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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla  — NASA has lost a second spacecraft this week, ending a fruitful mission in the asteroid belt. Running low on fuel for some time, the Dawn spacecraft this week stopped communicating with flight controllers. Its prolonged silence prompted NASA to declare it dead Thursday, two days after delivering eulogies to the planet-hunting … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary. Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope’s demise Tuesday. Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9 1/2-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel for months. Its ability to point at distant stars and … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA’s Pluto explorer adjusts course as next icy world looms

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The NASA spacecraft that explored Pluto has adjusted course as its next target looms. New Horizons fired its thrusters late Wednesday way out in our solar system’s so-called Kuiper (KIE-per) Belt, or Twilight Zone. That puts the spacecraft on track for a New Year’s Day flyby of a teeny, frigid world … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA’s Pluto explorer adjusts course as next icy world looms

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system. Two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed. The potential moon would be considerably larger than Earth — … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto. A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. But it wasn’t publicly unveiled until Tuesday following further observations. Scott Sheppard of the … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla  — SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. The big reveal on who it is — and when the flight to the moon will be — will be announced Monday at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. It’s not the same … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Spacewalkers flinging satellites, installing bird trackers

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla— Russian cosmonauts took a spacewalk Wednesday to fling tiny satellites into orbit and install an antenna for tracking birds on Earth. Soon after leaving the International Space Station, Sergey Prokopyev released all four research satellites by hand. “I’m ready for the launch,” Prokopyev told Russian flight controllers near Moscow. The first satellite … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Spacewalkers flinging satellites, installing bird trackers