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Able and Baker: The First Primates to Survive Spaceflight in Photos

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Able and Baker hit an altitude of 300 miles (480 kilometers) during their brief suborbital flight.

Pictures from Space! Our Image of the Day

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The moon looks a bit squashed in this stunning photo by NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Expedition 59 flight engineer, on the International Space Station.

The Sand Dunes of Mars Move in a Weird Way

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Martian sand dunes are blowing in the wind — but slowly, and based on factors that don't affect sand movement here on Earth.

Neptune's Moon Triton Has a Rare Kind of Ice

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Neptune's largest moon Triton boasts a unique icy mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen, which could help astronomers better understand the conditions of other distant, alien worlds.

Earth's Oldest Meteorite Collection Just Found in the Driest Place on the Planet

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Researchers scouring the desert for space rocks found the oldest collection of meteorites on Earth.

Astronauts Are Heading Under the Sea to Test Moon Mission Tech

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An astronaut-led crew will go underwater to get ready for human moon missions. The 10-day NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 23 expedition is scheduled to begin June 10 and...

Titanic Galactic Collision Left One Galaxy Twisted and Warped, Hubble Reveals

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A new photograph from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the spectacular consequences when two galaxies collide.

Astronomers Catch Distant Star Producing Massive Flare and Plasma Blob

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Astronomers may have spotted a distant star spitting out a giant flare that packed 100,000 times more energy than any seen from Earth's sun, a new study finds.

SpaceX, NASA Finish Cleaning Up Site of Crew Dragon Spacecraft Explosion

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The investigation into the destruction of SpaceX's astronaut taxi last month is proceeding apace.

Scientists Cook Up a New Way to Make Breathable Oxygen on Mars

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Scientists have found a new way that future Mars explorers could potentially generate their own oxygen while visiting the planet.

An Asteroid with Its Own Moon Will Zip Past Earth Tonight

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The asteroid will pass close enough to Earth that, with some preparation and a decent telescope, amateur astronomers may spot it blotting out the stars.

SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Internet Satellites Into Orbit

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If the mission is successful, it could point the way toward an important new line of business for the private rocket company.

News analysis: Can Trump Put NASA Astronauts on the Moon by 2024? It’s Unlikely

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While the Artemis program faces obstacles, the administration’s plan could speed the status quo for America’s space program.

NASA Satellites Spot Young Star in Growth Spurt

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An adolescent star in the midst of a dramatic growth phase has been observed with the help of two NASA space telescopes.

InSight Engineers Have Made a Martian Rock Garden

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Reconstructing Mars here on Earth lets them practice setting down the lander's science instruments.

NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars

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In deploying its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, the lander completes a major mission milestone.

The Coolest Experiment in the Universe

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Inside NASA's Cold Atom Lab on the International Space Station, scientists are creating something colder than a winter's night in Antarctica - or even the dark side of the Moon.

Holiday Asteroid Imaged with NASA Radar

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The asteroid will fly safely past Earth on Saturday, Dec. 22, at a distance of about 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers).

Citizen Scientists Find New World with NASA Telescope

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There are thousands of known exoplanets - planets orbiting stars other than our Sun - but citizen scientists have helped discover one that has a rare quality.

Holy Cow! Mysterious Blast Studied with NASA Telescopes

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A brief and unusual cosmic flash nicknamed "the Cow" has puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists around the globe, prompting multiple explanations for its origin.

NASA's Cassini Data Show Saturn's Rings Relatively New

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New measurements of the mass of Saturn's rings reveal their age - and something they have in common with dinosaurs.

Scientists Finally Know What Time It Is on Saturn

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How long is a day on Saturn? Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have the best answer yet to a central question about the planet.

NASA's Opportunity Rover Logs 15 Years on Mars

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The rover landed in a region of the Red Planet called Meridiani Planum 15 years ago today, on Jan. 24, 2004.

Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

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Engineers at JPL have begun transmitting a new set of commands to Opportunity in an attempt to compel the Mars rover to contact Earth.

Curiosity Says Farewell to Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge

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The Mars rover is moving on and has taken its last selfie on the ridge it's explored for more than a year.

'Mars Buggy' Curiosity Measures a Mountain's Gravity

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Smartphone-like sensors on the NASA rover were used to calculate the density of Mount Sharp, offering new clues to its formation.

NASA's AIRS Captures Polar Vortex Moving in Over US

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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured the polar vortex as it moved southward from central Canada into the U.S. Midwest from January 20 to January 29.

InSight's Seismometer Now Has a Cozy Shelter on Mars

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A domed shield has been set over one of InSight's primary science instruments, protecting it from Mars' wind and temperature changes.