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NASA Satellite Breaks from Orbit Around Earth, Heads to Moon

NASA Satellite Breaks from Orbit Around Earth, Heads to Moon

By Nick Perry | Jul 5, 2022

A satellite the size of a microwave oven broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA's plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again.

NASA: Give Us Back our Moon Dust and Cockroaches

NASA: Give Us Back our Moon Dust and Cockroaches

By Mark Pratt | Jun 24, 2022

NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back: The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust that was fed to cockroaches during an experiment.

Nuclear Industry Hopes to Expand Output with New Reactors

Nuclear Industry Hopes to Expand Output with New Reactors

By Jennifer McDermott | Jun 22, 2022

The U.S. nuclear industry is generating less electricity as reactors retire, but now plant operators are hoping to nearly double their output over the next three decades.

US Opens COVID Vaccine To Little Kids; Shots Begin This Week

US Opens COVID Vaccine To Little Kids; Shots Begin This Week

By Mike Stobbe | Jun 19, 2022

The U.S. on Saturday opened COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

NASA Launches Study of UFOs Despite 'Reputational Risk'

NASA Launches Study of UFOs Despite 'Reputational Risk'

By Marcia Dunn | Jun 9, 2022

NASA is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science.

NASA to Launch 3 Rockets from Private Australian Space Port

NASA to Launch 3 Rockets from Private Australian Space Port

By Rod McGuirk | Jun 8, 2022

NASA will launch a research rocket from remote northern Australia this month in the agency's first blast off from a commercial space port outside the United States.

China Launches Mission to Complete Space Station Assembly

China Launches Mission to Complete Space Station Assembly

Jun 5, 2022

China on Sunday launched a new three-person mission to complete assembly work on its permanent orbiting space station.

Food Waste Cement: A Gingerbread House-Style Building Option

Food Waste Cement: A Gingerbread House-Style Building Option

By Chisato Tanaka | Jun 1, 2022

In the near future, edible houses may no longer just be found in fairy tales.

Egypt Displays Trove of Newly Discovered Ancient Artifacts

Egypt Displays Trove of Newly Discovered Ancient Artifacts

May 31, 2022

Egypt on Monday displayed a trove of ancient artifacts dating back 2,500 years that the country's antiquities authorities said were recently unearthed at the famed necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo.

Boeing Capsule Lands Back on Earth after Space Shakedown

Boeing Capsule Lands Back on Earth after Space Shakedown

By Marcia Dunn | May 26, 2022

Boeing's crew taxi returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Wednesday, completing a repeat test flight before NASA astronauts climb aboard.

Boeing Crew Capsule Launches to Space Station on Test Redo

Boeing Crew Capsule Launches to Space Station on Test Redo

By Marcia Dunn | May 20, 2022

Boeing's crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft.

Dusty Demise for NASA Mars Lander in July; Power Dwindling

Dusty Demise for NASA Mars Lander in July; Power Dwindling

By Marcia Dunn | May 18, 2022

The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft's seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out.

Most Great Barrier Reef Coral Studied this Year was Bleached

Most Great Barrier Reef Coral Studied this Year was Bleached

By Rod McGuirk | May 11, 2022

More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, Australian government scientists said.

Battery-Powered Greek Island Bets on Green Future

Battery-Powered Greek Island Bets on Green Future

By Derek Gatopoulos | May 11, 2022

The island has already been producing most of its own electricity since 2019, using a solar park and a wind turbine hooked up to trailer-sized batteries that maintain an uninterrupted supply.

Earth Given 50-50 Chance of Hitting Key Warming Mark by 2026

Earth Given 50-50 Chance of Hitting Key Warming Mark by 2026

By Seth Borenstein | May 9, 2022

The world is creeping closer to the warming threshold international agreements are trying to prevent, with nearly a 50-50 chance that Earth will temporarily hit that temperature mark in the next five years.

Mental Health Tips: How Climate Scientists Keep Hope Alive

Mental Health Tips: How Climate Scientists Keep Hope Alive

By Seth Borenstein | May 9, 2022

How climate scientists or emergency room doctors during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic cope with their depressing day-to-day work, yet remain hopeful, can offer help to ordinary people.

Revolutionary Find: 19 Cannons in River Likely Sunk in 1779

Revolutionary Find: 19 Cannons in River Likely Sunk in 1779

By Russ Bynum | May 1, 2022

A warehouse along the Savannah River is holds historical treasures: 19 cannons that researchers suspect came from British ships scuttled to the river bottom during the American Revolution.

50 Years on, Apollo 16 Moonwalker Still 'Excited' by Space

50 Years on, Apollo 16 Moonwalker Still 'Excited' by Space

By Meg Kinnard | Apr 30, 2022

Fifty years after his Apollo 16 mission to the moon, retired NASA astronaut Charlie Duke says he's ready for the U.S. to get back to lunar exploration.

Ideas on Mute? Study: Remote Meetings Dampen Brainstorming

Ideas on Mute? Study: Remote Meetings Dampen Brainstorming

By Seth Borenstein | Apr 28, 2022

Video meetings dampen brainstorming because we are so hyper-focused on the face in that box that we don't let our eyes and minds wander as much, a new study found.

One-Fifth of Reptiles Worldwide Face Risk of Extinction

One-Fifth of Reptiles Worldwide Face Risk of Extinction

By Christina Larson | Apr 28, 2022

More than 1 in 5 species of reptiles worldwide are threatened with extinction, according to a comprehensive new assessment of thousands of species published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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