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NASA Craft Zeroing In on Unsuspecting Asteroid
Asteroid-Slamming Mission
Is a Hit for NASA
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Asteroid-Slamming Mission Is a Hit for NASA

Stakes of the test are high, NASA administrator says

(Newser) - Update: The NASA spacecraft DART intentionally slammed into the asteroid Dimorphos at 14,000mph on Monday. It could be weeks, however, before NASA knows how much the impact changed the path of the asteroid, the AP reports. Telescopes on Earth and in space were pointed at the spot in anticipation;...

Hurricane Forecast Leads NASA to Put Moon Rocket Inside

Launch could be delayed until November

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian is prompting NASA to move its moon rocket off the launch pad and into shelter, adding weeks of delay to the lunar-orbiting test flight. Mission managers decided Monday to return the rocket to its Kennedy Space Center hangar. The four-mile trip will begin late Monday night and could...

How to Watch Monday's Collision With Asteroid

NASA will be live-streaming the deliberate smash in the evening

(Newser) - It's not every day you get to watch a spacecraft smash into an asteroid , but Monday just happens to be one. In fact, the impact is expected to occur at precisely 7:14pm Eastern, and it will be streamed at NASA Live . Outlets including Space.com and CNET also...

2 Events to Give Earth a Better Look at Jupiter

Planet will be a mere 367 million miles away on Monday

(Newser) - Citizens of Earth are about to get a better look than usual at Jupiter, as it comes closer to Earth than it's been since 1963. "Jupiter is so bright and brilliant that a really nice thing about it is even in a city, in the middle of a...

Earth Isn't Ready for What We've Collected on Mars

A high-containment lab, unlike any currently in existence, has to be built

(Newser) - Last week brought the news that NASA's Perseverance rover had collected four "scientifically compelling" rock samples from Mars' Jezero Crater, in a location where a river and lake came together eons ago. It's a major move forward in the search for ancient life on Mars, though those...

Artemis Launch Nixed, Again
Artemis
Gets a New
Launch Date

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Artemis Gets a New Launch Date

NASA's 2nd shot at launching moon rocket was ruined by fuel leak; new launch set for Tuesday

(Newser) - Update: Let's try again. After two canceled launch dates for NASA's Artemis I moon rocket, Tuesday is set for the next attempt, reports Space.com . The previous two tries, on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3, were nixed due to technical worries, including a fuel leak. That leak has...

NASA Releases Staggering Photos of Neptune

Our most distant planet's rings are crisp

(Newser) - If you picture Neptune as a blue ring-less planet, new images released Wednesday from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope are about to set you straight. The images show what CNN refers to as the planet's "crisp, narrow rings." As Heidi Hammel of the Webb project says,...

Not Everyone Loves Change to Wheel of Fortune Puzzleboard

Thanks to NASA tech, Vanna doesn't even need to touch letters now; some say board looks 'cheap'

(Newser) - If you tuned in to the first episode of the 40th season of Wheel of Fortune that aired Monday, you may have noticed a subtle change in the puzzleboard. In the early days of the game show, as host Pat Sajak would interact with the contestants, co-host Vanna White would...

Take 2 on NASA's Big Launch Set for Saturday

Artemis test flight was scrapped this week

(Newser) - NASA will try again Saturday to launch its new moon rocket on a test flight, after engine trouble halted the first countdown this week, the AP reports. Managers said Tuesday they are changing fueling procedures to deal with the issue. A bad sensor also could be to blame for Monday'...

Fueling Glitch Threatens Long-Awaited Moon Launch
NASA Has to Scrap
Its Big Moon Launch
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NASA Has to Scrap Its Big Moon Launch

Fuel leaks push back next possible launch date to Friday

(Newser) - Update: This summary has been updated throughout. Fuel leaks have forced NASA to scrub Monday's launch of its new moon rocket on a no-crew test flight, per the AP . The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday at the earliest. The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket...

Lightning Strikes Don't Damage NASA's Moon Rocket

Liftoff remains scheduled for Monday morning

(Newser) - NASA's new moon rocket remained on track to blast off on a crucial test flight Monday, despite a series of lightning strikes at the launch pad. The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket, the most powerful ever built by NASA, is poised to send an empty crew capsule into lunar...

NASA: This Is What a Black Hole Sounds Like

Sound from Perseus galaxy cluster is pretty spooky, listeners say

(Newser) - Sound does exist in space, NASA says—and some of it is pretty spooky. NASA's exoplanets team tweeted a 34-second clip of the sound of a black hole Sunday, saying that while sound waves can't travel in a vacuum, a "galaxy cluster has so much gas that...

'We’ve Never Seen Jupiter Like This'

Webb telescope captures stunning images

(Newser) - The world’s newest and biggest space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all. Scientists released the shots of the solar system's biggest planet Monday. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and...

NASA Puts New Moon Rocket on Launch Pad

Lunar test flight is scheduled for Aug. 29

(Newser) - NASA's new moon rocket arrived at the launch pad Wednesday ahead of its debut flight in less than two weeks. The 322-foot rocket emerged from its mammoth hangar late Tuesday night, drawing crowds of Kennedy Space Center workers, many of whom were not yet born when NASA sent astronauts...

Russia Taking Its Toys and Leaving the Space Station

Country's new space chief Yuri Borisov says 'the decision ... has been made'

(Newser) - Russia will opt out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost , the country's newly appointed space chief said Tuesday. Yuri Borisov, who was appointed earlier this month to lead the state-controlled space corporation Roscosmos, said during a meeting with Russian President...

NASA Releases More New Images From the Cosmos
NASA Releases More New
Images From the Cosmos
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NASA Releases More New Images From the Cosmos

Courtesy of the James Webb Space Telescope

(Newser) - NASA on Tuesday unveiled a new batch of images from its new powerful space telescope, including a foamy blue and orange shot of a dying star. The first image from the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope was released Monday at the White House —a jumble of distant galaxies...

New Telescope Gives Deepest View Ever of Cosmos

Humans have never had such a look, in time or distance

(Newser) - Our view of the universe just expanded: The first image from NASA's new space telescope unveiled Monday is brimming with galaxies and offers the deepest look of the cosmos ever captured. The first image from the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope is the farthest humanity has ever seen...

NASA: We've Lost Contact With Microwave-Sized Spacecraft
NASA Is Back in Contact
With Its Satellite
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NASA Is Back in Contact With Its Satellite

Space agency had temporarily lost communications with CAPSTONE exploring lunar orbit

(Newser) - Update: We have contact with CAPSTONE once again. Just hours after NASA announced Wednesday that communications had been lost with the 55-pound, $32.7 million satellite it sent into space to test-drive a new lunar orbit, the space agency reported that it has restored contact, per the AP . NASA had...

China Slams America's 'Dirty Record' in Space

Officials reject NASA chief's accusation that China is trying to take over the moon

(Newser) - China has angrily fired back at NASA Administrator Bill Nelson's criticism of its space program, denying that it is planning to take over the moon. In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper published Saturday, Nelson said, "We must be very concerned about China landing on the moon...

Double Crater on Moon Left by Space Junk Puzzles NASA

Debris has hit the surface before but never caused a dual crater

(Newser) - Astronomers knew a hunk of debris from an unknown spacecraft was going to slam into the far side of the moon in March, so they got plenty of before-and-after photographs of the surface. Software usually compares the photos, looking for what's changed to tell where the object hit, the...

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