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  • Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies. Comet Siding Spring passed just 87,000 miles (140,000 km) from Mars, less...
  • Space plane lands after 674-day secret mission

    The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said. The X-37B, a...
  • A comet is about to fly by Mars: Here's everything you need to know

    A comet is about to fly by Mars: Here's everything you need to know
    On Sunday, a comet the size of a mountain will brush past Mars, passing just 87,000 miles away from the red planet. That's about one-third the distance between the Earth and the moon, and scientists say it is likely closer than any comet has gotten to...
  • Mimas, Saturn's 'Death Star' moon, could harbor a secret ocean

    Mimas, Saturn's 'Death Star' moon, could harbor a secret ocean
    When it comes to Saturn’s moons, water-squirting Enceladus and the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan typically steal the spotlight. But now, scientists think that lesser-known Mimas may be harboring a strange secret of its own. Scientists who studied the...
  • NASA Messenger mission captures photos of polar ice on Mercury

    NASA Messenger mission captures photos of polar ice on Mercury
    A spacecraft circling Mercury has captured the first photos of ice deep inside polar craters on the planet, strengthening confirmation that such pockets exist and helping to further explain how they have evolved. Scientists working on NASA's Messenger...
  • NY-based company to build $23M research facility at NASA Langley in Hampton

    NY-based company to build $23M research facility at NASA Langley in Hampton
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has hired a New York City-based firm to build a $23 million tech facility that will give NASA Langley Research Center scientists better access to high-performance computers. The new 40,000-square-foot facility will act...
  • Lawsuit seeks to stop Boeing, SpaceX work on NASA space taxi

    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp filed a federal lawsuit to stop NASA work on newly awarded space taxi development contracts while a bid protest is under way, the company's vice president said on Thursday. NASA last month...
  • Crazy but true: MESSENGER spacecraft spots ice at Mercury's north pole

    Crazy but true: MESSENGER spacecraft spots ice at Mercury's north pole
    NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has sent back its first visible-light images of water ice on Mercury, the tiny charbroiled planet that orbits closest to the sun. The findings, described in the journal Geology, reveal that the ice deposits look...
  • Enthusiasts land at JPL

    Enthusiasts land at JPL
    More than 45,000 science fans took advantage of a free offer to explore the inner workings of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last weekend when the La Caņada facility opened its doors for its annual Open House. The event, which attracts large...
  • Spacewalking astronauts begin preparing station for new space taxis

    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - A pair of spacewalking NASA astronauts hustled through an electrical repair job outside the International Space Station on Wednesday, then began work to prepare the outpost for new commercial space taxis. Station flight...
  • Virginia Air and Space center head gets NASA recognition

    For the past three years, the officials visitors center for NASA Langley Research Center wasn't run by a federal administrator, NASA scientist or even someone with a background in running museums. Brian DeProfio is a special projects manager for the city...