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Astronaut Describes 'Wild Ride' After Failed Launch

Nick Hague says his training took over during emergency landing

(Newser) - For the first two minutes, everything was going "great." Then, he started getting shaken side to side "fairly violently." Soon, an alarm and warning lights made it clear there was an emergency. "It went from normal to something was wrong pretty quick," NASA astronaut... More »

Second Space Telescope Takes 'a Little Vacation'

Like Hubble, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode

(Newser) - Another NASA space telescope has shut down and halted science observations, the AP reports. Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory did the same thing. NASA said Friday that Chandra automatically went into so-called safe mode Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope... More »

'The Boys Have Landed': 2 Astronauts' Close Call

American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin appear fine after rocket fails

(Newser) - Thursday morning's failure of a Russian rocket provided some white-knuckle moments for space officials in the US and Russia, but the two men who had to bail out for an emergency landing look to be unscathed. NASA posted images of US astronaut Nick Hague and Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin... More »

A Journey to Mars Could Mean Major Astronaut Health Woes

A study found that deep space radiation may cause cancer and intestinal issues

(Newser) - A study funded by NASA in a bid to determine what effects a journey into deep space might have on the health of astronauts has uncovered some startling possibilities for those brave souls who might one day venture to Mars. Per CNN , the findings out of Georgetown University Medical Center... More »

For First Time in Decades, Astronaut Quits During Training

Robb Kulin came to NASA from SpaceX

(Newser) - For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. A NASA spokeswoman says his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the... More »

NASA Intern Gets Canned After Raunchy Online Tweets

She responded to Space Council's Homer Hickam with a vulgar post

(Newser) - "Everyone shut the f--- up I got accepted for a NASA internship," an excited Twitter user wrote Monday. As of Thursday, the internship offer was no more, per BuzzFeed . "Suck my d--- and b---s I'm working at NASA," the user identified as "Naomi H"... More »

Asteroid Far Brighter Than Moon Dazzles Over US

NASA meteor cameras capture it above Alabama

(Newser) - People up late in the Southeast one night last week had the chance to catch a brief but spectacular light show. In a Facebook post , NASA says its meteor cameras picked up a small asteroid about 1:19am Friday that burned through the night sky and would have been tough... More »

NASA Heads Toward the Sun

Space agency launches Parker Solar Probe to get closer than ever to our star

(Newser) - A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona that was visible during last August'... More »

NASA May Have Torched 'Building Blocks of Life' on Mars in 1976

New study suggests organic matter was discovered, but ruined by heat

(Newser) - Much was made of NASA's announcement last month that "building blocks of life" had been found on Mars. But new research suggests the same organic molecules may actually have been discovered by Viking landers NASA sent to Mars in 1976—and then accidentally burned, New Scientist reports. The... More »

Martian Storm Unlike Any Seen This Decade

It now encircles the whole Red Planet

(Newser) - The oldest operating rover on Mars will have to hunker down a bit longer. The dust storm whomping the Red Planet since May 30, which covered a quarter of its surface a week ago, now circles the entire sphere. NASA's solar-powered Opportunity rover powered down in Mars' Perseverance Valley... More »

Woman Preemptively Sues NASA to Keep Her Treasure

Owner of presumed lunar material says space agency has history of seizing such items

(Newser) - Call it one small step for lunar dust owners. A Tennessee woman is suing NASA preemptively to keep a vial of what she believes is moon dust that was given to the family by Neil Armstrong. Filed in federal court, the suit is an attempt to prevent NASA—which says... More »

Why NASA Is Closely Watching a Gargantuan Dust Storm

The Opportunity rover is stuck in it on Mars

(Newser) - To call the Martian dust storm gargantuan wouldn't be an overstatement: As of Tuesday, it covered a quarter of the planet, making it the size of North America and Russia combined, per Space.com . And the Opportunity rover is in the middle of it. That's of concern. The... More »

'Building Blocks of Life' Found on Mars

Latest discoveries are the best evidence yet of life on the red planet

(Newser) - New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present. Scientists reported Thursday that NASA's Curiosity rover has found potential building blocks of life in an ancient Martian lakebed. Hints have been found before, but this is the best evidence yet,... More »

4th Person to Walk on Moon Dies in Texas at Age 86

Alan Bean also dedicated himself to painting for 40 years

(Newser) - Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died. A statement released by NASA and family members says Bean died Saturday in Houston after a short illness, the AP reports. He was 86. Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made... More »

NASA Warns SpaceX Practice Could Put Lives at Risk

A dangerous method for loading fuel has government safety experts raising alarms

(Newser) - NASA safety experts are warning SpaceX that its rocket technology has the potential to put lives at risk. Per the Washington Post , Elon Musk's company was looking for a way to supercharge rockets when engineers realized they could pack in more fuel by super-cooling it before takeoff. In order... More »

NASA Will Soon Get Unprecedented Look at Mars

InSight lander will explore the planet's interior

(Newser) - NASA launched another spacecraft toward Mars on Saturday, and this one is designed to provide an unprecedented look at the planet's interior. You can watch the liftoff the InSight lander, a 790-pound probe, here . The spacecraft won't reach Mars until November, but when it does, it will fill... More »

Black, Female Teens Run for NASA Award; Enter the Hackers

The trio of high school students developed an innovative water filtration system

(Newser) - Three Washington, DC, high school juniors were thrilled when their idea for removing lead from drinking water landed them a finalist position in a NASA-sponsored high school science competition, reports the Washington Post . The high-achieving team had developed a filter that could purify water in older school buildings. The team... More »

NASA May Go Armageddon on Asteroid

Plan to maybe nuke asteroid called Bennu that might hit Earth in 2135

(Newser) - Operation HAMMER may sound like the villain's master scheme from a Roger Moore-era James Bond film, but it's actually NASA's plan to deal with asteroids threatening the Earth—such as one the size of the Empire State Building that could crash into the planet in 2135, Staten... More »

They Had the Same DNA. Then One Spent a Year in Space

A fascinating look at the case of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly

(Newser) - NASA is pointing to the "stresses of space travel" as the factor behind a fascinating phenomenon involving the only pair of identical twin astronauts in history. Per Live Science , even though Scott and Mark Kelly once boasted the same DNA makeup, Scott's nearly yearlong trip on the International... More »

NASA Offers Next Best Thing to Touching the Sun

Fly your name to our star instead

(Newser) - NASA will fly you to the sun—or at least your name. From now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for this hottest ticket in town, which is free. The names—including that of pitchman William Shatner —will be included on a microchip to be sent on... More »

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