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NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View (NASA)

First Public Tours Of NASA Ames In Nearly 2 Decades, Tickets Available

For the first time in 17 years, NASA Ames Research Center will open its normally well-secured gates to the public, allowing behind the scenes tours of the wind tunnels, laboratories, and even a simulated Martian landscape.

09/02/2014

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space.  (NASA/MSFC)

NASA Funding Powerful Space Rocket Project With Goal Of Reaching Mars In 2030s

Officials say initial phase of the heavy-lift rocket project, known as the Space Launch System Program, will now move from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has done since the creation of the space shuttle. The first generation rocket will be the most powerful ever built, with 130 metric tons of lift, enough to carry an Orion spacecraft beyond low earth orbit.

08/27/2014

Space pioneer and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. (CBS)

Buzz Aldrin Looking At Next Giant Leap; Apollo 11 Hero Has Sights Set On Manned Mission To Mars

Space pioneer and Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. is looking toward the next giant leap, a manned mission to the planet Mars.

07/25/2014

Red Dragon Crew-Carrying Capsule (Credit SpaceX)

NASA Considers Mars Mission With Help Of Tesla’s Elon Musk, While Celebrating 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Moon Landing

45 years ago, America landed a man on the moon, and years from now, NASA and Tesla founder Elon Musk hope to have already landed a man on Mars, using Musk’s SpaceX rocket in a public-private partnership that turns the Apollo program model on its head.

07/16/2014

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StarDate 7/10/2014: Mars And Spica

A bright star and a brighter planet are staging a beautiful encounter in the evening sky. They’re quite close together tonight, and will pass even closer over the next few nights.

07/10/2014

NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

Mars ‘Flying Saucer’ Splashes Down In Pacific After NASA Test

A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings has made a successful rocket ride over the Pacific but its massive descent parachute only partially unfurled.

06/28/2014

Curiosity Wheels

Mars Rover Curiosity Ordered To Drive In Reverse To Spare Damaged Wheels

Transcript of a discussion with Mars rover scientist who reveals that Curiosity’s latest mission has been slowed by suprisingly rough terrain.

06/22/2014

NASA logo (AP)

NASA Sending Experimental Saucer Into Earth’s Atmosphere Above Kauai

Folks in Hawaii should see a flying saucer in the skies above Kauai Thursday morning. It’s a NASA project meant to eventually help land heavy objects on Mars. Up until now parachutes have been used.

06/03/2014

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StarDate 5/29/2014: Looking For Stellar Companions

Most of the stars that you see in the night sky aren’t alone — they consist of two stars or more. They’re so far away, though, that their light merges into a single pinpoint.

05/29/2014

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StarDate 5/16/2014: A Parade Of Planets In The Evening Sky

Four of the five planets that are easily visible to the unaided eye arc across the sky shortly after sunset the next few evenings. One of the planets sinks from sight quickly, but the other three stick around for a while.

05/16/2014

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