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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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. The SpaceX rocket booster missed its landing zone on the ground, however, and fell into the sea, just offshore. Groans filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, as live video showed the … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft has arrived at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock Monday. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on the sweeping, red equatorial plains Monday, less than 400 miles (640 kilometers) from Curiosity, the only other working robot on … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior. The probe is equipped with a mechanical … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors. NASA’s InSight is the latest spacecraft to come calling, with every intent of landing and digging deeper into the planet than anything that’s come before. The lander arrives at Mars … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet. Their mission is to broadcast immediate news of InSight’s plunge through the Martian atmosphere on Monday. The twin CubeSats will pass within a few thousand miles (kilometers) of Mars as the … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander