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NASA to probe why Mars lost its atmosphere

NASA said Monday it is on track to launch its Maven probe to Mars next month to find out why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere.

NASA to probe why Mars lost its atmosphere
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Chinese no longer banned from NASA astronomy meet

Six Chinese scientists who were banned from a NASA astronomy conference are now welcome to register, resolving an international row over academic discrimination.

Chinese no longer banned from NASA astronomy meet
Space 'graveyard' reveals bits of an Earth-like planet
Space 'graveyard' reveals bits of an Earth-like planet

Astronomers have autopsied a distant, broken apart planet and revealed signs of water and a rocky surface together for the first time, delighting scientists on the hunt for alien life.

Space 'graveyard' reveals bits of an Earth-like planet
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. ©Reuters/Robert Galbraith
NASA vows to review ban on Chinese astronomers

The US space agency Thursday vowed to reconsider the applications of Chinese scientists who were denied access to a NASA conference on security grounds.

NASA vows to review ban on Chinese astronomers
NASA ban on Chinese scientists 'inaccurate': lawmaker
NASA ban on Chinese scientists 'inaccurate': lawmaker

A controversial decision by NASA to bar Chinese scientists from a conference on exoplanets next month was deemed "inaccurate" Tuesday by the US congressman who wrote the law.

NASA ban on Chinese scientists 'inaccurate': lawmaker
NASA's Mars Curiosity. ©Reuters/NASA/Handout
Life on Mars hopes fade after rover findings: study

Hopes of finding life on Mars suffered a setback after new findings from NASA's Curiosity rover detected only trace amounts of methane gas in the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Life on Mars hopes fade after rover findings: study
NASA's Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system
NASA's Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system

Never before has a human-built spacecraft traveled so far. NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system and is wandering the galaxy.

NASA's Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system
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NASA launches spacecraft to study Moon atmosphere

NASA launched an unmanned spacecraft Friday that aims to study the Moon's atmosphere, the US space agency's third lunar probe in five years.

NASA launches spacecraft to study Moon atmosphere
Perseid meteoroids to produce great balls of fire
Perseid meteoroids to produce great balls of fire

Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular fireball show early next week when Earth hits a belt of comet debris known as the Perseids.

Perseid meteoroids to produce great balls of fire
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. ©REUTERS/NASA
Mars rover hoping to yield more secrets, one year on

The dazzling success of NASA's rover Curiosity has paved the way for a human conquest of Mars, scientists say, almost one year after the groundbreaking probe first touched down on the Red Planet.

Mars rover hoping to yield more secrets, one year on
NASA finds new moon on Neptune
NASA finds new moon on Neptune

A tiny new moon has been spotted circling Neptune -- the 14th known to be orbiting the faraway planet.

NASA finds new moon on Neptune
NASA's next Mars rover will advance hunt for past life
NASA's next Mars rover will advance hunt for past life

The next robotic rover to explore Mars in 2020 should scour the surface of the red planet more closely than ever for signs of past life.

NASA's next Mars rover will advance hunt for past life
New technique finetunes quest for life on other worlds
New technique finetunes quest for life on other worlds

European astronomers said on Friday they had devised a technique to detect water in the atmosphere of planets orbiting other stars.

New technique finetunes quest for life on other worlds
NASA tests Mars rover prototype in Chile
NASA tests Mars rover prototype in Chile

NASA scientists said Friday they were testing a prototype of a robot the US space agency hopes to send to Mars in 2020 in Chile's Atacama desert.

NASA tests Mars rover prototype in Chile
Warm ocean water melting Antarctic ice from bottom
Warm ocean water melting Antarctic ice from bottom

Warming ocean waters are melting the Antarctic ice shelves from the bottom up, researchers said Thursday in the first comprehensive study of the thick platforms of floating ice.

Warm ocean water melting Antarctic ice from bottom
International trio takes shortcut to space station
International trio takes shortcut to space station

An international trio flying in a Russian capsule docked the International Space Station on Wednesday with a busy schedule full of space walks and an encounter with a pioneering US cargo craft.

International trio takes shortcut to space station
Shrinking glaciers behind a third of sea-level rise: study
Shrinking glaciers behind a third of sea-level rise: study

Water from the world's shrinking glaciers was responsible for almost a third of the rise in sea levels between 2003 and 2009.

Shrinking glaciers behind a third of sea-level rise: study
ISS crew ready for spacewalk after 'serious' ammonia leak
ISS crew ready for spacewalk after 'serious' ammonia leak

The ISS crew were preparing for an emergency spacewalk to fix a "very serious" leak of ammonia from the orbiting laboratory's power system seeping into space.

ISS crew ready for spacewalk after 'serious' ammonia leak
Orbital Sciences ready for first launch of Antares rocket
Orbital Sciences ready for first launch of Antares rocket

Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, is preparing for the first launch of its Antares rocket Wednesday.

Orbital Sciences ready for first launch of Antares rocket
NASA Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch
NASA Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch

NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, is back on active status Tuesday, after a memory glitch set the robot back.

NASA Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch