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White House confirms NASA plan to ‘lasso’ and bring asteroid near Earth

President Barack Obama’s administration will seek $100 million in funding for a mission to tow an asteroid closer to Earth for the purpose of helping future expeditions to Mars, NBC News reported on Saturday. This corroborates an announcement made by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Friday. As the Associated Press…

Watch live: NASA holds briefing on antimatter-hunting experiment

NASA officials unveil the first results of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment. AMS is cosmic-ray detector designed to seek out signs of antimatter and elusive dark matter from its perch on the International Space Station. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on April 3. [Photo of Mark Kelly, who commanded…

SpaceX capsule leaves International Space Station after completing resupply mission

An unmanned, privately-owned US space capsule which had delivered supplies to the International Space Station undocked from the orbiting outpost on Tuesday to start heading home, NASA said. The manoeuvre with a robot arm handled by crew aboard the space station ended a mission of just over three weeks for…

NASA rover finds conditions once suited to life on Mars

WASHINGTON — An analysis of a Mars rock sample by the Curiosity rover has unveiled minerals, including hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, that are the building blocks of life, NASA said Tuesday. “A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” said Michael Meyer, lead…

Millionaire plans to send man and woman to Mars and back

A US millionaire who became the first private space tourist has unveiled ambitious plans to send a man and woman – probably a married couple – on a round trip to Mars when planetary alignment allows in 2018. Dennis Tito, 72, a former rocket scientist who made his fortune through…

NASA briefly lost communication with International Space Station

The International Space Station lost communication with ground controllers on Tuesday but its commander says the crew is fine, NASA said. It blamed a problem in a data relay system. NASA said flight controllers in Houston were updating software on board the station’s flight computers when one of the station’s…

NASA broadcasts asteroid flyby

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., tracks the 2012 DA14 asteroid that will come close to Earth on Friday. The broadcast will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in…

NASA launches largest Earth observation satellite to date

The United States launched its latest Earth observation satellite Monday atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA said. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite was the latest in a line of satellites used to continuously gather imagery from space of the Earth’s land surface,…

NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record

After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA’s huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data, the US space agency said Monday. The Super-TIGER balloon spent 55 days, one hour and 34 minutes aloft at an…

Watch live: NASA marks 10th anniversary of Columbia disaster

Watch live coverage of NASA’s Day of Remembrance ceremony at Kennedy Space Center, marking the 10th anniversary of the loss of the shuttle Columbia and its crew. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Feb. 1. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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