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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China showed off its Mars spacecraft during a landing test Thursday as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

Israel is on its way to the moon, following a dramatic nighttime launch by SpaceX.


China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain Friday in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon.


Stephen Hawking joins futuristic bid to explore outer space

With famed physicist Stephen Hawking at his side, an Internet investor announced Tuesday that he’s spending $100 million on a futuristic plan to explore far outside our solar system.


Idaho engineer shares story of her ‘Mars’ adventure

A visit to Mars is still the stuff of best-selling fiction and big-budget Hollywood movies. But a North Idaho woman has played a real role in imagining the human experience …


Supermoon plus eclipse equals rare sky show Sunday night

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Get ready for a rare double feature, starring our very own moon. A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon Sunday night …


Charles Krauthammer: In the heavens, a bright spot in dark times

We need a pick-me-up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification – amid …


NASA craft circling Ceres in first visit to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration. The space agency on Friday confirmed that the …


Space agency: Now-silent lander does main tasks

BERLIN (AP) — The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring a comet’s surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent, the …


No signals heard from comet lander Saturday

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency received no signals from the Philae lander Saturday morning during a scheduled effort to establish communication, the mission chief said. Paolo Ferri, ESA’s …


Shawn Vestal: Real-life Geordi La Forge will speak at INB

It all started with Geordi La Forge. When Kobie Boykins was growing up, he had to engage in one of the crucial decisions facing young people interested in science and …


US twin astronaut, Russian to spend year in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander whose twin brother is married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American. NASA …


Endeavour lands at LA airport after aerial tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday after a whirlwind aerial tour around California landmarks. Strapped to the back of a …


Endeavour flies by Golden Gate Bridge, other sites

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour crisscrossed California Friday in a last aerial hurrah before retiring to a Los Angeles museum. Hitching a ride on top of a jumbo …


Space shuttle Endeavour takes to California skies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour took off Friday morning on a sightseeing tour of California, the last aerial hurrah before retiring to a Los Angeles museum. Hitching a …


Shuttle to sightsee around Calif. with low flybys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour will spend its last flying day Friday not rocketing into space but doing what most tourists do when visiting California: Taking in the …


Shuttle to sightsee around Calif with low flyovers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour will spend its last flying day Friday not rocketing into space, but doing what most tourists do when visiting California: Taking in the …


Endeavour flies over Ariz. en route to Calif. home

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour flew over Tucson on Thursday in honor of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband before continuing its trek west to retirement …


Endeavour leaves Texas for new home in Calif.

HOUSTON (AP) — The space shuttle Endeavour took off atop a modified transport plane from a Houston airport Thursday, beginning its journey to retirement in California, where it will be …


Endeavour leaves Houston for new home in Calif.

HOUSTON (AP) — The space shuttle Endeavour took off atop a modified transport plane from a Houston airport Thursday, beginning its journey to retirement in California, where it will be …


35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and …


NASA’s pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?

As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with …


NASA launches spacecraft on 5-year trip to Jupiter

A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed away today on a five-year journey to Jupiter, the solar system’s most massive and ancient planet.


Mission: Space Frontiers

Don’t call Joe Bruce spacey. Call him Space Guy. OK, he gets a little dreamy when talking about landing a man on Mars or traveling outside the solar system.


Nasa Heads To The Moon Again On The Cheap

NASA will try to go back to the moon tonight for the first time in 25 years, but it’s a far cry from the space agency’s Apollo heydays. Instead of …


Mars Mission Ends With Whimper Brave Little Sojourner Can’t Wake Mother Ship

Journalists view a 3-D image of Mars generated by the Pathfinder mission at a NASA news conference in Pasadena. Photo by Associated Press


Nasa’s Bold New Mission Scientists Excited At Finding Prospects Of Life In The Universe

A blue ribbon panel of experts said Wednesday that NASA is on track in a program to find answers to some of the most basic questions in science: How did …


Spacecraft Starts Voyage To Asteroid Probe Launched On 3-Year Journey

NASA launched a spacecraft Saturday on a three-year voyage to an asteroid that may contain clues to the birth of the solar system. An unmanned Delta rocket blasted off at …


Galileo Space Probe To Explore ‘Giant Ruin’ Of Jupiter Next Week

The human race will reach a half-billion miles across space and touch the colossus of the solar system next week when NASA’s Galileo space probe parachutes into the atmosphere of …