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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.

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

NASA Solar Probe Pulls Off Closest Ever Approach To Sun By Man-Made Object

On Monday, NASA announced that the Parker Solar Probe broke the record for becoming the first man-made object to make its nearest approach to the sun. It broke the record set by the Helios 2 probe in 1976.

Space October 31, 2018

Hubble Telescope Operating Normally Following Failed Gyro Incident

NASA has reported that the Hubble Space Telescope has completed its first observation two weeks after it went into safe mode. The space observatory looked at and observed a distant star-forming galaxy.

Space October 29, 2018

NASA Successfully Tests Parachute That Could Be Used On Future Mars Mission

The ASPIRE parachute has been given a greenlight as it passes testing earlier this year. The parachute will be used to drop a still-unnamed Mars rover by 2020.

Space October 27, 2018

Russia Pulls Off First Succesful Soyuz Launch After Oct. 11 Mishap

On Thursday, Russia's Roscosmos sent a satellite in orbit in a Soyuz rocket. The event took place two weeks after a manned Soyuz launch had to make an emergency landing due to a malfunction.

Space October 26, 2018

How Do You Fix The Multibillion-Dollar Hubble Space Telescope? By Turning It Off And On Again

NASA said that after two weeks, the malfunctioning gyroscope of the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal. The team of experts at ground control was able to fix the issue by turning the instrument on and off.

Space October 24, 2018

Strange Rectangular Iceberg Spotted In Antarctica Looks Eerily Artificial

Earlier this month, NASA spotted an unusually-shaped iceberg break off from an ice shelf in Antarctica. The perfectly square iceberg reportedly broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf that also produced the A-68 iceberg last year.

Earth/Environment October 23, 2018

NASA Is Looking For Tech And Science Payloads To Go On Commercial Lunar Landers

NASA has officially announced its formal solicitation for small lunar payloads ahead of planned robotic and manned missions on the surface of the Moon. The first round of proposals will be accepted until November.

Space October 20, 2018

Another NASA Telescope In Safe Mode: Chandra Goes To Sleep

Two of NASA's Great Observatories have gone into safe mode in the past week. After Hubble's gyroscope malfunction, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has reportedly transitioned to safe mode for unknown reasons.

Space October 15, 2018

Astronauts Forced To Make Emergency Landing After Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has launched an investigation following a Soyuz rocket malfunction on Oct. 11. The two astronauts onboard the capsule made an emergency ballistic landing but were otherwise safe.

Space October 12, 2018

Scientists Unveil Their New Strategy To Find Alien Life

Astrobiologists have submitted a report detailing recent discoveries that became the basis of a new guideline in the grand search for life outside of Earth. This should inform future missions on what and where to look for aliens.

Space October 11, 2018

Jupiter's Moon Europa Covered By Giant 'Ice Spikes' Says Study

A new study suggested that the surface of Europa might have sharp ice spikes that will make landing a rover a challenge. Jupiter's icy moon is a prime candidate in the search for alien life.

Space October 10, 2018

Gyroscope Malfunction Forces NASA To Put Hubble Into 'Safe Mode'

NASA confirmed on Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope has been in safe mode for the past weekend. One of the six gyroscopes onboard the almost 30-year-old spacecraft failed on Friday night.

Space October 10, 2018

New Horizons Spacecraft To Do A New Year's Flyby Of Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule

New Horizons will flyby object 2014 MU69, also referred to as Ultima Thule, on Jan. 1, 2019 at 12:33 a.m. It will be the first time that a spacecraft has explored the region which is made up of trillions of celestial objects.

Space October 7, 2018

Voyager 2 On The Verge Of Entering Interstellar Space Says NASA

NASA revealed that the instruments onboard Voyager 2 have picked up an increase of cosmic rays. The spacecraft is 11 billion miles away from Earth and about to reach the edge of the Solar System.

Space October 7, 2018

Fallen Cassini's Data Still Showering Scientists With Stunning Findings About Saturnian Rings

Scientists have released 11 new papers that present the analysis of the final data sent by Cassini. Before it self-destructed, the spacecraft gave scientists one last rare look at the gas giant and its rings.

Space October 6, 2018

Lockheed Martin Unveils New Lunar Lander Concept

The lunar lander designed by Lockheed Martin can carry up to four astronauts to the surface of the moon in one trip. If not in use, it will be on the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Space October 5, 2018

NASA Funded Study Says Prolonged Space Travel Could Destroy Astronauts' Guts

Astronauts who will be traveling toward the surface of Mars are at risk of developing stomach or colon cancer. Scientists found that long-term exposure to cosmic radiation can significantly damage a person's gastrointestinal tissues.

Space October 3, 2018

NASA Unveils '60 Years In 60 Seconds' Video To Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary

On Monday, NASA celebrated its 60th anniversary with a video highlighting milestones such as the first man on the moon. Jim Bridenstine also addressed the future of the space agency.

Space October 3, 2018

NASA Releases Roadmap For New And Sustainable Lunar Missions

NASA published a 21-page roadmap that details the space agency's space exploration plans for the next two decades. The report is in line with U.S. President Trump's directive to return to the moon.

Space September 29, 2018

Mars Orbiter HiRISE Sends Back Photo Of Opportunity Rover Covered In Dust

Opportunity can be seen as a black dot in the photo captured using the HiRISE. The 15-year-old rover has been silent since the Red Planet was engulfed in a red haze caused by a dust storm.

Space September 27, 2018

Human Activity Partly Responsible For Wobble Detected As Planet Earth Spins

According to a new study by NASA, the Earth has drifted about 10 meters from its axis in the past century. Scientists blamed global warming, causing a redistribution of weight on the surface of the planet, as a primary source.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2018

Ancient Mars Had Right Conditions To Support Underground Life

A new study proposed that life might have existed underneath the surface of Mars. Researchers from Brown University claimed that the hydrogen from water molecules might have allowed microbes to thrive for billions of years.

Space September 25, 2018

Home & City Interactive Tool Shows People How NASA Tech Affects Everyday Lives

NASA launched a web app that showcases how space research has contributed to making the lives of the average American better. Over 130 spinoff technologies in the app were developed by the space agency or its partners.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2018

NASA's Planet Hunting TESS Beams Back 'First Light' Image

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS sent back its "first light," the first official photograph captured a few months after launch. The space telescope replaced Kepler which is expected to retire this year.

Earth/Environment September 19, 2018

NASA Just Tested An Umbrella-Shaped Heatshield That May Soon Be Used On Mars

NASA tested an aeroshell that will be used in future space missions. The device opens like an umbrella, protects its cargo from heat, and slow the descent of the spacecraft to the ground.

Space September 17, 2018

Japan Space Agency Delays Vital Cargo Launch To Space Station For The Second Time

The launch of the cargo resupply ship from Japan was canceled on Saturday morning because of equipment flaws. The HTV-7 was supposed to deliver batteries, water, and other equipment to the crew onboard the ISS.

Space September 16, 2018

NASA And Roscosmos Issue Joint Statement Addressing ISS Air Leak

NASA and Roscosmos discussed the recent air pressure leak onboard the International Space Station during a teleconference. A committee to investigate the source of the mysterious hole has been created.

Space September 16, 2018

SpaceX Signs First Private Space Tourist To Fly To The Moon And Back

In a tweet, SpaceX revealed that the first person who will be sent on a trip around the Moon has already been found. More details will be revealed by Monday.

Space September 15, 2018

Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun At NASA Advertising Concept

Stephen Colbert criticized the proposal to sell naming rights for future NASA missions to private corporations to earn money. The late-night show host mused what the Moon landing would have looked if it had advertisements.

Space September 14, 2018

ISS Commander Says Crew Had Nothing To Do With Space Station Air Leak

The commander of the ISS, Drew Feustel, responded to the theory that a recent leak was caused by one of his crew. In August, astronauts found a hole in a Soyuz capsule that had caused pressure within the lab to drop.

Space September 13, 2018

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