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In this image released by NASA, a Delta 2 rocket with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

NASA launches carbon satellite after 2009 failure

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta […]

07/02/2014

This April 15, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the lifting of NASA's OCO-2's Delta II Launch Vehicle. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA scrubs launch of carbon-monitoring satellite

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A failure in ground equipment has postponed the launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change. A Delta 2 […]

07/01/2014

This May 15, 2014, artist concept rendering provided by NASA shows their Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. The OCO-2, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Delta II rocket on July 1, 2014. OCO-2 is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va., built the spacecraft and provides mission operations under JPL's leadership. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket. […]

06/30/2014

This artist concept rendering provided by NASA shows their Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. The OCO-2, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Delta II rocket on July 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket. The […]

06/29/2014

This image taken from video provided by NASA shows the launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying this saucer-shaped vehicle for NASA, Saturday June 28, 2014 in Kauai, Hawaii. Saturday's experimental flight high in Earth's atmosphere is testing technology that could be used to land on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

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NASA launches Mars ‘flying saucer’ on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After several weather delays, NASA on Saturday launched a helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle high in Earth’s atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. Since […]

06/28/2014

This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA to test Mars ‘flying saucer’ vehicle on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA flying saucer designed to test Mars lander technology could be launched on Earth this weekend. The space agency says Saturday marks the opening of a launch window for the […]

06/25/2014

This undated handout two-picture combo of artist conceptions provided by NASA/JPL Caltech shows what NASA says are good candidates for a mission to capture an asteroid, haul it to the moon for astronauts to visit. One prime candidate swung close by Earth in 2011 so astronomers know its size, about 20 feet, mass and density, but they don’t really know what it looks like. These images are two different artist conceptions of what the lightweight asteroid could look like, either a pile of small rocks flying together in formation, left, or a larger porous rock with pebbles surrounding it, right.  (AP Photo/NASA/JPL Caltech)

Rock that whizzed by Earth may be grabbed by NASA

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: A tiny asteroid that whizzed about […]

06/19/2014

This undated image provided by NASA shows a saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kekaha on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawaii. The vehicle, part of the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range scheduled for June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA postpones Mars ‘flying saucer’ test on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bad weather is preventing NASA from launching a “flying saucer” into Earth’s atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. The space agency postponed a launch Wednesday […]

06/11/2014

This April 23, 2014 image provided by NASA shows NASA’s saucer-shaped experimental flight vehicle being prepared for a Range Compatibility Test at the at the U.S Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kekaha on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawaii. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA will test LDSD in Hawaii

NASA is just waiting to see which way the wind is blowing before it sends up a flying saucer to test technologies on Earth that could someday come into play for landings on Mars. The […]

06/03/2014

This April 17, 2014 image provided by NASA shows workmen unloading a saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, at the U.S Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kekaha on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawaii. The engineering test flight of this vehicle is scheduled for June 3, 2014. The saucer will be boosted to high altitudes via balloon and rocket, before releasing an inflatable doughnut-shaped tube and an enormous supersonic parachute -- possible landing technologies for future Mars missions.(AP Photo/NASA)

NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads […]

06/03/2014

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