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Liftoff of the LADEE spacecraft at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on September 6, 2013. The spacecraft was built at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. (NASA TV)

After Surviving Lunar Eclipse, NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) crashed into the surface of the moon late Thursday night, but controllers are thrilled about the impact after a successful mission studying what little atmosphere the moon has.

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Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and whether to plant or to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round like almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

NASA Deploys Satellites To Help California Analyze Drought

NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state’s record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.

02/25/2014

Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View. (NASA)

Google Subsidiary To Run Moffett Field, Renovate Hangar One

A Google subsidiary has been picked to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the company’s top executives.

02/10/2014

Space Shuttle Columbia Final Launch 1/16/2003 (Credit: NASA)

NASA Ames Observes ‘Day Of Remembrance’ For Astronauts’ Sacrifices

Flags flew at half-staff on Friday at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View as the space agency honored the astronauts who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is an annual “Day of Remembrance.”

01/31/2014

Crew of Space Shuttle Columibia, Killed On Reentry February 1st, 2003 (Credit: NASA)

NASA Begins ‘Day Of Remembrance’ For Columbia, Challenger, Apollo 1 Disasters

Friday, NASA is remembering three dark days in the history of human space flight–the launch pad fire of Apollo 1, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger just after “throttle up,” and the disintegration on reentry of Columbia.

01/30/2014

December 2013 Global Temperatures (Credit: nsstc.uah.edu)

Global Warming Climate Data Shows Polar Vortex, Pacific Heat In 4th Warmest Year On Record

New climate data tracks the depth of the Polar Vortex that plunged the eastern and central U.S. into bitter cold, and the balmy Bay Area conditions.

01/13/2014

Google's search engine. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Audit Finds Google Execs Got Improper Jet Fuel Discounts Worth Millions

A government report has determined a fleet of aircraft owned by Google’s founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million.

12/11/2013

NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View (NASA)

NASA Preparing To Launch 3-D Printer From Silicon Valley Firm Into Space

NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.

09/30/2013

Liftoff of the LADEE spacecraft at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on September 6, 2013. The spacecraft was built at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. (NASA TV)

NASA Spacecraft Built In Mountain View Launched To Explore Moon

An innovative, relatively low-cost spacecraft built in the Bay Area was launched from the Virginia coast late Friday on a mission to study the moon’s ultra-thin atmosphere and the pervasive dust that blankets its cratered surface.

09/06/2013

The SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket.  (CBS)

San Jose Conference Fueling Private Space Industry

The annual New Space Conference has become a center of gravity for the dozens of companies, inventors and enthusiasts who see profits in outer space.

07/25/2013

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