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U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The US Justice Department says Anming Hu hid his ties to Beijing University of Technology while he taught and did research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

CHARGED. File photo of Anming Hu. Photo from University of Tennessee Knoxville

'Space unites us': First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The 36-year-old immigrant said she hoped her example might help inspire others from similar backgrounds

IRANIAN-AMERICAN. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli celebrates during astronaut graduation at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020. Photo by Mark Felix/AFP

NASA investigating 1st crime committed in space – report

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The estranged wife of astronaut Anne McClain accuses her of identity theft and improperly accessing her wife's private financial records

THE ACCUSED. Ground personnel carry NASA astronaut Anne McClain shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/Pool/AFP

'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing

May 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The year was 1969, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. He said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'

In this May 18, 1969 image obtained from NASA, Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford, heading to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad, pats the nose of a stuffed Snoopy held by Jamye Flowers (Coplin), astronaut Gordon Cooper’s secretary. As the sight of planet Earth grew ever smaller, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. The year was 1969, and his vessel was the first to be equipped with a color camera, which was beaming live images to an awestruck global audience. "I was feeling real high," Stafford recalled. "I said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'" Handout / NASA / AFP

Indian satellite destruction 'unacceptable' – NASA

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:14 PM

'That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight,' says NASA head Jim Bridenstine, as he cites the dangers of the move in relation to the International Space Station

MODI ON SPACE POWER. A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a local news channel in New Delhi on March 27, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

NASA scraps all-women spacewalk for lack of well-fitting suits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Had Christina Koch and Anne McClain done their spacewalk together, it would have been the first ever by two women astronauts

CHRISTINA KOCH. In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019 NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, looks on as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

SpaceX Dragon's final test – making it to Earth in one piece

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Crew Dragon will undock from the ISS on Friday at 0731 GMT and leave earth orbit and reenter the atmosphere 5 hours later

LANDING THE CREW DRAGON. This handout photo released NASA shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon onboard at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-1 mission on March 1, 2019 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. File photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA/AFP

Life on Mars: My 15 amazing years with Oppy, NASA's record-breaking rover

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The little robotic geologist had transmitted thousands of images from the surface of the planet, transforming our understanding of Mars and paving the way for future exploration

'OPPY.' The little robotic geologist on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Pinoy app global finalist at NASA Space Apps Challenge

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The ISDApp seeks to communicate useful information to fishermen even without internet connection. It will complete against 24 other finalists chosen by NASA scientists and experts from 2,729 teams in 200 locations all over the world.

GLOBAL FINALIST. Team iNON (It's Now or Never) is behind the ISDApp. Photo courtesy of Michael Lance Domagas

Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

The dramatic arrival of the $993 million spacecraft marks the 8th successful landing on Mars in NASA's history

SUCCESS. NASA engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018. Photo byAl Seib/Pool/AFP

Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The unmanned spacecraft – launched nearly 7 months ago – is NASA's first craft to attempt to touch down on Earth's neighboring planet since the Curiosity rover arrived in 2012

MARS AND INSIGHT. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, talks about Mars InSight during a pre-landing briefing, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

Trouble for Hubble: gyro fails on space telescope

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Hubble is currently down to two working gyros and needs at least 3 for optimal operations. But it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope.

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The ICESat-2 mission uses advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the Earth's melting ice sheets and how this affects sea level rise

RECORD MELTING. An aerial view made available by The Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team, flying NASA's G-III aircraft over Greenland at about 40,000 feet on March 26, 2016. Photo by NASA/EPA

NASA weather satellite promises 'huge leap' in forecasts

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:34 AM

A NASA commentator calls the GOES R America s most advanced eye in the sky

GOES-R. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite was built by Lockheed Martin. Screengrab from NOAA Satellites

Russian spaceship delivers 3 astronauts to space station

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Thomas Pesquet Oleg Novitsky and Peggy Whitson join 3 other astronauts already staffing the International Space Station

DOCKED. This image obtained from NASA TV shows a view from a camera on the International Space Station before the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft docks to the Rassvet module on November 19, 2016 Photo by HO/NASA TV/AFP

Filipino scientist with NASA sends 'Astronaut Bob' to space

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:28 PM

The launch seeks to promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM awareness in education

NASA's human spaceflight program doomed to fail – study

Jun 07, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Is it possible for NASA to send humans to Mars? A study says manned flights to the red planet are doomed to fail unless the agency revamps its methods

SPACE EPXLORATION. NASA handout image showing Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam Jr. meeting the NASA logo up close during the December 14, 2006 space walk to perform ISS work, which he shared with European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang. Photo from EPA/NASA

NASA tests 3D printed rocket parts

Aug 29, 2013 - 12:22 PM

NASA takes stock of a successful test of a 3D printed rocket injector

TESTING A NEW BUILD. NASA tests its 3D-printed injector. Photo by NASA/MSFC/David Olive

Kepler planet hunter spacecraft beyond repair: NASA

Aug 16, 2013 - 12:55 PM

NASA said it cannot fix the hobbled Kepler Space Telescope it is now considering what scientific research it can still do

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Jan 17, 2013 - 1:05 PM

The US and European space agencies announced a new partnership Wednesday January 16 pairing a European cargo module with NASA s Orion space capsule which aims to take astronauts into deep space

As part of a new agreement between the two space agencies, the European Space Agency will provide the service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Image credit: NASA

US experts see more warming after hot 2012

Jan 16, 2013 - 2:40 PM

The year 2012 marked the ninth or 10th warmest on record depending on the measurement Space agency NASA put the average temperature at 14 6 Celsius 58 3 Fahrenheit 0 6 degrees Celsius higher than in the 20th century

This map represents global temperature anomalies averaged from 2008 through 2012. Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Visualization credit: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

Gregory Galgana Villar III: From curious to Curiosity

Aug 11, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Meet Filipino American engineer Gregory Galgana Villar III one of the youngest members of the NASA Curiosity rover team

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team member Gregory Galgana Villar III. Photo courtesy of Villar.

Black hole swallows a star

May 04, 2012 - 5:03 PM

NASA says it is the first time scientists are able to observe a black hole swallow a star

CAUGHT IN THE ACT. This computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole. Some of the gas also is being ejected at high speeds into space. Astronomers observed a flare in ultraviolet and optical light from the gas falling into the black hole and glowing helium from the stars's helium-rich gas expelled from the system. Photo courtesy of  NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Falling skies? Clouds got lower in past decade, say scientists

Feb 23, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Cloud heights now lower by an average of 30 40 meters; Seen to help cool Earth down countering global warming

LOWER CLOUDS. This image of clouds over the southern Indian Ocean was acquired on July 23, 2007 by one of the backward (northward)-viewing cameras of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA’s polar-orbiting Terra spacecraft. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists map forest heights from space

Feb 22, 2012 - 5:31 PM

Mapping of forest canopy heights have implications in climate change studies in particular the importance of forests

FOREST HEIGHTS. A global map of forest height produced from NASA's ICESAT/GLAS, MODIS and TRMM sensors. The map will advance our understanding of Earth's forest habitats and their role in Earth's carbon cycle. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

2011 was hot and wet

Jan 23, 2012 - 3:21 PM

First decade of the 21st century also hottest on record

HOT, HOT, HOT. A map visualizing temperature data for 2011. Reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average. (Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Visualization credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)