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Science Oct 20NASA spacecraft successfully touches asteroid for rare space samples
A NASA spacecraft has descended to an asteroid and momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the U.S.
Science Oct 18Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return
After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble.
Science Sep 23Bus-size asteroid to zoom by Earth, ducking below satellites
A newly discovered asteroid is headed our way, but NASA says the space rock will zoom safely past Earth on Thursday.
Science Sep 07‘Mighty mice’ stay musclebound in space, showing promise for longterm space flight
Scientists who sent bulked-up, mutant "mighty mice" to the International Space Station say the animals held onto their muscle during the monthlong flight.
Science Aug 02SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years
Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
Science Aug 02SpaceX guiding NASA astronauts to 1st splashdown in 45 years
The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit headed toward a retro-style splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon to close out a two-month test flight.
Science Jul 13U.S., China, U.A.E to send fleet of spacecrafts to Mars
Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. The U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates are sending spacecraft to Mars in quick succession beginning this week.
Science Jul 10Newly discovered comet is lighting up Earth’s sky
Neowise swept within Mercury’s orbit a week ago and now is headed our way, with closest approach in two weeks.
Science Jul 01NASA delays Mars rover launch again with 2 weeks left to fly
The good news is that NASA is working to eke out more time in this summer's launch opportunity, now lasting until at least Aug. 15. The chance to fly to Mars comes up only every 26 months, when Earth and…
Science Jun 17NASA’s next Mars rover honors medical teams fighting virus
With just another month until liftoff, the space agency on Wednesday revealed a commemorative plate attached to the rover, aptly named Perseverance.