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Mars rover beams back 'awesome' shot of surfaceupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 11:04:00

NASA released the first color images of the surface of Mars from its new rover Curiosity on Tuesday, showing a dusty, tan desert dominated by the rim of the crater where the craft landed.

Curiosity tweets Mars landingupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 16:45:00

Watch animation of Curiosity's journey to the surface of Mars, told through tweets the rover sent en route.

Rover Curiosity just hours from Marsupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 22:09:00

Humanity's curiosity about Mars has led to an exciting event: the dramatic landing of an SUV-sized rover, set for 1:31 a.m. ET Monday.

Curiosity opening Martian frontier?updated: Sun Aug 05 2012 10:39:00

This weekend, Curiosity lands on Mars. That's the name of a one-ton roving robotic laboratory, part of NASA's four-ton Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft now hurtling toward the planet.

Three launched for rendezvous with space stationupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 20:49:00

A Russian spacecraft was launched Sunday in Kazakhstan, carrying crew members from three countries to a four-month deployment aboard the International Space Station.

Space shuttle Enterprise makes final landingupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 17:31:00

The space shuttle Enterprise made its final descent Wednesday, landing at its new home at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

SpaceX Dragon spashes downupdated: Thu May 31 2012 18:14:00

CNN's aviation correspondent Lizzy O'Leary has the details on the splash-down of the Dragon capsule in the Pacific.

Dragon returns to Earth after 'grand slam' space missionupdated: Thu May 31 2012 18:14:00

The first commercial mission to the International Space Station ended Thursday with the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashing down after a flight the company's founder declared a "grand slam."

'New car smell' as space station crew enters Dragon capsuleupdated: Sat May 26 2012 12:53:00

"Like the smell of a brand-new car" were the words of International Space Station astronaut Don Pettit on Saturday after he carefully opened the hatch and entered the Dragon capsule for his first glimpse inside.

Private spacecraft connects with space stationupdated: Fri May 25 2012 12:26:00

A private spacecraft connected to the International Space Station on Friday, a milestone in a new era of commercial space flight.

SpaceX Dragon berths with ISSupdated: Fri May 25 2012 12:26:00

During SpaceX's berthing, an astronaut onboard the ISS said, "Houston, looks like we've caught a Dragon by the tail."

Historic launch of private rocket heralds new era updated: Wed May 23 2012 06:10:00

A new era in space exploration dawned Tuesday as a slender rocket shot into the dark Florida sky before sunrise, carrying the first private spacecraft bound for the International Space Station.

Private space travel: A new era begins?updated: Tue May 22 2012 18:42:00

On Saturday, a company called SpaceX was scheduled to launch the first private mission to the International Space Station, demonstrating a freight-carrying capability NASA gave up when it retired its fleet of space shuttles in July. (The flight was aborted at the last second after a faulty valve was discovered; SpaceX officials said the launch was postponed till Tuesday or Wednesday.)

Space shuttle Enterprise flies againupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 18:49:00

The space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a 747 jumbo jet, swooped across the New York City skyline on Friday before touching down at the city's John F. Kennedy International Airport, bringing an end to its final flight.

Shuttle exits and with it America's dreams?updated: Tue Apr 17 2012 10:11:00

This morning, around 10 a.m., I was 10 years old again.

NASA: Apollo engines found by Amazon CEO belong to space agencyupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 17:23:00

NASA insisted Friday that it has dibs on rocket engines sitting deep on the Atlantic Ocean floor, a day after a wealthy adventurer announced the discovery of the prized pieces of space history.

NASA orbiter gives glimpse of moon's far sideupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 06:33:00

A NASA orbiter has beamed back its first images of the far side of the moon, including scenes of a massive crater caused by an ancient cosmic impact, the space agency announced Wednesday.

The Great Moonbuggy Raceupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 10:28:00

Editor's Note: Pamela Greyer is a K-12 science educator, STEM education consultant and NASA solar system ambassador. She is the former site director of NASA's Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy Chicago Program and continues to mentor and engage youths in NASA engineering competitions and contests.

Solar storm approaches Earthupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 11:39:00

The largest solar storm for seven years is expected to send radioactive solar particles racing toward Earth this week.

NASA research orbiter starts circling moonupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 15:23:00

The first of twin research spacecraft entered the moon's orbit Saturday, part of an effort to learn more about how it and other terrestrial bodies formed, NASA said.

NASA's second moon probe reaches lunar orbitupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 18:40:00

The second of two new research probes successfully entered the moon's orbit Sunday afternoon, a day after its companion, NASA announced.

West Coast had best seat for total lunar eclipseupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 16:29:00

The moon disappeared from view along the U.S. West Coast on Saturday amid a total lunar eclipse.

NASA launches Mars roverupdated: Sat Nov 26 2011 13:51:00

A NASA spacecraft carrying a Mars rover was in "excellent health" Saturday more than two hours after it began its eight-and-a-half-month journey.

'Curiosity' can motivate kids in scienceupdated: Sat Nov 26 2011 13:51:00

Astronaut Melvin Leland and musician Will.I.Am talk about how the Mars rover can motivate a new generation of explorers.

Space Station crew can stay put despite debrisupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 07:41:00

A piece of debris hurling through space no longer presents enough of a threat to force the International Space Station crew to move, NASA said late Tuesday.

Three astronauts return safely to Earthupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 07:45:00

Three astronauts returned safely to Earth on Tuesday after spending almost six months in space, NASA said.

Giant asteroid passes close to Earth updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 19:19:00

An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier passed within the moon's orbit Tuesday, the closest approach by an object that large in more than 30 years.

Asteroid to pass close to Earthupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 19:19:00

Kevin Yates of the Near Earth Objects Information Centre discusses an asteroid that is to pass close to Earth.

Asteroid to travel close to Earthupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 09:53:00

On Tuesday, asteroid 2005 YU55 is scheduled to pass near Earth, slightly closer than the moon.

Earth's close encounter with an asteroidupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 09:53:00

On Tuesday, asteroid 2005 YU55 is scheduled to pass near Earth, slightly closer than the moon. If you've seen the "Asteroid" (1997) or "Deep Impact" (1998) movies, you know why people pay attention to what NASA calls "potentially hazardous objects": A large asteroid hitting the Earth could cause global catastrophe.

NASA scientists capture unprecedented measurements of iceberg in the makingupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 10:29:00

NASA scientists say they have captured the first-ever detailed airborne measurements of a major iceberg about to break off into the sea.

NASA launches satellite to study weather patternsupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 06:37:00

NASA launched a satellite Friday morning in what the space agency is calling a critical first step in a new effort to observe the Earth's climate.

NASA launches weather satelliteupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 06:37:00

NASA launches its first earth-observing satellite that will measure both climate change and key weather variables.

Florida governor visits NASA facility to talk jobsupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:23:00

Florida's governor sent a message to the aerospace industry Tuesday: the state supports Kennedy Space Center's future.

Where did that satellite land?updated: Tue Sep 27 2011 19:22:00

A NASA satellite came through the atmosphere, but they're not sure where the pieces went. CNN's Reynolds Wolf explains.

Satellite debris entered atmosphere over southern Pacific Oceanupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 19:22:00

In the early morning hours Saturday, surviving remnants of a NASA satellite re-entered Earth's atmosphere over a remote stretch of the southern Pacific Ocean, the U.S. space agency said Tuesday.

NASA: Location of satellite debris not determinedupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 19:58:00

Kris Rakowski put the dog out late Friday and looked to the skies above his Maple Grove, Minnesota, residence.

U.S. in falling satellite's strike zoneupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 22:59:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports the U.S is an unlikely but potential target of the satellite falling from space.

NASA: Re-entry of satellite into atmosphere imminentupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 22:59:00

A defunct satellite plummeting toward Earth is expected to re-enter the atmosphere between 11:45 p.m. Friday and 12:45 a.m. Saturday ET, NASA reported late Friday evening.

NASA not sure where space junk will come downupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 17:25:00

A satellite whose orbit is degrading will fall back to Earth Friday afternoon, but only some of its pieces will survive the fiery ride through the atmosphere, NASA scientists said Thursday.

26 pieces of falling satellite likely to survive plunge, NASA saysupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 04:47:00

A satellite whose orbit is degrading is likely to crash back to Earth on Friday, and 26 pieces have a good chance of surviving the heat of re-entry, NASA said.

Large satellite chunks could hit Earthupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 04:47:00 writer Tariq Malik says the dead satellite could hit sometime Friday, but NASA doesn't know exactly where.

NASA, partners agree on schedule for new flights to space stationupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 20:35:00

NASA and its partners have worked out a tentative schedule that will send flights back to the International Space Station.

NASA launches moon research missionupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 10:18:00

After a couple of weather delays, NASA finally launched its moon research mission Saturday morning.

NASA scrubs moon research mission until Fridayupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 09:21:00

NASA delayed its Thursday launch of a moon research mission because of weather issues and will retry on Friday.

NASA releases details of upcoming moon studyupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 18:30:00

NASA's upcoming GRAIL mission will provide new information about how the moon formed and will allow students to take their own pictures of its surface, panelists announced at a news conference at NASA headquarters in Washington on Thursday.

Heavenly discoveries, earthly inventionsupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 08:47:00

Astronomers just discovered the largest reservoir of water ever, roughly 140 trillion times the volume of the Earth's oceans. With severe drought afflicting Africa, Asia and the southern United States, you might ask whether this offers a solution to earthly afflictions.

NASA counts down to Jupiter missionupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 18:53:00

NASA scientists are slightly more than a week away from launching a Jupiter mission they say will unlock key secrets of how our solar system was formed.

NASA announces next Mars rover's landing siteupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 16:24:00

Could there have been life on Mars? That's the mission NASA is setting out to answer with Curiosity, the next-generation Mars rover whose landing site was announced Friday at the National Air and Space Museum's annual Mars Day.

Tears, congratulations as Atlantis lands, shuttle program endsupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 20:36:00

Soaring across the predawn haze, the space shuttle Atlantis glided back to Earth early Thursday -- capping a 30-year program that saw hundreds of astronauts go into space.

Atlantis' final landingupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 17:01:00

NASA celebrates as shuttle Atlantis returns home from its final mission.

Space is still the new frontierupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 17:01:00

Atlantis, the last space shuttle, returned to Earth on Thursday and will go to its post-retirement gig at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. After more than 30 years and 135 shuttle flights by literally hundreds of astronauts, NASA has reason to be proud.

Next space age has a business model, astronauts sayupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 18:21:00

As crew members of the last space shuttle flight hovered over Earth for the final time, they spoke with CNN Wednesday about the next frontier in space flight.

Tiny fourth moon discovered in Pluto's orbitupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 11:04:00

While searching for rings around the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA astronomers made an unintentional discovery -- Pluto has a fourth moon.

Enjoy an "All-American Meal" with Atlantisupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 07:10:00

Talk about an out-of-this-world meal.

Atlantis mission extendedupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 07:10:00

NASA extends the space shuttle Atlantis mission by one day.

Space station crew takes final spacewalk of shuttle eraupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 11:28:00

Floating 245 miles over the Earth Tuesday, NASA engineers Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan tethered themselves to the International Space Station and paused to absorb the view.

NASA extends shuttle mission one dayupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 21:06:00

The space shuttle Atlantis will be in space for one more day than originally planned, NASA announced Monday.

NASA's last shuttle crew invites the public to 'virtual dinner'updated: Mon Jul 11 2011 17:06:00

NASA has invited the public to share a virtual "All-American Meal" with the Atlantis shuttle crew Thursday.

Debris poses no danger to station, shuttle, NASA saysupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 10:40:00

The International Space Station and space shuttle Atlantis are not in danger from an orbiting piece of debris after all, NASA said Monday.

Atlantis docks with space stationupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 11:40:00

Atlantis docked with the International Space Station Sunday morning as part of a historic mission marking the final flight of the U.S. shuttle program.

Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on 'sentimental journey'updated: Sat Jul 09 2011 17:35:00

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Friday morning on the final mission of America's 30-year shuttle program, a thunderously poignant moment that drew people from around the world to watch.

Astronaut-climber: 'I'm not a risk taker'updated: Fri Jul 08 2011 17:47:00

He's summited Mount Everest. He's walked in space seven times.

NASA finds no shuttle damage after two lightning strikesupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 18:48:00

Early data shows space shuttle Atlantis, poised for launch Friday, escaped damage from two lightning strikes Thursday afternoon, NASA said.

After last shuttle flight, NASA will focus on 'deep space'updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 08:30:00

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says that human space flight for America will not end with the retirement of the shuttle program. Instead, the space agency plans to refocus its efforts from lower-orbit vehicles to deeper space probes.

The next step for NASAupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 08:30:00

With the end of the shuttle program, NASA is transitioning to deep space exploration. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Crew arrives for final shuttle missionupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 06:26:00

The four-member crew that will fly the final space shuttle mission to end an era arrived Monday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA: debris is 'closest' ever to space stationupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 13:41:00

Tuesday's space debris incident at the International Space Station was the "closest anything has come to the space station," NASA said Wednesday.

NASA stops moon dust auctionupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 08:55:00

NASA stops an auction of moon dust it says was stolen after the Apollo 11 mission. KSDK reports.

Astronauts discuss final shuttle launchupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 05:51:00

The astronauts from shuttle Atlantis answer questions regarding NASA's final mission.

NASA: July 8 selected for space shuttle program's last blastupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 05:51:00

July 8 will mark the start of the final space shuttle mission and the end of an era, NASA announced Tuesday.

Debris makes 'dangerous approach' to space stationupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 13:57:00

Unexpected space debris came flying close to the International Space Station on Tuesday, prompting its six astronauts to take shelter inside two Soyuz capsules, NASA said.

NASA to fly low over Baltimore-Washington areaupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 19:57:00

A misguided photo shoot of Air Force One over New York City in 2009 terrified residents, infuriated the president, and cost the director of the White House Military Office his job. Now, NASA is working to prevent a similar panic in Washington D.C.

NASA launches satellite for critical mapping missionupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 11:57:00

NASA launched a satellite Friday, starting a three-year mission to help better understand climate change.

Endeavour's final homecomingupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 11:51:00

Space shuttle Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center, completing its 25th and final mission.

Endeavour completes final mission; one flight left for NASAupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 11:51:00

The space shuttle Endeavour landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Wednesday, completing its 25th and final mission -- the next-to-last mission for NASA's 30-year-old space shuttle program.

Endeavour prepares to return to Earth after nearly 16 days aloftupdated: Tue May 31 2011 22:45:00

After more than 15 days in space, the six crew members of the Endeavour made final preparations to return to Earth Wednesday on its final mission and the next-to-final mission for NASA's 30-year-old space shuttle program.

Endeavour crew reflects on journeyupdated: Tue May 31 2011 22:45:00

CNN's John King talks to the crew of space shuttle Endeavour about their final moments in space.

NASA plans capsule to take humans into deep spaceupdated: Tue May 24 2011 22:10:00

NASA plans a return to yesteryear by developing a space capsule that will carry humans into deep space, it announced Tuesday.

Endeavour astronauts walk in space, will chat with students laterupdated: Sun May 22 2011 12:08:00

A spacewalk of more than eight hours -- the sixth-longest in history -- was successfully completed Sunday morning, the second of four spacewalks of the space shuttle Endeavour mission, NASA said.

Spacewalk cut shortupdated: Sun May 22 2011 12:08:00

NASA officials describe a malfunction in mission specialist Greg Chamitoff's suit during Endeavour's first shceduled spacewalk.

NASA schedules final space shuttle missionupdated: Fri May 20 2011 13:24:00

Thirty years after the space shuttle program began, the final space shuttle flight is slated to take place on July 8, NASA said Friday.

Commander not worried as heat shield damage examinedupdated: Thu May 19 2011 11:37:00

NASA personnel on the ground Thursday were analyzing photos of what appeared to be damage to the space shuttle Endeavour's heat shield tiles, but Cmdr. Mark Kelly said it wasn't a big concern.

Farewell, my space shuttleupdated: Mon May 16 2011 06:29:00

When space shuttle Endeavour blasts off Monday on its final journey, I'll be thinking about the shuttle's three remarkable decades of service.

NASA: Shuttle Endeavour 'good to go' for Monday launchupdated: Sun May 15 2011 20:35:00

Thanks to positive results on all pre-flight checks, NASA officials on Saturday unanimously gave the go-ahead for the Monday launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Giffords arrives for Endeavour launchupdated: Sun May 15 2011 16:06:00

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords arrived safely Sunday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where she is expected to be among half a million people gathering Monday to view the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA said.

NASA sets Endeavour launch for May 16updated: Mon May 09 2011 16:53:00

The final launch of space shuttle Endeavour is now scheduled for May 16 after a delay caused by an electrical fault, NASA said Monday.

NASA: Shuttle Endeavour launch will be no earlier than May 16updated: Sat May 07 2011 17:09:00

The launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, originally scheduled for April 29, has been delayed again, NASA said Friday.

NASA sources: Endeavour launch could be as late as May 13updated: Wed May 04 2011 20:06:00

The rescheduled launch date of the space shuttle Endeavour, whose mission was scrubbed last week due to an electrical problem, remained uncertain Wednesday, but sources told CNN the next liftoff could be as late as May 13.

NASA: Endeavour's earliest launch will be May 10updated: Mon May 02 2011 20:17:00

The final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, originally set for Friday and then delayed until Monday, now will not occur before May 10 at 11:21 a.m., officials said.

NASA may decide Sunday on Endeavour launch dateupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 22:59:00

NASA may decide Sunday morning whether the delayed final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour will occur Monday afternoon, the space agency said.

Shuttle launch delayedupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 22:59:00

CNN's John Zarrella is at the Kennedy Space Center as the shuttle launch is delayed.

Die-hard space fans flock to one of shuttle's last launchesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 12:06:00

It's now become a somewhat common event, one that for most Americans is signaled by nothing more than a brief blip on the news. But a space shuttle launch is still one of mankind's most complex and massive undertakings, a carefully-primed $1.3 billion explosion that turns years of planning and construction into a spectacle that lasts only a few moments.

NASA announces new homes for retiring space shuttlesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 09:49:00

NASA announced Tuesday the new retirement homes for the four remaining space shuttles -- three historic orbiters and the program's test vehicle.

Cities, space centers, museums want to be shuttles' final landing spotupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 09:11:00

Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space -- the date was April 12, 1961. Twenty years later on April 12, astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen got on board the space shuttle Columbia, a craft that looked more like a plane that a rocket ship. It launched an entirely new era in space flight.

States bid for space shuttle orbiterupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 09:11:00

Museums around the country are trying to get their hands on a space shuttle orbiter. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

NASA cutting contractors at Marshall Space Flight Centerupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 13:17:00

NASA said Thursday, because of budget constraints, between 150 and 300 contractor positions will be eliminated at the Marshall Space Flight Center, the agency's Huntsville, Alabama facility.

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