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  • NASA delays rocket launch

    May 13, 2017 4:15 AM 68

    NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the US space agency says. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped to launch the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket in November 2018. The rocket

  • NASA Won't Fly Astronauts On 1st Orion-SLS Test Flight Around the Moon

    May 12, 2017 8:42 PM 45

    The first flight of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human crew, agency officials said today (May 12). As of 2016, NASA had planned for the SLS' first flight to take place in 2018, without a crew on board. But the transition team that the Trump administration sent to the agency

  • Gigantic mystery creature washes up shore — and no one knows what it is

    May 12, 2017 3:20 PM 38

    A giant, rotting mystery creature washed up on the shore of an Indonesian island -- and no one can figure out what it is. The nearly 50-foot beast was discovered floating off Hulung Beach, on Seram Island, Indonesia. The Jakarta Globe reports that it was found by 37-year-old Asrul Tuanakota, who initially thought it was a stranded boat. Though photos

  • Nasa releases action cam footage from spacewalk (Video)

    May 11, 2017 12:32 PM 93

    Nasa has released video footage taken by astronaut Peggy Whitson during her record breaking spacewalk on March 30. The video was taken by astronaut Peggy Whitson on a helmet cam. Whitson and fellow astronaut Shane Kimbrough were performing maintenance on the spacecraft when they captured the stunning shots. During the spacewalk, NASA says, “the two spacewalkers

  • Wispy Rings of Clouds Shine in New Photo of Saturn Moon Titan

    May 11, 2017 11:20 AM 51

    Wispy bands of methane clouds brighten Saturn's big moon Titan in a striking new image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini took the newly released photo Sunday (May 7), when it was about 316,000 miles (508,000 kilometers) from Titan, NASA officials said. At the time, Cassini was zooming toward Saturn, getting ready for Tuesday's (May 9) plunge between

  • NASA's plan to send humans to Mars in 2030s involves yearlong mission to Moon

    May 11, 2017 10:17 AM 40

    NASA's plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s includes a yearlong mission with a crew to orbit Moon in in the late 2020s. The news of space-travel has been there for a long time now and NASA is planning a year-long manned mission to orbit Moon in 2027. NASA's planning is a part of its preparations to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. A group of astronauts

  • NASA turns Cassini's first Saturn dive into a gripping movie

    May 4, 2017 8:22 AM 30

    Fly along with Cassini through a dramatic NASA video showing the spacecraft's view of Saturn during its first dive. Cassini is millions and millions of miles away, engaged in a daring string of dives through the empty space between Saturn and its rings. But we can pretend we're riding right along with the spacecraft thanks to a new NASA movie sequence

  • SpaceX launches US spy satellite

    May 2, 2017 5:10 AM 39

    Company successfully launches satellite and lands rocket as part of first military contract For the first time ever, private space exploration company SpaceX successfully launched a spy satellite for the United States military. SpaceX did not reveal specifics about the classified satellite launched Monday -- named NROL-76 after the National Reconnaissance

  • Female dragonflies play dead to avoid amorous males

    April 30, 2017 6:41 PM 30

    Female dragonflies are one of only a few animal species that play dead to avoid mating or death, falling out of the sky and remaining motionless until the amorous male dragonfly leaves. Khelifa, who documented the behavior while studying dragonflies in Switzerland, said it’s the first time scientists have seen dragonflies feigning death as a means of avoiding

  • Scientists find evidence that humans were in North America 100,000 years earlier than believed

    April 26, 2017 5:00 PM 31

    Researchers basing opinion on tools found next to mastodon site in San Diego A team of scientists believe they have found evidence of human activity in North America that dates back 130,000 years — more than 100,000 years than earlier believed. The evidence comes from an archeological site in San Diego County, Calif. In 1992, a site was uncovered containing