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NASA launches newest communication satellite

In a photo provided by NASA a United Launch Alliance Atlas V with TDRS-L atop, arrives at the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41. The unmanned rocket is set to blast off Thursday night, Jan. 23, 2014, with the latest, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. (AP Photo/Daniel Casper)

NASA has launched an advanced, new communication satellite. An unmanned rocket blasted off Thursday night from Cape Canaveral with the latest, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

In a composite image provided by NASA, Comet ISON nears the sun in an image captured at 10:51 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The sun was imaged by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, and an image from ESA/NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the solar atmosphere, the corona. Scientists are studying spacecraft images to find out whether a small part ISON survived its close encounter with the sun. (AP Photo/ESA&NASA SOHO/SDO)

A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Will icy comet survive close encounter with sun?

In this photo provided by NASA, a contrast-enhanced image produced from the Hubble images of comet ISON taken April 23, 2013 reveals the subtle structure in the inner coma of the comet. In this computer-processed view, the Hubble image has been divided by a computer model coma that decreases in brightness proportionally to the distance from the nucleus, as expected for a comet that is producing dust uniformly over its surface. ISON's coma shows enhanced dust particle release on the sunward-facing side of the comet's nucleus, the small, solid body at the core of the comet. This information is invaluable for determining the comet's shape, evolution, and spin of the solid nucleus. AP

For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that’s zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

NASA spacecraft to study Moon’s atmosphere

A Minotaur V launch vehicle carrying the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) stands on the launch pad at Wallops Island, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The rocket is scheduled to launch on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 just before 11:30 p.m. AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem

NASA hopes to unravel more of the Moon’s mysteries Friday by launching an unmanned mission to study its atmosphere, the US space agency’s third such probe in five years.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NASA launches sun-watching satellite from US

This image taken by a NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission shows the lower regions of the sun’s atmosphere. NASA plans to launch a new mission called IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) to study this solar region. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California was delayed until Thursday, June 27, 2013, to fix a power outage on the base. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA launched a satellite late Thursday on a mission to explore a little-studied region of the sun and to better forecast space weather that can disrupt communications systems on Earth.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Warm ocean water melting Antarctic ice from bottom

In this Friday, June 15, 2012 photo provided by the National Park Service, climbers hike through the area where an avalanche swept a Japanese climbing team off a hill during their descent from Alaska's Mount McKinley. U.S. National Park Service officials say five people were traveling as a one rope team early Thursday morning as part of a Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation expedition on the Alaska mountain. The NPS said Hitoshi Ogi, 69, survived after falling 60 feet (18 meters) into a crevasse. He was able to climb out. The other four tumbled into the avalanche debris and haven't been seen since. AP Photo/National Park Service, Kevin Wright

Warming ocean waters are melting the Antarctic ice shelves from the bottom up, researchers said Thursday in the first comprehensive study of the thick platforms of floating ice.

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NASA: Flash reports consistent with meteor shower

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Social media sites are buzzing with reports of a flash of light streaking across the sky along the U.S. East Coast.

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

3 astronauts return to Earth from space station

Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, Russian Cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin, left, and Pavel Vinogradov, center, and US astronaut Christopher Cassidy shake hands before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The three are the next crew scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrom on a Russian made Soyuz TMA-08M space craft on March 28. AP

A Soyuz space capsule carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts has landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan, returning the three men to Earth after a 144-day mission to the International Space Station.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Space station to get $18 million balloon-like room

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This artist's rendering provided by Bigelow Aerospace shows a Bigelow inflatable space station. NASA is partnering with this commercial space company to test an inflatable room that can be compressed into a 7-foot tube for delivery to the International Space Station. NASA is expected to install the module by 2015. AP/Bigelow Aerospace

NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome “metal cans” that now serve as astronauts’ homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

‘Like a small point of light,’ Pagasa says of asteroid’s passing to Earth

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The asteroid called 99942 Apophis buzzed the Earth at past 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, appearing like a tiny flashing dot in the sky but obscured by gray clouds from the vantage point of Filipinos, the country’s top astronomer said.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Voyager discovers ‘magnetic highway’ at edge of solar system

This artist's concept released June 19, 2012 by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 at the edge of the solar system. AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a “magnetic highway” at the edge of the solar system, a surprising discovery 35 years after its launch, the experts behind the pioneering craft said Monday.

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Dragon ship back on Earth after space station trip

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This photo provided by SpaceX shows an unmanned Dragon freighter that left the International Space Station with a stash of precious medical samples and aimed for a Pacific splashdown to end the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. AP/SpaceX

An unmanned Dragon freighter carrying a stash of precious medical samples from the International Space Station parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, completing the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA.

Posted: October 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

SpaceX set for first NASA-contracted supply mission

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 photo made available by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule attached begins a rollout demonstration test in Cape Canaveral, Fla. On Sunday night, Oct. 7, 2012, the private space company will attempt to launch another capsule full of food, clothes and science experiments for the astronauts at the space station. The company hopes to repeat the success of its test flight in May 2012. AP Photo/NASA, Jim Grossmann

US firm SpaceX aims for its next big launch into orbit Sunday — the first of 12 flights in its $1.6 billion contract with NASA to bring supplies to and from the international space station.

Posted: October 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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