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Three astronauts return to Earth from ISS: official

Three astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space early Saturday, aboard a Russian capsule which landed on the freezing Kazakhstan steppe.

Three astronauts return to Earth from ISS: official
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NASA's Curiosity rover to be back online next week

NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, should be running at full capacity next week, after a memory glitch set the robot back.

NASA's Curiosity rover to be back online next week
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Rover finds gray rock beneath Red Planet's surface

So much for Mars being "The Red Planet."

Rover finds gray rock beneath Red Planet's surface
NASA scrambles for better asteroid detection
NASA scrambles for better asteroid detection

NASA, universities and private groups in the US are working on asteroid warning systems that can detect objects from space like the one that struck Russia last week with a blinding flash and mighty boom.

NASA scrambles for better asteroid detection
Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday
Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday

NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.

Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday
US launches Earth observation satellite
US launches Earth observation satellite

The United States launched its latest Earth observation satellite Monday, enhancing an array of orbiting eyes that help with everything from climate change study to urban planning.

US launches Earth observation satellite
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Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.

Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth
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NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record

After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA's huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data.

NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record
US scientists find evidence of ancient Martian lake
US scientists find evidence of ancient Martian lake

A US spacecraft orbiting Mars has provided evidence of an ancient crater lake fed by groundwater, adding further support to theories that the Red Planet may once have hosted life.

US scientists find evidence of ancient Martian lake
US, Europe team up for moon fly-by
US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

The US and European space agencies announced a new partnership Wednesday pairing a European cargo module with NASA's Orion space capsule, which aims to take astronauts into deep space.

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by
Mars rover readies first rock drilling
Mars rover readies first rock drilling

The Mars rover Curiosity will soon begin to drill into the Red Planet for the first time, mission officials said Tuesday ahead of the highly anticipated endeavor.

Mars rover readies first rock drilling
'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study
'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study

The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study out Monday that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours.

'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study
'Black Beauty' could yield Martian secrets
'Black Beauty' could yield Martian secrets

A fist-sized meteorite nicknamed "Black Beauty" could unlock vital clues to the evolution of Mars from the warm and wet place it once was to its current cold and dry state.

'Black Beauty' could yield Martian secrets
NASA probes set to smash into Moon
NASA probes set to smash into Moon

NASA will smash two tiny probes into the Moon on Monday after they spent months gathering data from orbit miles above the lunar surface.

NASA probes set to smash into Moon
Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies
Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope is giving scientists a look at the oldest galaxies ever seen, dating back some 13.3 billion years -- providing a glimpse into how the cosmos must have looked right after the Big Bang.

Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies
Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals
Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals

NASA suffers from a "mismatch" between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul.

Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals
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NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020

NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020 as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet, the US space agency said Tuesday.

NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020
Large ice deposits found on Mercury: scientists
Large ice deposits found on Mercury: scientists

Scientists Thursday announced new evidence that Mercury, the planet orbiting nearest the Sun, hosts massive caches of ice and revealed new information on how water reached our solar system's inner planets.

Large ice deposits found on Mercury: scientists
Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings
Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings

NASA downplayed Wednesday talk of a major discovery by its Martian rover after remarks by the mission chief raised hopes it may have unearthed evidence life once existed on the Red Planet.

Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings
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SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission

The unmanned SpaceX capsule made a safe splashdown in the Pacific Sunday after successfully delivering its first commercial payload to the International Space Station.

SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission