 percent of the 3,800 confirmed alien worlds to date, has run out of fuel, agency officials announced today (Oct. 30). Kepler can no longer reorient itself to study cosmic objects or beam its data home to Earth, so

NASA astronaut still baffled by removal from ISS mission

NASA astronaut still baffled by removal from ISS mission

WASHINGTON — A NASA astronaut removed early this year from a mission to the International Space Station said Oct. 30 that she still doesn’t understand the reasons for her reassignment. Jeanette Epps was assigned by NASA in January 2017 to the crew of Expeditions 56 and 57, scheduled to launch to the station on a

This NASA detector is closer to the sun than any other spacecraft

This NASA detector is closer to the sun than any other spacecraft

A NASA probe got closer to the sun than any other spacecraft, setting a new world record, the agency announced. On Monday, the Parker Solar Probe moved within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface, breaking the previous mark set by the Helios-2 spaecraft in 1976. “It’s a proud moment for the team, though we

NASA’s Hubble Resumes Observations after Gyro Repaired

NASA's Hubble Resumes Observations after Gyro Repaired

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has resumed normal operations after controllers fixed a faulty gyroscope on the spacecraft, the agency announced Oct. 27. In a statement, NASA said that Hubble resumed normal science operations at 9 p.m. Eastern Oct. 26, and completed its first science observations, of a distant galaxy using the spacecraft’s Wide