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Elk Grove Students Get Close Encounter With NASA Astronauts In Orbit

Floating in zero gravity and orbiting the earth at speeds of more than 17,000 miles an hour, NASA commander Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman were hoping to inspire the students to greater heights.

08/27/2014

NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned with particles collected from this comet, named Wild 2. (Credti: JPL/NASA)

Specks Returned From Space May Be Alien Visitors

There may be itsy-bitsy aliens among us.

08/14/2014

The Delta II rocket blasting off early Wednesday morning. (Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA Launches Carbon Satellite After 2009 Failure

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.

07/02/2014

File photo of a Delta II rocket launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

California Launch Of NASA Carbon-Monitoring Satellite Delayed Until 3 P.M. Wednesday

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.

07/01/2014

A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. (NASA/JPL/CalTech)

NASA Uses Balloon To Launch ‘Flying Saucer’

Engineers are testing the technology that may one day put humans on Mars.

06/28/2014

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduces SpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Elon Musk Unveils Spacecraft To Ferry Astronauts

SpaceX founder says the cone-headed spaceship called the Dragon V2 is a huge leap forward in technology.

05/29/2014

The expected area where the May Camelopardalids can be seen come Friday evening. (Credit: NASA)

NASA: New Meteor Shower Could Rival Perseids

It could rival the famed Perseid meteor shower from later in the summer, or it could be a dud. But, NASA scientists are nonetheless excited about a new meteor shower that could light up the skies Friday evening.

05/22/2014

The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. (Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

Astronomers Spot Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected – a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life.

04/17/2014

SPACE, SPACE:  Saturn's atmosphere is prominently shown(R) in this 19 August, 2004 NASA Cassini image, with the rings emerging from behind the planet at upper right. The two moons on the left of the image are Mimas and Enceladus. This image was taken 8.5 million kilometers (5.3 million miles) from Saturn.  The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. AFP PHOTO/NASA/JPL  (Photo credit: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

Vast Ocean Found Beneath Ice Of Saturn Moon

Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s little moon Enceladus.

04/03/2014

(Photo by NASA/NOAA via Getty Images)

NASA Measures Snowpack In California

The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff.

03/26/2014

2013 was the driest calendar year on record for the state. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

NASA Turns Research To California Drought

NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state’s record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.

02/25/2014

Beyonce Hosts A Screening Of "Live At Roseland: The Elements Of 4"

NASA Responds To Beyonce’s Use Of Challenger Accident Sample

NASA officials say the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger accident “should never be trivialized” in response to a new song from Beyonce that features an audio sample recorded just after tragedy struck.

01/01/2014

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