Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid more than 1½ miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance. The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday. […]

05/28/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

NASA Mars rover in safe mode; science halted

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Science experiments by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity have been put on hold as engineers troubleshoot a problem with its computer.

03/01/2013

Hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor reportedly fell, Chelyabinsk, Russia. (AP Photo)

Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,100 injured

MOSCOW (AP) — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

02/15/2013

Asteroid 2012 DA14

Asteroid will buzz Earth – unlike meteor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot asteroid hurtled toward Earth’s backyard, destined to make the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded in Russia just hours before the asteroid was due to zoom past the planet.

02/15/2013

Asteroid 2012 DA14

150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size. WATCH video here.

02/08/2013

Mars: 'Shaler' in 'Glenelg' area

Layered Martian outcrop ‘Shaler’ in ‘Glenelg’ area

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission’s 120th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 7, 2012), to record this view of a rock outcrop informally named “Shaler.”

12/30/2012

Sally Ride, former NASA astronaut (AP Photo)

NASA names moon crash site in honor of Sally Ride

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A pair of NASA spacecraft were deliberately crashed into a mountain near the moon’s north pole on Monday, ending a mission that peered into the lunar interior. NASA then dedicated the site in honor of Sally Ride.

12/17/2012

NASA rover doesn't detect methane on Mars

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say initial sampling of Mars’ atmosphere by the NASA rover Curiosity did not definitively detect methane, a gas that can be a clue to determining if the red planet […]

11/02/2012

Judge's tentative ruling: Employee not let go over intelligent design

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles judge has tentatively ruled against a former computer specialist who sued Jet Propulsion Laboratory alleging he was laid off because he advocated his belief in intelligent design while […]

11/02/2012

NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES (AP) – NASA says the Dawn spacecraft is journeying to its next destination after spending a year at a giant asteroid. The space agency said Wednesday it received a signal from the spacecraft […]

09/05/2012

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