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Sunday, March 18, 2018

This Week In Crazy: The Liberals Have Conquered Mars

There’s water on Mars! Not to mention a nefarious evil liberal agenda. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing.

October 2, 2015

Water Still Flows On Mars, Scientists Say

Scientists scouring the Red Planet using NASA’S Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter say they’ve found direct chemical evidence of transient saltwater flowing on the surface today.

September 28, 2015

Endorse This: To Pluto — And Beyond!

Watch the elation of scientists as the probe continues out to the furthest reaches of the solar system, and appreciate this new look at a far-off world — and let the arguments continue over whether it should be officially considered a “planet.”

July 14, 2015

U.S. Spacecraft Flies By Pluto After 9-Year, 3 Billion-Mile Trip

A U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile journey to the solar system’s farthest reaches, NASA said.

July 14, 2015

NASA Pushes Back Against Proposal To Slash Climate Budget

The proposal would cut funding to NASA’s Earth Sciences division, which researches the planet’s natural systems and processes — including climate change, severe weather, and glaciers.

May 1, 2015

Mars Rover Curiosity Offers Tantalizing Taste Of 2-Tone Mineral Veins

Mars Curiosity rover’s recent discovery points to an even more complex, and perhaps long-lived, watery environment on the Red Planet.

April 3, 2015
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Antarctic Ice Shelves Melting 70 Percent Faster In Last Decade, Study Shows

New study finds Antarctic ice shelves are melting more rapidly. Some may be irrecoverably melted, glaciologists say.

March 26, 2015
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Ted Cruz’s Climate Change Denial Poses A Big Threat To NASA

The GOP takeover of the Senate threatens the longevity of NASA, NOAA, and the EPA.

March 16, 2015

NASA Launches Orion On Second Try

NASA just entered day one of the Mars era.

December 5, 2014

Orion Capsule Launch Scrubbed For The Day

The launch of NASA’s next-generation spacecraft will have to wait.

December 4, 2014

Stable Philae Lander Sends Back First Images From Surface Of Comet

Get the latest on the Philae probe’s remarkable journey.

November 13, 2014

Pilot Dead As Virgin Spaceship Crashes In U.S. Desert

Learn more about the second spacecraft disaster this week.

October 31, 2014

Orbital Rocket Explodes After Launch

An unmanned rocket that was designated to resupply the International Space Station exploded in a giant fireball after launch.

October 29, 2014

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft was successfully launched and began orbiting Mars this Sunday.

September 22, 2014

NASA To Make Announcement On U.S. Human Spaceflights

Washington (AFP) — The company — or companies — that will build America’s next space taxi to carry astronauts to low Earth orbit and back is to be revealed Tuesday. NASA, which has been unable to send astronauts to space since the retirement of the shuttle in 2011, said the announcement would be made at […]

September 16, 2014

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Finally Arrives At Mount Sharp

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times After wandering in the Martian desert for 25 months, NASA’s Curiosity rover has finally arrived at its promised land: the base of Mount Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The arrival marks the beginning of the Mars Science Laboratory rover’s original mission: to read the […]

September 12, 2014

As Messenger Nears Crash Landing On Mercury, Scientists Racing To Collect Best Data Yet

By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has swung around its namesake planet for three years, beaming observations of Mercury back to Earth, but next March it will smash into the cratered surface it has been studying from afar. The satellite’s oblong orbit around the solar system’s innermost planet brings it […]

August 29, 2014

NASA: Earth Survived Near-Miss From 2012 Solar Storm

Washington (AFP) – Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according […]

July 25, 2014

Orbital Cargo Ship Reaches International Space Station

Washington (AFP) — Orbital Sciences Corporation’s unmanned cargo ship arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station carrying a load of food and equipment for the six-man crew at the research outpost. The vessel called Cygnus was grabbed by the space station’s robotic arm at 6:36 am (1036 GMT) and will complete its latch-on operation to […]

July 16, 2014

NASA Finalizes Contract To Build The Most Powerful Rocket Ever

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times NASA has reached a milestone in its development of the Space Launch System, or SLS, which is set to be the most powerful rocket ever and may one day take astronauts to Mars. After completing a critical design review, Boeing Co. has finalized a $2.8 billion contract with the […]

July 2, 2014

NASA Scrubs Launch Of Global Warming Satellite

By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times NASA scrubbed the launch of a Delta II rocket Tuesday, 46 seconds before it was to carry the agency’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite into orbit. The space agency blamed a failure of the water suppression system of the liftoff pad at Vandenberg Air Force Station. The launch has been […]

July 1, 2014

It’s Germany vs. U.S… In Low-Earth Orbit

Paris (AFP) — In space, no-one can hear you scream ‘GOOAAALLL!’ But this did not deter German and U.S. astronauts from facing off in a zero-gravity kickabout aboard the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of their countries’ earthly World Cup encounter. A video released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday shows Alexander Gerst […]

June 26, 2014

Big Bang Breakthrough Team Allows They May Be Wrong

Washington (AFP) – American astrophysicists who announced just months ago what they deemed a breakthrough in confirming how the universe was born now admit they may have got it wrong. The team said it had identified gravitational waves that apparently rippled through space right after the Big Bang. If proven to be correctly identified, these […]

June 20, 2014

Bill Dana, NASA Test Pilot Who Helped Usher In Space Age, Dies At 83

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The black sky enveloped NASA test pilot Bill Dana as his X-15 rocket plane stopped climbing at 306,900 feet and began teetering back toward the small brown stretch of Mojave Desert more than 58 miles below. “The horizon appeared as a ring of bright blue around the […]

May 8, 2014

Photo Of The Day — April 19

A  SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 18, 2014. The rocked carried needed supplies to the International Space Station. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

April 19, 2014