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NASA's Hubble Spacecraft Back In Business After Camera Malfunction

The Hubble Space Telescope experienced another malfunction this month after its Wide Field Camera 3 automatically had shut down due to hardware issues. On Thursday, however, the instrument was already fully operational.

Space January 18, 2019

Aging Hubble Spacecraft's Wide Field Camera Down For The Count

NASA confirmed that Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope is currently offline due to a malfunction. Teams are hard at work troubleshooting the glitch, saying that a system reboot might be needed to fix the error.

Space January 10, 2019

SpaceX Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Nearing First Orbital Test Flight

Due to the government shutdown, the scheduled uncrewed test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship this month might be delayed. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch will take place next month.

Space January 7, 2019

NASA Shows Off Unique Mars 2020 Mission Rover Paint Job

Mars 2020 rover is slated to touch down on Mars in February 2021. About two years before the scheduled launch, NASA showed off the unique paint job involved.

Space January 6, 2019

Queen Guitarist And Scientist Brian May Releases Song About Ultima Thule Flyby

New Horizons now marked its historic visit to Ultima Thule, which is known as the most distant celestial body and the first small object in the Kuiper Belt ever visited by a spacecraft. Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May wrote a song as a tribute to the mission.

Space January 3, 2019

'Dream Chaser' Cargo Plane For Space Gets Nod Of Approval From NASA

The Dream Chaser can carry up to 5,500 kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station. It is one of the three companies contracted by NASA to deliver supply to the artificial satellite.

Space December 31, 2018

'Mother' Of Hubble Space Telescope Nancy Grace Roman Passes Away At 93

Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA. She was best known for her involvement in the planning and developing of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space December 29, 2018

Uranus' Lopsidedness May Have Been Caused By Collision With Space Rock Twice The Size Of Earth

Uranus is the only planet that is lopsided in our solar system. According to scientists, they think that Uranus was hit by a rock twice the size of Earth at least 4 billion years ago that caused it to tilt.

Space December 25, 2018

Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev Says Hole Drilled From Inside Space Station Capsule

Sergei Prokopyev, who is now back on Earth from a 197-day space station, said that the hole inside Soyuz capsule was drilled from the inside. The hole was discovered in August after crew members experienced a drop in pressure.

Space December 24, 2018

Former Moon Mission Astronaut Says Sending Manned Missions To Mars Would Be 'Almost Ridiculous'

In a recent interview, Bill Anders criticized NASA's plans to one day send humans to the surface of Mars. He said that he has always been a supporter of unmanned missions mainly because they are cheaper.

Space December 24, 2018

Glitter Bomb Inventor Admits Video Showed Fake Thieves, Apologizes For 'Misleading' Clip

Mark Rober, the guy behind the glitter bomb that splashes glitters and farts on porch thieves, aired his apology for staged reactions on his video. Apparently, two of the robbers knew the person who volunteered to help the ex-NASA engineer.

Viral December 23, 2018

NASA Wants To Use 'Tunnelbot' To Look For Aliens In Jovian Moon

Scientists and researchers proposed to send a nuclear-powered robot to Europa in search of extra-terrestrial life. Planetary scientists believe that this probe of Jupiter’s Jovian moon can be used to solve the mystery of the solar system.

Space December 18, 2018

Former NASA Engineer Mark Rober Designs Glitter Bomb That Farts On Amazon Package Thieves

Ex-NASA engineer Mark Rober took six months to create the glitter bomb. The amusing booby trap is his way to take revenge at 'porch pirates' who steal Amazon delivery packages right off peoples' doorstep.

Viral December 18, 2018

Ringless Saturn Could Happen A Lot Sooner Than Expected, Scientists Say

NASA researchers recently said that Saturn's rings may disappear earlier than previously thought. This was after the Cassini mission revealed that the unique features may only live up to 100 million years.

Space December 18, 2018

Breathing In Lunar Dust Can Be Very Bad For Humans Says Study

Inhaling moon dust can be dangerous to health. Researchers found that, when it interacts with human cells, moon dust can create chemicals that have been linked to lung cancer.

Space December 17, 2018

NASA Solar Probe Takes Photo From Within Sun's Atmosphere

NASA's daring spacecraft flew closer to the sun from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11 and reached the outer atmosphere of the star. The Parker Solar Probe will continue making close encounters with the sun until its mission ends in 2024.

Space December 13, 2018

NASA Scientist Thinks Aliens May Not Be Carbon-Based And May Have Already Visited Our Planet

Have aliens visited Earth? A NASA scientist recommended that the scientific community reconsiders currently held assumptions about extraterrestrial life, including the idea that they are carbon-based and that they have never visited Earth.

Space December 10, 2018

NASA InSight Lander Sends Back Audio Of Martian Winds

NASA's InSight lander detected vibrations from the winds blowing on the surface of Mars. The U.S. space agency raised the pitch of the audio sampling to be perceptible by human ears.

Space December 8, 2018

Astronauts Aboard Soyuz Rocket Safely Reach ISS

The three new crew of the orbiting outpost lifted off without a hitch on Monday, Dec. 3, from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule carrying the astronaut reached the ISS six hours later.

Space December 4, 2018

Rocosmos Says SpaceX Partly To Blame For The Space Agency's Problems

The Russian space agency submitted a report recently, highlighting the many issues it is currently facing, including the loss of revenue. NASA has been relying on the Soyuz program to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

Space December 3, 2018

NASA OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft To Start Studying Bennu Asteroid After Reaching Goal

NASA will provide a live broadcast of OSIRIS-REx's arrival at Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid. The probe will survey the space rock and collect samples from its surface before it voyages back to Earth.

Space December 3, 2018

Russia's Roscosmos Announces Plans To Build Moon Colony By 2040

Roscosmos spoke about plans of landing on the moon and building a lunar base by 2040. The project will have three steps, beginning with the creation of an orbiting lunar module.

Space November 30, 2018

NASA Bars SpaceX CEO Elon Musk From Smoking Pot In Public

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed that he spoke to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and agreed that the tech executive will never smoke pot on camera again. This was in response to the workplace culture and safety review of SpaceX.

Space November 30, 2018

Russian Official Wants To "Verify" If Moon Landings Actually Happened

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin wanted to put the conspiracy theories surrounding the 1969 moon landing to rest. He joked that he will create a mission to verify if the United States really made it to the surface of the moon.

Space November 27, 2018

NASA Successfully Lands InSight On Martian Soil

InSight has successfully arrived in Mars. The lander reported that it has unrolled its solar panels and will continue deploying its other scientific equipment in the next couple of months.

Space November 27, 2018

NASA Reports Live 'Infectious Organisms' Have Been Found On Space Station

In a recent study, microbiologists investigated the presence of five strains of bacteria onboard the International Space Station. While the Enterobacter strains were known to be highly resistant to antibiotics, the study assured that astronauts are not in danger.

Space November 26, 2018

Mars InSight Lander Getting Ready To Touchdown On Red Planet

InSight will attempt a successful landing on Monday, Nov. 26. The Mars lander will experience what is called "seven minutes of terror" in which it will enter the red planet's atmosphere at 12,300 miles per hour and then abruptly slow down to land.

Space November 24, 2018

ISS Astronauts Have Thanksgiving Meal In Space

Three International Space Station astronauts shared turkey and pound cake more than 250 miles away from Earth on Thanksgiving. In a clip, two of the flight engineers sent their well-wishes.

Feature | Science November 23, 2018

Striped Martian Moon Phobos Got Its Distinct Grooves From Rolling Rocks

Brown University researchers have found an explanation of Mars moon Phobos' unique grooves. After a computer simulation, they concluded that the rolling rocks from the Stickney crater may have created these grooves.

Space November 22, 2018

NASA Concerned About SpaceX Safety Because Elon Musk Smoked Pot In Webshow

SpaceX is in hot water after Elon Musk's pot-smoking stunt went viral earlier this year. The private spaceflight company will be investigated to see if its policies, including drug use, adheres to NASA requirements.

Space November 21, 2018

NASA Picks Ancient River Delta As Landing Site For Next Martian Rover Mission

NASA has announced the landing site of the Mars 2020 rover. Out of more than 60 options, experts from the scientific community have chosen Jezero Crater, which was once a river delta where water flowed.

November 20, 2018

Scientists Find City Sized Meteorite Crate Underneath Greenland Ice

Researchers found one of the biggest impact craters ever under thick ice sheets in Greenland. According to the study, the impact crater might have been created around the end of the last ice age thousands of years ago.

Space November 16, 2018

NASA Confirms Signal From Opportunity Rover Was False Positive

A Twitter bot reported on Thursday that Opportunity has started sending back data to Earth via the Deep Space Network. However, NASA revealed that the signal was a ghost data.

Space November 16, 2018

NASA Announces Public Broadcast For First Mars Landing In 6 Years

NASA announced that the touch down of InSight later this month will be livestreamed on its website and social media pages. InSight is NASA's first lander to Mars in six years.

Space November 14, 2018

NASA Astronaut Takes Stunning Pictures Of Earth With Rare Orange 'Airglow'

NASA has released a photo of a rare orange airglow around the upper atmosphere of Earth. The photo was taken by astronauts aboard the ISS while floating above Australia last month.

Earth/Environment November 8, 2018

Russia Officially Confirms Glitch On ISS Computer

Roscosmos officials said on Tuesday that there are currently no plans to replace the glitching computer, but they assure that the crew onboard is safe. The unit will be rebooted to prepare for the docking of the Progress spacecraft.

Space November 7, 2018

NASA To Launch New ICON Mission

NASA set the launch date of ICON, its newest spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The mission will study the ionosphere: the point where terrestrial weather meets space weather.

Space November 7, 2018

NASA And SpaceX Unveil Helipad-Equipped Recovery Boat

The private spaceflight company had a landing and patient-loading rehearsal recently in preparation for the Crew Dragon's first manned flight next year. The project is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

Space November 6, 2018

Hubble Spots 'Smiling Face' While Looking For New Stars

NASA released a photo of dozens of distant galaxy clusters taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Gravitational lensing has caused some of the light from the galaxies to look like a smiling face.

Space November 5, 2018

All Data Collected By Kepler Now Publicly Available

MAST promised to continue hosting the troves of data that Kepler has collected since its launch in 2009. The spacecraft has aided scientists in the search for Earth-like planets outside of the solar system.

Space November 3, 2018

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Runs Out Of Fuel After Exploring Asteroid Belt

After 11 years in deep space, Dawn ran out of fuel and has lost the ability to communicate home. It will continue to orbit around Ceres silently for decades.

Space November 2, 2018

NASA Losing Historic Artifacts Due To Bad Record Keeping Says Report

A watchdog audited NASA recently and issued a shocking report that exposes the agency's poor record-keeping system. The report named a number of missing priceless items, including a bag of moon dust from the Apollo 11.

Space November 2, 2018

Russian Official Finally Reveals Details About Soyuz Rocket Mishap

Roscosmos boss Sergey Krikalev revealed the results of their investigation on the Oct. 11 Soyuz mishap. He identified a failure on the sensors onboard that caused one of the booster to crash to the rocket.

Space November 1, 2018

Kepler Space Telescope Officially Retired After Running Out of Fuel

NASA has announced that the planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, has run out of fuel after nine years in deep space. Its replacement, TESS, was launched earlier this year and will begin a new survey of the sky to find exoplanets.

Space November 1, 2018

NASA Engineers Create Creepy Tech-Inspired Halloween Pumpkin Masterpieces

NASA engineers took a time off from developing spacecrafts and rovers and, instead, spent their energy making out-of-this-world pumpkin creations. This has been a yearly tradition at the NASA HQ.

Space October 31, 2018

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