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  • The Eclipse..The Weather...and the Tropics

    August 21, 2017 12:52 AM

    The Eclipse: By now it is no secret that we will have a major astronomical event beginning around 12:00 PM on Monday August 21st. The 2017 Eclipse has been widely publicized and there is a plethora of information on the subject. Here in southeast Louisiana we will be treated... more »
  • NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

    August 18, 2017 8:57 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-NASA has launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites. The end of the era came with Friday morning's liftoff of TDRS-M (T-driss-M), the 13th satellite that's part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network. An unmanned Atlas V rocket provided the lift from... more »
  • Eclipse 2017: what to expect, how to view

    August 16, 2017 11:42 AM

    On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, the U.S. will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun. The eclipse will be visible—weather permitting—across all of North America. The entire continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting two to three hours. Anyone within a 70-milewide path that stretches through 14 states... more »
  • SpaceX is about to launch a few tons of research to the International Space Station

    August 14, 2017 10:31 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- SpaceX is about to launch a few tons of research to the International Space Station, plus ice cream. An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off at 12:31 p.m. Monday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of... more »
  • Astronaut breaks record for most time in space by American

    April 24, 2017 10:19 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt. Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an American. That record was set last year by Jeffrey Williams. Whitson... more »
  • Space station supply ship at launch pad honors John Glenn

    April 18, 2017 9:53 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - One of NASA's delivery services is paying tribute to John Glenn, as it gets set to launch supplies to the International Space Station. A mighty Atlas rocket is providing Tuesday's lift, just as it did for Glenn 55 years ago. The unmanned rocket is poised to blast... more »
  • Family gathers for private send-off of astronaut John Glenn

    April 6, 2017 11:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Family and invited guests have gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to say their final goodbyes to astronaut and Sen. John Glenn. Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, died Dec. 8 at age 95. He was mourned and celebrated at public events in his home state of Ohio... more »
  • Astronaut John Glenn to be interred at Arlington Cemetery

    April 5, 2017 11:26 AM

    COLUMBUS - Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn will take place Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. His family and invited guests, including astronauts and dignitaries, will say goodbye to the first American to orbit Earth at a private service at the Old Post Chapel beginning at 9 a.m. The... more »
  • Spacewalking astronauts lose piece of shielding

    March 30, 2017 11:16 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Spacewalking astronauts have lost an important piece of shielding needed for the International Space Station. The cloth bundle floated away Thursday midway through a spacewalk by Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough. Whitson immediately reported the mishap to Mission Control, which tracked the item as it drifted away.... more »
  • Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot

    March 24, 2017 8:01 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronauts have ventured out on a spacewalk to prep the International Space Station for a new parking spot. NASA's Shane Kimbrough and France's Thomas Pesquet floated out the hatch Friday morning. Their main job 250 miles up involves disconnecting an old docking port. This port needs to... more »
  • Trump signs bill authorizing NASA funding, Mars exploration

    March 21, 2017 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a NASA goal. The new law also authorizes $19.5 billion in space agency funding for the 2018 budget year, which starts Oct. 1. Trump recently sent Congress a budget proposal that authorizes $19.1... more »
  • Legos ready to blast off with 'Women of NASA' set

    March 1, 2017 5:01 PM

    The women behind the NASA space program have made the big screen, and now they are being honored as little Lego figurines. Lego said Wednesday it had chosen the "Women of NASA" project as the winner of its fan design contest. The announcement comes on the heels of the Oscar-nominated... more »
  • NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's 1st flight

    February 24, 2017 2:57 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket. NASA's human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration requested the feasibility study. The Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket ever built when it... more »
  • SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed

    February 22, 2017 7:59 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - A navigation error has forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station. SpaceX's supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a mile from the orbiting outpost Wednesday when a problem cropped up in the GPS system. The approach was aborted, and the Dragon backed... more »
  • Fifty-five years after first orbit, Glenn still inspires

    February 20, 2017 10:55 AM

    COLUMBUS - John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth. Since Glenn's death on Dec. 8 at the age of 95, devotees have visited an exhibit of his artifacts at Ohio State University, backers have begun fundraising for an observatory and astronomy... more »
  • SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad

    February 19, 2017 1:39 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's historic moonshot pad is back in business. A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. It was visible for just seconds before ducking into clouds on its way to the International Space Station, with a load of supplies.... more »
  • NASA opens exhibit on 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 fire

    January 27, 2017 1:57 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA is opening an exhibit honoring the astronauts in the Apollo 1 fire - 50 years to the day they died. The hatch from the burning spacecraft is the main draw. It had been concealed, along with the capsule, for a half-century. On Friday's anniversary, the hatch... more »
  • Earth sets hottest year on record for third-straight time

    January 18, 2017 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone. Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global... more »
  • 'Hidden Figures' keeps orbit at top; Affleck, Scorsese flop

    January 15, 2017 1:18 PM

    NEW YORK - The crowd-pleasing NASA drama "Hidden Figures" has topped the box office for the second straight week, while a pair of high-priced prestige releases sputtered. Estimates on Sunday say "Hidden Figures," a tale about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, sold $20.5 million in tickets in North... more »
  • NASA launches 8 mini-satellites for hurricane forecasting

    December 15, 2016 10:14 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA has launched eight mini-satellites to measure surface wind deep in the heart of hurricanes. The plane carrying the satellites took off shortly after sunrise Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. An hour later, the co-pilot pushed the button that released the Pegasus rocket and attached satellites 39,000... more »
  • SpaceX shooting for mid-December launch, 1st since blast

    December 1, 2016 7:42 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX is shooting for a mid-December launch, its first since a dramatic rocket accident on the pad. Iridium Communications Inc. said Thursday that 10 of its satellites will be aboard the SpaceX Falcon rocket tentatively scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on... more »
  • NASA spacecraft embarks on ring-skimming mission at Saturn

    November 30, 2016 11:40 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Consider it a cosmic carousel with countless rings up for grabs. NASA's Saturn-orbiting spacecraft, Cassini, has begun an unprecedented mission to skim the planet's rings. On Tuesday, Cassini got a gravitational assist from Saturn's big moon Titan. That put the spacecraft on course to graze Saturn's main... more »
  • Researchers training in Hawaii to simulate Mars mission

    November 5, 2016 3:44 PM

    HILO, Hawaii - Scientists will mix biology and geology this month inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as they help NASA get ready for an eventual manned mission to Mars. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday that during the next couple of weeks, researchers will hike around Mauna Ulu to practice collecting... more »
  • Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation

    August 28, 2016 4:13 PM

    HILO, Hawaii - Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation. For the past year, the group has lived in the dome on a Mauna Loa mountain and could go outside only while wearing spacesuits. On Sunday, the simulation... more »
  • Feds turn to space experts NASA for small-drone traffic plan

    August 28, 2016 3:37 PM

    GRAND FORKS - America's space agency is entering the second phase of a four-step plan to draw up rules of the road for small drones that fly under 500 feet. The NASA project is meant to develop performance standards for drones that would be used for commercial purposes by companies... more »
  • Juno spacecraft comes ever closer to Jupiter

    July 4, 2016 3:00 PM

    LOS ANGELES - After a nearly five-year journey, a solar-powered spacecraft is passing Jupiter's inner moons as it readies for the closest encounter with the biggest planet in the solar system. NASA's Juno spacecraft will fire its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed... more »
  • Ex-astronaut free on bond after arrest in wreck

    June 7, 2016 12:25 PM

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A former astronaut is free on bond after being charged with murder in a wreck that killed two girls in Alabama. A spokesman for the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Andy Norris, says 59-year-old James Halsell Jr. of Huntsville is free on $150,000 bond. Norris... more »
  • 1st African American female astronaut to speak at Southern University Founders' Day

    March 9, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University will host its 136th Founders' Day on Thursday with the Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, as the key note speaker. Jemison flew into space in 1992 aboard NASA’s Endeavor Space Shuttle. Jemison will speak at the mid-morning Community Prayer Brunch and... more »
  • LSU scientists receive grant to further Antarctic research

    March 8, 2016 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU scientists have secured nearly $3 million in NASA funding to develop a cryobot that will use lasers to melt through miles-thick Antarctic ice to search for life in lakes and oceans below. Research from the Sub-glacial Polar Ice Navigation, Descent and Lake Exploration crybot, known as SPINDLE,... more »
  • Yearlong spaceman back home in Houston with family, pool

    March 3, 2016 12:19 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA space champ Scott Kelly is finally back home in Houston with his family and the swimming pool that he craved throughout his yearlong absence from Planet Earth. Before he could go home to his own bed Thursday, Kelly had to endure more medical tests... more »
  • Homecoming for 2 spacemen after year aloft: 'We did it!'

    March 1, 2016 4:48 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is closing the door on a space mission that has spanned a U.S.-record 340 days. Kelly and his roommate for nearly a year, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, check out of the International Space Station on Tuesday night, U.S. time. By the time... more »
  • The heat goes on: Earth sets 9th straight monthly record

    February 17, 2016 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The January figures are in, and Earth's string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the highest margin of any month on record. NASA said January 2016 was 2.03 degrees (1.13 degrees Celsius) above... more »
  • NASA Want Ad: Astronauts needed to help get to Mars

    December 14, 2015 11:47 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Need more office space? How about outer space? NASA opened its astronaut-application website Monday. It's accepting applications through Feb. 18. Contenders need to be U.S. citizens with a bachelor's degree in science, math or engineering. Expect intense competition: More than 6,000 applied for NASA's... more »
  • Liftoff: 1st US shipment in months flying to space station

    December 6, 2015 5:55 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies is rocketing toward the International Space Station for the first time in months. The unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket blasted off Sunday, carrying 7,400 pounds of space station cargo, following three days of weather delays. If the... more »
  • NASA: Sun stripping away Martian atmosphere, left dry planet

    November 5, 2015 3:31 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Mars-orbiting Maven spacecraft has discovered that the sun robbed the red planet of its once-thick atmosphere and water. On Thursday, scientists reported that even today, the solar wind is stripping away about 100 grams of atmospheric gas every second. That's about a quarter-pound a... more »
  • Strong evidence Mars has streams of salt water in summertime

    September 28, 2015 11:15 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL- Scientists are reporting that Mars appears to have not only frozen water but flowing streams of salty water, at least in the summertime. They say their latest observations "strongly support" the longtime theory that salt water flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. These dark, narrow streaks tend... more »
  • Sun provides dramatic backlighting for latest Pluto pictures

    September 17, 2015 2:30 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The newest pictures of Pluto are so up-close and personal that the mission's top scientist says it "makes you feel you are there." NASA released the photos Thursday. The images were gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft that swept past the dwarf planet in July.... more »
  • Astronauts have read 'The Martian,' now can't wait for movie

    September 8, 2015 11:41 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The book "The Martian" is earning high praise from space, and the astronaut-reviewer can't wait to see the soon-to-be-released movie. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren said Tuesday from the International Space Station that both he and crewmate Scott Kelly have read the novel. Lindgren told reporters... more »
  • Boeing names its new Apollo-style spacecraft the Starliner

    September 4, 2015 12:55 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Now it also has the Starliner. The aviation and aerospace giant announced the name of its future space fleet Friday. More than 200 people gathered at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the grand opening of Boeing's commercial crew and... more »
  • Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

    July 23, 2015 2:41 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Scientists have identified the best bet yet for an Earth-like planet that might harbor life. The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA's Kepler space telescope. This older, bigger cousin to Earth is called Kepler-452b. What makes this planet remarkable is that it orbits... more »
  • NASA in Hawaii to test new technology for Mars landing

    June 8, 2015 3:33 PM

    HONOLULU - NASA is using the skies around the Hawaiian island of Kauai to test new technology that it wants to use for landing larger spacecraft - and eventually astronauts -on Mars. A test scheduled for Monday will investigate how a large landing vehicle will slow down as it falls... more »
  • Astronaut brings space exploration to Scotlandville High Play Video

    May 14, 2015 7:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An astronaut who spent several months in space brought his experience down to earth for high school student in Louisiana this week. Richard Mastracchio spoke with about 200 students at Scotlandville Magnet High school Thursday about the time he spent in space and his life as... more »
  • Fire in the sky

    March 13, 2015 7:59 PM

    WASHINGTON- The sun unleashed its first significant solar flare of the year and NASA captured the spectacular image at its Solar Dynamics Observatory on Wednesday. The flare registered as intense. The flares can't pass through the atmosphere to harm people but do have the potential of disrupting G-P-S... more »
  • NASA launches 4 spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

    March 13, 2015 1:53 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - NASA launched four identical spacecraft Thursday on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields. The unmanned Atlas rocket - and NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft - soared into a clear late-night sky, right on time, to cheers and applause.... more »
  • Price war to get into space

    January 26, 2015 7:49 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA- Once American commercial companies start flying into space, NASA expects to save millions in not having to pay Russia for a left. SpaceX and Boeing say they are ready to make their first manned test flights in two-years. NASA choose the companies to move American astronauts... more »
  • Opportunity rover takes in view from top of Martian hill

    January 7, 2015 6:37 PM

    PASADENA, CA - NASA's Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory. The aging rover beamed new images to Earth on Wednesday, confirming it reached the hill informally called Cape Tribulation. Opportunity landed... more »
  • NASA's Orion lands with 'bullseye' splashdown

    December 5, 2014 10:47 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½... more »
  • US-Russian space crew lifts off for space station

    September 25, 2014 3:42 PM

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft lifted off as scheduled at 2:25 a.m. Friday from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. It's carrying NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore along with Russians Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova... more »
  • NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

    September 16, 2014 3:24 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners at a... more »
  • Massive new construction tool ready for NASA

    September 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide structure is called the Vertical... more »

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