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  • A geomagnetic storm may be toying with your GPS today

    March 17, 2015 2:25 PM

    "No, Siri. I'm not in Port Allen right now. I'm in Baton Rouge." That's what I told my phone today, but I may not have been alone. A few people may have talked to their phones today regarding their GPS location. Siri may have thought I was in Port Allen... more »
  • 1 from Louisiana on list of 100 who could go to Mars

    February 16, 2015 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student was cut from a list of 100 who are competing at a chance to get a one-way ticket to Mars. Randy Paylor, a hydrogeologist and PhD Candidate at LSU was one of 705 people who made an initial cut from 200,000 candidates who... 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 »
  • SpaceX aims for pre-dawn launch to the space station

    January 6, 2015 4:39 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - A SpaceX rocket stands poised at Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a pre-dawn flight to the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon capsule contains more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments ordered up by NASA. That's the primary objective for SpaceX. But the California-based company... more »
  • Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet

    November 12, 2014 10:15 AM

    DARMSTADT, Germany - The European Space Agency says it has succeeded in landing a spacecraft on a comet for the first time in history. The agency says it has received a signal from the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Philae lander after it touched down on the icy surface of the comet named... more »
  • Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

    November 5, 2014 5:12 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The head of the space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket ship broke apart over the California desert says test flights could resume as early as next summer. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told The Associated Press on Wednesday that work is... more »
  • Branson vows to find out cause of spacecraft crash

    November 1, 2014 12:05 PM

    MOJAVE, Calif. - Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson say he's determined to find out what went wrong during a test flight of his prototype space tourism rocket, killing one pilot and injuring another. Branson told a press conference Saturday in Mojave, California, that safety has always been the top... more »
  • Better earthly digs before blasting off

    October 6, 2014 7:56 PM

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO- In hopes of attracting high-rollers into space, Virgin Galactic expanded its lodging and entertainment options for people who'll pay big bucks to blast off from its spaceport. Its partnering with a lodge in Truth or Consequences that is owned by media mogul Ted Turner.... more »
  • US-Russian crew docks with space station

    September 26, 2014 2:06 AM

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - American and Russian space veterans, along with a newcomer, have joined the crew of the International Space Station. The new face is Russian Elena Servova, who arrived with her colleagues aboard a Soyuz spacecraft which docked early Friday. Servova is making her first journey into space and... more »
  • Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains

    July 30, 2014 1:01 PM

    HOUSTON - A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones. Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall. Spokeswoman Pazia Schonfeld says the cost... more »
  • Baton Rouge teen has hopes of going to Mars

    May 18, 2014 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A teenager in Baton Rouge is on a mission to go to Mars. Alyssa Carson is 13 and goes to the Baton Rouge International School. She enjoys playing music and sports just like your average teenager. But her biggest passion is outer space. Since she's... more »
  • Space heater causes house fire in Baton Rouge

    March 17, 2014 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said combustibles placed too close to a portable heater were to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge this morning. The fire happened around 11 a.m. in the 2700 block of North Lark. Firefighters said it started in the rear bedroom of the... more »
  • Delay into space

    October 30, 2013 7:44 PM

    LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO- The launch date to take tourists into space was pushed back again by Virgin Galactic as the company will ask the New Mexico legislature for more money. The launches are to be from New Mexico's Spaceport America. The new date is August of next year instead... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire caused by space heater

    October 24, 2013 2:14 PM

    Baton Rouge- A space heater is being blamed for a house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around noon Thursday in the 2500 block of Madison. Fire investigators say the heater was placed too close to furniture in the living room. The house was engulfed in flames... more »
  • NBC to send someone into space

    October 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    NEW YORK- An out-of-this-world prize awaits the winner of a new game show on NBC. It'll be called "Space Race" and TV producer Mark Burnett will team with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic where the winner will get a ride into space on Virgin's aircraft. Burnett produces "The Voice"... more »
  • QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance

    May 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - 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. It will keep a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between... more »
  • Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in Sahara

    January 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Scientists say a 2-billion-year-old rock from Mars that landed on Earth is quite different from other Martian meteorites. They say it is older than most and contains more water. It's also similar to volcanic rocks examined by the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the Martian surface.... more »
  • Twin NASA spacecraft prepare to crash into moon

    December 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The moon is about to take another hit. Twin NASA spacecraft are preparing to crash into the lunar surface next week after a successful mission mapping the moon's gravity. Scientists say the crash won't be visible from Earth. The spacecraft - named Ebb and Flow - are... more »
  • To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

    December 6, 2012 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon. The newly formed business is looking for countries willing to pay $1.5 billion for a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige. NASA's last trip to the... more »
  • NASA scientists eyeing regional dust storm on Mars

    November 21, 2012 5:39 PM

    PASADENA, Calif. - NASA is tracking a regional dust storm on Mars, but says it has not affected the operations of its two rovers on the surface. The space agency said Wednesday the storm raging in the Martian southern hemisphere was spotted earlier this month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter... more »
  • Space shuttle embarks on 12-mile trip to LA museum

    October 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    LOS ANGELES - The space shuttle Endeavour is making its final journey to a Los Angeles museum. The giant spacecraft began its 2-mph crawl through streets near Los Angeles International Airport at about 2 a.m. Friday. Crowds in the neighborhood lined the streets to watch it being hauled past.... more »
  • Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump

    October 9, 2012 12:51 PM

    ROSWELL, N.M. - Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds. The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world... more »
  • Space shuttle Endeavour heads west to new mission

    September 19, 2012 7:34 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off on its final journey. NASA's youngest shuttle left Kennedy Space Center at sunrise today on the first leg of its flight to California. It's bolted to the top of a jumbo jet. Hundreds gathered at the runway to... more »
  • EPA to aid Baton Rouge's greening design

    September 14, 2012 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with Baton Rouge to help create more green spaces and trails to connect the LSU area to downtown. Baton Rouge was one of five cities selected for the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. The others are Indianapolis, Des Moines,... more »
  • NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour headed west

    September 13, 2012 2:28 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL- Space shuttle Endeavour has just a few more days left to call Cape Canaveral home. At sunrise Monday, Endeavour will depart NASA's Kennedy Space Center for California, with stops in Texas. The retired shuttle will be bolted to the top of a modified jumbo jet for the... more »
  • Visible from space: Curiosity tire tracks on Mars

    September 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars. Its tracks are big enough to be seen from space. In just one month, it's driven 368 feet on the red planet, slightly more than the length of a football field. Curiosity's slightly zig-zaggy tire tracks were photographed... more »
  • Space shuttle Discovery on its final flight

    April 17, 2012 6:49 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's oldest and most traveled space shuttle, Discovery, is being flown to a new life as a museum relic. Discovery departed Florida's Kennedy Space Center at daybreak today aboard a modified jumbo jet. It's bound for Washington, where it will be a Smithsonian exhibit. The plane... more »
  • Human and humanoid robot shake hands in space 1st

    February 15, 2012 1:18 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts and robots have united in space with a healthy handshake. The commander of the International Space Station, Daniel Burbank, shook hands Wednesday with Robonaut. It's the first handshake ever between a human and a humanoid in space. NASA's Robonaut was launched aboard space shuttle Discovery... more »
  • Tips to stay safe while warming up your home

    October 18, 2011 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the weather cools down, firefighters are reminding people to make sure they stay safe if they turn on portable space heaters. Space heaters cause more than 2,500 house fires a year across the U. S., according to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The... more »
  • Space shuttle leaves space station for last time

    July 19, 2011 2:49 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- A space shuttle has left the space station for the last time. Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station early Tuesday. The two spacecraft were soaring nearly 250 miles above the Pacific when they parted company - forever. The space shuttle and its crew of four are... more »
  • All 135 NASA shuttle launches in 135 seconds

    July 8, 2011 5:36 PM

    In commemoration of NASA's final launch of Atlantis, this video shows all of NASA's launches in order. more »
  • Weather worsens for NASA's last shuttle launch

    July 7, 2011 4:09 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- Friday is supposed to be the last space shuttle liftoff for NASA, but forecasters say there's a good chance that rain or thunderstorms will prevent Atlantis from flying. No hail or other severe conditions are anticipated, and mission managers say the weather would have to get worse... more »
  • All 132 shuttle launches in 132 seconds

    July 5, 2011 6:09 PM

    CNN has compiled a video of all of NASA's manned space ventures into one video. Click the image to watch. Read the full story here. more »
  • Glitch makes NASA cut short spacewalk

    May 20, 2011 9:21 AM

    HOUSTON- NASA managers cut short Friday's spacewalk by two Endeavour astronauts because one of their carbon dioxide sensors stopped working. The astronauts were nearly five hours into a routine planned six-and-a-half hour spacewalk at the International Space Station when mission controllers noticed that Gregory Chamitoff's spacesuit sensor wasn't working. NASA... more »
  • Astronauts installing big magnet on space station

    May 19, 2011 5:16 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- The astronauts aboard the orbiting shuttle-station complex are accomplishing the No. 1 objective of their mission. Early today, the two crews successfully hoisted a cosmic ray detector from Endeavour, for installation on the International Space Station. The $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer was delivered by space shuttle... more »
  • NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch

    April 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA has called off Friday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour because of a heater failure. Commander Mark Kelly and his crew were on their way to the launch pad, when NASA halted the countdown. The astronauts' van did a U-turn, and returned the astronauts to... more »
  • Space shuttle Discovery launches on final voyage

    February 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Discovery has blasted off on its final voyage. Six astronauts are on board the world's most traveled spaceship. They're headed for the International Space Station after a four-month delay for fuel tank repairs. This is Discovery's 39th and final mission. It's the... more »
  • Preservation Hall to get space-traveling CD

    August 13, 2010 4:53 AM

    Astronaut Richard R. Arnold II is giving Preservation Hall a copy of a CD that orbited the earth 202 times after being recorded at the living jazz museum. Arnold says that while he was working at the International Space Station in March 2009, he spent much of his time off... more »
  • Former Astronauts not happy with Obama space plan

    May 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    Neil Armstrong, along with other former astronauts, say President Barack Obama's vision of the nations' space program will cost the U.S. its position as the longtime leader. Armstrong told Congress that Obama's decision on not returning to the moon will undermine NASA's manned space program. Obama has told... more »
  • NASA loans spacesuit to Chennault musuem

    April 19, 2010 9:21 AM

    A spacesuit similar to those worn on space shuttles and the international space station is on loan to the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, where it will be on display through June 1. The timing of the suit's display in the museum comes a week after President Barack... more »
  • External tank for next shuttle delivered

    February 26, 2010 5:16 AM

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has delivered the external fuel tank for the next space shuttle mission to NASA. The 15-story-tall tank was placed on an enclosed barge late Wednesday and started on a six-day, 900-mile trip that was to take about six days. Lockheed Martin has now built 132 external tanks... more »
  • Shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth

    November 27, 2009 9:52 AM

    Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts are back on Earth. The shuttle landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday morning, swooping through a clear sky. It was a chilly homecoming: The temperature was in the low 50s. The touchdown ended an 11-day flight for Atlantis. The astronauts... more »
  • Weather could delay NASA test flight

    October 27, 2009 6:12 AM

    NASA's newest rocket, the Ares I-X, is on the verge of blasting off, but bad weather could delay the flight today. It's the first step in NASA's effort to return astronauts to the moon. The flight will last two minutes and cost $445 million. NASA managers say they expect to... more »
  • Astronomers find planet outside solar system

    September 16, 2009 5:37 AM

    A team of European astronomers discovered a rocky planet earlier this year about 500 light years away. One of the scientists describes it "as close to something like the Earth" that's been found so far. The planet is called Corot-7b, and astronomers say it orbits so close to its sun... more »

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