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NASA spacecraft vaporized after crashing into the moon at 3,600 mph — as planned

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A robotic U.S. spacecraft ended a pioneering mission to map dust and gases around the moon with a planned, kamikaze crash into the lunar surface early on Friday, NASA officials said. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, had been…

Kepler-186f: NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting in life-friendly zone

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star. The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star, known as…

Camera from NASA’s moon missions sold at auction for $760K

The only camera to return from NASA’s moon missions in 1969-1972 was sold at an auction in Vienna Saturday for 550,000 euros ($760,000), far outdoing its estimated price. The boxy silver-coloured camera, which was sold to a telephone bidder, was initially valued at 150,000-200,000 euros. The Hasselblad model was one…

NASA planning robotic mission to search for signs of life on Jupiter’s moon, Europa

President Barack Obama’s 2015 NASA budget plan includes funding for a robotic mission to an ocean-bearing moon of Jupiter and could help boost commercial ventures to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA officials said on Tuesday. The White House is requesting a $17.5 billion budget for the U.S.…

Rogue star Kappa Cassiopeiae creates stunning bow shock in new image from NASA

The rogue runaway star Kappa Cassiopeiae — also known as HD 2905 — is the subject of a stunning new image taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The image shows, in detail, the incredible bow shock created by the star’s ‘rapid’ movement……

NASA says it’s ready to build $8.8 billion super space telescope

All the pieces of the most powerful space telescope ever are ready for assembly at NASA, the US space agency said Monday. The $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for launch in 2018 and aims to provide an unprecedented look at far-away planets and the first galaxies formed.…

Slovenia rejects U.S. extradition order and releases NASA hacking suspect

A Slovenian higher court on Wednesday rejected an United States extradition request and released a Romanian citizen charged with hacking into NASA computers in 2006. Maribor’s higher court rejected the extradition request taking into account that Romanian citizen Victor Faur could not be tried again for the same charges for…

NASA’s Hubble telescope spots ‘clouds’ in nearby ‘warm Neptune’ and ‘super-Earth’ planets

Images from outside of our solar system taken by NASA’s Hubble space telescope show that two exoplanets have what looks like high altitude clouds in their atmosphere.…

New Pentagon blueprint sees bigger role for robot warfare

At a NASCAR racetrack in Miami earlier this month, teams from NASA, Google, and 14 other groups of engineering gurus put cutting-edge robots through some challenging paces. The aim was to see how well the robots could tackle tasks that may sound simple…  …

U.S. spacewalkers get ready for repairs at ISS

Two American astronauts are to step out Saturday on the first of three spacewalks to replace a broken cooling pump at the orbiting International Space Station. The spacewalk is set to begin at 7:10 am (1210 GMT) and last six and a half hours, NASA said. As the ISS spins…

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