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March 17, 2013

Tomorrow’s astronauts may work for private firms, not space agencies

Just two days after Chris Hadfield assumed command of the International Space Station this week, a young student asked him how best to become an astronaut. […]
March 16, 2013

Panorama of Mount Sharp

PASADENA, Calif. — Rising above the present location of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, higher than any mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the United States, […]
March 15, 2013

Mega-planet's ingredients point to solar system like ours

A planet several times more massive than Jupiter, orbiting a star 130 light years away, is part of a solar system that is likely very similar […]
March 14, 2013

Astronaut Chris Hadfield assumes command of space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took the helm of the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking only the second time in the outpost’s 12-year […]
March 14, 2013

ALMA, Earth's Largest Telescope, Is Officially Open For Business

The next 30 years of observations will revolutionize astronomy. NEAR SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE — A massive new telescope that will unveil the faintest, most […]
March 13, 2013

Astronaut Icon: The Space Suit – The Apollo Program

With astronauts now needing protection against lunar terrain and temperatures as well as the flexibility to stoop and bend to pick up moon rocks, the Apollo […]
March 13, 2013

Nasa finds new evidence life may have existed on Mars

An ancient network of rivers on Mars once made parts of the planet habitable for microbial life, according to the latest analysis from Nasa‘sCuriosity rover. Rock dust drilled from sediments in […]
March 12, 2013

NASA to reveal what Mars is made of

NASA will reveal new discoveries about Mars gleaned from the Curiosity rover’s first rock powder sample in a high-profile press conference today. The Mars rover press […]
March 12, 2013

SpaceX Grasshopper Makes Record Hop

An experimental reusable rocket built by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, soared to a record 263 feet (80 meters) before landing itself on its launch pad, […]