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'Bittersweet' End for Cassini Saturn Probe

'I've never watched a spacecraft die': NASA team member

(Newser) - Three missions, 20 years in space, 4.9 billion miles traveled, and nearly a half-million photographs taken. Those are just a few of the figures Space.com throws out about the day of what it deems the "bittersweet" demise of the Cassini space probe , which, on its last fumes... More »

Mission Complete: Cassini Burns Up Over Saturn

Spacecraft vaporizes after 20-year journey exploring planet

(Newser) - Cassini is no more. NASA, and the world, are saying goodbye to the Cassini spacecraft Friday morning after it burned up over Saturn as planned. Cassini plunged through the planet's atmosphere and vaporized like a meteor, ending a remarkable journey of 20 years, per the AP . "Our @CassiniSaturn... More »

Cassini Gets Kiss Goodbye, Careens Toward Its Death

Spacecraft will forever become one with the planet on Friday

(Newser) - After a 20-year voyage, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet. There's no turning back: Friday it careens through the atmosphere and burns up like a meteor in the sky over Saturn. The only spacecraft ever... More »

Florida's Senators Aren't Happy With Trump's NASA Pick

Rep. Jim Bridenstine has 'political baggage'

(Newser) - President Trump has finally named his pick for NASA administrator—and lawmakers from both parties are not happy with the choice. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, an Oklahoma lawmaker first elected to the House in 2013, is being criticized as overly political and as lacking aerospace experience, Newsweek reports. The 42-year-old Republican,... More »

Asteroid Just Flew by Earth in Record-Setting Fashion

Astronomers get first up-close look at 'Florence'

(Newser) - There was no reason to fret, but perhaps reason to be wowed: "Florence," an asteroid stretching an estimated 2.7 miles wide, became the largest known asteroid to come as close as it did to our planet when it whizzed by Friday at 8:06am EDT. But though... More »

Today's NASA Launch Signals End of an Era

'It's like our baby,' team member says of TDRS-M tracking satellite

(Newser) - NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network,... More »

No Pilot, V-Formation: Jet Flight of the Future?

Airplanes that draft would be more fuel efficient, and Boeing is taking a look

(Newser) - To cut fuel costs in aircraft, Boeing and NASA have been looking toward geese for inspiration—or, more precisely, the V-shaped pattern preferred by migratory birds. That's because so-called wake-surfing (think of bicycles or cars drafting behind others) is efficient—and it doesn't require newly designed aircraft to... More »

Your Tweet Could Reach Outside Our Solar System

NASA accepting anniversary messages for Voyager 1

(Newser) - Your words could reach out of our solar system—no gigantic megaphone necessary. NASA is hosting a contest that will see a message from one lucky Earthling sent to Voyager 1, which is hurtling through interstellar space. Entrants are invited to submit an "uplifting" message of 60 characters or... More »

NASA Responds to 9-Year-Old Job Applicant

He wanted to be the planetary protection officer

(Newser) - NASA is hiring for a planetary protection officer, which sounded like the ideal job to a 9-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy fan. Upon learning of the organization's recent job posting , New Jersey fourth-grader Jack Davis submitted his application, explaining that he'd be perfect for the job because "... More »

Wish You Were a Jedi? NASA Gig Might Be for You

NASA seeking new 'planetary protection officer'

(Newser) - Want to become a Jedi? This is probably as close as you could possibly get: NASA is looking for someone to protect Earth and other planets in our known universe. The agency is accepting applications for the full-time post of "planetary protection officer," a position created after the... More »

Do Homework Before Buying Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

Quartz finds some suspicious ones on Amazon

(Newser) - The first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979 is fast approaching and Amazon sellers are ready. Many who typically sell fad items are hawking solar eclipse glasses—meant to block 99.99% of sunlight, per the Verge —in the lead-up to Aug. 21, taking over a... More »

Photos of Jupiter's Great Red Spot Are Closest Ever Taken

Juno spacecraft flew within 6K miles of giant storm this week

(Newser) - Jupiter's Great Red Spot has never looked greater. On Monday, NASA's Juno spacecraft got closer to the giant storm than any man-made object in history, the Washington Post reports. According to CBS News , Juno came within 2,200 miles of Jupiter's clouds and 5,600 miles of... More »

Mike Pence Ignores 'Do Not Touch' Sign, Internet Memes It

VP caught in viral photo taken at Kennedy Space Center

(Newser) - What's the first thing you do when you see a "DO NOT TOUCH" sign, in all caps, on a piece of NASA "critical space flight hardware"? If you're Mike Pence, you proceed to touch it, obviously. Per Gizmodo , a picture taken by photographer Mike Brown... More »

Alex Jones, Guest Talk Child Sex Slaves on Mars

Forcing NASA to deny the conspiracy theory

(Newser) - NASA says child sex slaves have not—we repeat: have not—been kidnapped and taken to Mars. NASA issued the ridiculous denial to the Daily Beast after a guest Thursday on The Alex Jones Show claimed otherwise. Robert David Steele—who Space.com notes was listed as a "CIA... More »

Gwyneth's Goop Gets Called Out Over NASA Claim

No, Body Vibes stickers do not use NASA spacesuit material

(Newser) - Would you spend $60 for 10 stickers ? No? What if you could wear those stickers to "rebalance the energy frequency" of your body? That's what Body Vibes stickers can do for you, according to a blurb promoting them on Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website . That same blurb... More »

NASA's Kepler Takeaway: 'We Are Probably Not Alone'

Telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

(Newser) - NASA's planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially support life, broadly hinting that we are probably not alone, per the AP . After four years of searching, the Kepler telescope has detected a total of 49... More »

This Is Not a Bullet Hole. This Is Mars

Orbiter spots deep pit at Red Planet's south pole

(Newser) - Mars is the solar system's equivalent of a pock-marked teenager, with a surface dotted by countless craters and pits left by meteors, floods, and volcanoes. But there's one newly discovered pit that scientists just can't make sense of, reports Science Alert . It's a massive hole—believed... More »

From Biggest Pool of Applicants Ever, NASA Picks 12

Would-be astronauts include doctors, pilots, scientists

(Newser) - NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, hand-picking seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. The astronaut class of 2017 includes doctors, scientists, engineers, pilots, and military officers from Anchorage to Miami and... More »

SpaceX Pulls Off New Recycling Feat

Launches its first recycled Dragon cargo ship

(Newser) - SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station on Saturday, yet another milestone in its bid to drive down space flight costs. After a two-day delay caused by thunderstorms, the unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off carrying a Dragon capsule that made a station delivery nearly three... More »

'We Will Finally Touch the Sun'

NASA explains next year's mission to the star's atmosphere

(Newser) - NASA is going to the sun. More specifically, it's launching an unmanned probe next year that will travel closer to the star than any spacecraft has done previously. "It's a spacecraft loaded with technological breakthroughs that will solve many of the largest mysteries about our star,"... More »

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