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Opportunity plugs away as new Mars probe nears landingupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 08:48:00

In more than eight Earth years, NASA's unexpectedly tough Mars rover Opportunity has been stuck in a sand dune, nursed a bad shoulder and endured five brutal winters on Mars.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, diesupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 13:34:00

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said. She was 61.

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.

Chinese space capsule returns to Earth after ambitious missionupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 00:19:00

China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft returned to Earth on Friday, completing an ambitious mission that notched up a series of breakthroughs for the country, including putting its first woman in orbit.

Mission accomplished: China's space missionupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 00:19:00

China's Shenzhou-9 crew members emerge from a capsule after completing a mission to space.

Will China overtake America in space?updated: Wed Jun 20 2012 13:13:00

China's space plans are ambitious, incremental and extensive. Should Americans be worried that China will overtake us in both space exploration and military capability in space?

China sends woman into spaceupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 05:29:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon discusses the mission and the significance of China's first female in space.

Historic Chinese space mission docks successfullyupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 05:29:00

China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft successfully docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space laboratory on Monday, completing the next step in the country's ambitious space mission.

China to launch major space missionupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 10:35:00

China plans its first manned docking in space, which former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao describes as a big step.

China sends first female astronaut to space updated: Sat Jun 16 2012 10:35:00

China made history Saturday when it launched a spacecraft sending the nation's first female astronaut in space.

China prepares for launch, names female astronautupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 08:12:00

China will launch its historic space docking mission Saturday along with its first female astronaut in space.

Chinese female astronaut to join docking missionupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 05:35:00

China's historic spacecraft docking mission this month will involve a female astronaut, state-run Xinhua reported.

China to launch manned spacecraft in mid-Juneupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 02:27:00

China aims to get its citizens one step closer to the moon this month.

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.)

SpaceX: Launch abort 'not a failure'updated: Sat May 19 2012 23:26:00

The president of private space company SpaceX says aborting the launch of the Dragon spacecraft was not a failure.

Private mission to space station scrubbed half a second before liftoffupdated: Sat May 19 2012 23:26:00

SpaceX's launch of the first private spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been rescheduled for next week after the mission was aborted Saturday a half a second before liftoff, the company said.

Crew of Soyuz docks with ISSupdated: Tue May 15 2012 01:11:00

The Soyuz crew successfully docks with the International Space Station and opens the hatch.

Russian craft blasts off for International Space Stationupdated: Tue May 15 2012 01:11:00

A Soyuz spacecraft lifted off from a launch site in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to ferry three new crew members to the International Space Station.

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 Enterprise's final journeyupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 18:49:00

Space shuttle Enterprise flies past the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks on the way to its new home at the Intrepid.

Company aims to mine resource-rich asteroids updated: Tue Apr 24 2012 21:05:00

Eric Anderson and Peter Diamandis pioneered the business of sending millionaire tourists to space. Now they want to mine asteroids for what they say will be tens of billions of dollars worth of resources annually for use on Earth and beyond.

Space shuttle Discovery retiresupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 08:27:00

Space shuttle Discovery goes from the Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian atop a NASA jetliner.

What Space Shuttle Discovery has inspired in usupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 08:27:00

Space Shuttle Discovery started out as a way to discover what lies beyond us. Its last flight, taken earlier this week, helped to discover what now lies within us.

For 747, transporting a shuttle is no heavy burdenupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 07:14:00

It was a strange sight indeed -- one large aircraft carrying another large aircraft strapped on top. But that's exactly what skyward-looking folks in Washington saw Tuesday as Space Shuttle Discovery, atop a Boeing 747, made an inspiring pass over the capital in its final flight.

Discovery begins its final flightupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 10:11:00

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA jetliner, departs Kennedy Space Center for the last time.

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.

Buzz Lightyear that flew on space shuttle donated to Smithsonianupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 21:50:00

After thousands of trips around the Earth, Buzz Lightyear has landed at the Smithsonian.

Space junk forces astronauts into escape capsules on International Space Stationupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 06:09:00

A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said.

China rockets forward in race to moonupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 21:47:00

Watch out, America. China is steadily catching up in space.

A moon colony is a waste of money updated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:04:00

Newt Gingrich has absorbed a fair degree of ridicule for his campaign proposal to build an American colony on the moon. Before focusing the laughter solely on Gingrich, however, let's recall that it is the declared policy of the U.S. government to return a human being to the moon by 2020, in preparation for sending a human astronaut to Mars. If Gingrich is wrong (and he is), he's not wrong alone.

Delay in space station rendezvous 'a little disappointing'updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 00:06:00

The commander of the international space station Friday told CNN that the delay in the arrival of an unmanned commercial vehicle was "a little bit disappointing," but that it would be "unrealistic" to expect a complex and reliable system to be ready to go on the first try.

China unveils ambitious plan for space explorationupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 05:15:00

China plans to put laboratories in space, collect samples from the moon and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to an ambitious plan released this week aimed at putting the country on the global map for space exploration.

Soyuz crew heads to space stationupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 08:32:00

A Russian rocket carrying three flight engineers heads for the International Space Station.

Space station crew launches from Kazakhstanupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 08:32:00

A Russian rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, with a crew of three bound for the International Space Station.

Expectations vs. reality on the groundupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 08:09:00

CNN's John Vause interviews Ken Robinson on the war and the war-weary on the 10th anniversary of the Afghan war.

Dynamic 2011 events to shape world for years to comeupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 08:09:00

From the Arab Spring to a global economic crisis to the killing of Osama bin Laden, 2011 has been defined by historic and dynamic events that will shape the world in the years ahead.

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.

Space station crew launches from Kazakhstanupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 05:45:00

A Russian rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, with a crew of three bound for the International Space Station.

Russian space probe fails to make full orbitupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 06:33:00

An unmanned Russian probe launched on a mission to Mars early Wednesday failed to reach full orbit, the nation's space chief said.

Space docking marks new milestone for China's stellar ambitionsupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 03:39:00

China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 successfully docked with the lab module Tiangong-1 early Thursday, another milestone in Beijing's plan to build a space station.

Boeing, NASA team up to build spaceshipsupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 18:58:00

NASA announces that Boeing will use Kennedy Space Center to build commercial spacecraft and create more than 500 jobs.

China launches unmanned space labupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 00:44:00

China launches an experimental space platform to test docking systems for a space station. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

China's space ambition soarsupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 00:44:00

China on Thursday launched its first space laboratory module, marking another step upward for its space program.

China launches first space docking missionupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:29:00

China's first space laboratory module launched Thursday, according to state-run media, an important milestone in China's plan to build a space station.

China's space program moving forwardupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:29:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon reports on China's space program and the upcoming launch of an experimental space platform.

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.

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.

Space debris threat 'at tipping point'updated: Fri Sep 02 2011 09:44:00

Satellite failures could become more commonplace, scientists have warned, as the amount of space debris reaches a "tipping point."

Make China our new partner in spaceupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 04:38:00

On August 24, the launch of Progress 44P -- an unmanned Russian space freighter -- failed after the third stage of the Soyuz rocket carrying it suffered an as-yet-unknown problem. Pieces of the failed launch were recovered some 40 miles north of the Chinese-Siberian border in a wooded area.

Russia postpones new manned space station missionupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 12:16:00

The Russian space agency on Monday postponed the launch of a new manned mission to the International Space Station due to last week's accident in which an unmanned cargo craft was lost, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Russia: Cargo rocket crashes in Siberiaupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 13:12:00

A Russian space freighter carrying cargo to the International Space Station has crashed in a remote area of Siberia, Russian emergency officials said Wednesday.

Russians unveil space hotelupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 16:32:00

"Getting away from it all" may be a travel marketing cliché, but the phrase might take on a whole new meaning come 2016.

Space shuttle Columbia part found in east Texasupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 17:46:00

The recent drought has ruined millions of acres of farmland in Texas, turning lakes into mud puddles, but in the East Texas city of Nacogdoches, authorities say, the drought may have done something good: Unearthed a piece of the space shuttle Columbia.

Shuttle Atlantis makes final landingupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 20:36:00

Space shuttle Atlantis glided to Earth early Thursday, capping a 30-year space shuttle program.

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.

Shuttle workers grapple with reinventing themselvesupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 10:44:00

When the commander of Atlantis calls, "Wheels stop," upon landing this week, Ray Zink and Billy McClure will be waiting.

Shuttle workers spaced out of jobsupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 10:44:00

CNN's John Zarrella takes a look at the impact of the end of shuttle programs on the people who were part of it.

Space Shuttle Atlantis undocks from International Space Stationupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 10:21:00

For the last time in the foreseeable future, a U.S. space shuttle undocked from the International Space Station.

Space Shuttle Atlantis undocks from ISSupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 10:21:00

Space shuttle Atlantis undocks from the international space station, due back to Earth on Thursday.

30 years, 135 launches in 135 secondsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 10:19:00

In honor of the final launch of NASA's shuttle program, we've condensed video of 135 launches into 135 seconds.

Seven great reads about spaceupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 10:19:00

Before humans ever went into space, there were books about the possibility.

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.

Final shuttle rendezvousupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 10:40:00

Atlantis docks with the international space station. CNN's John Zarrella has more.

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.

The final shuttle missionupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 22:16:00

CNN's Brooke Baldwin takes us behind the scenes of NASA's final shuttle mission.

Atlantis docks with space station for week-long rendezvousupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 22:16:00

Atlantis docked with the International Space Station on Sunday for a week-long rendezvous, two days after blasting off on a historic flight marking the final liftoff of the U.S. shuttle program.

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.

Last launch for space shuttle Atlantisupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 17:35:00

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Friday morning, marking the last blast-off of NASA's 30-year shuttle program.

Memories of first shuttle flightupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 17:33:00

Astronaut Robert Crippen on flying the first shuttle mission, and what it's like to see the program come to an end.

Final shuttle launch bittersweet at Air and Space Museumupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 17:10:00

Crowds filled the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington on Friday, as they regularly do during the summer months. This Friday, however, was different, as people lined up outside the building, waiting for the last launch in the shuttle program's 30-year history.

Meet the last space shuttle crewupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 11:47:00

The crew of the final shuttle mission talks about the end of the program and how each feels about the historic event.

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.

The future of space flightupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 15:14:00

Pioneers in the field of commercial space sit down with CNN's John Zarrella to discuss what's next for space travel.

Despite the naysayers, woman goes from Trekkie to NASA engineerupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 12:23:00

Candy Torres drove nonstop for 21 hours to see the launch of space shuttle Challenger in June 1983. She had seen shuttle launches before, but this trip from Princeton, New Jersey, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, was different: Sally Ride was about to become the first female U.S. astronaut to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

Shuttle legacy: Challengerupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 15:57:00

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes in 1986, killing the seven astronauts aboard.

Challenger astronaut's widow reflects on end of U.S. shuttle programupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 15:57:00

Days after the 1986 Challenger disaster, Lorna Onizuka's daughter approached her with a strange request.

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.

Photographer captures Kennedy Space Center in waning days of shuttle programupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 18:04:00

Vincent Fournier's photography captures a longing for the space age that lives somewhere between the recently made-possible and the science fiction of the '70s and '80s. Inspired by trips to the Paris museum of science, Vincent has been fascinated by the machine world since his youth and incorporates it into most of his work.

Photos capture space center nostalgiaupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 18:04:00

Photographer Vincent Fournier is granted rare behind-the-scenes access to Kennedy Space Center. VBS.TV follows him.

Private companies hold the key to space travel's futureupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 11:18:00

There are no roller coasters near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. No Ferris wheels, either.

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.

Atlantis astronauts arrive at KSCupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 06:26:00

Astronauts for Space Shuttle Atlantis arrive at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, ahead of their scheduled Friday liftoff.

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.

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