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  • NASA looks to private companies for help building reusable Moon landers for astronauts

    December 20, 2018 10:00 AM 122

    NASA is searching for partners to build technology that would help astronauts land on the moon from a future orbiting Gateway station. This artist's concept shows the Human Landing System and an astronaut. (NASA) NASA has serious plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2028, and the agency is looking for help from U.S. companies to develop technology

  • The Brightest Comet of the Year Is Visible This Weekend. Here's Where to See It

    December 14, 2018 3:26 PM 113

    The brightest comet of 2018 will streak past Earth right after the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be closest to Earth on Dec. 16, according to EarthSky, and is currently the brightest comet in the sky. The comet will come within about 7 million miles of Earth, putting it among the 10 comets that have come closest to the planet

  • Virgin Galactic Says Its Tourism Spaceship Officials Flew into Space

    December 13, 2018 4:32 PM 88

    (MOJAVE, Calif.) — Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 50 miles high, which the company considers the boundary of space. Virgin Space Ship Unity was released from a carrier aircraft over California’s Mojave Desert early Thursday and ignited its rocket engine. The spacecraft with two test pilots at the controls quickly hurtled

  • NASA's Parker Solar Probe shares first up-close look at sun's atmosphere

    December 13, 2018 9:48 AM 158

    An image of the sun's atmosphere, the corona, from NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission, captured on Nov. 8, 2018. (Twitter via NASA Sun & Space) NASA's Parker Solar Probe has made the closest-ever approach to a star (the sun) and shared an image of the sun's atmosphere on Twitter on Wednesday. NASA's image, captured Nov. 8, shows the corona, which is the sun's

  • World Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rose 2.7 Percent in the Last Year, New Studies Show

    December 5, 2018 9:06 PM 115

    (WASHINGTON) — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project , an international

  • SpaceX delay may mean 36,000 wormy passengers are too old for their planned experiments

    December 4, 2018 6:08 PM 113

    Scientists will send thousands of <em>C. elegans</em> up to space in hopes of understanding muscle loss in astronauts. (Shutterstock) Thousands of microscopic worms will be launched into space — wriggling around in SpaceX's next cargo shipment to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon. But the launch, which was planned for today

  • SpaceX launches biggest U.S. 'rideshare' mission with 64 satellites

    December 3, 2018 9:05 PM 108

    (Reuters) - Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from California on Monday carrying 64 small satellites into low orbit around the Earth, which the company called the largest-ever “rideshare” mission by a U.S.-based rocket. The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX’s

  • Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts successfully docks with the International Space Station

    December 3, 2018 5:41 PM 118

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts, including one American, has successfully docked with the International Space Station. Monday’s launch from Kazakhstan is the first successful manned mission to the space lab since an aborted Soyuz launch in October. The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft docked with the ISS at 12:33 p.m. ET, following a six-hour

  • Curiosity rover spots 'shiny' object on Mars and NASA isn't sure what it is

    December 3, 2018 5:07 PM 122

    Image taken by ChemCam: Remote Micro-Imager (CHEMCAM_RMI) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2242 (2018-11-26 16:34:32 UTC). (NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL) Last month marked a new pinnacle for space exploration, as the InSight lander became NASA's first probe to reach Mars and land successfully since the Curiosity rover did in 2012. But the Curiosity

  • NASA set to announce partners for Moon missions

    November 29, 2018 2:42 PM 112

    NASA is set to announce the U.S. companies that will help take American astronauts back to the Moon. The space agency’s Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make the announcement at 2 p.m. ET Thursday. “Working with U.S. companies is the next step to achieving long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and Mars,” NASA said in a statement