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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Jan 23, 2019—Jeff Bezos‘ rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight. The New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, hoisting a capsule containing the experiments. The eight experiments were exposed to a few minutes of weightlessness, before the capsule parachuted down. The rocket also … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —Jan 17, 2019—Saturn may have flown solo for billions of years — almost its entire existence — before getting its stunning set of rings, a new study suggests. An Italian-led team reported Thursday in the journal Science that Saturn’s primary rings appear to be just 10 million to 100 million years old. … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

LAUREL, Md. | Spacecraft opens new year with flyby on solar system’s edge

LAUREL, Md.—Jan 01, 2019— NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft pulled off the most distant exploration of another world Tuesday, skimming past a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles from Earth that looks to be shaped like a bowling pin. Flight controllers in Maryland declared success 10 hours after the high-risk, middle-of-the-night encounter at the mysterious body … Continue reading LAUREL, Md. | Spacecraft opens new year with flyby on solar system’s edge

LAUREL, Md. | NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto

LAUREL, Md. — A tiny, icy world a billion miles beyond Pluto is getting a New Year’s Day visitor. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to fly past a mysterious object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday. It will become the most distant world ever explored by humankind. The flyby comes 3½ years … Continue reading LAUREL, Md. | NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA’s Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — 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 … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA’s Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago. Russians Sergei Prokopyev and Oleg Kononenko spotted the tiny hole in the external hull of the Soyuz capsule, … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab Saturday, three days after launching from Florida. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station’s robot arm. NASA called off … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — 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 … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind