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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.

NASA to change private spacecraft plans

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- NASA says planned changes in the next stage of a program to develop privately operated U.S. spacecraft will give it more flexibility amid funding uncertainties.

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Smallest-known black hole observed

Smallest-known black hole observed

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Astronomers say data from a U.S. X-ray satellite has revealed the "heartbeat" of the smallest-known black hole.

Spacecraft on way to Mars begins work

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- NASA says its Mars-bound Curiosity rover has already begun science experiments, monitoring space radiation during its eight-month trip to the Red Planet.
NASA lookes at 'harpooning' comet samples

NASA lookes at 'harpooning' comet samples

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- NASA says it is working on the design of a "harpoon" that would be fired from a spacecraft into the head of a comet to collect and retrieve samples.
N.Y. museum takes title to space shuttle

N.Y. museum takes title to space shuttle

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- NASA says it has officially transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.

NASA launches 'Third Rock' radio station

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- NASA says it will showcase its mission of discovery and exploration in a custom-produced Internet music radio station aimed at tech-savvy young adults.
Moon glows in shades of red during eclipse

Moon glows in shades of red during eclipse

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The moon glowed in shades of orange and red on the U.S. West Coast early Saturday during the total lunar eclipse, officials said.

SpaceX capsule readied for NASA test

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- NASA says the launch of Space Exploration Technologies' second Dragon spacecraft demonstration flight is set for February, pending completion of final reviews.
Spacecraft to observe two Saturn moons

Spacecraft to observe two Saturn moons

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- NASA says its Cassini spacecraft is set to make its closest swoop over Saturn's moon Dione and will also scrutinize Titan, the ringed planet's largest moon.
Total lunar eclipse will be colorful one

Total lunar eclipse will be colorful one

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Sky watchers in Asia, Australia and on the U.S. West Coast will get a view of a total eclipse of the moon Saturday morning.

Russia may join European Mars mission

MOSCOW, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Russia could become a full partner in a planned U.S.-European Mars exploration mission, a European Space Agency spokesman said.

Failed Mars probe to fall to Earth

MOSCOW, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Russian spacecraft that failed to head for Mars after its November launch will fall back to Earth Jan. 9, experts said.

Britain to build satellite for Europe

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Britain says it will build a satellite for Europe to monitor a range of chemicals from protective gases like ozone to damaging pollutants like sulphur dioxide.
Satellites show changing vegetation norms

Satellites show changing vegetation norms

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists say satellite data show 20 years of warming temperatures in Quebec have resulted in an increase in the amount of shrubs and grasses.

Study of ancient climate yields warning

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Earth's paleoclimate history suggests rapid climate changes, including sea level rise, may occur if global warming is not abated, U.S. researchers say.
Mars rover finds more evidence of water

Mars rover finds more evidence of water

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Opportunity Mars rover has found powerful evidence of liquid water activity on the planet's surface, NASA says.
Images of 'vampire' star captured

Images of 'vampire' star captured

MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- European astronomers say they've obtained the best visual images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a "vampire" companion.

Shuttle commander to leave NASA

HOUSTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The commander of NASA's final space shuttle flight says he is leaving the agency after an 11-year stint at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Search for alien life resumes

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The search for extraterrestrial intelligence, on hold since April for lack of funds, has resumed, astronomers in California say.
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