US astronaut sets record for longest spaceflight by a woman

U.S. 12/28/19, 07:16

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived at the International Space Station on March 14. She broke the ...

President Trump pledges to find a cure for cancer and AIDS

U.S. 08/03/19, 11:34

President Donald Trump pledged to find a cure for cancer and AIDS during a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 1.  "We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine," the president told the crowd. "I see what they are doing. I see it. They show me. The things we're doing in ...

NASA to send women to moon for the first time

Trending 06/18/19, 13:26

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Monday, June 17, that it is ready to send women to the moon—50 years after the first Apollo mission! The new space mission is aptly named Artemis, after the Goddess of the moon. Speaking at the 2019 Paris Air Show, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ...

Be wary of robot emotions; ‘simulated love is never love’

Tech 04/26/19, 02:47

When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" — and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to move into our lives.For Christal White, a 42-year-old marketing and customer ...

NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier

Science 04/11/19, 13:06

From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly's body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars.The good news: Kelly largely bounced ...

Scientists see evidence of underground lakes system on Mars

Space 03/01/19, 11:46

Scientists say images of craters taken by European and American space probes show there likely once was a planet-wide system of underground lakes on Mars. Data collected by NASA and ESA probes orbiting the red planet provide the first geological evidence for an ancient Martian groundwater system, according to a study ...

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Science 02/19/19, 15:48

And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online , along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander.On Sunday, InSight recorded a high of ...

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

Science 02/13/19, 14:07

NASA's longest-running rover on Mars, Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet.The six-wheeled vehicle was built to operate just three months. But it kept going and going until it was finally doomed by a ferocious dust storm eight months ago.Flight controllers made numerous ...

NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

U.S. 02/12/19, 16:45

NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.The rover has been silent for eight months, victim of an intense dust storm. Thick dust darkened the sky last summer and, for months, blocked sunlight from the spacecraft's solar panels.NASA said Tuesday it ...

Pence promises missions to the moon and Mars during ceremony

Politics 02/07/19, 18:42

Vice President Mike Pence is honoring the nation's fallen astronauts during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials at the cemetery honor those who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, and when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere on Feb. ...

Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

Tech 02/06/19, 10:49

Two tiny satellites have fallen silent millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars.The twin CubeSats, nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, shadowed NASA's InSight lander to Mars last year. As the lander descended to the Martian surface in November, the briefcase-size satellites flew past the red planet, providing real-time ...

NASA’s storm-silenced rover marks 15th anniversary on Mars

Science 01/24/19, 13:41

NASA's Opportunity rover is silently marking the 15th anniversary of its touchdown on Mars.The spacecraft hasn't been heard from since a global dust storm last June. The six wheeler — about the size of a golf cart — logged more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) on the red planet before ...

NASA’s Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm

Science 12/11/18, 18:26

NASA's new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm.The InSight lander snapped a series of pictures that NASA turned into a stunning mosaic, released Tuesday.InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26. In the two weeks since, scientists are thrilled to find ...

New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

Science 12/07/18, 15:24

NASA's new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind.The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind Friday. The low-frequency rumblings were collected by the InSight lander during its first week- and-a-half of operations at Mars.Scientists agree the sound has an otherworldly quality to ...

Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

U.S. 12/01/18, 08:13

As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade.NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday.FILE- This artist's rendering provided to China's Xinhua News Agency on Aug. 23, 2016 by the lunar probe ...

Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

U.S. 11/29/18, 15:12

America's next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. Bridenstine says NASA will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there.The goal ...

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