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CNN retracts report saying Manhattan-sized killer asteroid will hit Earth on March 35, 2041

CNN has pulled down a report posted to its iReport project  — which allows citizen journalists to report on breaking news stories — claiming that astronomers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were tracking a Manhattan-sized asteroid that could “extinguish life on Earth in less than 30 years from now.” The…

Romanian man charged with hacking NASA computers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Romanian man accused of hacking into NASA computers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles under the online moniker “Iceman” has been indicted on a federal charge, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Robert Butyka is charged with hacking into 25 NASA computers at JPL in…

NASA readies launch of ‘dream machine’ to Mars

The US space agency is getting ready to launch later this month the biggest, most expensive robotic vehicle ever built to explore Mars for signs of previous life there, NASA said Thursday. The Curiosity rover, known formally as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is a $2.5 billion state-of-the-art vehicle equipped…

Asteroid set to barely miss Earth Tuesday

A massive asteroid will make a rare fly-by Tuesday, and although it poses no danger of crashing to Earth, US scientists said this week they are looking forward to getting a closer look. “This is not a potentially hazardous asteroid, just a good opportunity to study one,” said National Science…

NASA spacecraft set to rendezvous with comet

NASA spacecraft gears up to rendezvous with comet Hartley 2 Five years after a NASA spacecraft bombarded a comet, it will visit another one Thursday. This time, there won’t be celestial fireworks. Speeding at 27,000 miles per hour, the Deep Impact craft instead will swing by a small comet, passing…

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