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NASA: ‘Our plan is to colonize Mars’

Dr Ellen Stofan says that missions to the red planet are a priority of the US space agency – and that the best way to search for extraterrestrial life is by setting up a permanent presence. Interview by Nicola Davis Is NASA looking for intelligent life? NASA, right now, is…

2014 World Cup ball has better aerodynamics: NASA

The official 2014 World Cup game ball should make players happy, NASA said after its own aerodynamics testing showed the new design avoided the pitfalls of the unpopular 2010 version. Players complained the official Jabulani ball from four years ago……

NASA satellite spies atmospheric double whammy

By Andrea Thompson Follow @AndreaTWeather NASA’s eyes in the sky are important parts of weather-monitoring efforts, with satellites tracking hurricanes as they barrel across the ocean and storm systems as they sweep across the country. But sometimes……

NASA warned plan to send humans to Mars may fail without new strategy

The US space agency NASA has been warned that its mission to send humans to Mars will fail unless its revamps its methods and draws up a clear, well-planned strategy to conquer the red planet. The National Research Council said in a congressionally-……

Crew of Russian, German and U.S. astronauts dock with ISS

A crew of Russian, German and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station Thursday as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War. “At 5:44 am Moscow time (01:44 GMT), the manned Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft docked successfully with the ISS,” the…

Scary: NASA satellite images show how massive flooding overwhelmed Balkan towns

Satellite Images Reveal Scope of Massive Balkans Flooding (via Climate Central) By Andrea Thompson Follow @AndreaTWeather The full, devastating scale of the downpour-driven flooding that tore across the Balkans in mid-May is evident in newly released images from a NASA satellite. Torrential rains fell across parts of Croatia, Serbia…  …

NASA allows ‘citizen scientists’ to take over decommissioned disco-era satellite

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – A group of citizen scientists can take over a 36-year-old decommissioned robotic space probe that will fly by the Earth in August, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said on Wednesday. Launched in 1978, the International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft studied how…

Staying alive: ‘Citizen scientists’ devise rescue mission for disco-era satellite

It’s plunging back through space, but also back through time, and a band of veteran scientists are determined to save it: a lonely satellite from the age of disco, floating homewards without a mission. The International Sun-Earth Explorer, or ISEE-3, was built in 1978 to study the physics of solar…

NASA forced to retreat as rising sea levels threaten operations

Sea level rise is threatening the majority of NASA’s launch pads and multi-billion dollar complexes famous for training astronauts and launching historic missions to space, scientists said Tuesday. From Cape Canaveral in Florida to mission control in Houston, the US space agency is busily building seawalls where possible and moving…

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…

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