High schoolers launch balloon project

PARKLAND, Fla., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A group of Florida high school students say they launched a camera-equipped balloon intended to reach the stratosphere but lost contact with it on re-entry.
Canaveral has busy 2012 launch schedule

Canaveral has busy 2012 launch schedule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The director of Florida's Cape Canaveral rocket range says a busy 2012 launch schedule is proof there's life after the end of NASA's shuttle program.
Hubble finds most distant galaxy cluster

Hubble finds most distant galaxy cluster

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope has observed a cluster of developing galaxies, the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early universe.

Study: 2011 was ninth-warmest in 33 years

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say 2011 was the ninth-warmest year on record in 33 years of satellite measurements of temperature readings for almost all regions of Earth.
Mars rover to settle in for long winter

Mars rover to settle in for long winter

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- NASA says its Opportunity Mars rover will spend its fifth martian winter working at a location informally named "Greeley Haven."

Second GRAIL spacecraft enters lunar orbit

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The second of two U.S. spacecraft sent to study the moon has completed its main engine burn and entered lunar orbit, NASA said.
Twin spacecraft prepare for lunar orbits

Twin spacecraft prepare for lunar orbits

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- NASA says twin spacecraft sent to study the moon from crust to core are preparing for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day main-engine burns to enter lunar orbit.
New island rising from Red Sea

New island rising from Red Sea

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- NASA satellites have confirmed ground observations of a new island rising from volcanic activity in the Red Sea, the space agency said.

Global drop in groundwater levels seen

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say gravity-monitoring satellites have recorded drops in groundwater levels in many places across the globe during the past nine years.
NASA releases 'close-ups' of asteroid

NASA releases 'close-ups' of asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- NASA says its Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta from its closest approach to the object yet.
Cassini delivers Saturn holiday pictures

Cassini delivers Saturn holiday pictures

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- NASA says its Cassini spacecraft has delivered some holiday gifts in the form of stunning new images of the planet Saturn and its varied moons.
Space telescope mirrors pass 'chill' test

Space telescope mirrors pass 'chill' test

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- NASA says it has completed cryogenic testing in Alabama for the final six primary mirror segments that will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope.

Jammer pod in wind tunnel tests

CLIFTON, N.J., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A next-generation pod for electronic jamming equipment for the U.S. Navy's EA-18G aircraft has undergone wind tunnel testing by ITT Exelis and Boeing.

New findings on Pluto's surface announced

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say instruments aboard the Hubble Space Telescope have found evidence of complex molecules on the surface to Pluto.
NASA to hold alien planet briefing

NASA to hold alien planet briefing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Earth-like planets outside the solar system will help humanity know its place in the galaxy, the U.S. space agency said ahead of an alien-planet news briefing.
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A Delta II rocket launches with the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft payload from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. on Friday, October 28, 2011. NPP is the first NASA satellite mission to address the challenge of acquiring a wide range of land, ocean, and atmospheric measurements for Earth system science while simultaneously preparing to address operational requirements for weather forecasting. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an executive branch agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006, NASA's self-described mission statement is to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research." [5] On September 14, 2011, NASA announced that it had selected the design of a new Space Launch System that it said would take the agency's astronauts farther into space than ever before and provide the cornerstone for future human space exploration efforts by the U.S.[6][7][8] NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, replacing its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The agency became operational on October 1, 1958.[9][10] U.S. space exploration efforts have since been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is developing the manned Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches. NASA science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System,[11] advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program,[12] exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic missions such as New Horizons,[13] and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs.[14] NASA shares data with various national and international organizations such as from the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite.

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