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September 21, 2012 | 10:58 am

Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies by KQED

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We here at KQED ran to the roof this morning to watch the space shuttle Endeavour fly around San Francisco. It looped around the building twice at 10:30 a.m. before heading down along the coast to Southern California. The actual space shuttle is hitched atop a 747 airliner for it’s final flight. It’s ultimately headed […]

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August 6, 2012 | 2:10 pm

Postcards from Mars: NASA Displays Images From the Curiosity Rover

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NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed successfully on Mars Sunday night, has started beaming back its first photos. The Ames center in Mountain View designed  the robot’s chemical and mineralogy (CheMin) instrument and made other key contributions. NASA engineers, who were nervous about the difficult landing, celebrate in this Associated Press video.

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August 6, 2012 | 8:30 am

NASA Rover Curiosity Lands on Mars

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by Alicia Chang PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

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NASA Robot Approaches Mars

August 2, 2012 | 3:37 pm

NASA Robot Approaches Mars

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If all goes well, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, NASA’s Curiosity Lander will touch down on the surface of Mars, ending a 352-million-mile journey that began last November. That’s a big “if.” NASA engineers have half-jokingly referred to the landing as the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” referring to the time it’ll take Curiosity […]

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

December 20, 2011 | 2:31 pm

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

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NASA scientists, including astronomers from NASA Ames and UC Berkeley, today announced they’ve discovered two rocky planets, each about the same size as Earth, orbiting a star almost 1,000 light years away. The Kepler project uses a space-based telescope to constantly monitor some 200,000 stars in the Milky Way system. Based on tiny flickerings of […]

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NASA’s New Mars “Curiosity” Rover Launching Saturday

November 23, 2011 | 10:31 am

NASA’s New Mars “Curiosity” Rover Launching Saturday

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NASA’s newest astrobiology mission to Mars called the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, November 26th. The one hour and 43 minute launch window opens at 10:02 a.m. EST. It’s been more than eight years since NASA has sent a rover to explore […]

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NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

October 31, 2011 | 11:14 am

NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

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Listen to the audio version of this story The new SOFIA observatory isn’t your average NASA project. Engineers took a 30-year old 747 airplane, cut a hole in the side and installed a 17-ton telescope. Most telescopes are either on the ground or somewhere in orbit, but SOFIA falls somewhere in the middle, flying around […]

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July 8, 2011 | 7:38 am

Video Replay: Launch of Last Space Shuttle Mission

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The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off this morning, embarking on NASA’s last shuttle mission. Here’s a replay of the launch from ABC News: Live mission coverage from NASA:

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Cosmic Explosions Show the Way to the Farthest Reaches of the Universe

May 25, 2011 | 4:28 pm

Cosmic Explosions Show the Way to the Farthest Reaches of the Universe

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Put on your Spock ears, star gazers. An explosion in what may be one of the oldest galaxies in the universe is making headlines today. Back in 2009, NASA’s Swift Satellite captured a gamma-ray burst an estimated 13.14 billion light years away. That’s much farther than any previously known galaxy, quasar, or other celestial object. […]

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January 10, 2011 | 11:10 am

NASA Mission Detects ‘Earth-Like’ Planet

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NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View says that the agency’s Kepler mission, dedicated to locating planets orbiting stars other than our sun, has found its first rocky planet. That makes it a cousin of sorts to our favorite planet, Earth, which is also rocky (as opposed to gaseous, like Jupiter, Saturn, and the hundreds […]

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