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1 year 8 months ago

Colorado girl wins NASA anime contest

If you're a fan of anime you have to hear this. NASA recently teamed up with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. They held a contest to create an anime character to represent the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Out of two grand prize winners, one of them was a 14-year-old...

1 year 11 months ago

CU-Boulder gets $36M NASA grant

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - NASA is giving the University of Colorado about $36 million to build and operate an instrument to gather data about the disruptive effects of space weather. The Daily Camera reports the instrument will weigh about 60 pounds and will launch aboard a commercial communications satellite. The...

2 years 5 months ago

NASA Curiosity rover takes a bite of Martian soil

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano. The finding released Tuesday is the latest step in trying to better understand whether the environment could have been hospitable to microbial life. Curiosity...

2 years 8 months ago

New Mars mission begins this weekend

NASA's most ambitious and expensive Mars mission begins this weekend with the arrival of the smartest rover ever built. Like an Olympic gymnast, the rover must "stick the landing." It won't be easy. The touchdown for the rover called Curiosity is so risky it's been described as "seven minutes of...

3 years 4 months ago

Mission to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is all set to launch the world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer. A six-wheeled, one-armed Mars rover is due to blast off Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral. The unmanned Atlas V rocket will put the spacecraft on an 8½-month trek to the red planet. ...

3 years 6 months ago

Where did NASA satellite debris land?

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. space officials have finally figured out where that dead NASA satellite fell back to Earth on Saturday. NASA now says satellite debris scattered over the south Pacific Ocean about as far away from large land masses as you can get. NASA says the U.S. Air...

3 years 6 months ago

NASA has new plans for a rocket

WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA is unveiling its design for a gigantic new rocket, bigger than the one that sent astronauts to the moon. And it will go even farther away. NASA on Wednesday will detail its much-delayed plans for the rocket, called the Space Launch System, which will cost...

3 years 7 months ago

Minneapolis developer backs out of Colorado NASA park

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - A Minneapolis developer chosen to create a new Colorado business park to cultivate innovative technology has backed out of the project. The Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology announced Monday that United Properties ended its exclusivity agreement for Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation...

3 years 7 months ago

Two of NASA's space shuttles meet nose-to-nose

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's retired space shuttles are trading places. In a rare nose-to-nose encounter, Discovery and Endeavour met outside the shuttle hangar Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery moved into the hangar and Endeavour went to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The switch...

3 years 8 months ago

Obama heralds launch of final space shuttle

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the launch of Atlantis on NASA's final space shuttle mission, President Barack Obama says a proud country watched as "America reached for the heavens once more." Obama congratulated the Atlantis astronauts and space workers on what he called a "picture perfect launch" Friday from Cape...

3 years 10 months ago

NASA clears Endeavour for final launch Monday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight is set to blast off Monday morning. Mission managers gave the green light Saturday for the final voyage of Endeavour. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 70 percent. Endeavour will fly to the International Space Station...

3 years 10 months ago

Endeavour's final flight may be delayed again

The launch date for the shuttle Endeavour's final mission may have to be pushed back again. It was set for next Tuesday, but repair work on the switch box that caused Friday's scrub is taking longer than expected. A replacement was installed today, but more testing is still needed.

3 years 11 months ago

AFA grad to pilot space shuttle Endeavor

U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - An Air Force Academy graduate will pilot the space shuttle Endeavour and carry an Air Force Academy physics experiment into space. The Endeavour is scheduled to launch this Friday at 1:47 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, from Cape Canaveral for NASA's STS-134 mission. Piloting the...

3 years 11 months ago

Space shuttle commanders reflect on program

Three decades ago, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center for the very first time. Since then, shuttles have flown more than 100 missions. "It's a dream, and for me it's been a dream come true," remarks Richard Truly, NASA astronaut and former space shuttle commander....

4 years 1 week ago

Comet-hunting probe to shut down

DENVER (AP) - NASA's comet-hunting Stardust space probe is performing one more experiment before it shuts down and ends its 12-year voyage through space. Engineers at Lockheed Martin in Denver, where Stardust was built, will tell the spacecraft to burn all its remaining fuel on Thursday. How long that...

4 years 1 month ago

One last time for Discovery

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's countdown clocks are ticking again for space shuttle Discovery's final launch. Discovery is supposed to blast off Thursday afternoon to the International Space Station. The flight should have taken place four months ago. But the countdown was halted in the final hours by a...

4 years 7 months ago

NTSB releases preliminary report on Alaska crash

Federal investigators say the plane carrying former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens had its emergency beacon separate from its mounting bracket when the aircraft crashed into a remote southwest Alaska mountainside earlier this month. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the Aug. 9 crash also says that the...

4 years 7 months ago

CU-Boulder chosen as partner in new space center

The University of Colorado is one of eight universities and other institutions chosen to be part of a new center focusing on commercial space travel, launch operations and space commerce. The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday announced the selection of CU-Boulder to participate in the Center of Excellence for Commercial...

4 years 7 months ago

Weather is a focus of crash probe

Federal investigators say weather is one factor they'll examine as they try determine the cause of Monday's plane crash in Alaska that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. Rescuers managed to reach the site just hours after the crash, but they and the four survivors were forced...

4 years 7 months ago

Former NASA chief survives crash

A former NASA spokesman says ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe survived the plane crash in Alaska that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens. Glenn Mahone says O'Keefe's teenage son, Kevin, was also among the four survivors. The plane crashed Monday night near a remote fishing village in Alaska, killing five....

4 years 8 months ago

Total solar eclipse this weekend

A total eclipse of the sun will occur Sunday, but don't be so quick to take out your special viewing glasses. Unlike recent solar eclipses, this year's sun show will be visible only in a narrow slice of the Southern Hemisphere. The eclipse will begin at sunrise 1,200 miles...

4 years 10 months ago

Touch down! Space shuttle back safely on Earth

Space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with 6 astronauts, perhaps ending the flying career of this shuttle. Atlantis logged its 120-millionth mile shortly after midnight, accumulated over 32 flights. Only two shuttle missions remain, by NASA's two other spaceships. NASA is pushing for one more flight for Atlantis, which...

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