Space Exploration News


NASA begins testing InSight Mars lander in anticipation of a 2016 launch

NASA has begun a comprehensive series of tests for its Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander. Once on the Red Planet, the ...

Thu 28 May 15 from Gizmag

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NASA orders first ever commercial human spaceflight mission from Boeing

The restoration of America's ability to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil in 2017 took a major step forward when NASA ordered the first ever ...

Fri 29 May 15 from Phys.org

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Cassini prepares for last up-close look at Hyperion

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close approach to Saturn's large, irregularly shaped moon Hyperion on Sunday, May 31.

Fri 29 May 15 from Phys.org

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Mice grow a thinner skin during long stays in space

Mice that spent three months in space had thinner skin and extra hair growth compared with rodents that were grounded on Earth.

Thu 28 May 15 from ScienceNews

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Amateur Astronomers Spy Mysterious Military Spaceplane

A global team of vigilant satellite watchers has caught the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane on camera as the craft circles Earth on its fourth mysterious mission.

19 hours ago from Discovery.com

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New Horizons sees more detail as it draws closer to Pluto

What a difference 20 million miles makes! Images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are growing in scale as the spacecraft approaches its mysterious target. The new images, taken May ...

Thu 28 May 15 from Phys.org

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Is About to Tap a Huge New Market

It'll take on Boeing and Lockheed

Wed 27 May 15 from TIME

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Waterworlds

FOR decades, researchers looking for life elsewhere in the solar system have stuck to a simple rule: "follow the water". The stuff is essential to life on Earth, and its peculiar properties ...

Thu 28 May 15 from The Economist

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Repairing the Hubble Space Telescope: The Tools Astronauts Used

NASA engineers talk about the specialized tools they developed to keep Hubble running for a quarter of a decade.

19 hours ago from SPACE.com

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The International Space Station gets a remodel

Mankind's most remote outpost underwent a significant remodel this week, as an entire module of the International Space Station was relocated in order to make way for the next generation ...

Thu 28 May 15 from Gizmag

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