Bright, young pulsar spotted by Fermi

Bright, young pulsar spotted by Fermi

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The Fermi space telescope has spotted a powerful millisecond pulsar that is only 25 million years old, a team of U.S. and international scientists said.
Huge iceberg forming off Antarctica

Huge iceberg forming off Antarctica

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A giant iceberg forming in West Antarctica is being monitored and is expected to break off from its parent glacier in the next few months, NASA researchers say.

Russian supply craft docks with space lab

GREENBELT, Md., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A new Russian resupply craft arrived at the International Space Station and docked with it Wednesday morning, NASA said.
Study: Mars life more likely underground

Study: Mars life more likely underground

PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- NASA says a study of Mars data gathered over years by orbiters suggests if life ever existed on the red planet it was mostly underground.

Effect of large asteroid impact described

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Although a large asteroid will safely miss Earth when it passes next week, a U.S. researcher says he's estimated what would happen if it hit the planet.

NASA working to create tractor beams

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Tractor beams, a staple of science fiction, may someday become a technology for collecting extraterrestrial particle samples, U.S. space agency scientists say.
Boeing to create space capsule in Florida

Boeing to create space capsule in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Boeing Co. will manufacture its CST-100 spacecraft for launches to the International Space Station in Florida under an agreement with NASA, the agency says.

U.S. launches prototype satellite

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The United States has launched a prototype weather satellite, the first of a much-needed new generation of weather and climate satellites, officials said.
Rate of merges between galaxies studied

Rate of merges between galaxies studied

BALTIMORE, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Hubble Space Telescope images and computer simulations have pinned down the rate at which smaller galaxies merge to form bigger ones, U.S. astronomers say.
Large asteroid to be studied in Earth pass

Large asteroid to be studied in Earth pass

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A giant asteroid that could threaten Earth in the distant future will pass close enough for Earth observatories to study and measure it, astronomers say.

Hurricane Rina cancels space simulation mission

KEY LARGO, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- NASA says an underwater deep-space mission simulation exercise off the coast of Florida has been scrapped because of the approach of Hurricane Rina.

Northrop UAVs set for hurricane monitoring

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman reports that U.S. environmental scientists will use its unmanned NASA Global Hawks to prepare for future hurricane seasons.
Calif. woman says moon rock is hers

Calif. woman says moon rock is hers

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A 74-year-old California woman NASA claims was illegally trying to sell a moon rock for $1.7 million says the rock is rightfully hers.
New insights made in old supernova

New insights made in old supernova

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A NASA space telescope has provided evidence why a supernova recorded by observers 2,000 years ago occurred and why it spread so far and fast, astronomers say.
Planets may be forming around distant star

Planets may be forming around distant star

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A new image of spiral arms in the gas and dust around a sun-like star may provide clues to the presence of embedded but as-yet-unseen planets, NASA says.
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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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