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New Horizons targets KBOs after Pluto flyby New Horizons targets KBOs after Pluto flyby

The New Horizons probe, launched in January 2006 to fly by the Pluto system in July 2015 always had a second goal, namely to visit one or two of the tiny Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) orbiting beyond Pluto...

NASA telescope detects brightest supernova almost 12 million miles away NASA telescope detects brightest supernova almost 12 million miles away

Astronomers using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) to observe a supernova recently discovered a pulsar much brighter than any detected to date...

Virgin and Boeing among companies planning vehicles for space tourism Virgin and Boeing among companies planning vehicles for space tourism

Four aerospace companies are constructing vehicles that will enable people to vacation in space within the next few years. Virgin Galactic, Boeing, XCOR Aerospace and SpaceX are all in various stages of developing a new generation of spacecraft designed to carry tourists into space, some as early as 2015...

ISS astronauts perform maintenance, capture incredible photos ISS astronauts perform maintenance, capture incredible photos

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and his German counterpart Alexander Gerst completed long-delayed maintenance projects on the ISS in the first NASA spacewalk since last December...

NASA awards major astrobiology grants in search for alien life NASA awards major astrobiology grants in search for alien life

According to a NASA statement, the agency has chosen seven teams to receive $8 million each over the next five years for research in astrobiology...

For the 180 day trip to Mars, NASA will put astronauts into deep hibernation For the 180 day trip to Mars, NASA will put astronauts into deep hibernation

In its quest to send a manned mission to Mars, NASA is taking a page from science fiction, researching the feasibility of placing astronauts headed to Mars into a deep sleep during the long journey...

Sierra Nevada Corporation files formal complaint against NASA award decision Sierra Nevada Corporation files formal complaint against NASA award decision

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a complaint against NASA's decision to award contracts to Boeing and SpaceX for the design of vehicles to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS)...

NASA’s Space Launch System requires giant welding tool NASA’s Space Launch System requires giant welding tool

According to a NASA statement, the agency is now ready to use its new Vertical Assembly Center to begin building the core state of the Space Launch System (SLS), the agency’s next generation of heavy-lift rocket...

NASA program identifies only 10 percent of potentially dangerous asteroids NASA program identifies only 10 percent of potentially dangerous asteroids

In spite of having spent almost $100 million since 1998 on a project to identify potentially hazardous asteroids before they can hit the Earth, NASA will not meet its goal of finding 90 percent of these objects by 2020...

Companies competing for NASA transportation contact Companies competing for NASA transportation contact

As reported by Bloomberg News, NASA has issued a contract for private companies to ferry astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station by 2017, ending the agency’s dependence on Russian Soyuz craft for transportation...