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56-Year-Old NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Is The Oldest Woman In Space

By Meera Dolasia on November 28, 2016
56-Year-Old NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Is The Oldest Woman In Space

On November 19, after two days aboard a Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, NASA’s Peggy Whitson, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and rookie ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, docked at the International Space Station (ISS). In doing so, America’s most experienced female astronaut became the oldest woman in space, breaking the former record set by Barbara Morgan who reached the ISS at age 55.

NASA's $8.7 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Will Help Unlock The Universe's Secrets

By Kim Bussing on November 16, 2016
NASA's $8.7 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Will Help Unlock The Universe's Secrets

The Hubble Space Telescope that has been orbiting the Earth since 1990, has and continues to reveal the secrets of planets, stars, and galaxies that lie trillions of miles away. In 2018, it will finally be retired and replaced by the larger, and more powerful, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The announcement, made by NASA on November 2, culminates a 20-year quest to build a state of the art telescope that cost $8.7 billion and required the construction of new assembly and testing facilities

Dutch Scientists Declare "Martian" And "Lunar" Crops Safe For Earthlings

By Kim Bussing on September 1, 2016
Dutch Scientists Declare "Martian" And "Lunar" Crops Safe For Earthlings

It may appear strange to hear that crops are making headlines. But this is no ordinary produce — these fruits and vegetables have been grown in simulated Martian and lunar soil! While that in itself makes them special, what makes this batch even more so is that it is safe for human consumption!

"Twin" Comets Make Historic Back-To-Back Near-Earth Flybys

By Kim Bussing on March 27, 2016
"Twin" Comets Make Historic Back-To-Back Near-Earth Flybys

This past week was an exciting one for astronomy fans. That's because two comets — 252P and the P/2016 BA14 — were scheduled to make their closest approach to Earth, back-to-back. The icy celestial bodies did not disappoint.

NASA Says 'Eerie' Sounds Heard By Apollo 10 Astronauts Was Radio Interference, Not Alien Music

By Kim Bussing on March 6, 2016
NASA Says 'Eerie' Sounds Heard By Apollo 10 Astronauts Was Radio Interference, Not Alien Music

On May 18, 1969, NASA astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Apollo 10 lunar module, the fourth manned mission in the US Apollo Space program and only the second after Apollo 8 to orbit the moon. Its mission was to circle the moon and thoroughly test the components and procedures to pave the way for the first lunar landing. The mission went flawlessly and without incident — At least that's what everyone believed.

The Quest To Find A Solution To Clean Space Junk Continues

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on January 28, 2016
The Quest To Find A Solution To Clean Space Junk Continues

When humans began Space exploration about 55 years ago, they had no intention of leaving behind equipment that had served its purpose. It could after all, easily fall to Earth and harm innocent people. But that fear subsided in 1964 when American research satellite Vanguard 1 continued to rotate in orbit even after it had lost all contact with ground scientists. Since then researchers have become increasingly comfortable about leaving trash behind.

Caltech Scientists Find Evidence Of A Massive Ninth Planet In Our Solar System

By Meera Dolasia on January 23, 2016
Caltech Scientists Find Evidence Of A Massive Ninth Planet In Our Solar System

When Pluto was demoted to dwarf status in 2006 we were left with a mere eight planets in our solar system. Now Planetary Astronomy Professor Mike Brown, the researcher responsible for 'killing' Pluto may have redeemed himself with the discovery of a massive ninth planet - One he believes is worthy of being added to the elite group of eight.

Blue Origin Makes History With Successful Launch And Landing Of Reusable Rocket

By Kavi Dolasia on November 30, 2015
Blue Origin Makes History With Successful Launch And Landing Of Reusable Rocket

Space travel has come a long way since Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth in 1961. However, the one thing that has eluded scientists thus far is a rocket that can be used multiple times. Though that may not sound like a big deal, it is for companies that want to make sub-orbital travel available to everyone. That's because a large proportion of the cost goes towards building the rocket which only flies once. It is therefore no wonder that Blue Origin's successful launch and landing of the world's first reusable rocket is causing such excitement.

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