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A huge asteroid named Florence is zipping by Earth today, but don't freak out

A huge asteroid named Florence is zipping by Earth today, but don't freak out A huge asteroid with an old-fashioned name is passing by Earth today, but don't worry.The asteroid known as Florence — named for Florence Nightingale, of course — is about 2.

Trump's nominee for NASA administrator is really into the moon

Trump's nominee for NASA administrator is really into the moon James Bridenstine is ready to take America back to the moon.With Donald Trump's Friday announcement that he intends to nominate the Oklahoma representative as administrator of NASA, Bridenstine is one step closer to his moon dreams.

Watch NASA record-breaker Peggy Whitson return to Earth

Watch NASA record-breaker Peggy Whitson return to Earth Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has finally returned to Earth, closing the book on a chapter of space history that will provide inspiration for many for years to come.The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft landed safely near Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, carrying Whitson as well as commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, and NASA flight engineer Jack Fischer.

Meet the female astronaut making record-breaking space history

Meet the female astronaut making record-breaking space history After spending 288 days on her latest mission, record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has finally returned to Earth, closing the book on a chapter of space history that will provide inspiration for many for years to come.Whitson, 57, has been on three different missions and it all accumulates to 665 days – nearly two years – longer than any American has ever cruised outside of Earth ever.

Astronomers Will Photograph Asteroid Probe During Earth Flyby

Astronomers Will Photograph Asteroid Probe During Earth Flyby NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe is currently on its way to an asteroid to do some very cool science, but it has to make a quick stop by Earth first.As the probe executes a flyby of its home planet in the next few weeks, astronomers around the world will be watching the sky to get one last look at OSIRIS-REx before it heads off to the asteroid Bennu.

Sun fires off 3 huge flares, including strongest in a decade

Sun fires off 3 huge flares, including strongest in a decade 3 flare — was the most powerful flare we've seen in more than 10 years.2 flare shot out just before the X9 flare on Wednesday, and an X1.

Powerful Solar Flare Wreaks Havoc On GPS Systems

Powerful Solar Flare Wreaks Havoc On GPS Systems Earlier this week Earth got slammed by the largest solar flare in 12 years.The classification system used for solar activity follows a relatively simple lettering order, followed by a number to denote specific strength.

New astronaut photo shows Hurricane Irma's true scale from space

New astronaut photo shows Hurricane Irma's true scale from space It must be a strange kind of feeling to be up in space and looking down at a hurricane swirling far below.A new photo shared on Twitter by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik shows off that beauty, while also revealing the true scale of Hurricane Irma.

NASA Funds Ultra-Thin Spacecraft for Clearing Space Junk

NASA Funds Ultra-Thin Spacecraft for Clearing Space Junk Various solutions to the problem have been suggested, but The Aerospace Corporation says its Brane Craft will be able to deal with space debris efficiently.The Brane Craft was originally funded by NASA in 2016 as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.

Powerful Hurricane Irma Strips Caribbean Islands of Color

Powerful Hurricane Irma Strips Caribbean Islands of Color Images captured by NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite show Irma’s impact on the British and U.“The most obvious change is the widespread browning of the landscape,” according to Kathryn Hansen, science writer at NASA’s Earth Observatory.

NASA's Cassini Probe Will Collide With Saturn This Friday

NASA's Cassini Probe Will Collide With Saturn This Friday We’re mere days away from the end of NASA’s Cassini mission.The spacecraft has been exploring Saturn and its entourage of moons for more than a decade, but the time has come to execute the “Grand Finale.

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system For the past 13 years, a bus-sized spacecraft named Cassini has quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system.The Cassini mission — a $3.

The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons

The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons But as with all things involving spaceflight, the reason for Cassini's collision course with Saturn is nothing if not practical.This means that the probe could smash into one of the planet's potentially habitable moons.

We won't know about Cassini's death at Saturn until 83 minutes after it happens

We won't know about Cassini's death at Saturn until 83 minutes after it happens One minute after the Cassini spacecraft plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, it will die, but we won't know it until 83 minutes later.The final signal NASA scientists receive from Cassini will be a ghostly cry from a long-gone spacecraft.

Cassini sent back its final Saturn photos, and we're not crying, you are

Cassini sent back its final Saturn photos, and we're not crying, you are The Cassini spacecraft is now feeling the inexorable tug of Saturn's gravity as the bus-sized spacecraft is being pulled down into the giant planet's cloud tops.Other photos show Titan's hazy atmosphere for the last time from close range.

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn "We have loss of signal," the flight director for the mission said, as Cassini's final dispatch from Saturn ended.Scientists have been planning to send Cassini into Saturn's atmosphere for some time.

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System To-date, this has been the only successful probe landing in the outer solar system.But we weren’t necessarily counting on all the surprise beauty shots that Cassini captured of Saturn and its surroundings.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up to Study Kuiper Belt

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up to Study Kuiper Belt More than three and a half billion miles away, NASA’s New Horizons probe has woken up from its long slumber, ready to take on a new mission in the outer reaches of the solar system.Now it’s on toward other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), which could tell us even more about the solar system than Pluto did.

HPE’s Spaceborne mputer successfully powers up in space

HPE’s Spaceborne mputer successfully powers up in space It’s been one month since the SpaceX CRS-12 rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 14, sending HPE’s Spaceborne Computer to the International Space Station (ISS).It has been a long month for us, HPE’s Spaceborne Computer engineers, as we waited for an update from NASA on when we would be scheduled to power on the system in space.